What to Expect

You can expect a really warm welcome at St Augustine’s. We have a great team of Welcomers who are always around at the door when you come in and at the back of the church, wearing lanyards.  They will be happy to answer any questions you have. Tea and coffee are available before the main Ten Thirty Service on Sunday mornings from about 10.10am.

If you arrive between 9.45 and 10.00 for our 10.30 service you will see a huddle of people and we may not break off to come and say hello.  We pray before every service, inviting the Holy Spirit to come, to bless us and everyone who comes and to speak to us and through us.  So please don’t be offended but take encouragement from knowing that we are praying for you to encounter God.

Where can I park?

There is parking available in the Church car park, however we ask that priority is given to people with reduced mobility.  Additional parking is available in the Church Hall car park on the other side of Bucklesham Road and along Bucklesham Road.  Please be considerate to our neighbours when parking.

Is there a dress code?

We want you to feel comfortable.  Whether that means jeans and a t-shirt, business casual or suit and tie, you will fit right in.

What about my kids?

Children are welcome at all of our services. During our Ten Thirty Service on Sundays we run teaching and worship groups for different ages, from under 5s through to teenagers.

If you have school-age children who would like to join the KS1/2 or KS3/4 groups, please use the sign up sheet at the back of church before the service and look out for the leaders of the various groups (wearing lanyards).

If you have younger children, you can choose to go with them to our under 5s group (children in Reception year at school don’t need to be accompanied) or you can stay in the main service.  There is also a play area at the back of the church.

Please don’t feel that you need to keep your child from wandering – we know that children like to explore!  We think it’s important that children can see what’s going on so we encourage them to come near the front when there is something happening like a baptism and it’s ok for them to stand on the pews!

Will I have to say or do anything?

All the words for the service and songs are displayed on a screen but you don’t have to join in if you don’t feel comfortable.

Do I need to give money?

During one of the songs, there is a collection when a bag is passed round, but there’s no obligation to give.

Many church members make their regular offering via Standing Order, so a lot of people pass the bag along without putting any money in.

If you would like to give something, thank you.  Just place it in the bag as it comes round. We can also accept cashless donations via GivT (a smartphone app which enables you to give by waving your phone over the collection bag!)

Is the church accessible?

Both the Church and the Church Hall are wheelchair-accessible and there are accessible toilets in each.  You can find out more in our Access Statement, including about additional needs.

There are disabled parking spaces in both the Church and Church Hall car parks.

Apart from Sunday services, what else goes on?

Lots!

We regularly run Alpha courses for people to explore the Christian faith.  We run parenting and bereavement courses too.

There are regular groups for pre-schoolers and a Youth Cafe for those at high school.  There’s also a variety of other social groups including mens and ladies groups and a lunch club for seniors.  Have a look around our website to find out more about who we are and what we do.

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