Maybe you’ve just moved into the area or have lived here all your life. Maybe you’re a first-year student or have retired. Whether you are a Christian or just someone wanting to know more, you are warmly invited to our Sunday services.
We meet at Phoenix School, 49 Bow Road, London E3 2AD in Tower Hamlets, East London at 10.30am on Sundays. We like to have time to chat together and so serve tea, coffee and snacks from 10am.
There is a limited amount of parking available within the school and there is parking on the nearby side streets. The school is wheelchair accessible.
What if I am new to church?
If you haven’t been to a church like THCC before, we hope you will be comfortable visiting us. Most people find us friendly and welcoming and we very much hope that will be your experience too. As some people like to know ahead what will happen, we’ve provided that information below.
We are a multi cultural, multi generational church, and that means that we certainly aren’t one type of person – so please feel free to come as you are. We are fairly informal and hope that helps people to feel relaxed when they visit us.
What to expect when you arrive
Depending on when you arrive, there may be someone welcoming people at the gates to the school. If so, speak to them and they can answer any questions you have. If there is no one there, walk down the drive way of the school to the entrance. Once you are in the school turn left and you will find the main hall a little way down on the right.
When you enter the hall, you will see that there is tea and coffee and refreshments. This is free and served before and after the service. Please help yourselves to drinks. There should be somebody there who will serve any cake, biscuits or fruit that you’d like.
If you are early, feel free to sit down or to stand around and chat to people. We always try to be friendly to new people – our apologies if we miss you for any reason.
During the service you are welcome to join in or just to watch, whichever you feel most comfortable with. We start with singing, which we call worship. This is played by a band that typically consists of a drummer, guitar, keyboard and a singer. The words of the songs are displayed on a screen. While most people stand up for this, please feel free to sit.
Children and youth
At the back of the hall there is an area set aside for babies and their carers. You’re very welcome to sit anywhere you like, but you may find that if you sit in this area it’s easier to combine looking after your baby with being part of the service.
Children stay in the service for the first 20 minutes or so. They they go to their own sessions where they will have fun learning from the Bible. If you would like your children to be part of this, please go out with them and ask one of the adults with the children where your children should go.
Most weeks the youth also have their own session, but they stay in the service a little longer than the children.
We believe that the Bible is the word of God and learning from it is very important to us. So, the talk (which we also sometimes call a sermon) is a major part of our service.
If you want an idea of what our talks are like, you can listen here.
Our heart is to bless people that visit us and we don’t expect people to give us anything in return. During the service there is a collection, but this is for people who attend THCC regularly and who want to contribute to the work of the church. Most people give to THCC directly through their bank rather than by putting cash into the collection. So, on a Sunday, most pass the collection on without putting anything into it.
If you would like to know more about giving at THCC, see how we give.
At the end of most services there is an opportunity to pray with somebody about anything you want. While this happens most people are heading for the tea or coffee so please decide whether you are most in need of prayer or caffeine!
Tell me more
You’re very welcome to just turn up at one of our services, however if you’d like to find out more about us first, get in touch with our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do come to a service and would like to know more about the church, there is a laptop on a table at the back where you can provide us with your contact details. We won’t provide your details to anyone else and you can ask that we delete them at any time.