The 11am congregation aims to be friendly and informal. The sung worship is led by musicians on electric guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. But once the children and young people have gone out to their different groups, the adults settle down for a talk focused on unpacking the Bible as God’s word applied to our daily lives, with room afterwards to pray and respond to what God is saying to us.
The 11am has a leadership team composed of members of the congregation and led by Jon Scamman the Vicar.
All-age services tend to happen on special occasions, around major Christian festivals, and on low-key relaxed summer Sundays during the school holidays. And usually we have Holy Communion on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
The 11am service is recorded for YouTube the cameras will be covering the stage area where the service is lead from.
As the number of people attending in person has been rising (which is encouraging!), we have increased the seating on the ground floor, so that there is now 1m between rows. However, we have created additional space (1m+) between rows in the balconies, by taping off the middle rows to provide for those who wish for continued social distancing. If you have mobility restrictions and wish for additional social distancing, please speak to a member of the welcome team when you arrive, who will work to accommodate your needs. Printed signs continue to be available to collect in the foyer if you wish to reserve additional seats beside you for Covid-security.
As the commitment to mask-wearing is now widely dropping in society, we are introducing some variation within our congregations. At the 9am congregation, we will continue to ‘recommend and encourage’ the wearing of masks indoors while moving around, singing, or mingling. However, at the 11am and 7pm congregations, mask-wearing will now be at the discretion of each person, bearing in mind our continued need to care for one another. Sanitiser will be provided at the entrances.
If someone in your house has a confirmed case of Covid, or you have Covid symptoms, please do not attend church or send your children to groups.
Communion administration will now be done from stations at the front for those sitting downstairs, but will be brought up to those in the balconies, who can remain seated. Following strong support at PCC, we will now provide communion wine in individual cups to safeguard hygiene.
Booking will no longer be required to attend church services for adults or youth, with the exception of pre-school and primary-aged children at the 11am. This is still required to prevent over-crowding, and you can book children in for the 11am service (see the links below). Some children’s groups may be fully booked some weeks, but there will be activity packs provided for any children remaining in the main service, and a children’s corner for children aged under 2.
The youth groups will continue to meet at Cornerstone Methodist Church on the corner of Dalton Square. Children and youth should go directly to their groups at the start of the services.
Some children’s groups may be fully booked some weeks, but there will be activity packs provided for any children remaining in the main service, and a children’s corner for children aged under 2. If you wish to sign up to join the junior church teams to help increase group capacity, please contact Sarah on email@example.com.
And to book a child into a primary or pre-school group please click the links below
Book into a primary-aged or Pre-school group on 16th January