New Here?


We're so glad that you are considering joining us here at the Lantern. You are very welcome! And we look forward to getting to know you. 

Joining a new church or your first church can be a daunting experience.  We want to make coming to the Lantern as easy as possible for you. This page should answer some of the questions you might have about coming to the Lantern for the first time and what to expect.


If you have decided that you would like to be a regular part of The Lantern Church family, to keep in touch with what's going on and perhaps become better informed we would love you to sign up and let us know some more details via the button below:


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Frequently asked questions

Getting to Church

Where can I find you?

We are located in Merley, Poole. You can find us by using our postcode (BH21 1SN) in your Sat Nav. There are bus stops nearby as well. If transport is a problem for you, please let us know and we will try and help in anyway we can.

Is there parking?

Yes! We have a car park attached to the church. If the car park is full you, will be able to park nearby and walk. However, please be considerate of the local residents. We also have a limited number of disabled parking spots. Our parking attendants can help you find a car parking spot upon arrival. We would encourage anyone living in Merley to walk to church as not only does it save car parking spaces for those living further away, but the environment too.

What time does Church start?

We currently meet in the morning at 10am, will a full kids programme (0 - 11yrs) running alongside our adult content. You may wish to get here slightly early in order to find a seat. We also have a 6:00pm term-time meeting called Dwell. Dwell is an open time of worship and prayer, if you want to spend some time listening to God, Dwell is perfect for that.

What should I do when I arrive?

Mention to one of our Host Team that you are new and they will happily show you to your seat. If you're comfortable with meeting new people, they may introduce you to a couple of other people who come along to the church.

What is a service like?

What can I expect a service at the Lantern to be like?

Services at the Lantern are a lot of fun! They always involve a time of singing, a short talk, prayers (talking and listening to God) and lots of other exciting elements. You can participate as much or as little as you want to. If you just want to come and enjoy meeting with God or just learn a little bit more about Him, then we would love to see you there.

Will I have to bring anything?

At the Lantern, we want you to feel comfortable coming as you are. It is helpful to bring a Bible; however, most readings will be projected on a screen. If you do not have a Bible, we would love to provide you with one!

Is there a dress code?

Definitely not. Come dressed in what you feel comfortable, be that a suit and tie or shorts and flip-flops. Fancy dress costumes are also welcome!

Do I have to sing?

We believe that meeting with God through worship is important. One of the ways we do this is through musical worship but there is no expectation for you to sing at all. If you would just prefer to listen to the music and reflect, then that's absolutely fine.

Is there children's and youth work during the service?

Yes there is! Our children and youth stay in the service during a portion of the musical worship and are then brought from the church to their group by our volunteers. Our children's volunteers can be easily recognised by their blue t-shirts. Feel free to ask them any questions before or during the service. If you have any other questions regarding the children's and youth work, contact: