Firstly – welcome!
What can I expect?
Our services last for around an hour, between 11am-12 noon. After that, we enjoy coffee, tea and biscuits together. We have herbal tea, gluten-free and vegan bisuits, and vegan milk available.
Services usually include 3-4 hymns, several readings, a period of prayer and meditation, music, and an address from the speaker. The week’s speaker and topic will be on our Church Services and Activities page. You may sing or not as you please! We have musical accompaniment for our hymns, and we usually stand for them as we are able. We usually sit, rather than kneel, for prayers. We have a collection during the service, usually after the speaker’s address. (You don’t have to donate if you don’t want to.) We do not usually have Communion services.
Note that we film many of our services, so that they can be shared online with people who can’t make the services. We always ensure that the only person in the frame is the person leading the service – if we do film in a way that would capture others on film, we’ll make everyone present aware of this first, and ensure there is somewhere to sit where you can still enjoy the service without being on film, if you’d prefer not to be.
Can I come if I am a member of another church or religion – or if I don’t believe in God?
Absolutely. The Unitarian approach is that “there is nothing that we are forced to believe, and nothing that we are forbidden to believe” (Rev. Tom McCready). We are a place for people wanting to explore their personal beliefs, and there is no set creed or dogma that Unitarians have to follow. If you already have a strong set of beliefs, and you want to visit us to explore some different ideas, you’re very welcome.
Do you have a dress code?
Everyday clothes are fine!
How do I get there?
We start at 11am, we suggest you aim to arrive no later than 10.45am. We would recommend you plan a route to the church via the A167 Central Motorway, as this avoids Newcastle city centre (and its bus lanes!) Here’s a map:
Disabled parking is available at the front of the church, or you can park in the council car park next to the building. We have a limited number of Sunday parking permits for car drivers to park for free, if you want to use one please arrive a bit early, come to the church entrance and ask the person on greeting duty for a permit.
If you’re coming by public transport, the church is about 15 minutes’ walk from the Haymarket bus and Metro station.
If you’re cycling, we can find storage for your bike inside the church, and you are welcome to change in the cloakrooms!
Please note that the main entrance to the building is on the side opposite the car park. Walk past the noticeboard and holly bushes, and you will see our main entrance, marked with two banners.
Are you an accessible building for disabled people?
We have done our best to make our current building accessible for disabled people, but it is an old building and Grade II* listed, so unfortunately there are some limitations to this. Currently we are meeting in the downstairs hall (the Turner hall), which is down a flight of stairs from the main entrance. It is easier to get to from the churchyard, where you only need to get up a short flight of three steps. Toilets and refreshments are available on the same level as the service. If you are a wheelchair user, we would suggest you contact us in advance to discuss any accessibility issues, email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance dogs are welcome in our building.
Are children welcome, and do you have a Sunday School or creche?
Children and young people are very welcome to join us for our services. However, please be aware that we do not currently have a Sunday School or creche. We have some toys and books available, and children are welcome to play with them during the service (with parents supervising). If you have very young children, you are welcome to visit and we won’t mind if you need to take them out of the room during the service. We don’t currently have dedicated baby changing facilities, but you are welcome to use the toilets to do this.
Are you dog friendly?
Yes, people sometimes bring their canine companions to join us. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join us. (If you are allergic to dogs, please contact us in advance or let the person on greeting duty know, and we’ll make arrangements to seat you away from any four-legged visitors!)
What happens when I get there?
Walk round to the main entrance, through the small courtyard, and you will see someone on greeting duty just inside the door. They will make you welcome, show you where the service is taking place, give you a hymn book and order of service, and answer any questions you may have.
I’d like to know a bit more about you…
Here’s our leaflet about us: Newcastle Unitarians
Here’s some information about the national Unitarian movement: First Time Visitors Leaflet
We’d like to get to know you… so come visit us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions!