Thinking of coming along?
The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect at a Sunday service.
Where and When
We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Services starting at 10:30am and 6pm. There is free parking on the church site, and the streets around are permit-free. For your first visit, we recommend arriving a few minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will give you a service sheet or hymn book and a Bible.
Please note there is no dress code - please come as you are!
Services are free to attend, and we don't pass around an offering bag or plate during the service.
We serve tea, coffee, squash and biscuits after the service most weeks, which is a great opportunity to meet people, if you'd like to. All refreshments are free.
Accessibility: There is ramp access to the church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. There are ambulant accessible toilets in the main foyer, and wheelchair accessible toilets in the rear area of the church.
Our services begin with a welcome from one of our church leaders. They will share some church news and notices about what's going on in the life of HBEFC. We are then led through activities which help us do three main things:
listen to God - we hear parts of the Bible read aloud for us, and we hear a sermon - a talk which explains what a Bible passage means and how God wants it to affect our lives;
respond to God - we pray (mostly one person will pray from the front, but sometimes we might say a prayer together, such as the Lord's Prayer); and we sing together, a mixture of traditional and modern hymns and songs. If singing in this way is new to you and you prefer to remain seated and listen, that's OK!
encourage each other - everything in the service is designed to help us in our faith, and that continues as we chat after the service, with refreshments most weeks.
What about my kids?
We enjoy welcoming people of all ages to our services, and we stay together for the first 15 minutes or so. After this, children from Reception - Year 8 are invited to go to Sunday Club. The service leader will make it clear when this starts. The activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, Bible stories, prayer, singing and craft. Of course, if you prefer that your child stays with you for the whole service, they are very welcome to do so!
Young people (school Year 9+) stay in the service.
We also have a Creche Room available throughout the whole service, for children up to Reception age. This room has toys and books, and a speaker relay so that you can hear what is happening in the main service. We're not currently able to offer a full 'creche' facility, so parents and carers are asked to supervise their own children.
If you'd like to ask any questions before you visit, or even come and visit the church beforehand, please do get in touch, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (01227) 372483, or using the form below:
Get in touch with us
Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.