Visiting Preachers

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.] This paragraph is not applicable during the lockdown.

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 [Not available at the moment], 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.] This paragraph was not applicable during lockdown: singing is now permitted.

Attendance : usually between thirty-five and forty people, with over-fifties in the majority. [ At present, although according to the government advice numbers are only limited by the size of the building, we feel that 30 worshippers can be accommodated safely in the space available - folk who wish to visit and worship with us are advised to telephone / email the Senior Steward in advance: we are not here to turn people away!]

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. [At present this is limited to one person per microphone - please ask advice]

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. See above]

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 publish on the website for those who can’t attend. 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: 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 it is possible to park on the Blackfriars School car-park off priory Road [the first car-park on the right, NOT the clinic's parking nearest the chapel.] 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. [ Suspended until lockdown is eased]


[Worship Leader: Kevin Lovatt 01782 634181 07988532738} Not available at the moment

[Local Preacher: Phil Symonds 07925402186} Not available at the moment

Church Steward: Anthony Leech 01782 624742 07534408446

[Multimedia: Steph Lovatt 01782 634181} Not available at the moment ~ email or see below