What to expect

We usually meet for worship on Sundays at 10.30 am and at 6.30 pm.  Sometimes we join with other congregations elsewhere or worship at different times; you can find details on the preaching plan.

Following normal Methodist Church practice, our worship is led by a variety of people (some ordained and some lay), usually from within the local circuit of churches.  We also have worship leaders who assist with worship from time to time. For the appointed preacher for each Sunday, please see the preaching plan.

The preaching plan also indicates if the service will include holy communion. Everyone is welcome to receive the bread and (non-alcoholic) wine. We place a particular importance on communion, uncommon within Methodism.

Our worship is normally traditional in style incorporating a variety of hymns and prayers. Our singing is normally accompanied by our organ. During morning services a collection for the work of the church is taken (but visitors should not feel obliged to donate – your presence is enough!).

Services normally last around an hour, with communion services a little longer.

There is a loop system installed in the church for those who use hearing aids, and large print copies of the books we use are available from the door stewards. Although the stone steps outside our main doors may look daunting, step free access is available to the church and main meeting rooms. Please attract the attention of a door steward and they will be happy to open the gates at the side of the church to allow this for anyone who would find it useful (pushchair, pram, wheel chair or anything else!).

Children of all ages are very welcome at Central. A selection of toys and games are available in ‘the back pew’ – please ask a steward. Extra activities for children can be arranged, please get in touch if you are visiting and your family would like to take advantage of this. Baby changing facilities are also available. The regular congregation currently includes several small children.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in the church hall after every morning service. Visitors are most welcome to join us and get to know the regular congregation.