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. But at present we ask adults to wear a face covering inside the building unless they are medically exempt.
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. At present the seating on one side of the church is spaced more widely than the other to allow choice of social-distancing.
How do I get into the church?
Currently we are operating a one-way system, with our entrance at the side of the church overlooking the footpath. For our exit we are using the main entrance as it looks out on Camborne Road. Both entrances are 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 sheet, available as you enter. Song words and prayers are also projected on a screen. 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 3s and under and a Sunday Club for 4s 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 in church with their families and the first part of the service includes a child-friendly song. After a prayer for the children they go to their 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 4s. You can either leave your child there, or stay with them. On a Communion Sunday the children come back into the main hall for a prayer and then return to their groups to finish off. Please collect your child from their group at the end of the service.
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 (by the exit) 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…