The 11am congregation aims to be friendly and informal. The sung worship is led by musicians on electric guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. But once the children and young people have gone out to their different groups, the adults settle down for a talk focused on unpacking the Bible as God’s word applied to our daily lives, with room afterwards to pray and respond to what God is saying to us.
The 11am has a leadership team composed of members of the congregation and led by Angie Letchford one of our Curates.
The service is recorded for YouTube (our YouTube channel) the cameras will be covering the stage area where the service is lead from.
Usually we have Holy Communion on the 3rd and 5th Sundays of each month. Communion administration will now be done from stations at the front for those sitting downstairs, but will be brought up to those in the balconies, who can remain seated. Following strong support at PCC, we will now provide communion wine in individual cups to safeguard hygiene.
(If someone in your house has a confirmed case of Covid, or you have Covid symptoms, please do not attend church or send your children to groups.)
At our 11am service, there are five junior church groups -
Ladybirds for 1-2’s
Buzzy Bees for 3-4’s
Freckled Frogs for Reception & Yr 1
Cool Camels for Yrs 2 & 3
Impact for Yrs 4-6
As well as two youth groups
Encounter for Yrs 7-9
The Gap for Yrs 10-13
At the 11am service, children and young people join the service at the start, and then go out to their groups after about 20 minutes – this will be clearly announced from the front.
These groups meet weekly except on the occasions when we have an all-age service, when everyone remains in together for worship, teaching, and fun together. All-age services tend to happen on special occasions, around major Christian festivals, and on low-key relaxed summer Sundays during the school holidays.
For more information about what happens in the children’s and youth groups, please visit the children's pages or the youth pages. .
As the number of people attending in person has been rising (which is encouraging!), we have increased the seating on the ground floor, so that there is now 1m between rows. However, we have created additional space (1m+) between rows in the balconies, by taping off the middle rows to provide for those who wish for continued social distancing. If you have mobility restrictions and wish for additional social distancing, please speak to a member of the welcome team when you arrive, who will work to accommodate your needs. Printed signs continue to be available to collect in the foyer if you wish to reserve additional seats beside you for Covid-security.
As the commitment to mask-wearing is now widely dropping in society, we are introducing some variation within our congregations. At the 9am congregation, we will continue to ‘recommend and encourage’ the wearing of masks indoors while moving around, singing, or mingling. However, at the 11am and 7pm congregations, mask-wearing will now be at the discretion of each person, bearing in mind our continued need to care for one another. Sanitiser will be provided at the entrances.