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Here are answers to some questions about our services.
For most Sundays, the services are at 11am and 6pm. For Sundays when this is different for any of our services it will be advertised in our bulletin (notice sheet), on the notice boards outside the building, and on our website.
About 1h 15mins - 1h 35mins.
Usually two members of the church, a woman and a man, will be near the main double doors in the foyer area to welcome you and answer any questions you might have about where things are. In the foyer there are hooks available to hang your coat and a place for umbrellas. There are two doors from the foyer into the chapel (where the service takes place). Just inside the doors are stewards who will provide you with the notice sheet for the day (the bulletin), and a Bible if you'd like to use it in the service, as well as any hymn sheets if you'd like to use them.
Most of the seating is in pews. There are some chairs in the back row. Apart from the back pews at the sides used to store hymn books, you can sit anywhere.
The first thing to say is that after choosing where you would like to sit, you don't have to do anything. We want everyone to be comfortable, especially those who are not used to going to church services.
The service is lead from the front. Usually 2 or 3 different people will introduce the hymns and songs, draw attention to any notices, pray, read from the Bible and preach the sermon. Everyone in the congregation usually stand to sing the hymns and songs and sit for everything else in the service.
The readings from the Bible are usually read from a highly popular translation called the New International Version.
There will usually be four hymns. Some could be 21st century hymns. Others could be perennial classics. Singing is accompanied by the organ, the piano and often other instruments played by members of the congregation. The words of the hymns are projected on a screen at the front and are also available in our hymn book (Christian Hymns), supplement book or on sheets.
The sermon is as long as it needs to be; usually 35-45 minutes. Downloads of sermons are available here soon afterwards during the week. The audio from the service is relayed to the foyer and the créche.
After the first part of the service (about 15 mins), children aged 3-11 are welcome to go through to the back of the church for Sunday School classes. There is also a crèche available for under 3's from the start of the service. A parent or guardian needs to remain on the premises and to collect children at the end. We hope older children and those in senior school will be engaged by the entire service.
All children are welcome to stay for the service. If your children aren't able to sit during the sermon, we have chairs available in the foyer where the audio is relayed from the service and there is more space for children to stay with you to read books or play quietly.
God has given us every good gift. As an expression of worship to God (how we live before God) we have an opportunity to give back to God something of what He has entrusted to us. At a point in the morning service, bags are passed along the pews for everyone who has come expecting to give money in this part of the service. Many people simply pass the bag to the next person. Some people give directly via the bank and some people don't give weekly.
Broadly speaking, some of the offering is used to fund the running costs of keeping the buildings and facilities. Some is used to pay for and accommodate staff employed by TRC to serve the people of the church and the wider local community. A proportion goes towards supporting missionaries who have been sent and are supported by TRC, and some is used to fund events held on the premises and in the local community. TRC is an independent church and it is the responsibility of the church members to approve the budget as it is presented each year.
All our Sunday school teachers and crèche helpers are DBS checked (previously this was known as a CRB check). We operate a Safeguarding policy that covers children and vulnerable adults.
The main entrance is up 4 steps, and we do have a temporary ramp that the stewards are able to put out, however if preferred, there is step-free access from the entrance next to the car park for the flats at 207. Access is around the side of Cafe207 and around the car park through the double doors on the left.
An important part of our meeting together on a Sunday is the time we are able to spend together after the service to chat over a cup of tea or coffee. It's also an opportunity to discuss the sermon and explore any questions. There are quiet areas available for anyone who would like someone to pray with.
Often also called the breaking of bread. We remember Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross, as he taught His disciples to. Jesus used bread and the cup at the meal he was having with his disciples to help us remember in a visual way that he gave his body and blood, his life, as a sacrifice for everyone who turns away from their sin, and towards Him, and puts their trust in Him.
During the service, after the sermon we take communion. This is usually led by the preacher or an elder of the church who will first remind us of what communion is about, and read a passage from the Bible about what we are about to remember. A deacon or member of the congregation will give thanks to Jesus for the bread representing His body, and a group of deacons serve the bread to any in the congregation who are able to take it. Once the bread has been distributed and received, a deacon will give thanks to Jesus for the cup representing His blood, and the group of deacons serve small glasses of grape juice for the congregation to hold onto. Once everyone has been served, all the congregation drink the grape juice together as a sign of the congregation being united in Jesus. When communion takes place at the evening service, time is spent praying for the missionaries we have sent and support as a church.
We remember the all sufficient sacrifice of the Son of God (Jesus) in our place. All who have received salvation by grace (salvation is God's free gift) through faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross, and are in a right relationship with God are invited to take part in the communion services. All who are not in a position to take part are welcome to stay and reflect.
Communion is generally included as part of the morning service on the 1st Sunday of the month and the evening service on the 3rd Sunday of the month.