We’re so pleased that you’re thinking of visiting us.
Welcome Church meets every Sunday at 9am and again at 11am. You’re very welcome to come and join us at either meeting.
Our meetings are relaxed and suitable for all ages, and all sorts of people! Just come as you are and enjoy being with us.
There’s free tea and coffee available after each meeting. This is a good time to say hello and get to know a few people, so please do stay.
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How to find us
The Welcome Church building is found at the corner of Church Street West and Oaks Road in Woking (next door to the now infamous ‘Woking Pizza Express’!). There is a small car park in Oaks Road that is reserved for people with disabilities or illnesses that mean they can not walk far.
There is an entrance from the car park into the Chapel. The main entrance is on the other side of the building. At both entrances you should find someone from our Welcome Team to help you.
We have a large overflow car park available opposite our building (next to the Fire Station). Look out for our Car Park team who will direct you where to go.
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If you are unable to attend in person…
If you are unable to join us in person, you can join us live each Sunday at 9am or 11am
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Sunday 15th May 2022 1 Corinthians: Hold On To Your Hat. What does the Bible say about male and female and how do we relate to each other across the genders? And does it really care about wearing hats in church?
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1 Corinthians: Hold On To Your Hat.
What does the Bible say about male and female and how do we relate to each other across the genders? And does it really care about wearing hats in church? (00:49:19).
1 Corinthians: Wholehearted Devotion.
How does it look to live a life of wholehearted devotion to God? Guest speaker Tim Blaber leads us through this next chapter of 1 Corinthians, asking the challenging question of who has the 'Keys' to your heart? And will you flee from idolatry? (00:46:05).
The Price Is Rights.
Know your rights! Demand your rights! Get your rights! Our culture is obsessed with rights. But living life with a gospel lens causes us to live and think differently. (00:44:39).
Food for Thought.
This week Christopher relaunches our 1 Corinthians series by looking at how we as Christians engage with our culture while remaining faithful to Jesus. (00:42:46).
Food for Thought.
This week Christopher relaunches our 1 Corinthians series by looking at how we as Christians engage with our culture while remaining faithful to Jesus. (00:42:46).
1 Corinthians: Wholehearted Devotion.
Have you ever felt like you’re not up to the task you’ve been given? If so you’re not alone. When Paul faced this situation he discovered that there’s nothing more important in all of life than knowing Jesus. (00:46:05).
Abide With Me... Evevn In Death.
On Good Friday Christopher shares the hope we have for both this life and the next because of who Jesus is and what he did on the Cross. (00:33:11).
Abide with me... In My Sorrow.
Life is often full of sorrow. Cassie encourages us to store up faith in God in times of plenty so that we can draw on this in times of sorrow and despair. Remembering that Jesus himself abides with us in our sorrows. (00:34:31).
Abide with me... when I fail.
When you fail how do you respond? Meg reminds us that God’s grace is bigger than our failures and that Jesus himself abides with us in our failures. (00:38:18).
Abide with me... in my disappointment.
Life is sometimes full of disappointments. How can we abide in the presence of Jesus when we’re going through deep disappointment, and God seems distant? (00:52:36).
Stick or Twist.
What’s your biggest relationship regret? Christopher continues the 1 Corinthians series by exploring how Paul looks at different kinds of relationship status through a gospel lens. (00:45:49).
Sex! So misunderstood, abused, and underrated but what does the Bible really say about it?. (00:54:43).
Fix Your Eyes on God.
Vinu encourages us to lift our eyes to God in all circumstances. (00:50:07).
Life Through A Lens: "Believers Behaving Badly".
Paul had a radical solution to a situation of serious sin in the church at Corinth: “Expel the wicked person”. What does this mean for us today? And what about Belong, Believe, Become? (00:48:12).
Life Through A Lens: "Life At The Back Of The Queue".
Pride can be really easy to spot in other people but really difficult to spot in ourselves. How do we live the life of humility that Jesus calls us to? (00:46:56).
Life Through A Lens: "The Wise, The Spiritual & The Mature".
Christopher continues the 1 Corinthians series by exploring how Paul applies the lens of the Gospel to three of the things that the Corinthians value most in life: wisdom, spirituality & maturity.(00:46:12).
Life Through A Lens: "Knowing Jesus".
Have you ever felt like you’re not up to the task you’ve been given? If so you’re not alone. When Paul faced this situation he discovered that there’s nothing more important in all of life than knowing Jesus.(00:50:06).
Life Through A Lens: "The Wisdom of the Cross".
Christopher continues the 1 Corinthians series by exploring how Paul looks to dismantle and heal the division in the Corinthians church, by refocusing on the message of the cross.(00:41:40).
Life Through A Lens: "Fresh Faith For The Future".
We launch our new preaching series, looking at how the church in Corinth began and finding fresh faith for God’s plans and purposes for our life and our church.(00:47:40).
Welcome Stories Sunday.
Looking back at what God has done in our lives and Church throughout the pandemic.(00:52:19).
Being a worshipper when times are tough and life is not what you expected.
As we enter a New Year none of us know what challenges lie ahead. How can we live as worshippers when times are tough and life is not how we expected it to be.(00:45:57).
Jesus Vs Santa.
On Christmas Day we look at 7 ways that Jesus and Santa are alike and one big difference.(00:15:35).
Life is short and when we die we will take nothing with us. Are you viewing your life through the lens of eternity? (1:28:54).
I Love My Church: "Who Do We Think We Are?"
The church has an amazing and unique in Jesus. In the final part of this series we look at how God’s five purposes for his church work together to build the church. We also see how all five purposes are rooted in the life and ministry of Jesus. (48:26).
How To Demonstrate Compassion."
How do we respond in a practical way to situations of need? And how do we help to influence others around us to do the same? (56:25).
I Love My Church: "Good News To The Poor."
Being good news to the poor is part of Jesus’ calling on every Christian and every church. As well as ministering to one another within the church, our ministry must have an outward flow from the church to those in need. As we step out in faith, we will experience Jesus working through us. (50:25).
I Love My Church: "Play Your Part"
Nnamdi looks at the ministry of the church and explains how we all have a part to play. (45:25).
I Love My Church: "Power for Living"
Sometimes there can be a gap between how our life is, and how we’d like it to be. The good news is that God didn't intend us to live powerless lives, hanging on to faith by our fingertips while we wait for Jesus to come back, he wants us to have power for living. (51:39).
I Love My Church: "The Call to Discipleship"
Christopher continues our series looking at discipleship within the church. (47:02).
I Love My Church: "Christ’s Family: The Ideal, the Real and the Healed"
What should the church as the family of Christ look like or feel like? (35:43).
I Love My Church: "There's Nothing Like The Family Of God."
The church is not defined as a business, a club or a friendship group, it’s described as God’s family. In this talk Christopher paints a picture of what it means to be in this family, through faith in Christ. (41:37).
I Love My Church: "Loving People Towards Jesus."
God isn’t calling us to “heavy evangelism” but instead to Love People Towards Jesus – something we all can do, that will lead to many people coming to faith in Him! (47:49).
I Love My Church: "Who Wants To Evangelise?"
Talking about evangelism can easily produce feelings of fear, guilt and frustration, yet every Christian wants to see people come to faith in Jesus. How can we find a bigger perspective and get free of fear? (49:09).
I Love My Church: "Worship Jesus Loves".
We are called to worship God, but what does the Bible really mean when it talks about worship and what does that mean for our lives? (47:19).
I Love My Church: "God Is Seeking Worshippers".
The greatest call on the Church and on the Christian is to be worshippers. Christopher opens out this calling and explores how God has provided everything we need to fulfil the great commandment in Jesus Christ. (45:54).
I Love My Church: "The Hope Of The World".
What is God’s purpose for the church? What are we called to do together and what does it mean for our lives and our church? It’s time to fall in love with God’s church again. This talk introduces our new series for the term ahead. (50:05).
Words That Changed My World: “God Has A Plan For Your Life”.
God has a plan for the life of every individual, but how do we go about finding his plan and living in the good of it? (35:07).
Words That Changed My World: “New Creation”.
Dub shares on how one verse about the difference Jesus makes changed his whole life. (36:08).
Words That Changed My World: “Do You Love Me?”.
Jesus asks Peter, ‘do you love me?’ This question restored Peter’s world and it has restored mine. How will this question affect your world?. (31:47).
Words That Changed My World: “The Best 'Til Now”.
Ed looks at Jesus transforming water into the best wine and explains how Jesus can transform our lives today into the best life possible. (27:24).
Words That Changed My World: “Prophesy is for Today”.
John explains how the revelation that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit have not ceased but are available and essential for us today changed his life. (36:12).
Words That Changed My World: “Reading the Bible, Finding Jesus”.
The Bible, more than any other book has shaped the world we live in. But how does it shape us? How do we get the most out of the Bible and read it for all it’s worth? (36:57).
Words That Changed My World: “I WIll”.
"I Will" - significant words spoken by most of us at some point. Guy Miller shares how those words have changed his life. (22:04).
Words That Changed My World: “By Grace You Have Been Saved”.
We have all sorts of relationships in life, but what sort of relationship does God want to have with us? (36:06).
Inside Out: Life Is Hard For Everyone, Who Really Deserves My Help?
We are surrounded by people in need of help, but who really deserves our help? How do we assess this in light of Jesus heart towards us and all he has done for us? (45:12).
Inside Out: Another moral failure, how can I keep a clear conscience?
Every day another scandal hits the headlines, another leader falls, another reputation crumbles, another person is revealed as being not what they seemed. How can any of us keep a clear conscience? (38:56).
Inside Out: My dreams have died, how can I find purpose again?
We all have dreams and longings in our heart, but sometimes those dreams don’t come to pass. How do we find fresh purpose in times of loss and disappointment? (43:34).
Inside Out: Everyone is laughing at me! Why do I care so much what other people think?
Are you afraid of what others think? Do you worry that you will look foolish or inadequate? Jody looks at events in David's life and asks how do we live a life that pleases God, in world that pressures us to please man? (36:04).
Inside Out: I’m ambitious, how can I stay humble?
Is ambition a good thing or a dangerous thing? Does it solve the world’s problems or create them? How can ambition live alongside humility? Christopher continues the Inside Out series by exploring David’s ascension to Kingship. (42:07).
Inside Out: I loved them, Why did God let them die?
When someone we love dies, it’s normal for us to search for answers. Christopher explores David’s loss of his best friend Jonathan and helps us think through how we relate to God in our grief.(41:59).
Inside Out: Disaster has struck, what am I going to do?
Just when things are starting to look up, David and his men face a horrific disaster. How will they react and what can we learn? Nnamdi unpacks the events at Ziklag. (34:20).
Inside Out: It’s Nice At Home, Why Go Back To Church?
Restrictions are easing and in person church will soon be possible for us all, but why would we want to do that? Why not just stay at home and online? (41:09).
Inside Out: I’ve Been Wronged, Why Should I Show Mercy?
What do you do when you’ve been wronged? What reasons do we have for showing people mercy and how effective are those reasons when we’re in the raw pain of being wronged? Christopher continues our Inside Out series exploring questions from the heart. (38:42).
Inside Out: Best Friends Forever … but what is REAL friendship?
David was blessed with a deep and lasting friendship, but what is real friendship and what does God say about friendship? (46:12).
Inside Out: I feel like they all against me, who can I trust to keep me safe?
Like many of us, both Saul and David find themselves in a situation where they are asking this question; I feel like they all against me, who can I trust to keep me safe? (40:03).
Inside Out: I’m stuck, how can I move forward?
Christopher continues our Inside Out series, exploring the classic story of David & Goliath. But what does it really mean for us today? (42:57).
Inside Out: I Feel Overlooked, Does Anyone Really Notice Me?
It feels horrible to be left out, overlooked or forgotten. How does Jesus satisfy the need we have for significance? (36:54).
Inside Out: I’ve been let down, how do I move on?
God knows what it’s like to be let down by people and has ways to help us recover our life and move on again. (40:11).
Turning point: From Separation to Embrace.
Christopher explores Mary’s Turning Point as she meets the resurrected Jesus, and asks what it means for us today. (37:27).
Turning point: From Isolation to Adoration.
Even in times of suffering and distress when we catch a glimpse of Jesus our problems are resized and we’re set free to worship Him (36:40).
Turning point: From Our Way to God’s Way.
God made us with a unique purpose in his glorious plan to redeem the world. Only by turning from our way to God’s way will we fulfil that purpose. (31:53).
Turning point: From Exclusion to Inclusion
Christopher explores the seismic shift in the early church that transformed them from an exclusive sect to an inclusive gospel. (31:37).
Turning point: From Weakness To Witness
You don’t have to live a powerless life. God didn’t intend us to live by human effort and striving; He gave His Holy Spirit to strengthen, comfort, lead, guide and empower us, and that’s good news.(36:39).
Turning point: From Rock-bottom to Restoration
Even in moments when we feel like we have hit rock-bottom, we can expect to encounter Jesus, and recognise him in such moments that lead to seasons of renewal and restoration. (34:57).
Turning point: From Despair To Repair
The great prophet Elijah faces his darkest moment. How does God deal with Elijah, and with us, as he moves us from despair to repair? (37:55).
Turning point: From Shaken To Stirred
Have you ever had news that has shaken your world? It’s vital that we have our confidence in the right place when things around us are shaking.
Click to watch this talk (39:57).
Turning Point: From knowing about God to knowing God
How do we hear the voice of God ? Do you recognise Gods voice when he is calling you ? Samuel’s encounter with God moved him from a place of knowing about God to a place of knowing God.
Click to watch this talk (31:59).
Turning Point: From Fear to Faith
What are the biggest fears you have? Can you overcome them? Nnamdi looks at the story of Gideon and shows us that we have a God who can help us overcome all fears and live in faith.
Click to watch this talk (30:55).
Turning Point: From Crisis to Confidence
Christopher continues the Turning Point series exploring Joshua’s encounter with the commander of the Lord’s Army. We hear how God’s intervention takes Joshua from crisis to confidence.
Click to watch this talk (35:35).
Turning Point: From Guilt to Grace
Guilt can easily hold us back from entering into everything God has for us, including his plans for our life, so how do we deal with past guilt properly and find real freedom?
Click to watch this talk (34:81).
Turning Point: From Doubt to Belief
In the face of a new Lockdown, Steve introduces both our new preaching series and the Welcome Church recovery plan for 2021, with call to move from doubt to belief as we encounter Jesus together.
Click to watch this talk (32:41).
Big Prayers for 2021
After a year like no other, where do we get the faith to pray big prayers for the new year ahead?
Click to watch this talk (26:26).
Christmas Day Message
Our Christmas Day family message
Click to watch this talk (12:21).
Life to the Full (Baptims meeting)
Coronavirus has stolen a lot from us the year, yet Jesus offers us great hope in every situation we face.
Click to watch this talk (31:10).
Self-Control (When you feel like giving up)
The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. At the end of Paul’s list of fruit we see that God is wanting to empower us to be self-controlled. What does this mean? Christopher explores how the gospel we buy into will determine our relationship with self-control.
Click to watch this talk (37:54).
Gentleness (When passions are running high)
Brexit, coronavirus, racism, gender, politics and more … our culture seems to be increasingly polarised and divided. What is God solution and what does that look like in real life?
Click to watch this talk (30:48).
Faithfulness (When you feel like giving up)
The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. God is the only one who is truly faithful. Through the Holy Spirit flowing through our lives, we too can become like Christ Jesus, being faithful to others, even when they are unfaithful to us.
Click to watch this talk (24:41).
Goodness (and breaking all the rules!)
The fruit of the Spirit is goodness, but what makes a person good? Who gets to ses the standard of right and wrong? By what standard do we measure goodness?
Click to watch this talk (32:15).
Kindness (In a world full of fear)
We are living through a time of fear, but Jesus calls us instead to show kindness. How do we do that in real life? And why should we bother?
Click to watch this talk (24:54).
Peace (despite constant bad news)
Christopher continues the series exploring the fruit of peace. How can we position ourselves for the Holy Spirit to grow peace in our character, especially in a season that seems to be in a constant cycle of bad news?
Click to watch this talk (34:43).
Joy (when we lose our freedom)
Christopher continues our new preaching series 'Fruitful' and explores the fruit of joy. What is true Christian joy and how can we nurture it in this season?
Click to watch this talk (35:26).
Love (and why it wears a mask)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, but what does that mean in this time of crisis? And how can we be more fruitful?
Click to watch this talk (29:25).
Questions and Answers
Steve Petch answers some of the questions people have sent in during our preaching series on sickness, healing and death.
Click to watch this talk (41:46).
Seeking God For Healing
How do we go about seeking God for healing for ourselves or for others? How do we grow in this area?
Click to watch this talk (42:59).
What Happens When We Die?
Death is an inevitability for us all, but what happens to us when we die? What does the Bible teach us about the life to come?
Click to watch this talk (38:26).
Out of Balance
Sickness, healing and death are deep and emotional issues and as Christians we can easily end up out of balance and doing damage to ourselves and others. How do we handle these issues well?
Click to watch this talk (34:57).
Back to Life
The last few months have been challenging and many have been left feeling spiritually dry and empty, but God has not given up on us. He can breathe new life into dead and dying situations. He is calling his church back to life again.
Click to watch this talk (28:06).
There Must Be More Than This!
At the start of this new term there are many things we might be planning and praying for. But at the top of our list should be asking God to flood our hearts, our church and our nation with the renewal only he can bring.
Click to watch this talk (29:22).
The Most Important Thing
We all know that some things in life are more important than others, but it’s so easy to focus on the wrong things and waste the opportunities God gives us. What knocks us off track, and how can we focus on what really matters?
Click to watch this talk (25:37).
God is Doing a New Thing
What could our life be like if we could overcome the fears that hold us back and embrace everything God is calling us into?
Click to watch this talk (21:31).
Don’t Just Survive, Learn How To Thrive
In challenging times God can help us to do more than just survive; we can learn to thrive where we are planted.
Click to watch this talk (31:26).
When there is so much bad news around, is there any good news?
Click to watch this talk (31:14).
Knowing God’s Love Through A Pandemic
In these challenging times where can we look to see the evidence of God’s love and find reasons to trust that he is good?
Click to watch this talk (34:57).
Bringing God’s Kingdom to Woking
God’s plan goes well beyond us just building a nice church; he has a plan for our whole town. What does it look like when the kingdom of God comes to town?
Click to watch this talk (29:26).
Everything around us has changed in recent weeks, and it’s understandable if we feel worried or stressed. How can we find peace in turbulent times?
Click to watch this talk (24:23).
The Hardest Lesson
Whether you have been a Christian for many years or are still exploring faith, there is a lesson that we can easily miss, and that every Christian needs to learn. This is it!
Click to watch this talk (34:07).
We are going to the other side
Guy and Heather give us practical steps for going through problems and disasters and getting to the other side.
Click to watch this talk (31:41).
In times and places where there is division or fear, Jesus has an amazing message to offer us all. Jesus offers us a message of reconciliation that can impact both our community and our personal lives. Through Jesus we can build community that transcends racial, ethnic and cultural boundaries.
Click to watch this talk (35:14).
As our culture looks for answers to our nation’s divisions, Christopher unpacks God’s chosen solution: the church, united in Christ.
Click to watch this talk (32:03).
Building Community Together
We’ve lived through difficult days first with Coronavirus and now with news of a racist murder in the USA by those who were paid to serve and protect people. How can we build community together which transcends both racism and isolation and where Jesus’ kingdom values shine through?
Click to watch this talk (33:15).
Living and Dying Without Regret
To live as though dying were the least likely thing to happen to us is to deny reality, so if Coronavirus has focussed our thoughts on death, that’s a good thing. But is it possible to settle this issue in our hearts and find peace? What is the key to living and dying without regret?
Click to watch this talk (31:19).
Match-Fit for the Mission
How can we ensure that during these uncertain times, we remain in training for the mission God has called us to?
Click to watch this talk (35:49).
Handling Challenges Well
These are challenging times and every day we’re handling situations that are new to us. Whether you’ve been a Christian for many years or you’re just starting out on a journey of faith, God has a plan and a purpose for our lives that goes way beyond where we are right now. We can all grow in maturity and learn to handle these challenges well.
Click to watch this talk (32:52).
Guardians of the Gospel
During this season of social distancing, we must be on our guard to ensure that we don’t become more distanced from God.
Click to watch this talk (34:19).
Fan The Flames
Living through this time of isolation is a huge challenge, but God has a calling on every life at this time. How do we hold onto faith in isolation and live life well?
Click to watch this talk (35:33).
A Life That Counts
Lockdown is continuing. The monotony of days merging together, and weekends spent at home is taking a toll on us all. There’s a growing sense of being fed up. How can we find a sense purpose and a vision for living during this time?
Click to watch this talk (38:50).
The Secret of Contentment
As lockdown continues, Christopher asks if it’s possible to find contentment in this difficult season, and if so, how?
Click to watch this talk (43:05).
Reasons for Hope
These are difficult days for us all. Many of us feel like we want out life back again. Is there any hope or good news out there? The story of Easter gives us some fantastic reasons for hope in these dark times.
Click to watch this talk (32:20).
Is God Listening?
In these challenging days more people than ever are turning to prayer, but how do we pray? And when we do pray, does God care and is He even listening?
Click to watch this talk (30:00).
People all around us are experiencing a great deal of anxiety at the moment, and maybe you are too. With Jesus' help we can find a fresh perspective that helps us to defeat anxiety and live with peace, even during these difficult times.
Click to watch this talk (48:14).
Facing This Giant Challenge
We are in the midst of a sudden and unexpected national emergency cause by Coronavirus.
How can we face this giant challenge with peace and confidence?
Wherever you are on the journey of faith, this talk from Steve Petch will encourage and help you at this time.
Click to watch this talk (38:17).
Contented? - Are you contented in a crisis (or Coronavirus)?
The Coronavirus Pandemic looks likely to have significant impact on all our lives.
How can we live through this time of crisis with contentment rather than fear?>br> Steve offers Biblical and practical advice for handling this situation well and lays out how we plan to respond as a church.
Click to watch this talk (46:13).