What to expect from us at St Andrew’s URC, Wall Heath

Thank you for visiting our website and showing interest in this page.

If you are a present or past worshiper, you will probably know what you are looking for in a church, so why not come and see if we can provide it? At the very least we hope you will find that you feel welcomed, at home, and in God’s presence.

If you are new to faith, or wondering about it, you are likely to have more questions than we can answer here – you’re very welcome to get in touch with us and we will try to try to help you with whatever you want to know.

Everyone has questions before they try something new. We’ve tried to answer some of the common things that people want to know, but if we’ve missed anything, just contact us and we’ll do our best to answer.

What is a service like?

In our Sunday morning service you will find something for everyone, both new visitors and regular members.

Our services are contacted by a variety of excellent preachers.

There’s no pressure to take part. We’re very happy for you to come along and see what worshiping here is like. If anything seems unfamiliar, feel free to ask one our welcome team, or someone sitting nearby.

We have a traditional format to our Sunday services, with lots of good hearty hymn singing, prayers and roughly a 15 minute address.

How long are your services?

Our Sunday services usually last around an hour and you are invited to stay for coffee/tea/biscuits  and a chat afterwards.

What is the music like?

We have a fine church organ which we use for all of our services but on occasion we also use a piano and digital music. We use traditional hymns mostly in the services from ‘Rejoice and Sing’ and ‘Mission Praise’.

Will I know what to do?

Most people find their first visit to church more informal than they expected. We’re a friendly group of people, and our services are set up so you can relax and get to know us as a church. We try to explain everything we are doing as we go through the service so hopefully you won’t feel uncomfortable.

What about Communion?

Sharing bread and wine is an important part of our church community. It reminds us what Jesus did for us.

We currently have Communion twice a month, once in the morning (2nd Sunday) and once in the evening (4th Sunday). The

bread and wine are served to you in your seat.

Everyone is invited to the Lord’s table – no-one is excluded.

What should I wear?

Please dress as you feel comfortable. Our regular congregation dresses in anything from casual to dressed-up. Take your pick!

What happens to my children during the service?

Children are welcomed at services, and we have toys and bean bags at the back of the church for the children.

A number of our members are DBS-checked. We have a full safeguarding policy in place, and it is reviewed annually.

We also have a ‘FUNDAY FRIENDS’ time for children once a month. Please find more info about FUNDAY FRIENDS AND THE DATES FOR THE YEAR HERE.

Do I have to give money to the collection?

Absolutely not. Please feel free to just pass the bag on if you wish.

Many church members and regular attenders support the work of the church through cash donations, standing orders, or using envelopes that allow us to receive Gift Aid on donations.

What about prayer?

Prayer is at the heart of our church life, and we believe that it can really make a difference in people’s lives. It’s one of the ways we can discover that God loves and cares about everyone and is with us always.

In addition to prayer during worship (spoken or silent), we are available after worship for anyone who asks for prayer.
We also have weekly prayer meetings which you are more than welcome to attend.

What next?

Even if it’s your first visit to church, we hope you have a great experience, and that you’ll encounter the God who is so important to all of us. We believe God offers a promise and a hope to everyone, and our aim is to make it as easy as possible for others to discover this for the first time. Sunday services are a great place to do this, but if you want to do something different, just have a chat with one of the service preachers or elders or minister.

We have some great opportunities. There is a range of social activities and coffee mornings (first Saturday of the month 10am-12am in the church hall).

Please remember, if you have any other questions, feel free to contact us with us, or just ask someone when you arrive. There’s always a welcome team on the door if you’re not sure who to ask.

Do come and visit. We’ll be pleased to welcome you.