We really look forward to meeting you!
We know that for a first time visitor to a Church it can be a strange, sometimes daunting experience but we hope this page offers some reassurance about what happens at Oakfield Methodist Church services.
What will happen?
When you enter the building you will find pews in the centre, a prayer area and a quiet reading space on the right. On the left is the organ and another quiet reading space. At the front is the Lectern, Communion Table and Rail with the pulpit on the far right.
Sit anywhere you like!
Other than the obvious places like at the organ or at the sound desk. If you are unfamiliar with Oakfield it may be good to sit near the back then you can observe what’s happening and you’ll feel more comfortable.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Some people feel the need to wear their best suit and tie; others feel more comfortable in a pair of denims. In the hot weather you may want to wear shorts!
What do I do with Children?
If you have children with you they can go out to Sunday School or play quietly in the Children’s area on the left. If they wish to go to Sunday School somebody will come over and ask. It’s ok to say no!
Oakfield people are welcoming!
Someone may approach you and say “Hello”. Some people like this, others just want to be left alone – if we get it wrong for you personally, just let us know. We won’t have meant to offend you.
Who is in charge of hosting the service?
Generally they are conducted by Ministers, Local Preachers and/or Worship Leaders. Call everyone by their first name if you know it. Refer to the Minister as “minister” if you feel uncomfortable on first name terms.
Holy communions is where everyone is invited to get a small piece of bread and a tiny glass of wine. In Methodist churches the wine is NON-alcoholic. There is great significance in this but basically it reminds us of Jesus – it’s a great blessing to receive it.
Everyone is invited to have communion at Oakfield – you don’t need to be a Methodist, be baptised, confirmed or anything else. It’s not compulsory and no one will think bad of you if you give it a miss.
If you wish to take communion please wait until a Communion Steward invites you to go to the front.
Sometimes the worship leader will invite everyone to shake hands or say “Peace be with you” to the people around them. You may feel awkward in a room of strangers but relax and just say “Hello”.
Leaving part way through a service
It is perfectly OK to leave the service part way through. To find the toilets go out of the doors on the left turn right and head to the end of the corridor. When you’ve got to go – you’ve got to go – so go! If you fancy a glass of water – just go and get one from the table in the Porch.
There is usually a collection taken at each worship service. Feel free not to contribute to the collection or contribute if you wish – it is entirely up to you. Just pass the collection plate on. If it is a Communion service there will also be an envelope for a Benevolence collection – again feel free to contribute or not. This can be placed on the collection plate with the other collection.
After the service you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits with us. Just follow the crowd.
Follow Up Card
If you want someone to contact you after the service to follow up on your first visit, then complete a Contact Card or talk to a member of the congregation. Contact cards are found in the in the porch.
If you would like us to pray for you, for someone you love, for a difficult situation in your family, your community or issues in the wider world, please let us know by filling in a Prayer card. Please place your prayer requests in the basket on the table in the prayer area of the church.
Then after the service and the church is quiet some of us will stay behind to pray and include your request.