New to Church
What to Expect
First Time in Church? We understand it can be daunting if you’ve never been to Church before – or if it’s been a while. To make it easier, this page gives you some idea of what to expect and what a Church Service is really like and what we get up to.
Where’s the Church?
The Church is in Station Road, Beccles and is located towards the top end nearest the town. The Church has some parking on site round the back of the building. If the car park is full, then there are a few local car parks to choose from.
See the map & directions page for further help.
What Happens When I Get There?
When you come into the Church building, someone will greet you at the door and offer you a copy of the weekly notices. You no longer need a songbook as words for all the songs are projected onto a screen at the front.
The Services normally start at 10.30am and 6.30pm. Most morning services last about an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half. An additional 5 to 10 mins is required once a month when communion follows the service. There is an opportunity for people to leave before communion begins. Evening services last about an hour and a quarter, although it can vary!
The service will normally consist of singing, Bible reading(s), some prayers and an easy to listen to sermon. If you need to leave during a service, no-one will complain if you slip out discreetly.
If you’d like to know what the sermons are like, you can listen to previous sermons online before you come! These are available on our website via download, RSS feed or can be subscribed to in i-tunes as a podcast.
Please sit where you like. If you want to listen using the induction loop (fed from the PA system for those with hearing difficulties) you will find it works best if you sit in the centre section.
After each service there is a chance for a cuppa, please follow the crowd to the room behind the church and enjoy one with us. We’re a friendly bunch and don’t bite!
Is There Anything for my Children?
If you have children, they begin the service with you. During most Sunday morning services the children leave for their own activities. These groups are for different ages and it’s fairly obvious which age goes where. If you would like them to join in, they are welcome. We also have a crèche for the under 3’s.
Will I be asked to give money?
There will be a collection, but don’t feel embarrassed to pass the collection bags on without putting anything in it. Many Church members contribute directly through their bank accounts so you won’t be the only one passing it on.
What About the Loo?
Should you need the “facilities”, toilets can be found through the doors at the front of the church to the right. There is a disabled loo as well.
What’s being a Christian all about?
God wants you to love Him, but there’s a problem – sin! Christians believe that God gave us a solution to the problem, His son Jesus (also known as ‘Christ’).
If you’d like to know more about Jesus and God’s solution, please have a look at these sites:
- Steps to Peace with God – is an easy to understand explanation of God’s solution and how we can have life in Jesus.
- On LookingforGod.com – you can find out more about God and his great love.
- Christianity Explored – is a course that runs at our church. This website tells you more about it.
- rejesus – tells you all about Jesus, His life, who he was and who He still is!
We hope this helps to explain what this Church is like. Please do come along, we’d love to see you! If you are still nervous after reading this, please contact us and we will arrange for someone to meet you and show you around.