Oxted United Reformed Church

The Church of the Peace of God

Coming to a Sunday Service

If you’re wondering what it’s going to be like at one of our Sunday morning services, here are some aspects that should make your visit a more relaxed and fulfilling experience - you may want to read the Sunday services page first:

  • One of the church elders (they wear name badges) welcomes everyone as they enter at the front door. We try to ensure that an elder accompanies each visitor into the main church and looks after them during their visit.
  • You will be given an order of service before entering the church Looking into the Friendship Room - arriving for Sunday service proper - the order lists the proceedings that the worship leader plans to follow (hymns, Bible readings etc) - it also lists forthcoming events and other notices - sample here 
  • You may notice a plate for offerings of money beside the doorway into the main church - it is entirely up to you whether to make a donation to support the work and witness of our church.
  • Choose somewhere to sit (no reserved seats!) on one of our comfortable chairs.
  • Just before 10 o’clock the congregation falls silent as it prepares for the service to begin, signalled by the entry of the worship leader, preceded by the duty elder who opens the ceremonial Bible.
  • The church is equipped with modern audio-visual facilities - each stage of the service is projected on to a large screen, including the words for hymns and any other words to be said by the congregation; there is a loop system for those with hearing aids.
  • People stand (if they are able) to sing hymns and at a few other times (follow what others do!); during prayers, people are seated and simply bow their heads.
  • Coffee after service in the concourseAfter the blessing and the formal end to the service, most people go into the concourse for a coffee or tea and the chance to talk to friends, or make new acquaintances!
  • There is no dress code - most people opt for a smart casual style.