We understand it can be daunting if you’ve never been to Church before – or if it’s been a while.
To make it easier, this page gives you some idea of what to expect and what a Church Service is really like and what we get up to.
What Happens When I Get There?
When you come into the Church building, someone will greet you at the ground level front door and invite you up the stairs to the main church hall. As you enter the room, first time visitors receive a "Welcome Pack" and everyone is handed the latest notice sheet and a Bible if they haven't got one.
The services start at 10.30 am. Most morning services last about an hour and a quarter or a little longer if communion is involved, which happens on the first and third Sunday of every month.
The service will normally consist of singing, Bible reading(s), some prayers and a sermon.
If you’d like to know what the sermons are like, most sermons are recorded and put on the church website.
Please sit where you like. For those with hearing aids, we have a Loop which works everywhere in the Church hall.
After the morning service there is a chance for a social with tea, fresh coffee and biscuits/cakes, please follow the crowd to the hall downstairs and enjoy one with us. We'd love to get to know you, in a non-creepy kind of way!!
Is There Anything for my Children?
If you have children, they can either sit with you or join the other children, usually at the front. The children stay in for the first part of the Sunday service and are then led to their various age-suitable groups with carefully selected and trained adults. If you would like them to join in, they are welcome. We also have a crèche which is right next to the main church hall, with a large window and speaker system to the service should it be required..
Will I be asked to give money?
At Barton Baptist Church, those who can give do so. We don't pass a plate around and neither do we expect visitors to give anything. All Baptist churches are self-funded, but we try and be as low-key and generous as we are able.
What if I need the loo?
Should you need the “facilities”, we have toilets with disabled access upstairs and downstairs.
What’s being a Christian all about?
Being a Christian is way more than attending church. It is about a real, vibrant, life-giving relationship with God through Jesus, that is then lived out in very practical and deeply spiritual ways in the world. Like most churches, we have people who have always been Christians from their earliest days, those who were atheists and come to faith as adults (like the Minister!), and those who said Yes to Jesus because they knew the world and their lives were not right. In short, God delights in us and desires our company! What's not to like?