If you’re visiting us for the first time…
we look forward to meeting you. We’ll be doing our best to help you feel at ease and welcome. Here are a few things you might find helpful to know.
Whatever your background or English language ability, everyone is welcome to our services and programmes. Our four Sunday services have different styles but they all include worship, prayer and Bible teaching. We do not have a set dress code so feel free to be as formal or as appropriately casual as you like.
Before the service
Feel free to ring the office if you’d like to talk to one of our friendly staff before your visit. They will be only too happy to answer any questions you have and even arrange for someone to be looking out for you if you think that would be helpful.
There is good parking close to the church on Merrivale and Telegraph Roads but spaces fill up quickly, especially for our morning services. It’s also a relatively short walk from Bungalow Avenue (running from Telegraph Road to Selwyn Street) if you use the Church Ministry Centre’s driveway at 4a Merrivale Road as a shortcut. Please note that there are short strips of no parking zones on both sides of Merrivale Road just outside the church.
During the service
The community of St Swithun’s gathers each Sunday in the church at 2a Telegraph Road, Pymble. Each of our four Sunday services has a different look and feel but they all run for about 60-70 minutes and include singing, prayer and a 20-25 minute sermon. Our Blessed Assurance service for those with special needs is held on the second Thursday of every month.
A crèche is available that gives children space to play and carers the chance (however slim!) to follow the service on a CCTV screen. At the 5pm family service during public school term time, children stay in church for the first 15 minutes of the service before going out to our children’s programme in the adjacent hall.
After the service
Morning tea is served in the hall after our morning services and a light supper is served in the hall or lounge after our evening services. Although there is absolutely no obligation to linger, we do encourage everyone to make the most of the opportunity to get to know people over a relaxed cuppa and a bite to eat.
If you’d like one of our staff to touch base with you a day or two after your first visit, please fill in one of the yellow communication cards located in the pews.