FAQ : Firwood Church

Frequently Asked Questions


I am new to Firwood Church, what should I expect?

Firwood Church currently runs two Sunday services, one starting at 10.30am and the other starting at 6.00pm. Both services are informal and friendly and incorporate a time of corporate worship (led by the Firwood band) and a 40-50 minute message in which a passage from the bible is explained and applied.

The morning service starts at 10.30 and lasts between an hour and a half to an hour and three-quarter, whereas the evening service starts at 6.30pm and lasts between an hour and a quarter and an hour and a half.

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Is there any difference between the morning and evening service?

Yes.

Although the format of each service is substantially similar, a time of corporate worship and a 40-50 minute message, each has its own distinctive flavour.

The morning services are more formally structured (although with the same informal worship style) with a 40-50 minute message based on a theme or topic from the bible (for example, the cross, prayer, faith). The evening tends to be loose in terms of structure, with a 40-50 minute expository message working systematically, week-by-week through a book of the Bible. The evening service tends to finish with an extended time of corporate worship.

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Do you run a Sunday school and a Sunday youth programme?

Yes.

We have a thriving Sunday morning youth programme that runs concurrent with the Sunday morning service. The children take a full part in the corporate worship of the church and then leave for their respective classes prior to the message. For more information on the available classes, click here.

Although we do not currently have Sunday school facilities for the evening service, we do hold a youth bible study. The young people take a full part in the Sunday evening corporate worship and then leave for their meeting prior to the message. The Sunday evening bible study is suitable for ages 15 and upwards

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Do you have childcare facilities for Sunday services?

While we do not currently have formal crèche facilities, we do have a large area available for parents to sit with very young children. We intend, in the coming weeks, to broadcast both the Sunday morning and evening service in this area to enable parents to listen to the message while they supervise their young children.

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Where can I park when visiting Firwood Church?

There is a small car park almost directly opposite the church building, but space is tight and unless you arrive early it is likely to be full. On Sundays there is some restricted parking on Neville Street (running adjacent to the church building) and many of the side-streets in the immediate vicinity of the church offer unrestricted parking.

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How do I get involved in a small group/bible study group?

Firwood Church currently runs a number of small groups, usually based in a home in the Middleton, Chadderton and Oldham area. We run both mixed and age specific (i.e. youth) small groups.

We greatly value small groups as a crucial expression of church. Small groups provide an opportunity to connect with one another, to study Scripture together and share life in an intimate and informal way not always possible in our larger corporate Sunday gatherings. For more information regarding the various small groups, click here.

If you would like to join a small group, speak with one of the Pastors, a Deacon or email life@firwoodchurch.com.

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How do I become a member of Firwood Church?

Church membership is an opportunity to connect more deeply and serve more fully with the fellowship at Firwood Church. As such we ask that you consider membership carefully and prayerfully.

Before progressing with membership, we would ask that you prayerfully read through our Statement of Faith in order to determine that you are in agreement with us concerning matters of fundamental doctrine. We would also ask you to read the section, entitled Characteristics in order to help you understand our distinctives and the characteristics we believe define us as a church (click here).

Attendance at the four-week course on membership is a prerequisite for church membership. This course will run at least twice a year.

If you wish to become a member of Firwood Church, speak with one of the Pastors, a Deacon or email life@firwoodchurch.com to learn more and register for the next membership course.

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How do I become part of a team?

As a church we believe that the Lord has called us to an overwhelming and challenging ministry in which every believer is called to play a part.

We pray, therefore, that the Lord would call believers to serve in every aspect of the ministry of Firwood Church.

For many ministries in the church there is no requirement other than you love and seek to serve the Lord and that we agree that the Lord is calling you to serve in a particular ministry. Please be aware, however, that membership is a prerequisite in order to serve in the band, as a Pastor, as a Deacon or in Sunday school or youth work.

Furthermore, we require all our youth workers, Pastors and Deacons to undergo an enhanced CRB check.

If you believe the Lord is calling you to serve in a particular ministry or area, please speak with the team leader, one of the Pastors, a Deacon or email life@firwoodchurch.com.

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What is your theological position on…?

We broadcast a weekly vodcast, ASK, in which a Pastor from Firwood Church seeks to answer any questions regarding God, the Bible, recent sermon series, life, etc, etc. Click here to stream or download ASK. Alternatively, you can subscribe to ASK through iTunes. Feel free to email your questions to ask@firwoodchurch.com.

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Do you record Firwood Church messages and how can I listen to them?

All Firwood Church resources are available free of charge.

All Firwood Church messages can be streamed from the website or download via iTunes (click here) or directly from this website on the podcast pages.

Other resources can be accessed and/or download by visiting the resources section.

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Can I use one of the resources your church has created at my church/event?

We would be delighted to see our materials more widely used and would encourage the reproduction and distribution of any of the material on this website without specific permission, provided that you:

  • Do not alter or amend the material in any way, but reproduce it in its entirety;
  • Are faithful to the context and meaning of its original source;
  • Properly cite the source (author, church, website, etc.);
  • Do not charge a fee above the cost of reproduction;
  • And, most importantly, that you use the information in such a way as to give maximum honour and glory to God.

We would also be greatly encouraged to hear if any resources from Firwood Church have proved helpful or useful.

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Who is preaching this weekend?

For this month’s preaching schedule, please click here.

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How may I request that the Firwood Band play at my church/event?

Please email your request to Jonny.Evans@firwoodchurch.com providing further details of the event, including the date, the venue, the purpose of the event, your requirements for the event and your contact details.

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How may I request that a Firwood Church Pastor preach at my church/event?

Please email your request to Andy.Evans@firwoodchurch.com providing further details of the event, including the date, the venue, the purpose of the event, your requirements for the event and your contact details.

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