You will receive a warm welcome. The people on the
door will greet you and be pleased to answer any questions. There is no need to bring
a Bible or hymn book, as you will be given these on your arrival. You will not be
singled out in any way, or asked to stand before the congregation or made to come
forward. You will simply be worshipping God with the rest of us. If you don’t feel
ready to participate in the service, you can come and simply watch and listen to
what happens. There are no set places for anyone to sit, so you may want to sit at
the back at see everything that goes on. Once you have been a few times, you may
wish to join in with the rest of the congregation.
On Sundays, Knottingley services are usually at 10.00am, Castleford
at 11.00am and Brotherton at 3.00pm. These services are of a traditional nature,
but there is usually at least one Alternative Worship Service every few months at
either Knottingley or Castleford at 7.30pm Further details of all services are in
the individual Church sections and details of the Alternative Worship services will
also appear in the News section. Additional services are held in one or more of the
group churches at special times of the Christian year – Easter, Pentecost and Christmas
– and further details of these will appear in the NEWS section.
You don’t have to dress up to come to church. Wear whatever you are comfortable
in. What you wear isn’t important, it’s the fact that you are there.
The Airevale Group consists of the three churches URC Churches in Brotherton,
Castleford and Knottingley and services are conducted by Elders of the Church or
by a Lay Preacher in the area. You will be given a hymn book on arrival and details
of which hymns will be on a board near the pulpit. Readings from the New International
Version of The Bible or the Good News Bible are also detailed on a board. Whilst
each of the preachers has their own distinctive style, all the services include the
singing of four or five hymns, the readings from the Bible, prayers at the beginning
and near the end of the service, a collection and a sermon.
You will know when the service is about to begin when the door to the vestry opens
and a small group of Elders precede the preacher. At this point, the congregation
will rise to greet them and will also rise to sing any hymns, and also after the
collection has been taken.
As with many non-conformist churches, the congregation
is seated for prayers, except after the collection has been taken and for the Grace,
or Benediction, at the end of the service.
There is a Communion service in each of
the churches once a month. Unlike the Anglican and Roman Catholic services, we do
not go forward to an Altar Rail, but servers bring the bread and wine to each member
of the congregation. All then partake together. Whilst we welcome everyone into Communion
and you do not need to be a member of any church to participate, if you do not wish
to, then just politely decline the bread and wine when offered. At the end of the
service, the preacher will come through the church and greet you either then or at
Brotherton Church is on the Old Great North Road at WF11 9EP