Where do I park when I arrive?
Ample parking is provided across the three properties belonging to the church. We try, as far as possible, to keep parking in the main lot available for visitors and the elderly. When you arrive, one of the men on security duty will be available in the parking lot to assist you with parking. If there is no parking in the main lot, you will be directed to drive through the lot and access the parking in the adjacent property.
Security teams patrol all parking areas throughout the services. We do encourage you, however, to park inside the gates as vehicles parked on the pavement are more difficult to guard.
What facilities do you provide for the disabled?
Parking bays near the main entrance to the church are reserved for the disabled. At present, we have four disabled parking bays.
Wheelchair access is provided into the building via a ramp to the front door, and a disabled toilet is available.
What happens in the event of a medical emergency?
God has graciously gifted our church with several medical specialists in different fields. Should a medical emergency arise during the service, it is very likely that one of the doctors or nurses in the congregation will notice. If not, church members will alert one of the medical professionals, who will quickly and quietly come to your assistance, and continue to watch over you until an ambulance arrives (if necessary).
Who do I speak to at the service if I need information about something?
You can speak to just about anyone, who will point you in the right direction. Everyone in the official welcoming team wears a badge to identify them. Our deacon on duty will be pointed out during the announcements. You can ask anyone around you to introduce you to one of our pastors.
Will I be expected to say anything?
We have no desire to embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable when you visit us. There is a very good chance that you will be noticed by members on your first visit and will be greeted by them before and after the service. One of the welcome team members will probably also give you a visitor’s welcome brochure. However, you will not be identified in any way during the service.
If you would like a visit from one of the pastors, you can ask a deacon or usher for a visitor’s information slip. You can complete the slip with your details and either drop it into the offering plate or leave it at the library counter after the service. It will be given to one of the pastors who will contact you to arrange an appointment.
Is there a dress code?
There is no strict dress code, but you will quickly notice that the general ethos of the church is very conservative. Our only request in terms of dress is that you dress modestly so as to avoid any unnecessary distraction during the service.
Can I meet the pastor?
Our pastors would love to meet you. If you arrive early enough or hang around for a little while after the service there is a good chance that one of the pastors will notice you and introduce himself. However, should you deliberately wish to meet one of the pastors, do not hesitate to introduce yourself! During the service, the deacon on duty will be pointed out, and he can point you to one of the pastors.
How long are the sermons?
Someone once said that we live in the age of the sermonette, and sermonettes make Christianettes. We place a high priority on preaching. A typical Sunday morning sermon will last anywhere from 45–55 minutes. On Sunday nights, we try to have more of a prayer than preaching focus. Because of that, sermons are deliberately kept sorter, generally in the region of 20–25 minutes.
How can I get a copy of a sermon?
Sermons are also available for download on the website within minutes after the end of the service. Links to sermons are made available on social media channels, and video recordings of the sermons are posted on the church YouTube channel.
If you are in the habit of carrying a flash drive with you, you are more than welcome to make your way upstairs to the sound desk (in the balcony) and ask for the sermon to be copied to your flash drive.
Sermons are recorded directly into wav format and compressed and converted to MP3 for the sermon. Original files are superior quality to the compressed MP3s on the website but are also significantly larger.
Can I make copies of the material on the website or of a sermon to distribute to friends?
Unless otherwise specified, all material on our website is free of copyright. You are welcome to redistribute the material in any form. We ask only that material be distributed unedited and that you do not charge any more than it cost you to produce the material in the form in which you are distributing it.
Is provision made for children?
During Family Bible Hour (8:30 AM to 9:15 AM) children’s Sunday school classes are available. Speak to the person leading the FBH opening to find out where your child’s class meets.
During the morning service, a crèche is available for children ages 0–3. For children ages 4–5 children’s church is available. Children aged 0–2 can go to the crèche before the service starts. Children aged 3–5 stay in the service with their parents until the service leader announces (typically during the third or fourth hymn) that children can be dismissed. Children’s church leaders and three-year-old crèche workers then meet the children in the foyer and lead the children where necessary.
No children’s church is available during the evening service, but the crèche is open for 0–3-year-olds. In the evening, children aged 0–2 can be taken crèche before the service begins. Three-year-olds are dismissed during the course of the service by the service leader.
There is a mother’s room for nursing mothers, which has an audiovisual feed for the sermon into it. There is also a room with audiovisual feed for parents with sick children. An overflow area with audiovisual feed is also provided should your child become niggly during the service and you wish to avoid being a distraction.
Any of the young parents in the church, or someone the deacon on duty, will be able to point you in the right direction.
How do I begin the process of church membership?
You begin the process by visiting the church! Church membership is a considered decision, and so it is important for you to visit for several weeks or months before you consider membership.
Once you have attended for a few weeks, listen for an announcement about a Membership Information Class. These classes are held every two months or so during FBH. Each class lasts three consecutive weeks, and all three weeks must be attended for anyone considering membership. One of the pastors will meet with anyone interested in finding out more information about church membership and answer any questions you may have.
You can also complete a visitor’s information slip and request a visit from one of the pastors, or make an appointment to meet one of the pastors at the church office during the week.
Will you baptise my child?
We believe that baptism is an act of obedience for those who have been saved by God’s grace and have requested baptism. We do not baptise infants. We also believe that baptism brings a Christian into formal association with the church. We, therefore, baptise people into church membership. We only baptise those who have indicated their desire to join in membership with the church.
Can I partake of Communion?
We do not practice “closed Communion” in our church. That is, the Lord’s Table is not only for members of BBC. We do, however, believe in “close Communion.” That is, Communion is only to be taken by those who are believers. If you are a baptised believer in good standing with another local church, or seeking membership in a local church, we invite you to partake with us.
Will you perform a wedding or funeral at the church for me?
Weddings and funerals are performed only for church members or those seeking membership with the church. Speak to one of the pastors if you have any questions about this.