We meet for worship every Sunday morning at 10.30am. We look forward to welcoming you, whether you live locally, are on holiday on the beautiful Isle of Wight, or just want to come and meet us for worship.
Our services usually take place on the first floor (there is a lift for those who need it) in our light and airy upper room. There is an accessible toilet upstairs (in addition to the accessible toilet and other toilet facilities on the ground floor).
Services are friendly and fairly informal, although there is always a structure. They are usually led by the minister, or by other members of the church or invited friends. Baptist churches structure their services in various different ways, but there is no prayer book or formal liturgy to follow.
A small music group accompanies the songs, and the Bible readings are usually from the New International Version (NIV 2011) translation. The words of Bible readings and songs are projected onto a large screen at the front.
Members of the congregation have an opportunity to share any news or words of inspiration during the service. There are often times of open prayer, and other prayers will usually be led by the minister or other member of the church.
There will be a sermon or Bible-based talk at some point in the service (it is usually a talk on the Sundays when our Girls’ Brigade parade several times a year). Since returning to our building after ‘lock down’ we have been sitting around tables, cafe style, and there is lots of opportunity to get to know each other better.
Communion is usually celebrated on the second Sunday morning of each month at some point during the service. All who love Jesus and are committed to worshipping and serving him in their lives, no matter how you are feeling or how strong you feel your faith to be, are welcome to join us in sharing bread and wine. There is gluten-free bread available and the wine is non-alcoholic.
Refreshments are served downstairs on the ground floor after the service. This will usually be tea, coffee and biscuits – but on some Sundays there will be cake (especially the morning after a Girls’ Brigade coffee morning when cakes are sold to help them raise funds).
If you need to speak to the minister or would like someone to pray with you, please ask one of the welcome team or one of the members of the church who will help you. Otherwise there will be no pressure or expectation other than that you know that you are very welcome!