Church of England Diocese of Gloucester St. Barnabas, Tuffley

First time at church?

Coming to church for the very first time can be nerve wracking!  Even if you have been church to many times elsewhere, coming to a new one might raise some questions.  Here are some FAQs

Is there parking?

Yes we have a church car park, and further parking is available on the street.  The church is also on a bus route, with the bus stop just outside the church building.

Do I need to let anyone know I am coming?

No anyone is welcome at any of our worship any time. Times can be found on the "Services and Events" tab The church is also open during daylight hours.

How do I get in?

The main entrance is up the stairs that face the road and through the side porch door.  If you need an accessible entrance, follow the path down the side of the church and you will find a door suitable for buggies, wheelchairs and anyone who finds steps difficult.

Do you have a loo?

We have toilets at the back of the church with nappy changing facilities.  These are accessible to most with additional needs.

Is there a dress code?

Wear what makes you feel comfortable.  Some of our church family dress smartly for church, others come along in jeans and trainers.

How long are your church services?

It depends!  Our communion services with children's groups are usually just over an hour.  Our Family services where we all worship together are usually around 45 minutes. 

Do I have to be sure I am a Christian before I come?

No, all are welcome, wherever they are on their spiritual journey.

When I walk in - what will happen?

You should be greeted at the back by one of our welcome team and given a booklet with everything you need for worship, an orange hymn book and a notice sheet.  Some weeks we use the screen for worship, ask if you need a paper copy of the service if you find it hard to see.  Let us know you are new - we want to give you an especially warm welcome.

Where do I sit?

Anywhere you like.

What if I don't know what to do during the service?

Don't worry at all.  Hopefully the service should be easy to follow, there is usually someone around who can give you a helping hand.

What happens at communion?

Everyone is invited to come to the front for communion. If you usually take communion in other churches, you are invited to receive bread and wine. If not, please come for a blessing (just bring your service booklet up with you so the minister knows). It's fine just to stay in your seat if you prefer.

Is St Barnabas Family Friendly?

We are delighted to welcome children and young people to St Barnabas.  Some Sundays, primary school age children have their own groups with our fully DBS checked children ministry team.  Once a month we have a Family Praise service when we stay together.  There is a carpeted area at the back of the church which has toys, books and colouring for younger children.

I'm new.  Should I stay for coffee?

Yes absolutely.  We serve coffee, tea, squash and biscuits at the back of the church after most of our services.  We would love to meet you. 

Have more questions?

Don't hesitate to message us.  We will do our best to answer them.