Frequently asked questions

I haven’t been to church before …

Experiencing church can be a bit daunting, so we always try to get to know you. Staying for coffee afterwards can be a good way of getting to know some of us a bit better, but if you’d rather slip out a bit more anonymously that’s okay too! You’ll find people of all ages and from all walks of life. The chances are, there will be someone very similar to you!


What should I wear?

Wear whatever makes you comfortable – some of us wear ties and jackets and some of us wear jeans and t-shirts.


Should I put something in the collection?

There is an offering plate at the back of the Church. Southwater Parish Church is supported financially by the people who have chosen to make the Church their home. We offer the service as our gift to you but donations are always welcome.


What about my children?

Southwater Parish Church is a church for all ages, and we welcome children of all ages. We don’t mind if they need to move around and make some noise! If you want to stay with your child to help them settle in their group that’s fine – just make yourself known to one of our helpers with a name badge. If you want to go back into church then be assured that your child will be well cared for.


I have never been to church before, how will I know what to do?

When you come in, as well as a friendly smile, you’ll be given any service booklets or sheets you need. Everything about the service will be explained by the person leading the service – our style is relaxed, so we hope you will be!


What if I am late?

Please don’t worry – we all run late occasionally. Just slip in and join in where we have got to in the service. We would rather you slip in late and have you worship with us than you not come at all! One of our welcome team will give you anything you need and point you in the direction of a seat.

Last updated 10/2018CofE logo