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Community Groups

**Note: Care Groups are currently suspended during the COVID-19 social distancing measures.** 

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We are pleased to be able to offer our building facilities for external groups in our community:

 

BSL - Signing Stars

 

BSL Signing Stars

Signing Stars is a fun and friendly club based in Shotgate which aims to teach children British Sign Language (BSL) in a relaxed and informal environment.

Each session lasts 30 minutes and includes learning topic vocabulary with fun games and activities.

Our sessions run on Mondays at Shotgate Baptist Church for children from Reception age to Year 11. Please contact Sue for more information or to book your Free Trial session.

Contact via Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/britishsignlanguageforchildren/


Shotgate Parish Council


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Our building is regularly used for Parish Council meetings, and we are pleased to be able to support them in the work they do for our local community.

Local residents are welcome to attend the Surgeries on the first Tuesday of each month (not August), in the church hall. Join your councillors for a chat over some light refreshments, it's your opportunity to raise and concerns or bring any ideas forward to the councilors to consider.

Contact via website page: https://shotgatepc.org.uk/



Would you like to discuss using our facilities for a children's party, a local club, group or event?

If so please Contact Us to discuss your requirements and check availability. We ask for a small donation to cover our overheads for the building. 

Planning your Visit

New to Church?

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where & when does the church meet?

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive please do introduce yourself to someone, we are a friendly bunch.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the church service finishes, usually around 11:45am, please do stay for a tea or coffee and a chat with fellow visitors and our church members. All refreshments are free.

You can see a map of our church location on our contact us page.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and there are disabled toilets in the main foyer. Please let the person welcoming on the door know if you require any assistance.
 

Our Service

The main service begins at 10:30am with a warm welcome from one of our church members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our talented music team. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. Our Minister in Training or a visiting speaker will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We love to have children join us, and welcome all ages! We ask that children be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the first part of the service someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their Sunday School . You are welcome to go with your children to their group, if they would be more comfortable with this. 

The Sunday School activities vary depending on the age and theme but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected

 

Care Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Care Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. Check out Care Groups and see if there’s one that you could join.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, just let us know! 

Other Ministries

We also run other events, activities and socials throughout the year - please check out the Church Life pages for more information.

If you want to know who the church leaders are , check out our church Leadership Team page.