Your First Visit and FAQ’s

Planning to join us this Sunday?

Unless you have been before, it can feel like a big step going to a church. Are the people friendly? Do I have to wear a suit? Am I supposed to bring money? Will I be made to do things I am uncomfortable with?

We know how intimidating it can be to walk into an unfamiliar place.

If you wish, we can arrange in advance of your visit for a friendly face to meet you at the entrance to the Children’s Centre so you don’t have to walk in alone. Simply let us know what day and time you are hope to arrive.

Alternatively, come early for a chat with some of our friendly staff and members. Tea and coffee is served from 10.00am before the service which starts at 10.30am.

FAQ’s about our church…

—  What can I expect from a typical Sunday Service?
—  I have kids – is there anything for them?
—  Do you have a creche for little ones?
—  Does your church christen babies?
—  What provision for parking is there?
—  I have a disability
—  What should I wear?
—  Will I be expected to make a donation?
—  When does your church celebrate communion?
—  Why do you meet at a School and not in a traditional church building?
—  How long have you been a church?
—  What denomination are you?
—  What do you believe?
—  I live locally – can I have a pastoral visit?
—  I have a question not on this list

 


What can I expect from a typical Sunday Service?

Our services start at 10.30am on Sunday mornings and the first thing you can expect is a warm welcome at the door.  We may vary the service but usually we will begin with some songs and hymns of worship followed by prayers.  A Bible reading is given and a message based on the reading is preached.

Coffee and tea is served before and after the service, which provides a great opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones. In addition, once a month we share Communion together (otherwise known as the Lord’s Supper or the breaking of bread).  This is a time when all those who have trusted in Jesus Christ have a special time of remembrance of what Jesus has done for us by sharing the bread and the juice which represents the body and blood of our Saviour.

I have kids – is there anything for them?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome. The children go out to age appropriate groups where they have lots of fun learning about Jesus.

We adhere to the Grace Community Church child-protection-policy and would be happy to provide you with a copy, should you wish. In addition all of our leaders and helpers have been CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked.

Do you operate a creche for little ones?

We do operate a creche for children under 5. The room used for the creche is staffed by volunteers and is next door to the hall where the main service takes place and toys and games are provided.

Does your church christen babies?

We do not do Christenings at our church.  However, we do hold short ‘dedications’ for newborns and their parents as part of one of our normal Sunday Services. You can find out more about these dedications by speaking with our Pastor whom you can contact on 07412222850 or by email.

What provision for parking is there?

There is plenty of parking space

I have a disability

We aim to be as accommodating as possible for those with special needs. Dedicated parking suitable for the disabled is immediately adjacent to the main building with level access direct from the car park (tarmac). The service takes place in the school hall reached by a short corridor from the main double entrance doors, again with level access. There are dedicated WC facilities for those using wheelchairs.

What should I wear?

Please feel free to wear whatever is most comfortable for you. Most people choose to wear smart casual as the atmosphere is informal.

Will I be expected to make a donation?

At GCCT we take an offering during the service as part of our worship.  However, we do not expect our guests to make any contribution so when the offering bag gets passed along your row, please simply pass it on.  The money offering is an act of worship and is therefore another way for Christians to show their love for Jesus by supporting the work of His church.  No one is going to judge you if you do no not putting anything in.  You may of course contribute if you wish.

When does your church celebrate communion?

We celebrate communion as part of a service on every second Sunday of the month. All those who are fully trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who are walking according to the ways of the Lord are invited to partake the bread and grape juice which represent the body of and blood of our Lord and Saviour.

Why do you meet at a Children’s Centre and not in a traditional church building?

We are a small church that lacks the resources to buy our own building. Torpoint Youth and Children’s Centre very kindly agreed to let us use their premises and we have been meeting there for around four years now and we are very thankful.

What denomination are you?

Grace Community Church Torpoint is a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), which is a body that represents nearly 500 Churches in the UK. You can find out more about the FIEC here.

What do you believe?

A simple presentation of our beliefs together with a detailed Statement of Faith can be found in our What We Believe section.

I live locally – can I have a pastoral visit?

A member of our Pastoral Team would be more than happy to meet with you.

I have a question not on this list

We would be happy to discuss with you any further questions you may have about the church or the Christian faith either by email or in person.