Whether you’re thinking of attending church for the first time or are returning after a time away we know it may not be easy. We love making new friends and meeting new people so we try and make services welcoming and accessible to newcomers.
Busbridge and Hambledon have six services every Sunday over three sites. Site shown right: Busbridge contemporary in school hall.
What can I expect on a Sunday?
Each service is a mixture of music, time for reflection and prayer and a speaker will give a talk based on the Bible. Depending on the service there may be the opportunity to share in communion. Communion is where Christians drink red wine and eat bread to remember Jesus Christ in a special way.
Each of our services are slightly different to serve different tastes and styles so that no one feels left out.
The Quiet service in Busbridge church building starts Sunday… quietly. There is no music. A service book is given out. Page numbers are usually given out to help people know where we are in the service. The service is usually approximately 30 minutes long.
At Busbridge the Classic congregation meets in the church. You will experience a mixture of classic and modern hymns and have a clear structure to follow using material from a booklet called Common Worship. Hymns are led by piano, organ or elements of an orchestral lead. Seating is in pews. Toilet facilities are in the church centre beside the church. Disability access is poor with several steps to climb but hand-rails have been fitted for support. If in a wheelchair please call the church office for specific information. Refreshments are served after the service.
At Hambledon the Heritage congregation enjoys singing hymns and psalms and follows the Book of Common Prayer service format from 1662. Music is led by organ. Seating is in pews. Toilet facilities are in the church through the side door into the kitchen and church-room. Disabiliy access is good with a flat path (slightly bumpy) and a ramp up one entrance step.
The two Contemporary congregations are at Busbridge Junior School and at Hambledon church. Here you can expect modern music from the likes of Tim Hughes, Stuart Townend, Brenton Brown and Hillsong UNITED. The music is band led and video projectors are used. The style is deliberately informal. Refreshments are served at Busbridge priorto ,during and after the service. Entry to Busbridge Junior School is through the main (car) entrance. The school hall entrance is both the first and second set of doors to the main school block. Toilet facilities are in the school corridor on the right hand side as you exit the main hall.
In the evening the 6:30 congregation is based at Busbridge church building and is band led with times of extended singing. The 6:30 is also home to Ichthus, our 14 to 18 youth group. Each week we have a different band usually made up of members of the congregation who aren’t yet twenty or who are retired, and all that is in between. We love to listen and let the Holy Spirit lead us each evening so no two Sundays are alike. Video projectors are used.
How long will a service be?
Our morning services last just over an hour while the 6:30 can last another twenty minutes or so on occasion.
What about my children?
We run groups for children from pre-school age to 18 year olds every Sunday during term time. You can learn more about each group on our Youth & Childrens page. If you have any queries about youth and children’s work for any of the congregations or sites you can email any questions to the Church Office.
Where are you?
What about parking?
Busbridge (GU7 1XA)
Hambledon Road, Brighton Road and surrounding streets. In the morning parking is available in the village hall (approximately 30 spaces) and junior school (approximately 15 spaces) car parks.
Hambledon (GU8 4DS)
There is a narrow single track road with some passing points and approximately 15 parking bays by the church. For services, such as funerals and weddings, where extra parking may be needed, please check with the church office who will able to advise on possible alternative arrangements.