NEW HERE - FIRST TIME?
The first thing we hope you will notice when you visit us is how relaxed, friendly and informal we are. We are a growing church of approximately 120 adults and children in Hastings and St Leonards. We have tried to create an atmosphere within our church services where in particular young families feel very welcome. We have a children’s play area for those up to 5 years of age and a children’s Sunday school for the older ones.
All children’s church workers are vetted and our child protection policy is based on Home Office guidelines, "Safe from Harm".
There are also events put on during the week for the youth, where they can connect with one another and grow in their knowledge of God. Many of our leaders in the church right now were once in our youth group!
We have a diverse congregation in regard to age and nationality, which we think is great!
People feel free at Sonrise Church to dress comfortably, which could mean different things to different people. Some prefer to dress up a bit, but many prefer to dress casually. We don't judge people based on how they dress.
Our services are held in an old (1885) Anglican church building in Hastings, with beautiful stained glass windows, but we are far from traditional in our style! Our service begins with contemporary worship using songs by such people and churches as Matt Redman and Hillsong Church, with the occasional hymn as well. We tend to stand during this time and you can follow the words on our large screens. During worship some people raise their hands to God but not everyone. History shows it was the way many early Christians worshipped.
After our worship time there will be a short message given by one of our main speakers in the church, which we hope you will find really inspiring and thought provoking. When the service finishes, which is normally about midday, coffee and tea will be available free of charge for you to enjoy.