ABOUT OUR CHURCH
This is in two sections – a factual part (immediately after this sentence), and then a chattier bit that gives a flavour of what it’s like to come to our church.
St Nicholas’ Church is set at the edge of lovely countryside in a North Warwickshire village. The church building dates from the 1840s. The Church is popular for weddings and baptisms. We try hard to be welcoming, helpful and relevant to our community, and are very much on the lookout for new members. We have good links with Woodside Primary School in the village; the school is “Church of England Controlled”, and comes to us in school-time for traditional occasions such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Parents and other family are usually able to attend these special services.
Where people bring young children to church, we quite understand that they become restless, so we provide play-bags, and we have a carpeted open play-area at the back of the Church.
PEOPLE LIKE YOU..........COME TO CHURCH
Many people feel drawn to God, but don't come to church because they aren't sure what happens. Some of us used to feel just like that! Increasingly, people are looking for meaning and purpose in life.
WHAT ARE WE LIKE? Friendly and cheerful and down to earth. We try to be welcoming but not pushy. You should be relaxed and enjoying yourself, not worried! There should be someone to welcome you at the door and give you (usually) a hymn-book and a prayer-book. If you're not sure where to sit, one of the welcomers will help. If you'd like to sit with someone else, you will be welcome. If you'd rather sit by yourself, that's fine too. If you haven't been to church before, or not recently, just watch what other people do. The person leading the service usually says when to sit or stand.
WHAT WE ARE NOT LIKE Well, we're certainly not perfect! We won't try to make you feel like an outsider. We won't act "superior" because we've been going to church longer than you. We don't have all the answers, either, so we're all very much in need of God's love, forgiveness and support.
WHAT IS A SERVICE LIKE? The first thing to say is that we have different kinds of church service (times are shown on the Services and Events tab on this website entry). They last about 45 minutes to an hour. All the Sunday services involve singing and prayers. We usually end services with a hymn accompanied by noisy shakers and tambourines which anyone can play - or not - as they want. While the pandemic is still with us, we do not pass a collection-plate around, but there will be a plate near the font where you can make donations to the church.
OTHER QUESTIONS: What should I wear? - What you are comfortable with. For some people it's a suit and tie; for others, it's jeans and T-shirt. You'll see all sorts! Will I be asked to do anything, read anything etc, by myself? - No, not as a newcomer. If I start going to church, do I have to go every week? - No; come when you want to. Do I have to have been baptised, to come to church? - No. If I start going to church, do I have to be baptised (or confirmed)? - No. Some of us came for years without being baptised. YOU WILL BE WELCOME!
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