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For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries here's a quick summary of what you can expecton a Sunday morning at Vale Community Church. 

Sunday Brunch (1st Sunday) - First of all how many churches do you know that serve breakfast and where the children can play pool and table football and parents can relax and chat to each other or just read the Sunday newspapers.

We meet in the hall at Church End Lower School and start at 10.30am when cereals, croissant, toast, fruit juices, bacon sandwiches and tea or coffee are available. On the tables you will find a quiz based on our theme for the day. Sunday papers are also available, which you are free to take home with you at the end of the morning. ‘KidsZone’ our children’s activities run from 11.10am. There is also an area set aside for pre-school children with all sorts of toys. Our ‘food4thought’ is at 11.40am when we close the kitchen and share a Bible based thought that is relevant and meaningful to our lives. We finish at 12.00noon.

Sunday Gathering (2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays) - We start at 10.30am with light refreshments usually consisting of cakes, fruit juice, tea or coffee all shared around small tables. At 10.45am we sing some worship songs - both well known hymns and more modern songs to which you can sit or stand, it doesn't matter. We then have a mixture of prayers, drama, sharing our stories, a short talk on subjects relevant to our daily lives and communion (2nd & 4th Sundays). 'KidsZone' our children's activities run from 11.10am and the children come back and join us at 11.50am to share what they have been doing until we close at 12.00noon.

We aren't super-spiritual beings, we are just normal people and you will find we are a friendly bunch, and if you don't understand something please simply ask! Our aim is to provide opportunities for you to make new friends and explore the Christian faith in a relaxed and friendly setting. It’s about: Food – Fun – Friends – Family – Faith

When to arrive and what to wear If it's your first visit then it's probably best to turn up around 10.30am. You'll be greeted on the door by our welcoming team who will show you to a table and explain about breakfast. A little later in the morning our host for the day will explain what is going to happen for the rest of the morning.
If you are driving then there is parking on the streets surrounding the school. For directions on how to reach us please se our Contact Us page.

What to wear? This is easy. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal gathering and accept people as they are. Whether you come as a suited businessman or a freaked-out punk that is fine with us.
Is it just Sundays? Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to lead lives pleasing to him. We're not perfect and we do make mistakes, but we desire to make a positive difference in everything we do.

To further encourage us we have midweek groups (Life Groups) which help us to be a strong, vibrant and growing community of God's people and to fulfil His purposes in our generation. If you are just looking into Christianity you are welcome to come along to a small group to ask all those questions about God and Christianity that you've always wanted to ask but never had the opportunity.
We are involved in serving the community in various ways and we run various children's events throughout the year. For more details see our What We Do - Locally page.

Facilities We aim to be an all-inclusive church. The school premises in which we meet are easily accessible for those with physical disabilities, with a ramp to the entrance, and a wheelchair accessible toilet.

Please contact us or speak to a member of the welcome team if you have any specific needs, or any suggestions for further improvement.


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