Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone has questions when they try something new. Here are some questions that we are commonly asked, we hope that they will answer some of your queries. If we have missed anything, just get in touch and we will do our best to answer.
- Who comes to Central?
- How many people attend?
- Are there differences between your services?
- What happens at your services?
- How long are the services?
- Do you collect money during services?
- Will I be asked to do anything during a service?
- Can I bring my children?
- What is the dress code?
- Can I park at the church?
- Do you have provision for the hard of hearing or partially sighted
- Is there suitable disabled access at the church
- How do I get involved?
Who comes to Central?
Anyone and everyone is more than welcome. Central has a mixed congregation who come together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.
Central is a medium sized church with around 90 adults and children in attendance each Sunday morning at the 10.30am worship service. Around 20-30 people attend the evening services. The 245 Revive evening services attract around 60 people.
Each Sunday morning at 10.30am there is a worship service. The first Sunday morning of the month is a family service which is relaxed and aimed at families and all ages.
While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include the following:
- We sing together a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional led by an organist or musicians. We also use high quality backing tracks for some of the modern worship songs.
- We have a time of prayer
- Church announcements are provided for on a printed news sheet to take away.
- We hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a talk – called a sermon with lasts for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Every few weeks, we share Communion. The wine is non alcoholic.
How long are the services?
The 10.30am services are normally about an hour but can sometimes stretch to about an hour and fifteen minutes. The traditional evening service is 50 minutes to an hour whilst the 245 Revive services are about an hour and a half. The Praise and Learning evening is about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Yes we do, in what we refer to as an offering. As a church we believe that giving our money to God's work in this way is an act of worship and enables us to further continue the work of Central in supporting the local community. If you are not a regular attender of the church, please do not feel any pressure at all into putting anything into the offering bags.
No, you have nothing to fear! Whilst a number of people from the congregation play an active role in our services, we want Central to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.
Absolutely - they are very welcome! Our children's ministry is a big part of our work at Central. We offer Club Sunday on the third Sunday of the month at the 10.30am service as well as an annual holiday club during August. All our volunteers working with children have a current DBS (formerly CRB) certificate and we adhere to an up-to-date child protection policy as prescribed by the Methodist Church.
There is no dress code - we want you to feel comfortable. You are welcome to come as you are.
There are ample local car parks within 50 and 100 yards of Central with no charge on Sundays. There are also some spaces available close by on the road.
It is important to us that everyone feels welcome at Central and that our services and activities are as accessible as possible. All service content is projected on to a large screen and uses colour schemes and font sizes which are helpful for the partially sighted. For the hard of hearing we operate a loop system incorporated in a modern professional sound system.