Notes for visiting Preachers.

In the plan to visit Cam for the first time?

Cross and flowers at Easter

Getting in touch

A week or two before your visit, the Church Secretary will get in touch by email (if your details are in the circuit directory) or by letter to let you know which of our stewards will be looking after you and how you can contact them. After that, it would be really helpful if you could let the steward know what hymns you have chosen and whether you would like members of the congregation to read or do anything else for you.

Getting to the church

See the Where we are page for more information. The church is an easy two to five minute walk from the car park beside Tesco.

Please remember that our morning service is at the unfashionably early time of 10 am.

The steward may not realise how far you have travelled - don't feel embarrassed to remind us to offer you a cup of coffee if you would like one before the service.

Resources

The Bibles in our pews are the Good News Bible and it is this translation that is used most often in our worship. We don't balk at other versions, though we like to understand the Scripture.

These days, we usually sing from Singing the Faith. We also have sets of Hymns and Psalms, Mission Praise Combined Edition (Nos 1-798) and Partners in Praise.

We have copies of the complete Methodist Worship Book.

Practices

The steward will lead you in a short prayer in the vestry before taking you out into the church and will then give out any notices before introducing you to the congregation. After that, it's all yours. Expect a congregation of around a couple of dozen. We aren't afraid of new hymns - though it's easier if we don't have to learn too many at once. Most preachers ask us to find members of the congregation to do bible readings and, with a few days' notice, we can usually find volunteers to lead intercessions or join in other activities. For services of Holy Communion, most people come to the rail; the Communion Steward will normally guide you towards a few of the less mobile members who take communion in their pews. Our table is open to everybody who wishes to receive communion.

Layout

We have a traditional pulpit front and centre of the church and a lectern in the corner. You are most welcome to use either (or both). It is also possible to move the lectern to the centre of the church, but we'd appreciate quarter of an hour's notice of this to allow us to reconfigure the sound system. We will give you a radio mic, so if you prefer to move around the church that will be fine too. The steward will turn down the volume of the sound system during the hymns (we do the same for everybody) so once you've turned the microphone on at the start of the service, you don't need to worry about it again.

You'll be very welcome to join us for a cup of coffee and a cake after the service.