What we do

Perhaps you’re wondering what a normal Sunday looks like?

For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries here’s a quick summary of what you can expect at FBC.

You’ll be greeted at the door by our welcoming team who will give you our weekly leaflet about the service and notices of forthcoming events.

We meet at 9.15 am, and repeat the meeting at 11 am. You will notice a group of musicians who lead us in a range of songs, some contemporary others traditional, to help us express our praise to God. The person leading the meeting will pray and may mention events that are coming up (most in-house details are printed in the weekly bulletin). At some point we usually take up an offering, by passing round a bag, so that people can contribute financially. Visitors are usually reminded that this is for regulars in particular; most people give by a standing order arrangement.

One of the church family will read a passage from the Bible, and one of our ministers will explain what the passage means and how it applies to us today. (There is a church Bible in every seat and the reader announces the page number so we can all follow the reading.) You won’t be asked to stand up, come to the front or be embarrassed in any way!

After the 9.15 am meeting tea and coffee is served. If you are coming for the 11 am meeting, come earlier and meet others for coffee. Our aim is that whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time, or have been a Christian for many years, you should be encouraged and inspired by the morning. We hope that everyone will draw closer to God.

What about children? We are all together for the first 20 minutes or so, usually with a brief item intended for the children. Then we have a whole range of activities in different rooms for each age group, with lots of leaders. There are groups up to year 9 at both the 9.15 am and the 11 am service. There is also a crèche for the very small ones. The stewards will show you which room is for your children’s age. The list of children’s groups is here.

Does it matter what I wear?   No!  Believe it or not some people do wonder if there is a dress code for church.  Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We aim to be an informal family church and accept people as they are.