New to this? Perhaps you’re not sure how to go about ‘coming to church’ – don’t worry, it’s OK just to visit, and here are some hints…
What should I wear?
Whatever you’re comfortable in. People wear anything from jeans and t-shirts to jacket and tie.
Can I park?
Yes – you can park in our small car park or on the street outside. There is also a public car park on Lower Morden Lane (at the Assembly Rooms). An alleyway connects Lower Morden Lane with St Martin’s.
What time should I arrive?
5 to 10 minutes early is a good idea.
Oh – how do I make sure I’m not in someone’s seat?
There’s no such thing, really, even though people tend to sit in roughly the same place every week! If there’s a space, and no ‘reserved’ sign on it – you can sit there.
How do I get into the church?
Our main entrance is at the front of the church as it looks out on Camborne Road. Make your way through the lobby and bear right to enter the main hall. The church is buggy / wheelchair accessible.
What books do I need, and where do I get them?
All the words you need for the service are on a printed service card, available as you enter the main hall. Song words are projected on a screen or found in the song book or service sheet. There are Bibles in the backs of the chairs so you can follow the readings.
Can I bring my children?
Please do- Children are very welcome – at any age, bring them along with you. We have a crèche for 2’s and under and a Sunday Club for 3’s and over.
What if my child makes a noise?
Your child probably will make a noise, and that’s fine – we’d rather have the noise and your lovely child and you than boring peace and quiet! There’s always a healthy burble of children at our 10:30am services. We’re happy for you to get up and move around if it helps you to comfort your child – there’s a more open area at the back if it helps, with soft toys if necessary. Simply ask the Welcome Team. There’s also a crèche upstairs in the Gallery. Again, ask one of the Welcome Team seated at the table at the back.
When do the children go to the Sunday Club?
Children begin the morning going straight to their groups. The Welcome Team can help you know where to go but there are plenty of people around who will be heading in the same direction! The children meet altogether in the side room for songs and an activity before going to their age-specific groups. Your children can either go on their own with all the others, or you’re welcome to take them to the groups, and stay for a minute while they settle in. We’ve got a (fairly soundproof) crèche area upstairs, with helpers, for under 3s. You can either leave your child there, or stay with them. Towards the end of the morning the children come back into the main hall to show the adults what they have been doing. At the end of the service they will rejoin you! Or if it is a Communion Sunday please collect your child from the relevant group.
How do I know when to stand or sit?
The person leading the service will make that clear. We usually stand for songs and hymns (it’s easier to sing that way), and for a couple of other bits. Just look around and see what other people are doing if you’re not sure.
Do you have toilets?
Yes – we have two in the lobby (where you came in) one of which has wheel chair access.
What happens after the service?
At the end of the service the leader says a brief closing prayer, and then walks down the aisle to the back of the church. People will tend to chat for a while in their chairs or make their way to the back of the hall to get refreshments. We’d love to meet you – so please do stay behind.
Any other questions? Just ask…