Not sure about church? Just want to pop in to St Saviour’s Retford for a visit? Considering joining us? Thinking about exploring faith? We hope the following information will be helpful.
We have begun to meet again in our church building for services, but due to social distancing measures seating capacity is limited. Booking is therefore essential if you wish to attend in person. Sunday services will also continue to be available on Zoom. There is more information in our Vicar Ben’s latest letter about upcoming services and you can check out videos of past services and talks here.
What’s the best service to come to at St Saviour’s Retford?
If you’re coming with children or would like something that’s relaxed and informal come to our 10.30am service. This lasts around 60 -75 minutes and includes modern songs and well known hymns, a group for children and refreshments at the end. The first Sunday of the month is normally an all age service which is slightly shorter (45-60 minutes).
What should I wear?
Whatever you’re comfortable in. People wear anything from jeans and t-shirts to jacket and tie.
Where is the St Saviour’s church building?
The church building and Community Centre are a short walk from Retford town centre on the corner of Lidget Lane and Welham Road. View on map.
Can I park at St Saviour’s?
There is a small number of parking spaces (around 15) in the church car park and plenty of on-street parking nearby. Please be considerate of our neighbours when parking.
What time should I arrive?
5 to 10 minutes early is a good idea. Then you can get settled. Lots of our regular members chat before the service starts – but you don’t have to do that – get in early and you’ll definitely get a seat.
How do I make sure I’m not in someone’s seat?
There’s no such thing, really, even though some folks tend to sit in roughly the same place every week at St Saviour’s! If there’s a space, and no ‘reserved’ sign on it – you can sit there. We’re always happy to see visitors, and it does us good to get a different view from time to time.
How do I get into the church?
There are two entrances at St Saviour’s Retford:
The main entrance is through the large church door, which you can see from the road. We try to open this every Sunday, apart from when the weather is very bad.
There is a smaller side door to the right of the main door, which is buggy and wheelchair accessible.
What books do I need, and where do I get them?
At our 10.30am service all the words are projected on a screen. Service cards are also available at both entrances. There are Bibles and hymn books in the chairs so you can follow the readings and songs in print if you prefer.
Can I bring my children?
Please do! Children are very welcome – at any age, bring them along with you. The 10:30am service is the best, because it has a creche and children’s group. See our children’s page for more information on activities for families and children
What if my child makes a noise?
Children make noise and that’s fine we’d rather have the noise and your lovely child and you than boring peace and quiet! We’re happy for you to get up and move around if it helps you to comfort your child – there’s also creche area at the back if it helps.
When do the children go to the Sunday Club?
See information on our children and families page.
How do I know when to stand or sit?
The person leading the service will make that clear. We usually stand for songs and hymns (it’s easier to sing that way), and for a couple of other bits. Just look around and see what other people are doing if you’re not sure.
Do you have toilets?
Yes – these can be found in the Community Centre and include facilities for disabled people and baby changing.
What happens after the service?
At the end of the service the leader says a brief closing prayer, and then walks down the aisle to the back of the church. People will tend to chat for a few minutes in the church building, then many will drift through to the Community Centre (where there are refreshments) for more chat. We’d love to meet you – so please come through and join in.