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How to find your local church service times

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It's getting nearer to Christmas and your thoughts are turning towards carols and church. You are tempted to go to your local church for a Christmas service, and may be even on a Sunday. But how do you know what is happening at your local church? There are several ways you can find out.
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If you are unsure where your nearest church is you can use the website www.achurchnearyou.com. Run by the Church of England, this lists all C of E churches and their service times.
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Many churches have websites and they will display the times of services, and other events and meetings, on their website. If you are looking for a Methodist, Baptist, Catholic or other church, google the type of church and the town or village you are in.
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Go and visit the church that you are interested in. Services and notices are usually displayed on a board outside the church or not a noticeboard within the porch or entrance hall.
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Most churches issue a weekly 'pew sheet' and some produce a monthly magazine. If the church is open when you visit you may be able to obtain a copy to take away with you.
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There is usually a phone number displayed outside the church, on the website or in the pew sheet which you can call to find out more information.
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If there is a Tourist Information office in your town or city, they will have information about local churches and service times.
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Asking neighbours and friends will be a good way to find someone who is familiar with a particular church and may be bale to tell you a bit more about its style of service and what to expect.
Conclusion: 
It can be wonderful to attend church, particularly at Christmas and whether you are a believer or not, it is good to be reminded of the original Story of Christmas.
Tips: 
Think about whether you might like a modern or traditional service.
Most churches sing traditional carols at Christmas time.
Churches do differ so try going to a range before deciding which one is for you.
Warnings: 
Churches can get very busy for Christmas services, so arrive early
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