At most of our Sunday services there’s at least one person there who’s just having a look to see what it’s all about.
Here are answers to some practical questions you might have.
Will everyone stare at me because I’m new?
Not at all. We have quite a few visitors and there are new people coming all the time, so don’t worry about standing out from the crowd.
Do I have to wear special clothes?
People come in their normal clothes – for some that’s a T-shirt and jeans, or maybe shorts in the summer, for one or two others that might mean a tie. We’re not bothered, you can wear whatever you like!
Will I feel embarrassed if my kids make a noise?
Our service has a number of quite lively children, which is one reason we like it! We certainly don’t expect them to be ‘seen but not heard’. But if your children would like to be with people their own age, there are special groups available, including a creche and a big box of toys to keep younger ones amused.
What if I don’t know the right words, and don’t know the hymns?
You don’t have to sing if you don’t want to, don’t worry – not everyone feels like singing all the time. And there are no words to learn. The words for all songs are projected on the screen if you would like to join in.
I don’t know much about the Bible, so will I know what’s going on?
Every service at Horringer Court Community Church includes a sermon (talk) based on the Bible. We aim for them to be clear, compelling and relevant to our lives, and to explain things so that everyone can understand.
Will I get pounced on, or will everyone ignore me?
No on both counts. We are a friendly bunch and we’ll try to welcome you in the way that suits you!
Do I need to make a donation?
No. We have a couple of offering boxes for regular church members to give their donations. You are welcome to make a donation if you want to, but you are not expected to give anything. We don’t take up a collection during the service.
Is it okay to come if I don’t believe a word of it?
Absolutely. Come along just to see what it’s like; you will not be forced to say things you don’t mean or make any commitment you’re not ready for. If you want to discuss the faith in more depth, please speak to someone after the service. From time to time we run informal courses for people who want to know more.
What is Communion?
Once a month the service will also include Holy Communion. The (gluten-free) bread and (non-alcoholic) wine are symbols to remind us of God’s incredible love and care for us, shown in the life and death of His son Jesus. You are welcome to take part if you are a committed Christian from any church. Otherwise feel free to watch, or to come forward for a prayer of blessing instead of the bread and wine.