Are there Any Age Limits?
For the Toddler Groups parents (mums and dads) and carers are welcome with no minimum age limit for the babies. For the Children’s Holiday Clubs we are pleased to see the parents and carers with the children and the parents/carers may stay as long as they like. However parents/carers must stay the whole time with any children under five years old and the age range is normally 5 to about 12 years. For the Youth Group the minimum age is 10 years. (If parents/carers wish to sample a session then they are welcome to come.) There is no age limit for the Gospel Meeting but it is recommended more for those who thirteen to umpteen. If those who are younger come them we can adjust the meeting to suit them.
How long do meetings/services last?
Depending on which meeting/service/session you come to, they last from 45 minutes (Gospel Meeting) to 2 hours (Children’s Holiday Clubs). For times and duration please see the Meetings page at: http://wallingtongospelhall.org/meetings/
Do I need to bring money with me?
Except for the Toddler Group, where we request 50p per toddler per session, you are not asked for money.
Do I have to introduce myself to anyone?
For safety reasons at the Toddler Groups, Children’s Holiday Clubs and Youth Groups we do need to know who you are. You are welcome to visit at any time with no further obligation. At the other meetings or services you do not need to introduce yourself as we will introduce ourselves and do our best to help you feel at home. You are welcome to come along and check things out.
Do I need to give personal details, e.g. address etc?
For safety and organisational reasons at the Toddler Groups, Children’s Holiday Clubs and Youth Groups, we do need to know your personal details. Otherwise No. However if you would like somebody to get in touch with you can leave your details with a member at the Gospel Hall which will be confidentially kept. Also you can contact us via the “Contact” page on this website: http://wallingtongospelhall.org/contact/
What should I wear?
There is no formal dress code though modesty of style and cut is appreciated.
Where can I sit?
None of the seating is reserved and so you can sit where you like in the provided seating.
Will I know what to do during the meeting/service/session?
On visiting a church as an atheist he said: “It’s difficult and frightening. You don’t know what to expect—when to sit, when to stand. You’re afraid you’re going to be embarrassed.”
You will not need to be embarrassed here. We make sure that people know what will happen.
Will I need to sing?
At the Toddler Group closing singing session it is nice to sing the songs but no one is “expected” to sing. When there is the singing of hymns no one is “expected” to sing. It is fine just to listen. Also when the leader/speaker prays there is no congregational involvement.
Are there toilet facilities?
Yes at the side of the main hall. We have separate toilets for men and women and baby changing facilities.
Is there access for disabled people?
Yes. The entrance to the Gospel Hall and the hall is level with the pavement. There are large-print Bibles and, when used, large print hymn books. If you would like a copy or need assistance please ask someone who will be happy to help you.
Everyone who works here is a volunteer and is security cleared to work with children and young people. We take our child protection seriously.