Your First Visit
We’re so pleased that you’re thinking of visiting us.
Going anywhere for the first time can be daunting. You may be worried about where to go or what to do. That’s why we make our meetings as welcoming and friendly as possible.
What’s more, we’ve put together this handy guide to answer any questions you may have beforehand.
In January 2020 we moved into our new, purpose built facility. The new buildings have a large chapel that will seat over 600 people and rooms for all our different children's groups.
The building is close to the town centre on the corner of Church Street West and Oaks Road (next door to the now infamous Woking Pizza Express!).
We hold two meetings every Sunday morning. The first starts at 9am and finishes at 10:30am. The second starts at 11am and finishes at 12:30pm.
We hold two meetings because we are too large to fit in the building for one meeting! There's no difference between the two meetings - just pick the time that suits you best. Straight after both meetings we serve tea and coffee (free of charge), so please don't rush off - have a drink to get to know us.
We have a small car park behind our building (in Oaks Road) but this is reserved for disabled users or those with considerable mobility difficulties.
We are very grateful to several local businesses that have allowed us to use their car parks on a Sunday morning. Our main car parking is at Philips Court, where we have lots of free parking spaces available. The entrance to Philips Court is to the left of the Fire Station on Goldsworth Road (Postcode: GU21 6LE). Stewards will cheerfully direct you on arrival.
If all our local car parks are full, we recommend parking at the Victoria Road Car Park. This is a short walk through the town centre (about 10 minutes) to our building. Bring your car parking ticket with you, and we can validate it in our reception area's ticket machine after the meeting and your parking will be free.
You’ll receive a really warm welcome from the moment you arrive. When you enter our building, you’ll be greeted by our Welcome Team and shown to the kids registration area if you need it, and then through to the chapel. The chapel is equipped with comfortable chairs and large screens where song words and information will be projected.
The Welcome Team can help you find a seat and introduce you to others if you wish. If you have children below year 7 with you, someone can introduce you to a children's group leader, tell you about our safeguarding systems and show you where their groups are - just ask. The children meet in different rooms for a range of age-related activities for the whole meeting time.
We usually begin with a short welcome from the leader that day. The main part of the meeting is then divided into a time of worship (led by a modern band), followed by Bible teaching from one of our leaders.
There are separate activities for children from birth up to school year 6. These run for the whole morning, and you can either take your children to them before the meeting starts or at any time during the morning if you prefer.
Between the worship and the teaching, the meeting leader will give some information about upcoming events and share any other news. At this point, there will also be an offering, but don’t feel embarrassed to pass the basket on without putting anything in it. Many church members contribute directly through their banks using standing orders, so you won’t be the only one passing it on.
After the meeting, tea and coffee is served from tables in the Welcome Lounge. This is all provided free and it's a great time to say hello to other people or meet one of our leaders if you would like. However, if you have children in one of the children's groups please remember to go and collect them first. To help keep them safe, you’ll need to collect them in person.
There are clearly signposted toilets off the reception area as you first come into the building. There are also toilets at the back of the chapel.
There's also a seperate toilet that is accessible to wheelchair users in both buildings. If you need help finding the toilets, please ask a member of our Welcome Team.
Yes, there is good access. You can travel from the car park directly into the chapel, or from the front entrance into the building one level without any steps. However, as you enter the chapel from the Welcome Lounge there are a few steps or a lift that can be used.
For parents, there is plenty of space to either have your pushchair with you or you can 'park' it in a space at the back if you prefer.
If you are struggling to walk from the car park to the meeting room, please let our Car Park Team know as they have a wheelchair available and will help you from our car park to the chapel.
All the song words will be projected onto large screens at the front of the hall. If you want to join in and sing, then please do. But if you would rather just observe then that's fine as well!
There's no dress code. Please come wearing whatever you feel most comfortable wearing. Everyone is welcome - just come as you are.
Whether you have never been to church before or have attended church meetings all your life, you are just as welcome to come and join us. We have visitors on almost every Sunday, so there will be plenty of others who are also new to Welcome Church.
What have others said?
“I was really worried about visiting the church for the first time as I was on my own and I was new to Woking. I didn’t need to be concerned at all. I received such a warm welcome and was quickly introduced to lots of friendly people over coffee.” Rebecca
“I wasn’t sure where to go, but I was met in the car park by someone in a welcome T-shirt and shown the way. Loads of people greeted me and made me feel very welcome.” Lois
“A really welcoming church; a great place to learn more about God and to get together with others who love Him to worship Him.” Tony
Got further questions?
We hope this helps to explain what Welcome Church is like. Please do come and visit us, we’d love to meet you. If you are still nervous, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions. We can also arrange for someone to meet you as you arrive.