What to Expect
NOTE: We do not plan to return to physical/in-person worship in the sanctuary yet, and we will continue to meet online and will re-assess in person worship when COVID-19 vaccination rates are at 70% in Middlesex County. In the meantime, here is a description of our previous worship experience:
During winter months we tend to keep the main door closed to keep the heat in and enter by the side door in Goldsmith Street.
If you come to one of our services, you’ll be welcomed at the top of the stairs by a member of our welcome team. If you let them know that you are visiting us for the first time, they will be happy to show you where things are. On entering the Sanctuary (worship area), a service sheet will be provided containing the running order and standard responses (Lord’s Prayer, Gloria Patri, Doxology, etc.) so you don't have to memorize anything.
A typical service lasts just over one hour and will start with one or two worship songs, led by our praise band, including acoustic and electric guitars, with words projected on a central screen.
After words of welcome, Lord's prayer, bible reading and a choir anthem, the pastors leads a time of asking for concerns and celebrations to share with the congregation. The service continues and includes more traditional hymns sung from books available in the pews, accompanied by piano or organ. There is a time for offertory (visitors are not expected to contibute unless they want to) and a short sermon followed by more hymns and concludes with a benediction/blessing over the congregation.
After the service we have tea, coffee, cakes and cookies in the hall downstairs.