What to Expect

What to Expect

When you first arrive at St Margaret’s, if you are coming by car you will park in the Cricketers Car Park in Rainham (parking charges apply on a Sunday) and walk down the path through the graveyard to the entrance of the church.

8am Service

At the 8am service the door will be open and you will be greeted by one of our welcome team who will give you a service sheet and notice sheet. Don’t be worried about the service sheet – essentially, if it’s in bold type, people in the congregation join in saying the words and the rest is said by whoever is leading the service. Find a pew – there is no reserved seating.

It is always a Communion Service and contains no music or singing. It will start with a procession down the centre aisle of whoever is helping in the service. They will be in robes, but don’t worry, people who come dress casually so come as you are.

When it comes to Communion (distribution of bread and wine) someone will direct you to go up to the wooden rail (altar rail) at the front of the Church. If you don’t want to please don’t worry as some people like to just stay in their seats. Anyone who normally receives Communion in their home church is welcome to take it here. If you don’t want to have the bread and the wine you can come up for a blessing (special prayer) – just keep your hands by your side. There is gluten free bread and non alcoholic wine available.

During the service there will be a collection taken to support the work and mission of the Church. Please don’t feel you need to give if you are a visitor – just pass the bag onto the next person.

It will last just under an hour and some people go to a local coffee shop after the service.

10.30am Service

The 10.30am service is a Communion service (apart from the first Sunday of the month when it’s All Age) that has hymns, a choir and some other parts of the service are sung.

Coming in you will be greeted by one of our welcome team who will give you a service sheet, hymn book and notice sheet. Don’t be worried about the service sheet – essentially if it’s in bold type people in the congregation join in saying the words and the rest is said by whoever is leading the service. Where the service sheet says ‘sung’ the words are sung (there are music copies available for those who can read music).

Find a pew – there is no reserved seating. The service will start with the leader announcing the first hymn from the back of the church. During this hymn, the choir and leaders will process, normally with a cross and two candles, to the front of the Church.

You may also see someone carrying a red book which is the Gospels (four books in the Bible). When it comes to the reading from the Gospel, you may see people bring the red book to the back of the Church where the reading takes place. This is to symbolise taking the Gospel (the Good News of Jesus) out into the world.

When it comes to Communion (distribution of bread and wine) someone will direct you to go up to the wooden rail (altar rail) at the front of the Church. If you don’t want to come forward, please don’t worry as some people like to just stay in their seats. Anyone who normally receives Communion in their home church is welcome to take it here. If you don’t want to have the bread and the wine you can come up for a blessing (special prayer) – just keep your hands by your side. There is gluten free bread and non alcoholic wine available.

During the service there will be a collection taken to support the work and mission of the Church. Please don’t feel you need to give if you are a visitor – just pass the bag onto the next person.

At the end of the service refreshments are served at the back of the Church so please do stay and chat as we would love to get to know you more.

The service lasts around 1hour 20mins and some wear their ‘Sunday Best‘ whilst others wear jeans and t-shirt so please don’t worry. At the back of the Church there are also tables with children’s activities on.

4pm Families at Four

This service is aimed at families who like fun, interactive games all whilst learning about God and the Bible.

Nathan tells the story of the Lost Sheep

As you come in there will be music playing and fun games taking place at the front of the Church so just come in, find a pew and if you fancy it join in the game that’s being played. There are no books or leaflets – everything happens on the video screen.

The service will begin with a countdown so be prepared to shout out the numbers and cheer when it gets to zero.

We will then say hello and start off with an action song followed by the ‘spinny wheel’ – an opportunity to do something silly or simply win a prize! After this there may be another song followed by a story from the Bible, time of prayer, silly game and finishing up with an action song.

The service lasts just over half an hour and then folk stay behind for refreshments.

On the first Sunday of each month we still meet at 4pm but in the Millennium Centre (the community hall at the rear of the Church) and have food together and play games. It’s the time when we get to know each other better and deepen friendships.

6.30pm Informal Service

The evening service is very relaxed. As you come in people will normally gather at the back of the church and grab a drink if they are thirsty whilst catching up with each other and saying hello to new folk. Please help yourself to a drink – the kitchen will be open, make yourself at home.

Around 6.30pm we will then gather in the pews and there will be a short opening prayer followed by a time of singing. There will then be a bible reading and a talk followed by a time of prayer. After this there will be more singing and then a final prayer.

The service lasts just under an hour and is followed by more refreshments at the back of Church.

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