What's it like on Sundays?
We meet in the school hall of Round Diamond School and use some of the classrooms for children and young people's activities. Chairs not pews obviously and there isn't much stained glass about. Sometimes we sit in rows - sometimes we don't - it depends what we're doing. We haven't got a dress code. We start with coffee and tea and biscuits and sometimes cake at 10.30am. The service proper begins at 10.45am. Generally we aim to finish by 12.00 noon.
We try to be pretty relaxed and ecclectic. We usually have a small worship band, keyboard, bass and drums with other instruments as and when available. As a general rule we use a data projector rather than hymnbooks. Music is most often a mix of contemporary and traditional. Most Sundays there is a recognisable sermon or teaching slot.
Coming from both Baptist and Anglican roots we tend to mix and match quite a lot. So, sometimes Communion looks Baptist sometimes it looks Anglican. We sometimes get quite liturgical and sometimes we don't get liturgical at all.
Usually there are planned children's activities and a crèche facility. Children tend to break into their groups after the first ten minutes or so and then return at the end of the service so we can tell each other what we've been doing.
It's not very clear is it? But we like it that way.
Sunday 5th May Bob will be continuing our Psalms mini-series basing his sermon on Psalm 60.
On Sunday, 12th May Sue will round off our Psalms series using Psalm 51. The service will include the dedication of Sami.
Sue will be preaching using Acts 2 at our service on Pentecost Sunday 19th. The service will include Anglican Communion which Revd. Don Dowling will be conducting.
On May 26th Sue speaking on the teme of 'Thanksgiving and Prayer' using Colossians 1: 1-14. The seervice will include the dedication of Lucy.