For those who don't know us, we hope the following info might help:
Before the Service:
One of our Worship Team will contact you a few weeks before your appointment to have a chat about your visit and to answer any queries you may have.
Our Worship Band practise every Thursday evening, so we will contact you again at the beginning of the week before your visit to remind you that we will need the details of your service by Wednesday evening at the latest.
Your order of service will be sent to the duty steward and members of the worship group.
Time : The Service will usually start at about 10:00 a.m.
If you have last-minute problems and you are going to be late or cannot attend, please call us: Kevin Lovatt (Worship Leader) on 07988532738, or Anthony Leech (Senior Steward) on 07534408446. We can start the Service without you, using your order of service, and hope you arrive before the sermon, or do the whole Service if necessary.
Start of the Service: Before the start, as the congregation are gathering, the Worship Band will perform two songs. The Duty Steward will then escort you from the vestry, make any announcements and introduce you. The Worship Band will lead the congregation in another song and then hand over to you.
Attendance : usually between thirty-five and forty people, with over-fifties in the majority.
The Worship Group : To assist you, we have a team of people who are willing to undertake a wide range of roles in worship, led by a commissioned Worship Leader, Kevin Lovatt, and a Local Preacher, Phil Symonds.
We can do readings, including multi-voiced dramatised Bible readings.
We can perform sketches and lead prayers.
We can find and lead contemporary worship songs to suit your theme.
We can project responsive prayers and psalms, images and video clips.
We can use sound recordings from a variety of media.
If you decide to make use of our talents, we will need details before our Thursday evening practice. We may need more notice for some things, for example, writing short sketches.
Recording the Service: We normally make an audio recording of the Morning Service to take out to members who can’t attend. Excerpts are also made available on our internet website. The recordings are subject to copyright issues for which we have appropriate licences.
If you don’t want a recording to be made for either purpose, please tell the Steward when he or she contacts you before the Service.
Music: hymns and songs ~ Higherland folk love good, singable hymns both old and new, and we sing lustily and with good courage, on John Wesley's advice.
We have an organist and a Worship Band. The band can lead songs during the Service as well as at the beginning.
Our first choice of hymnbook is Singing the Faith, but the lyrics from a wide range of sources can be made available for projection
Most of the congregation do not use hymn books, so we need to know before the Service if you want to use responsive psalms, prayers or other material which may need preparing for projection, or photocopying for those who are sight-impaired.
Kids Fun Church: There will usually be some children at the Service, mostly of Primary School age. We would be pleased if you could speak to them or, at the very least, acknowledge their presence. The children will usually leave for their own activities after about 15 minutes.
Where to find us: Our church is situated on The Higherland at its junction with Pool Dam, just outside Newcastle town centre on the A525.
There is a map on our website: www.higherlandchurch.org on the Contact Us page.
If you use a satnav, you can use our postcode ST5 2TF.
Parking: Parking is available at the front of the church, and we have permission to use the Friarswood Clinic car park on Sundays - accessed from Priory Road, to the rear entrance of the church. Please take great care when leaving the church car-park: the exit is straight onto a busy junction with phased traffic-lights.
Expenses: If you wish to claim expenses not covered by the North Staffordshire Circuit and not arranged in advance, please talk to the Duty Steward when you arrive.
After the service: Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in the coffee-bar - you are welcome to join us.
Worship Leader: Kevin Lovatt 01782 634181 07988532738
Local Preacher: Phil Symonds 07925402186
Church Steward: Anthony Leech 01782 624742 07534408446
Multimedia: Steph Lovatt 01782 634181