VISITING US FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Going anywhere for the first time can be a little daunting, with questions from “What happens in church?” through to “what should I wear?”. We hope we’ve answered all the questions you’ve got here, but if we haven’t, we’d be really happy to hear from you and let you know what to expect at Potters Church.

We’d much rather you asked what feels like a silly question than not come and join us, so ask away!


gENERAL INFORMATION

Potters Church is one church that meets at two different locations each Sunday morning at Longton and Birches Head. You’ll find information about our Sunday services at both locations, and what to expect at any Potters Church service, on this page.


BIRCHES HEAD

 

What time does it start?

Our Birches Head Sunday service begins at 10:30am, and finishes around 12noon.

Where is it?

Potters Church Birches Head meets at the Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, ST2 8DD.

Where can I park?

We have plenty of free parking on site, where our friendly car park team will direct you to a space. If our car park fills up, there is also free parking on the road just outside the Bridge Centre.


LONGTON

 

What time does it start?

Our Longton Central Hall Sunday meeting begins at 11am with free tea, coffee, and a snack, beginning the service at 11:30am, and finishing around 1pm.

Where is it?

Potters Church Longton meets at Longton Central Hall, The Strand, ST3 2JH.

Where can I park?

Longton Central Hall doesn’t currently have its own parking, but it is based next door to the car park for Tesco Extra, Argos and Next, which currently does not have a charge or a time limit on parking. Handy for your groceries on your way home, too!


INFORMATION FOR BOTH POTTERS CHURCH SERVICES:

What should I wear?

We don’t have an expected dress code, and most people usually dress in a casual manner. If you’d like to wear a new dress or suit though, you’d be very welcome!

What should I expect?

As you enter the building at both Longton and Birches head, you will be met by our team of welcomers. Refreshments are available from 11am before the 11:30 service at Longton, and after the 10:30am service at Birches Head. All are welcome to meet and chat before the service begins in the main hall/auditorium, where you can choose any seat.

We usually start with standing to sing worship songs led by our band, where all the words will be put up on a screen to read and sing along. The main service continues with Church News, an inspiring talk with teaching from the Bible, some more time to worship and a prayer to close.

We have 'Potters Kids' each Sunday at both sites (+ creche) where your children are well taken care of with fun, games, activities and teaching from the Bible.

Will I be asked for money?

No. At both of our locations, we want our guests to feel as welcome and comfortable as possible, which includes not asking you for any money; our church is completely free to attend. However, if you would like to make a gift, there are envelopes available for you to use.

Tell me more about 'Worship'

Our worship band is different week by week. We sing songs to God, or about God, as a way of showing Him that we love Him, or to say thank you for what He’s done for us.

The worship time often lasts around 20 minutes, and we want to invite you to enjoy that time, whether you want to sing along with us, or just stand or sit back and take it in, to relax and observe what’s going on. We’d encourage you to read and listen along, and of course ask us any questions about anything that you’re curious about.

What happens in the talk/sermon bit?

The speaker is usually a member of the church (though we sometimes have guest speakers in too), and they’ll talk about a passage of the Bible, or a part of God’s character. To get an idea of the kind of talks we have here at Potters Church, head over to 'Listen Again': potterschurch.co.uk/listen-again

So what do my kids do?

Children between 3 and 13 years old at Potters Church services are invited to join our ‘Potters Kids’ activities, that happen during the service. Our host, on stage, will make it clear when this opens, and invite parents/guardians to take their children to Potters Kids. We ask that new children are registered to make sure our team have important information (like medical information, allergies, special requirements) to keep all of the children safe. The Potters Kids team then host the children in a load of activities around a Bible theme for the children to enjoy.

For children 0-2 years old, we have a crèche room, with toys and books for the little ones to enjoy. At Birches Head, this is found at the back of our main auditorium, through reception in room G23. In Longton, the crèche is provided in a room just behind the Welcome Desk in the foyer, please feel free to ask one of our team to point it out to you!

I’m still not sure/I’ve still got questions…

That’s absolutely fine! Feel free to send us any questions using the contact form below, or to ask to meet up with one of our Pastors in a coffee shop, and we’d love to meet and chat with you.

Anthony Clowes - Lead Pastor

Alison Price - Associate Pastor

Pete Hancock - Associate Pastor

Matt Willoughby - Youth Pastor

Phil Barber - Longton Community Pastor

Dave Law - Longton Community Pastor

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