Our main weekly celebration is intended for families and individuals across the whole age range.
Children and young people (up to age 14) normally leave the main service after a quarter of an hour or so to join their own groups. Children of visitors are welcome to join in with these activities.
Adults stay in the main hall for the whole service. This will include praise (especially through music), a Bible reading, a talk (sermon), prayer, and maybe much more. Somehow no two services are ever the same.
On one Sunday each month (usually the first Sunday) the activities are planned to be particularly accessible to people of all ages. Adults and children join in worship together.
The All In service is based on the idea that people respond to themes in different ways. Some of us like to talk, some prefer a creative activity, some like to move around, and so on. For part of the time we move into different zones around the building according to personal preference, not age. We held our first All In service in February 2017, and there's a report here.
Evening services are held in the more intimate surroundings of the smaller hall, which makes for a more reflective atmosphere. We use a range of service formats, recognising that people have different ways of responding to God.
Held a few times a year, Café Church is a way of exploring topical issues through interviews, videos and discussions. We meet around café-style tables, with coffee, tea and cakes on hand.
It's not just talk! A Café Church session on climate change started us on the road to becoming an Eco Congregation, and following a session on dementia we started running short monthly services in Neville Williams House, which provides care for people with dementia.