Who are we?
Holmer Green Baptist Church (HGBC) consists of a wide range of different people, from all ages and different backgrounds. Whoever you are you are assured of a very warm welcome to the Church.
When to arrive:
If it's your first visit then it's probably best to turn up around 10.35am. If you are driving then you'll be pleased to hear that there is plenty of free parking. For directions to reach us you will find a map on the Contacts and Links page. You'll be greeted on the door by our welcoming team who will give you our weekly diary sheet which contains information about the week ahead and forthcoming events. If you would like more information about the church then please ask.
What to wear:
This is easy. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal church and accept people as they are. There is no need to dress up to try and be someone that you're not. Some dress up while other dress down, everyone is welcome and we are really glad to meet you.
What to expect:
For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries here's a quick summary of what you can expect at HGBC. First of all we aren't super-spiritual beings, we all had a 'first day' at church, you'll find we are a friendly bunch, if you don't understand something please simply ask. We start our meeting at 10.45am often with a reminder of any important notices and diary dates, then we spend about 20 minutes where the whole church is together worshipping God. Our worship time consists of modern songs and traditional hymns (with a mixture of piano, flute, violin, organ, guitar and clarinet - these vary from week to week depending on availablilty of musicians - we are always looking for people with musical ability to join our music group). There is normally a talk aimed at the children and some children's music and then we then take up an offering. As a visitor we don't expect you to contribute, as this is an opportunity for the members and friends of the church to give towards the cost of running the church. As a Baptist Church we have to be self-supporting, but it is also good that we have an opportunity to give to God an amount of what he has given to us. Many members and friends do this by standing order so not everyone puts something in the offering bag. Following this act of worship the children leave to their Sunday club, although if they want to stay in the service that is fine. We also run a creche for the little ones.
The next part of the service varies but would normally include some more songs, a time of prayer to which all are invited to contribute, some do so vocally, many silently. Contributions might be reading a verse from the Bible, telling the church of something which God has done for them or prayers of praise to God. It is a time where we focus on God. There will also be a Bible reading and a talk which is relevant and meaningful to our modern lives. Often there is also a time of intercessary prayer - this is pray for the needs of the church, its members, its friends, the community, and the whole world. On the fourth Sunday morning of the month we have a communion service, where we take bread and wine (non-alcoholic) and remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We normally finish at about 12pm with a blessing. To help us in our worship we use a projector although songs books are available should you wish to have one. Any words or prayers which are said collectively are always displayed on the screen. After the service tea and coffee are served in the church hall and it is an opportunity to socialise. If you remain in the church there is also an opportunity for people to be prayed with and to talk about anything which is worrying them. Our aim is that whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years that you should be encouraged and inspired by the morning. We hope that everyone will draw closer to God.
What we believe:
We are a Christian church and believe that all can have relationship with God. We believe this relationship with God is possible because of Jesus (God's only son) who invites us to follow him. We have friendly relationships with other local churches from both traditional and modern backgrounds. If you are interested in exploring the Christian faith then please come along on a Sunday or contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Is it just Sundays?
Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to lead lives pleasing to him. We're not perfect and we do make mistakes, but we desire to make a positive difference in everything we do. To further encourage us we have midweek small groups (a small group is simply a meeting of maybe 10 people in someone's house or at the church). Small groups are a great way to get to know others in the church and to be real with each other about everyday living. If you are just looking into Christianity you are welcome to come along to a small group, no question is too simple and you'll find other people also exploring God.
For disabled people:
We aim to be an all-inclusive church, our premises are wheelchair accessible, there is a fully wheelchair accessible toilet and level access into a (standard, non-adapted) kitchen. We have a loop for hearing aid users and provide special song folders with large print for those who have difficultly seeing.
Finally - we look forward to meeting you!