Knowing Christ, Growing in Christ, Going with Christ, Showing Christ @ Kennet Valley Free Church

New to Church?

If you’re new to church and wondering what to expect at one of our Sunday services this page is here to help you.

Visitors and newcomers to Kennet Valley often express how warmly they were made to feel welcome. We would love to welcome you too.

  • What happens when I arrive?
    • When you enter the building our stewards will be there to say a friendly hello. They will be glad to help you with any questions you may have.
    • Head on into the Main Hall and find a seat wherever you like. The morning service will begin at 10:30am and lasts for 70-90 minutes. Each service normally involves singing, prayers, bible reading and a talk.
    • The evening service begins at 6:30pm and lasts for 60-75 minutes. You will find a mixture of contemplative communion services, more interactive services with times for discussion, and services with updates from various mission work.
    • After the morning service tea and coffee are served from the kitchen. It’s a good opportunity to get to know members of the church.
    • If you would like someone to pray with you after the morning service, then the prayer team will often be available, or you can ask one of the pastors.
  • Where can I park?
    • The church building has a large car park that is free to use, if that is full then alternatively park on the road. Please don’t park in the Community Centre car park opposite the church.
  • Can I get there by bus?
    • The number 26 bus stops outside the school nextdoor. It is approximately a one minute walk to the church building.
  • Is there anything for my children?
    • On a typical week children and young people will go out to their groups 20 minutes into the service. Click on these links to find more information about Junior Church (ages 3-11) and Bubble (ages 11-14).
    • We also have a creche for 0-3 year olds. Grown ups can stay with their children or leave them with our creche volunteers and return to the service.
    • Occasionally we have all-age services where children and young people stay in for a service that is engaging and relevant to them as well.
  • Will I be asked to give money?
    • There is no expectation for visitors or newcomers to give money to the church, it is for this reason that we don’t pass round a collection box. The church is run on money provided by the members and regular attenders who are committed to Kennet Valley.
  • What should I wear?
    • There is no dress code for our morning or evening service, come in whatever you are most comfortable in.
  • What if I don’t know the songs?
    • The song words will be projected onto the screen at the front of the church. We sing a variety of hymns and worship songs ranging from old to new.
    • However, if you don’t feel comfortable singing, for whatever reason, that is okay. We have people who come who are familiar and who are unfamiliar with church, we also have people who call themselves believers and those who don’t. We want this to be a place where you can hear about God and in time encounter him for yourself.

If you want to get more familiar with what we sing so that
you can join in, have a listen to this Youtube playlist.

  • What is communion?
    • Once a month at our morning and evening services we share communion together. Communion is a part of the service where believers share bread and wine (grape juice) with one another. It is something Jesus invited believers to do as a spiritual practice which remembers his sacrificial death for our sin and his victory over death to bring us into an ongoing right relationship with God. It is both a sombre and celebratory practice. We do it regularly both because through it we encounter God and because we are reminded of the central event of our faith which has made it possible to know God, even though we continue to live messy lives.
    • Admittedly, it looks like a strange thing to do, Jesus’ first believers found it strange. And, if you are not a follower of Jesus it wouldn’t be right to take it so please feel comfortable to let it pass you by. But, it is a wonderful picture to observe, the bread and wine tell a story of why Christians believe they are forgiven and can know God.
    • If you are a visitor but you would normally take communion in your church we would be very glad for you to share in it with us.
  • How can I find out more about the church?
    • Please do ask anyone you speak to what their experience of the church has been. You can also look out for the leadership team, they will be glad to help you find out more about church life.
    • If you find that you want to continue coming you we would love to see you again. We try and reach out to newcomers who have been coming regularly to help you get more connected with the church, normally by getting to know a Growth Group – the small communities in the church that meet midweek to journey together as we all get to know God better.