New to church?

Haven't been to church before, or in a long time? Don't panic - we will give you a warm welcome and there's no compulsion to take part in anything you aren't comfortable with.

What should I wear?

Come in your usual casual clothes and you will fit right in.

Will I have to sing?

No, we won't mind if you'd rather just listen! Many of us love to express ourselves to God through songs, and there will be a mixture of well-known hymns and recently written songs in each service. Words are provided, and you can sing along if you feel comfortable. But don't worry - even the most devoted Christians don't always feel like singing.

Do I need to make a donation?

During the service we will take a collection. This is an opportunity for our regular congregation members to give financially to the church in worship of God. If you are new or a visitor to Ascension please just let the baskets pass by, you are not expected to give!

What does a service include?

As well as songs, there will be prayers to listen to and join in silently, a talk about some aspect of the Bible or Christian living, and an opportunity, if you wish, to come and be prayed for - many people are healed physically or emotionally by God when they ask for a brief one-to-one prayer with someone after the service.

How long does the service last?

Each service lasts between 1 and 1 1/2 hours (including a talk of 20-30 minutes), and we serve free tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards.

What is Communion?


Holy Communion involves
the sharing of bread and wine

Once a month (every week at the 9.30), each service will also include a "Holy Communion" ceremony. The bread and wine are symbols to remind us of God's incredible love and care for us, shown in the life and death of his son Jesus. You are welcome to take part if you are a baptised Christian from any church. Otherwise feel free to watch, or to come forward for a blessing instead of the bread and wine.

How will I know when to stand, sit or kneel?

We usually stand to sing and sit at other times in the service, unless the minister says to do something different. You can kneel when you pray, but you don't have to. If in doubt, follow everyone else - that's what we do if we're not sure!

Is it okay to come if I don't believe a word of it?

Absolutely. Come along just to see what it's like; you will not be bludgeoned into saying things you don't mean or making any commitment you're not ready for. If you want to discuss the faith in more depth, consider coming on a free Alpha Course; these run at intervals through the year.