New to this? Perhaps you are not sure how to go about ‘coming to Church’ – do not worry, it is perfectly fine just to visit, as often or infrequently as you like, and here are some hints…
What sort of services do you have?
St Edmund’s is part of the Church in Wales, similar to the Church of England, and in the Evangelical tradition. We normally use the standard forms of words (Liturgy) and in the main services we use a variety of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. There is always a sermon, and after the service an opportunity to pray with members of our prayer ministry team if you would like.
What is the best service to come to?
The Sunday 10.45am service is our ‘main’ service. It lasts for 60-75 minutes, and during term time we have activities for smaller children.
If you prefer something quieter, you could also try the Sunday 8.15am service, which follows the green Church in Wales prayer book service (without music).
On the 2nd Sunday in the month, the 9:30am service is a combined service so that we all stay together. It lasts typically about 60 minutes.
What should I wear?
Whatever you are comfortable in. People wear anything from jeans and t-shirts to jacket and tie.
Can I park?
Yes – there is a car park in Crickhowell High School, almost opposite the church, with lots of space on a Sunday.
What time should I arrive?
Why not try to get here at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start time. Then you can get settled and chat to others. If not, don’t worry. You won’t be the only one arriving late!
What about my children?
Children are always very welcome – at any age, bring them along with you. Your child probably will make a noise, and that is fine – we would rather have the noise and your child and you. We are happy for you to get up and move around if it helps you to comfort your child – there is a carpeted area at the back, and some books and toys, if it helps. We have children’s activities for 3-11 year-olds during most services.
What if I’m not used to church services?
The person leading the service will explain what is happening as we go through the service. Don’t worry about when to stand and when to sit, just look around and see what other people are doing if you are not sure.
During the singing some people may raise their hands in praise to God, others may sit and contemplate during a meditative song. You are not expected to conform to anyone else’s way of worship; do whatever you feel comfortable with.
If it is a communion service then at the appropriate point in the service, everyone will be invited to come up to the altar rail, either to receive Communion, ie. the bread and the wine, or to receive a Blessing. If you are receiving a Blessing only, then please take up with you a service sheet which indicates this to the person giving Communion. If you prefer, you can remain in your seat during Communion.
Who can receive Communion?
The altar is the ‘Lord’s table’ not ours so all are welcome to receive the sacrament. However you may wish to receive a Blessing. Either way all are welcome.
Do you have toilets?
Yes, including facilities for people who are disabled. Access is through the side door from Church Lane.
What about people with disabilities?
St. Edmund’s operates a loop system for those using a hearing aid.
Unfortunately this historic building has 13 different levels and it has proved impossible to provide wheelchair access to all of them. However there is plenty of room in the south aisle for wheelchair users, where the floor has been levelled.
There are some large print versions of some of the books we use at the back of church. If you would like to use one, please ask one of the Welcome Team.
What happens after the service?
At the end of the service the leader says a brief closing prayer, and then walks down the aisle to the back of the Church. The organist or music group will play for a short while, but you are welcome to get up during this. Most people will stay on for tea or coffee and a chat. We would love to meet you – so please come and join in.
Will you pray for me?
We would be delighted to pray with and for you. There is always a member of our Prayer Team available in the Lady Chapel after the 10.45 am service to listen to you in confidence, pray with you, and to offer God’s blessing. Just make your way to the screened-off small chapel (the Lady Chapel) on the south side of the church.