Welcome!

 

We would love you to join us at St Bartholomew's or St Christopher's, and if you are coming for the first time then you are especially welcome. Why not come along for a visit? Both churches are open every day until around 4:30pm, unless being used for a service or event, so drop in whenever you feel like it.

We also know that joining us for the first time can be a bit intimidating, so perhaps we can answer a few questions:

What time are the services, and how long are they?

You can find the times of the regular Sunday services here and also under the Worship link in the top menu above.  The 8:00am service lasts around 40 minutes, whereas the 9:00am and 10:00am services last about an hour.  The afternoon Families@4 activities also last about an hour.

Can I bring children?

Of course!  We are a family church.  The 3rd Sunday All Age service (10am) and the afternoon Families@4 are best for those aged 0-10 but many people also bring their children to the 10am services on other weeks.

I don't think I'm a member of the Church of England, can I still come?

Many local people who would not consider themselves as member of the Church of England come along to St Bartholomew's and St Chrisopher's.  Whether you are a Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed or Salvation Army you will find God here with us.  If you would rather not take Holy Communion, then you can still come up to the altar to receive a blessing, otherwise you can remain seated peacefully.

I'm not baptised or Christened, can I still come?

By all means.  People begin coming to church at all sorts of different stages in their lives, but God accepts all people at all times.  Often after a while, people ask to be baptised as commitment to something new and important in their lives.  Baptism is not just for babies!  If you would like to find out more about baptism, then have a look at the baptism page here.

Where are your churches?

St Bartholomew and St Christopher are at different ends of the town, so you can best get the exact location from the Find Us page.   We’re a church which values its community and we always seek to reflect this in our range of services and outreach.   

I don't know anyone.  Will I feel isolated?

We know it can sometimes feel daunting the first time, but we have people on hand to ensure you feel just that – welcomed!  Perhaps you might like to ring our ministers Chris or Justin, who would be very pleased to meet up with you and help you to settle in.

If you have any questions about anything at all, just don't hesitate to get in touch.