What happens at a Sunday Service?
Sometimes it can feel a bit daunting to turn up at a new church, especially if it is our first time, and wonder if we will fit in. Will I make a fool of myself? I'm not sure what to do? These are understandable questions and we want to reassure you that you will be made to feel at ease and welcome when you come to St Edmund's. To help put you at ease there are some facts below that might be worth looking at before you arrive.
Some key information about the church...
Our Church community meets every Sunday at 10.30am for our Sunday Service. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking spot and seat in time for the service to start. We sometimes have joint Services with St Alban's and these will be advertised in our weekly newsletter available at the Church, on our website or we can email it to you.
We meet at the church building which can be found in the Living Well Centre. The address is:
St Edmund's Church Living Well,
St Edmund's Road,
Kent. DA1 5ND
You can see a map on our contact us page
There is limited parking available on the site but normally the roads around St Edmund's and the Living Well are quieter on a Sunday morning with more parking available.
You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go. The service lasts for 55 minutes on average and includes a number of hymns, a sermon and communion (bread and wine).
Tea, coffee and refreshments are served after the service where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.
Children are welcome at St Edmund's and we can cope with noise and disruption. Don't worry if your children want to run around and play. They can also make use of the Play and Pray Children's Corner
No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.
Only if you are comfortable to do so. Going somewhere where everyone seems to know each other and who know how things are done can feel a little daunting especially to someone new. Please feel at ease: the best thing to do is simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you. No one will mind, least of all the Vicar!
No. There is a collection plate that will go around during the service. You may put in a donation if you would like. Although we rely on donations as a registered charity to continue our mission, we allow everyone the freedom to give as they feel able.
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