FAQ

FAQs

Which service is best for me?

It is your choice. 8.00am is quiet and reflective and there is no music or singing.  10.00am is a family service with children’s groups, song, hymns and a sermon. Evening services range from traditional sung evensong to more modern Taizé-style services.  The midweek service suits some older people as it is in a warm intimate space.

I have small children, what facilities are available?

The 10.00am service has two pews reserved specifically for very small children so their parents can take part in the service too.  Additionally, from age 3 children are invited to join an activity and learning group appropriate for their age – these take place during the service.  There is also a “crèche” room where nappies can be changed or young children breast fed. Children are at the heart of St Edmund’s church and all are warmly welcome

What activities are available for children?

The 10.00am service on a Sunday caters for children.  Please see more details with this link 

Which uniformed group is best for my child?

Your child’s age, gender and the meeting time of each group may help you decide.  Please see more on the Scout’s and Girlguiding pages

Is the church fully accessible?

There is wheelchair access from the north side entrance on North Park Avenue.  The chancel and side chapel have wheelchair access using electrically powered lifts. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet. The external ramp is regularly used by people in wheelchairs (both pushed and powered). Both doors at the main entrance are unlocked at all services. The seating in church is reasonably flexible to enable space for wheelchairs without blocking the aisle – though some notice may help us to arrange the seating. The internal lifts to the side-chapel and sanctuary area are used at mid-week services and occasional evening services by both kinds of wheelchair. The lifts can be operated by a wheelchair user or a helper. The disabled toilet has an unrestricted transfer space and the sink etc can all be easily reached from the toilet itself.

I take communion in another church, can I do so at St Edmund’s?

Yes, you will be actively encouraged to do so and will be made welcome at our service.

How do I hire church accommodation?

Most of our accommodation can be hired. Please see more details for hiring the church with this link or the church halls with this link

How do I arrange a baptism (christening)?

We will be happy be happy to discuss this with you. Please see more details with this link

How do I book a wedding?

We will be happy be happy to discuss this with you. Please see more details with this link

How do I book a funeral?

We are sorry that you are facing bereavement at this time.  We can help you with your arrangements and you can find more information with this link

Are confirmation classes organized?

Yes indeed.  Both adults and young people regularly attend these groups which we call Exploring the Faith.  Please see more details with this link

How do I join St Edmund’s?

You do not have to live in the parish to join.  Anyone who attends services regularly can join our electoral roll and become a voting member.  Please take a form from the back of the church or complete the enquiry form on the Contact page of the website or download the leaflet and form here:

Electoral Roll

Which home group is best for me?

There are several groups that meet during the week to share their Christian journey with each other and to study the bible.  All welcome new members. The time in the week when they meet may help you decide which is best to join.  There is one afternoon group but most meet in the evening.  Please see more details with this link.

What musical activities can I join?

The choir and the music group always welcome new members.  Please see more details with this link.

What group walks are arranged?

Our organized rambles and walks are popular events and new walkers are always welcome. There is a short (2 hours) walk midweek twice a month on Tuesday mornings and a longer (3+hours) walk once a month on Saturday.  Please see more details with this link.

When are coffee mornings?

Once a month, usually on the fourth Saturday morning from 10 am until 12 noon at the back of church. The church newssheet, Facebook page and website calendar will have more details.

Can I join a flower arranging group?

Yes you can whatever your starting skills.  Group members are happy to welcome and teach new members.  Please see more details with this link.

Can I join a gardening group?

Yes, you can whatever level you are at. The church is set in extensive grounds which need regular attention.  Please see more details with this link.