I’m New Here: What To Expect

Our regular Sunday morning service is at 10.30am.  

We are now meeting together again in the church. As of Sunday 17 October there is no longer any need to book a place and are welcome to just turn up and take a seat - there will be as much distancing as possible in the sanctuary. Unless exempt, masks still require to be worn; details for Test & Protect will only be required if you join others for coffee before the start of the service.  The service continues to be streamed live online and can be viewed on the church website or YouTube page later (links of the homepage). 

As we continue the review of our Children & Young People's work and also our style of worship, see the notices, intimations in the News Section or our facebook page for current arrangements.

What happens when I arrive?

As you arrive, members of the Welcome Team will be on hand to say ‘hello’ and help with any queries. Printed orders of service and notices are available. We do not use hymnbooks but all the hymns and readings are projected onto the screens throughout the service as we try to reduce our carbon footprint. Bibles can be requested from the Welcome Team if you would rather use one. The intimations are scrolled on the screens before the start of the service but should you wish, you can also sign up to regularly receive both the order of service and weekly notices electronically via the homepage link or by emailing the church office. 

There are no reserved seats so feel free to sit anywhere – upstairs in the gallery or downstairs in the main sanctuary. 

Come as you are and in whatever you feel comfy. We have no Sunday clothes! 

What happens during the service?

Shortly before the start of the service, the screens change and the organ plays quietly. This is a time for quiet contemplation as we gather together and prepare for worship, leaving behind the cares of the week and focusing on the Living God, our Heavenly Father, as we come before Him. Please take this opportunity to be still, respecting the quietness for others.  

During the service, the music is led by the organ or piano usually with a contribution by the choir. The service is led by the Minister but a variety of people contribute throughout leading prayers, Bible readings, talks etc. Roughly midway through the service, offering bags are passed round the congregation but there is no obligation to contribute. Many folks find it easier to make a contribution in other ways (eg by standing order) so don’t be surprised if you see the offering bag just being passed along the row. 

We are now using a more modern version of the Lord’s Prayer during the service. It takes a little bit of re-learning from what many of us learnt in childhood but don’t worry, the words are projected onto the screen to assist.

What about the young people? 

Our children and young people gather from 10.15am in our Church Centre on the High Street and then join us towards the close of the service to share their activities. This allows time for parents/carers to make it to the church for the start of the service and also to stay with the rest of the congregation after the service and enjoy a time of fellowship. From 10.15am parents/carers can leave their children in the crèche with the helpers (in the upstairs meeting room of the church) or pop in and out as their wee one allows!

All volunteers working with our children, young people and protected adults have PVG membership through Disclosure Scotland and undergo safeguarding training. 

What happens afterwards?

Tea and coffee are served after the service - please stay to say hello and have a chat. There is also the opportunity to purchase goods from our well-stocked and popular Traidcraft and Fairtrade stall.