Coming to church for the first time can be daunting. But don't worry, everyone at St Mark's was new once, and we know how it feels.

Our congregation comes from all walks of life and in all shapes, sizes and ages. We're fairly informal and there's no dress code or secret passwords you need to know!

To help you know what to expect, we've put together some FAQs below.

How do I get there?

The nearest bus stop is 30 metres away on Rugby Road (the nearest postcode for the bus stop is CV32 6DH, and it's what3words address is rates.prefer.feel). It is served by the Number 1 bus which runs between Leamington and Warwick.

The nearest train station is Leamington Spa station, which is a 25 minute walk away.

The postcode for the church is CV32 6DL and it's what3words address is pencil.update.frog. There is a medium-sized car park at the church and plenty of parking on the surrounding streets.

How long is the service?

This will depend a little on which of our services you attend and whether there is communion. But in general, services are about 60 mins.

What happens when I arrive?

One of our Welcome Team will greet you at the door. You're free to take a seat wherever you like. Our 10.00am service is livestreamed on YouTube so you may prefer to sit in the side aisles or towards the back to avoid any possibility of being on camera. The distribution of Holy Communion is not filmed and we do not film children without consent.

What happens during a service?

The service will normally consist of a welcome, singing hymns or worship songs, bible readings, prayers, and a sermon based on the bible readings. Song words and any spoken prayers or responses will be displayed on the screens. 

Some services include Holy Communion, at which we all share in the bread and wine to remember Jesus instructions at the Last Supper. People of all ages are welcome at God's table, so children can receive communion if they and their parents are happy to do so. If you don't want to receive communion, you can receive a blessing. If you struggle with mobility then we can bring the bread and wine to you in your seat, or bless you - just mention this to a member of the Welcome Team when you arrive. Gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic wine are available.

Is there anything for children?

Yes, our children's and young people's groups meet during most of the 10.00am services. Just ask one of the Welcome Team when you arrive and they'll show you where to go. Every month we have an all-age service where we all worship and learn together. We are very happy for children to make noise during a service, but if you are worried that your child might disturb someone, there is a creche room at the side of the church space for babies and toddlers. The service is broadcast onto a television in that room, and there are lots of toys. There are tables and activities for young children at the back of the church space.

Can I move around during a service?

There are sofas to sit on at the back of the church space if you need to move around during a service. We have colouring books and pens as well, if you concentrate better while being creative. 

Where are the toilets?

There are toilets at the back of the church space. There is a disabled toilet with baby-changing facilities, and two gender-neutral toilets. There are also disabled and gender-neutral toilets, as well as baby-changing facilities, in the hall complex.

What happens afterwards?

We encourage you to stay and chat over tea and coffee, or speak to one of the leadership team to find out more. We also offer prayer ministry after each service for anyone who wants someone to pray with them.

We hope to see you soon!