What to Expect

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Each Sunday there is usually a main service in Hook at 10am and in one of the HMR churches at 10:30am.  

Usually we arrive 10 to 15 minutes early and use that time to sit quietly. For some it's a time of prayer. For others, it's a time to clear the mind and to prepare for the service.

When you arrive, you will be welcomed at the door and given a service leaflet, you may also be given a sheet of paper containing the hymns being used.  Any hymns not on the sheet of paper will be in the hymn book, at St John's the hymn book will usually be in the pocket on the back of the seat in front of you, in the other churches this will be given to you when you arrive in church.  Please feel free to ask any questions at this point. If the church is very full or it is a special service, the people who greet you may also show you to a seat, otherwise you are free to sit anywhere.

We have a carpeted area at the back of church with toys and books suitable for babies and toddlers to enjoy during the service.  Silence is not required!  At St John's if you do want to take children out of church, one of the adjacent rooms can be used as a creche (there is a sound system so you can listen to the service) - please ask and someone will show you.

Our main services each Sunday is often a Communion service, sometimes called Eucharist. In this service we remember the Last Supper, the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his disciples before his arrest, and eventual crucifixion. At the meal Jesus ate bread and wine and instructed his disciples to do the same in memory of him. If you are a visitor and would normally take communion, you are most welcome to receive communion in our church. If you do not want to receive communion, you can, if you wish, take your service sheet to the altar and you will receive a blessing.

At some point in the service, a collection may be taken for the work of the church. Although a collection basket is passed round, not everyone will make a cash donation. As visitors, please feel free to let the collection pass by. If you wish to donate, and you are a tax payer please complete a gift aid envelope. Any details given on the envelope will only be used to reclaim tax, and will not be used for other purposes.

If you are worried about what to wear, please be assured that you can dress as you feel most comfortable and blend into our congregation. Some of our members like to dress in their Sunday Best, whilst others are happier in jeans and t-shirts. God doesn't judge anyone on their outer clothing and neither do we.

After the service, you are warmly invited to join us for tea, coffee and biscuits, and a chance to say hello and ask any questions you may have.