Normal service times are 10.00am in morning and 6.30pm in the evening. There may be changes to these times for special occasions. We have a variety of styles of service which are described below. Refreshments are served after both morning and evening services. There is a Traidcraft stall after the morning services, selling fairly produced goods.
There is a service in the worship centre every Sunday morning, led by a Baptist or Methodist minister, or an accredited lay preacher. This is in a traditional style with hymns/songs, Bible readings, prayers and sermon. There are also contemporary style services (Space) twice a month and Café Church in the evenings.
The Space is a relaxed, informal service, held in the morning twice a month (usually the 1st and 3rd Sundays), at the same time as the service in the worship centre. It follows a “Café Church” style with things to do and discuss, and a band to accompany the singing. The dates are given in the sidebar to the right.
The first Sunday evening in the month is usually a formal/traditional service taken by a Baptist or Methodist minister, or sometimes a lay preacher and it’s often a communion service. The other Sunday evenings are an informal café style gathering for discussion and reflection. However this pattern is sometimes varied to fit in with the Church Festivals or other special occasions. Occasionally we combine with other local churches for a joint service, either with the Methodist Trinity Circuit or the South Leicester Christian Partnership, which may be at Christchurch or another local church. See the sidebar on the right details.
The service on Sunday evenings is often a Café Church. We gather at about 6.15 for refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes…) followed by an open discussion led by members of the church or an invited guest, and finishing at 7.30.
We have a growing number of young people in morning services, mostly pre-school age, but all ages are catered for. They go into the atrium when they get bored with the service, where they are looked after with Bible stories and practical activities suitable for their ages. If you are visiting with children, they are welcome to stay in the service with you or go into the atrium. There is also a play area in the church which you can use. Teenagers tend to stay in the services. We also have a popular Mums and Toddlers group on Tuesday mornings during term time.