What to expect on a Sunday morning

Photo of the inside of Ashbourne Methodist Church during a serviceOur main worship service at 10.30am on a Sunday at Ashbourne is great for all ages.

If you decide to join us in the building, you will be welcomed at the door by a member of the welcome team. The service starts at 10.30am, and most people arrive 5 or 10 minutes early. Of course, you can also join our worship from home, with our live stream on Facebook or YouTube - click here for details of our online worship. 

You can sit where you like, there is also a balcony accessed by stairs from the entrance hall. It doesn’t matter what you wear as there is great variety in how people dress for church in our congregation. If you want to play safe go for smart casual, but you are welcome in whatever you are comfortable!

Our service usually includes a mix of hymns and songs, prayers, Bible readings and a sermon or talk.

Three musicians playing guitar and singing in churchMost people stand up for the hymns & songs, and the song words are projected on a screen so you don’t need a hymn book. If you’re not familiar with them you can just listen and try! We sing as a way to worship God and to remind ourselves of the key parts of our faith.

We will all worship together for the first part of the service, then those in the building are able to choose the worship choice which suits them best that day - either staying in Church for a sermon or talk (this will also be live-streamed), or going to the church hall for a different worship activity. This activity will change each week and be suitable for all ages to worship together.

In the sermon the preacher explores how the Bible passage is relevant to our lives today. The activity in the hall will explore the same theme, with the chance to talk to one another, or to respond creatively. Each week someone will explain the activity so you can choose something that feels right for you on the day.

The service usually lasts about an hour. We're not currently serving coffee and tea in the Century Hall after the service. Normally, you would follow the crowd of people heading through the door behind the pulpit! It's great to be able to chat together to get to know each other.

We don't have a "collection", as many people now give direct to bank, but you can make a donation to support our work using the collection boxes in the church or give online or by text message

There are toilets in the main entrance to church, including an accessible toilet with baby change facilities.