We have three gatherings on a Sunday in our church building on Above Bar Street. They’re times for the church family to come together to worship God, to hear him speak to us through the Bible, and to spend time with each other.
We usually have two services on a Sunday morning – at 9.15am and repeated at 11.00am – which each last for about 1 hour 15 minutes.
During the Christmas, Easter and summer school holidays, we often have only one morning service at 10.00am. Please check the calendar for service times around these periods.
There are various groups that meet during the service:
- Crèche: for babies and toddlers – both services
- GSMA: for primary shool-aged children – both services
- Box and Engage: for 11s–14s – 11.00am only
- More2Life: a group for adults with a discussion focus – 9.15am only
Our evening services take place at 6.30pm, usually finishing before 8pm. They follow a different sermon series from the morning services. Some evening services include an extended time of prayer and praise, finishing at 8.15pm.
What to expect
All our services include teaching from the Bible, prayer and singing. If you’re new to being in church, it can all feel quite unfamiliar at first. Don’t worry about feeling awkward or being unsure about what to do – feel free to simply sit and watch, or ask someone nearby to explain. Take time before or after the service to meet other people and find out more about the church. We serve coffee and tea before and after every service in the lounge. You’ll find someone who can answer your questions at the information desk.
Above Bar Church has always put a high value on Bible teaching. We believe that the Bible is God’s word to us, which enables us to know him and to know how to respond to him. Our preachers are passionate about helping us to understand the Bible’s meaning and to see how it applies to life today. The sermon takes up about 30 minutes of our normal services.
Singing together has always been a part of Christian worship. We sing several songs in each service, with a mix of contemporary and traditional songs.
Prayer is another vital element of any Christian service. We express our praise and thanks to God as well as asking him for his help. We pray about personal needs, issues within our community, and the needs of our broken world. There are always people available after services if you would like someoone to pray with you.
Another feature of every service is the offering. This is primarily an opportunity for regular attenders to give to God’s work in and through Above Bar Church.
To find out what’s happening in the upcoming term, see our teaching programme below.