Sundays

We meet for our Sunday service at 10:45am each week.

We gather together to praise, hear from, and respond to God - the service being a relaxed mixture of modern & slightly traditional styles.

We aim to be as welcoming and friendly as we can. “Welcome” will be one of the first words you hear if you join us - both from the person greeting you and whoever is leading the service from the front.

The service will be 90 minutes or less, during which there will be readings from the Bible, singing and prayers, an all-age item and a Bible talk (a.k.a. sermon) and one service a month includes Communion. The service leader will lead the congregation through each stage explaining what is happening as clearly as possible.

So, whether you are visiting the area, exploring the Christian faith, a new Christian or have been attending church your whole life, we hope you’ll be able to join us soon.

You may still have questions you’d like the answer to before attending. We’ve attempted to answer many of them here, but if you have any further questions, or just want to tell us you’re coming so we can look out for you, please contact us at info@richmondchurch.co.uk

We also meet to pray together on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm

1. What happens before, during and after the service?

Before

There is on-street parking in front of this church.

Someone will greet you at the door, give you a service sheet, and help you find a seat - but really that’s anywhere!

There are usually some people around so chat away if you wish, or maybe find the Bible reading in the red Bibles under the seats ready for later in the service.

During

The service starts at 10:45am and will be 90 minutes or less. During this time there will be readings from the Bible, singing and prayers, an all-age item and a Bible talk (a.k.a a sermon)

Our singing will be lead by at least one musician and singer, blending the best of old hymns with modern songs. The song words will be on the screen for everyone to follow
Prayers will be lead by someone from the church, and if we ask people to join in with a prayer, those words will be on the screen too.

The all-age item will be a teaching item for everyone (such as ‘Question of the Week’ or ‘Bible Bible Words’) or a Mission Focus (an update on the work of one of our Mission Partners)

We celebrate Communion at one service a month. This is usually at the fourth Sunday of the month.

The Bible-talk usually lasts about 30 minutes, and follows a series through a Bible-book or theme. They are usually recorded and added to the website during the week to listen to again, or catch-up with if you wish.

After

After the service there will be refreshments served which gives time to meet new people, catch-up with others, and discuss or ask questions about the bible-talk, if you wish.

2. Can I bring my children? Are there activities for them?

Absolutely! Children are an important part of our church family and are very welcome. However the 30 minute Bible-talk is aimed primarily at adults, so we provide age-appropriate activities, often on the same section of the Bible, for 3-11 year olds in Sunday Club. Sunday Club generally leave the main service before the Bible talk, and you are welcome to take you child along, introduce them to the leaders and return to the service.

If you want to show you child/ren the space before the service, please just ask.

There is a Crèche space with relayed sound from the service if you feel younger children are too restless and want to take them out. Someone will make sure you have access to toys etc.

We follow a Safeguarding policy for all our activities with children and vulnerable adults and our leaders are DBS checked.

3. Do I need to be a Christian to come to church?

No you don't, people often come to our services or events to find out more about Christianity - in fact we actively encourage that.

You won't be put under any pressure to join the church or become a Christian, but you will hear the good news about Jesus Christ about living God's way as described in the Bible.

Our aim is to help you find out the facts about Christianity so you can make your own decision - if you hear something you don't understand or don't like, please talk to someone about it and we will help you further.

4. Is there a dress code?

No, just come as you are.

5. Do I need to take part in the service, or go up front?

No, we hope everyone feels free to join in with as much or little as they feel comfortable with, and everyone up at the front has volunteered to be there.

6. How accessible is Richmond Church for those with mobility problems?

There is a ramp, with handrail, from the street to the two main doors. Both of these are suitable for wheelchairs. There will be someone at the door to open them for you. We have chairs rather than pews so wheelchair users can sit anywhere.

We have an accessible toilet on the same level as the main room where the service is held.

There is access to the Hall (where Sunday club is held) via an access ramp to the right of the building. Security concerns mean this is only unlocked when needed, but is quick and easy for us to do.

We also have a loop system for hearing aid users and large-print songbooks and Bible for those who can’t use the screen for singing, or read the print in the red bibles under the seats.

We can also provide large-print service sheets if required.

7. Is there any parking?

There is on-street parking at the front of the church building and on surrounding roads.

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