Here are some frequently asked questions....
What time does church start ... and end?
We currently have two services on a Sunday.
9.30am Family Service for all ages, from the oldest to the youngest. There will be a blend of traditional hymns, contemporary songs and kids’ songs, followed by a Bible focused talk. The service also includes a lively children and youth programme. This service is usally just over an hour (A Communion or celebration service may be longer)
After the service, there is an opportunity to enjoy some tea & coffee with each other and those who will be attending the 11:15 am service.
11.15am Traditional service aimed for those who prefer a quieter service with traditional hymns and a Bible focused talk. This service is usually 45 min.
We would encourage those who attend this service to join us at 10:45 am for a time of tea and coffee before the service starts.
Where is the church?
We are in the centre of the town, opposite the war memorial and Tesco (you can’t miss us!) The A40 winds around us. [Post code for Sat Nav NP7 5UD - will take you to our car park]
What should I wear?
When you spend time with us at ABC we want you to feel comfortable. You will see adults and children wearing everything from jeans and t-shirts to suits and ties so please don't feel you need to "dress up"; just come as you are.
Where can I park?
We have a car park, but try to keep it free for those with mobility difficulties or parents/carers with young children. There are a variety of town car parks within walking distance. The nearest being the Fairfield car park (Sat Nav: NP7 5TR) a 5-10 minute walk. It's free to park on Sunday.
What happens when I get there?
For both services there will be will be someone to welcome you in, They'll offer you a copy of our news sheet (and a welcome sheet if it’s your first time).
For the 9.30 am Family service you will be directed to the stairs as our service is held upstairs.
For the 11.15am Traditional service you will be welcomed into the downstairs hall for tea/coffee from 10.45am or you can go directly to the main church for a time of quiet before the service.
What happens during the time together?
Our Family service (9.30am) starts with a some worship of varying genres (traditional hymns, contemporary worship & children's songs.) This usually lasts 20-25 minutes. All song words appear on the big screen, so you can sing along if you would like to, or you can sit and listen. There is no pressure, feel free to engage in your own time.
The children and youth go to their groups while the rest of the church have a time of prayer, Bible reading(s) and then a Bible based talk. Have a listen to some of our previous talks before you come!
After the service there is an opportunity for a time of prayer and fellowship over a cuppa in the hall downstairs.
Our Traditional service (11.15am) is a shorter service with traditional hymns, prayers of intersessions, Bible reading and a Bible based talk. Have a listen to some of our previous talks before you come! Refreshments are served PRIOR to the traditional service and we would encourage you to arrive from 10.45 to chat and meet with people who attended the earlier family service.
If you need to leave during a service, no-one will complain if you slip out - don't be alarmed if someone comes to check you are okay.
Once a month (for both services) we have an opportunity to observe Communion or the 'Lord's Supper' (Click here for more info on the Lord's Supper)
Will I be asked for money?
There will be an offering from our regular congregation towards the ongoing work of the church and our support of mission and Christian compassion. Don’t feel embarrassed to allow the plate to pass you by. Many Church members contribute directly through their bank accounts so you won’t be the only one passing it on!
What about the children?
Our Family service (9.30) is for all-ages (20-25 minutes) Then the children and young people go to their age appropriate activites in ABC Kids and ABC Youth while the rest of the church have a Bible based talk.
ABC Kids is for children up to the age of 11 - Children will learn about God, Jesus and The Bible. Activities include: listening to a Bible story, drama, singing, craft, dancing, praying in a variety of ways. .
ABC Youth is for young people age 11-16 - The young people alternate between remaining in the main church and listening to the talk with a 15-20 minute discussion after the service or they spend their time with our youth leaders having a Bible study and/or time of discussion on a topic relevant to them.
You are welcome to go with the children to see where they are and meet Rhian (our Children's worker) and the other leaders - they're easy to spot in their yellow tops! If your child is reluctant to be left in an unfamiliar place, you are most welcome to stay with them until they seem settled.
What about disabled access?
We have a ramped access into the church building. Our meetings are usually held upstairs. We have a chair lift for those who find stairs difficult. We also have a ramp into the downstairs hall. If using the chair lift is difficult we relay the service to the downstairs hall through a television. We are fully accommodating to everyone’s needs. We also have a hearing loop system upstairs - please ask if you need assistance with this.
I'm new, do you have anything for newcomers?
Our Pastoral couple (Mike and Vicky) host a newcomers tea, every couple of months in their home where people can come have a chance to find out more about them and the church in an informal setting over a cup of tea and piece of cake.