Lots of people want to know more about what happens at church. This FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page aims to help you find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
How long are your services?
Generally speaking they’re about an hour and a quarter long. There’s always tea and coffee after the 9.15 service and before the 11 o’clock service, and once a month after the evening service and on Wednesdays. On Sunday morning, it’s an opportunity for out 2 congregations to meet each other. It’s definitely worth staying around for.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you’re comfortable in!
We want you to feel relaxed and able to be yourself at St. Lawrence’s so wear whatever you’d normally wear. If that means you’re wearing a shirt and tie or t-shirt and shorts, that’s fine – we don’t have a formal dress code.
Will I know what to do/say?
The Service Leader will lead you through each part of the service. Words for songs and responses are always on the screen at 9:15 and 11 or in hymn books and service books at the other services, so you won’t need to worry about not knowing what to say or sing!
What’s the music like?
It depends which service you attend!
At 9.15, we mainly use the organ and sing hymns and some of the simpler and better known worship songs.
At 11, we like to have a mix of lively songs, with a small worship band and singers that enable to us sing for joy as we praise God but there’s also space to sing quieter songs as we reflect on the majesty of God.
The Evening Service also has a mix of songs.
Please see our Services page to discover which service you’d prefer.
Do I need to bring a Bible?
No! All our Bible Readings are either on the screens or printed on each Sunday’s ‘St. Lawrence’s Link’ news and information sheet. However, it’s good to bring a Bible if you’ve got one (just so you can check on the preacher!)
What about Communion?
At St Lawrence we call Communion ‘the Family meal’, it’s a meal shared by Christians all around the world of all kinds of different flavours of Church.
So, if you are a visitor who attends Church elsewhere and you would normally join in the family meal there, then please join us too…
If you are making St Lawrence’s your home, you are very welcome to receive the bread and wine.
If you’re not yet Baptised or Confirmed, we are definitely not excluding you from the family meal either.
If you’d prefer non-alcoholic wine or gluton free bread (wafers), please ask.
And, just so you know, Communion usually happens on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 9.15, on the 4th Sunday at 11, and fortnightly at 6.30 and on Wednesdays, although this pattern can sometimes change.
What do children do at the service?
Our 11 o’clock Contemporary Service has a full programme for children. Kids always start the service together with the wider church family, sometimes armed with musical instruments (and flags), before heading out to their groups.
For those with much younger children, there’s an area with toys near the back of church, so parents can stay and take part in the service while the children enjoy themselves too.
On the second Sunday of each month and during the school summer holidays, we all stay together in church.
What is prayer ministry?
Prayer Ministry is our way of saying that we pray for each other! We believe that Jesus is alive and answering prayers today and we want to encourage one another to pray for the needs in our own lives, our family and friends and our world.
Members of our Prayer Ministry team are available after the 9.15 and 6.30 services and at 11 we’re encouraged to pray for each other before, during or after the service at coffee time.
Please ask if you would like someone to pray with you.
What’s access and parking like?
We’ve got car parking areas at the front and back of the church hall, which is adjacent to the church. There are a number of spaces available for those who have mobility difficulties. Parking is also available in front of the church on Congleton Road. Wheelchair access is available via the path on the south side of the church and the South Porch.
Do I have to give money?
Not at all! We encourage regular members of St. Lawrence’s to contribute to the running of the church financially but there’s absolutely no pressure to do so, especially if you’re a visitor. We don’t want money to ever be a reason not to come to church.
Can I come to church if I’m not a Christian?
Definitely! St. Lawrence’s is a place for all people to find a home and hopefully discover more about God whether you’d call yourself a Christian or not. From time to time, we run specific courses for anyone that’s interested in finding out a bit more about what it means to live as a Christian.
Want to know more? Have a look round our website, send us a message, take a peek at our Facebook Page or call in to church.