St Paul's Methodist
Church, Crawley
Woodfield Road, Crawley, W Sussex
RH10 8ER

Rev Gillian Baalham 01293 201426
Deacon Jenny Parnell 01293 664696

General enquiries



How do I find the church?
There’s a map and directions here

Is there a car park?
The church has a car park with disabled parking beside the entrance, and there is a public car park (2-hour limit) at the shops opposite. Roadside parking is restricted Monday-Saturday but available on Sundays.

How do I get into the building?
During service times and week-day mornings while the Café is open, the main doors are unlocked. During meetings and events outside these times a coded entry system is in operation. It is easy to use; instructions are posted at the main door.

When can I come to a service?
Regular services are every Sunday at 10:30am.  There are also Contemporary Worship services at 6:45 on  Friday evenings in school term-time.

What should I wear?
Anything from your best suit or posh frock to jeans and tees – whatever makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.

What happens when I arrive?
We have a nice big foyer known as the Welcome Hall. You will normally find people around ready to give you a friendly greeting and answer any questions you have.  During worship the words of all the songs and hymns are projected onto a big screen.

Where do I sit in the church?
Wherever you like; there would only be reserved seats, which would be marked, in the front rows for special services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. We can easily accommodate wheelchairs.

What other facillities are there?
There is a hearing aid loop in the church.

How long does the service last?
Normally around an hour.

Will there be a money collection?
We do not collect money during the service. Most of our congregation make their donations to the church through their bank and some pay monthly using special envelopes. Some people put cash donations into the brass offertory plate at the back of the church at the end of the service.  We do have to raise money towards the running costs of the church and its work so all donations are very welcome.

Will there be many hymns?
There are usually about five hymns during a service and we stand up to sing. We do understand that hymn-singing can be a problem when people aren't very used to it, so no-one would mind if you didn't sing along. Several of our members remain sitting during songs so feel free to do the same if you'd rather and just follow the words on the screen.

Are there facilities for children?
The King’s Kids corner in the church is where families with small children and babies can sit with books and some activities for the children. There is also a children’s area in the Welcome Hall where some parents and carers with particularly lively little ones feel more comfortable. There is a loudspeaker relaying the service into the Welcome Hall.

What happens at a Communion Service?
Holy Communion is celebrated as announced and everyone is welcome to join in.  Bread and non-alcoholic wine are served as reminders of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Stewards will indicate to everyone when to go forward. If you don’t want to take the bread and wine but would like to come forward for a blessing, just keep your hands down at your sides to let the servers know. If you prefer to stay in your seat that’s perfectly fine – there will be others doing the same.

Will there be refreshments?
Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits (cake sometimes!) are served in the Welcome Hall after services so that people can enjoy a chat before going home.



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