what to expect

We know you may have questions about how church works, or what it’s like to be in a service

We hope the questions below are helpful.

If you can’t see an answer to something you want to know please get in touch. If you want to know it the chances are someone else does too and it would be good for us to add it to this page.

What are the differences between the services?​

We have 3 services but all the congregations are united in their desire to know Jesus and to hear more from God’s word. Visit our services page to understand the key differences.

I’m not a Christian, am I still welcome?

Everyone is very welcome at Platt. We know some people visit us as they are curious about Christianity, or unsure. You do not have to join in anything you’re not comfortable with and we regularly welcome people who aren’t practising Christians. In fact, we offer opportunities for people who aren’t Christians to find out more and ask any questions they may have, without pressure or embarrassment

Is there a dress code?

You don’t need to dress up or wear a suit, although you can if you like. Most people at Platt wear fairly casual clothes; you’ll see a variety from smart clothes to tracky bottoms. The important thing is to be comfortable. Those leading the services usually don’t wear any distinctive clothes and we are relaxed and informal.

Can I bring my children?

Yes, children are always welcome, especially at the 9.45 service where there is a creche and children’s groups for them to go to if they’d like to.

Where should I park?

There is a car park at church but it’s quite small so if you’re fairly mobile then it’s easy just to park on the street. There’s plenty of space. We also have bike racks down the side of church if you cycle over. As with parking anywhere, we advise that you don’t leave valuables on display and that you always lock and alarm your car.

How can I meet people?

We really hope that everyone who comes to a service at Platt will feel at home. We have a dedicated welcome and information point at the back of church where you can find all sorts of information about Platt and what goes on here. Members of our welcome team will be there to answer questions and introduce you to others to help you get connected. Do feel free to ask them any questions you have. If you complete one of our welcome cards we can also invite you to a welcome event, which is another great opportunity to meet people. Joining one of our small groups is a way we really encourage people to start to feel a part of Platt and you’ll hear more about them at a welcome event and talking to our welcome team.

Do I have to put money in the collection?

During the service we provide an opportunity for our church family to give financially towards the work of the church. We really don’t expect visitors to give, unless you want to, so just please pass the collection bag along if passed to you without embarrassment.

What happens at a Communion service?

We have communion services at least once a month. At these services, after the talk has taken place, we eat bread and drink wine together to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. Here at Platt, during the actual communion, you’ll be invited to walk to the front of the church with the other people in your row. If you don’t want to go up for communion or a blessing that’s fine, just stay seated and let others past you.

We invite all who love Jesus to take communion, or receive a blessing. If you would like this then get up with the others. There will be various people there to guide you at every stage. We stand and receive the bread and the wine in turn. The person giving the bread will say a few brief words to you as they give it to you. If you wish you can say ‘Amen’ after them. Once they’ve spoken you then eat the bread. The person giving the wine will do the same. If you’d prefer non-alcoholic wine then there’s always some available, just ask the person guiding you where to go.

If you would prefer a blessing then keep your hands down by your side or in front of you and we will know to prayer for you rather than offer the bread and wine.

I’ve got something on my mind… are there people I can talk to?

A really important part of being in a church like Platt is having people to talk to about things that we’re worried or anxious about. If you’d like to share this and be prayed for, in confidence, then at the end of the services there will always be people available to meet and pray. This takes place in the corner of the church opposite the main entrance.

If you feel that you’d like to have a more in-depth conversation with someone then please contact the church office.