What to expect?

You are very welcome to join us at a Sunday service. It can be daunting walking into a new church for the first time, whether you are used to church or new to the whole experience. At Church in the Westlands we seek to keep Jesus Christ at the heart of everything we are about and do. We want to do our best to make it as easy as possible for you to settle in, to get to know people, and to get involved.

Where do the churches meet?

Our main Sunday morning meetings take place at our 10.30 in St Andrew’s And St Peter’s (postcodes ST5 3RE- they are just over the road from each other).In addition there is…

  • an 8am service each Sunday in St Andrew’s;
  • a 6.30 service each week (1st Sunday of each month in St Peter’s, other Sundays in St Andrew’s)

There are car parks behind both church buildings, and lots of nearby on-street parking if they are full.

When should I arrive?

Why not aim to arrive 10 or so minutes before the meeting begins. Be sure to look for our welcomers as you come into the building. As well as welcoming you, they’ll try to answer any questions you may have.

What to wear?

We want you to feel comfortable joining us, but there is no set dress code. Some dress moderately formally; others wear shorts and t-shirts even in winter, so feel free to come as you are – church is about meeting with God and his people, not the clothes you’re wearing.

Will I feel uncomfortable?

We don’t want visitors to our church to feel uncomfortable. As a visitor, you won’t be singled out or asked to do anything you don’t want to do. You can feel free to arrive at the last minute, take a seat and listen in. You can leave whenever you like. We want you to remain as anonymous as you want to be, but we encourage you to introduce yourself to us – we’d love to meet you.

What will happen?

At the heart of everything we do is a trust in the living God, who we believe has revealed himself through his word, the bible. A main component of our services is singing – often a mixture of contemporary songs and traditional hymns. You’re welcome to sing along, or just listen (the words will be provided). We hear about and pray for church family news (again, you can just listen); passages from the Bible will also be read and then explained to us in a talk. You can find some of our Bible talks here.

What about children?

Babies, children and young people are very welcome at our churches. Visit our Youth and Children’s work page and scroll down to Sunday Groups for more information.

What happens at the end?

After the 10.30 services, both churches  serve tea and fresh coffee, cold drinks and biscuits in  our church halls  (all free of charge). It’s a great time to meet others.

Do I need to buy a ticket?

You don’t need to buy a ticket or let us know you are coming. You can just turn up for 10.00am on any Sunday.

Click on the following links to go to…

… A summary of what the Christian faith is all about

… Stories about finding Christian Faith

… Tough questions about faith

Talk to us in person…

Tel: 01782 619594     or     email: ja.dawswell@googlemail.com

We’d love to see you this weekend.