Some key information about the church…..
When and where does the church meet? (plus parking)
We meet each Sunday and at various times during the week at Tonbridge Methodist Church (TN10 4JG) with entrances on Higham Lane (small car park) and Hunt Road (larger car park) (There is also on-road parking close by).
The main Sunday service times are:
8.30am Holy Communion (1st / 3rd Sunday)
10.30am Morning Worship
1st Sunday All Age Worship
2nd Sunday Holy Communion
6.30pm Evening Worship
4th Sunday Holy Communion
Eight times per year we have Friends @ 4 and we have Café Church 4 times per year. (see below and Calendar for more info)
What should I expect when I visit a service? What happens to children at church? Do I have to join in? When can I visit?
8.30am Holy Communion - this is a quiet reflective service, usually following words in a book. There is no singing or music. The service lasts for 30 minutes. Worshippers are all invited to the front to kneel/stand and receive bread and wine or a blessing. There are usually between 15 and 25 people attending.
10.30am Morning Worship - this always begins with about 15 minutes of all ages together. At all age services (first Sunday of the month) we stay together for the whole time and sing, watch video clips, hear readings from the Bible, have quizzes- all around a theme. Music is led by the Music Group. At all other 10.30 services the children and young people have their own groups for about 30 minutes whilst the adults sing, pray and hear someone explaining more from the Bible and what it means for our lives today- the children and young people can go to Crèche or Kingdom Kids (school-age) to look at the same theme whilst engaging in activities. This usually happens after the offering, and is announced/made obvious! We all come together once more usually towards the end of the service. Music is led by a combination of Organ and Music Group.
The second Sunday of the month usually includes Holy Communion - worshippers are welcomed forward to a rail where they can kneel or stand to receive bread (gluten free wafers also available) and wine or to receive a blessing. All are invited to share in bread and wine who are on a journey of faith with Jesus. A steward directs when people should move forward to the rail. Children are welcome to receive communion or a blessing- this is a family decision and Rev Sharon would be pleased to talk with you if you would like about this.
The services above sometimes include a Baptism (Christening) - the Baptism forms part of the worship- friends and family of the baptism party remain for the whole service as it is all linked to the Baptism. (please see more detail in the Baptism section of the website).
Café Church - 4 times per year we have a Café Service. We gather from 10am with coffee/tea/pastries/cakes etc. These are served in a room off the church and can be brought in to church where the chairs are set around low coffee tables. The service begins at 10.30 (for approx. 45mins) and includes colouring/activities on the table, some questions to chat to one another about, some singing for those who want to join in, prayers and a crèche corner with toys. Music is led by the Music Group.
There are usually between 60 and 120 people attending 10.30 services.
6.30pm Services - lasting approximately one hour, these services are made up of singing, prayers, Bible readings, a talk/sermon on the reading linking it in to our daily lives and time to reflect. Music is led by the Organ mostly. The second Sunday includes Holy Communion (see above for comment on Communion - all are welcome). There are usually 20-30 people attending these services.
When you arrive at Church you will be welcomed by a door steward - please do make yourself known to them and perhaps request a newsletter which has lots of information in about the month’s activities. You will be invited to go in to the church- please do sit anywhere you will feel most comfortable - there are no reserved seats (except sometimes for Baptisms).
At 10.30am the service begins with a welcome from a steward or from the Minister. Sometimes the service is led by a Local preacher. The person leading the service will guide everyone through.
At all the services words for songs are provided either in a book and quite often on the screens.
There is an offering at most services when people are invited to give to the work of the church and community. A bag is passed around during the service and people give what they have prepared to.
In terms of when to stand up, when to sit down etc. it wouldn’t matter if you were doing the opposite of everyone else! However the rule of thumb is to stand for singing, and at other times as requested by the person leading the service, plus when the offering is brought forward.
At the end of each 10.30am and 6.30pm refreshments are served in the Roselands room off the vestibule. Please do stay if you are able (and from 10am on Café church days).
There is no dress code at Church. Some wear jeans, others wear shirt and tie - we are a mixed bunch! We want each person who comes to Church to feel welcome and comfortable - please join in with as much or as little as you like.
Please do come along to any of the services at any time- you’d be most welcome.
If you have further questions please contact Rev Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll get back to you asap.