When are your church meetings and what are they like?
Doors open at 9:30 on Sunday morning and we enjoy coffees and teas while munching on various snacks church members bring. Growth groups start at 10:00. We are using The Gospel Project, a chronological, Christ-centred Bible study that each week studies a passage of Scripture and takes participants through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation over the course of three years. The Gospel Project examines how all of Scripture is about Jesus, showing how God’s plan of redemption unfolds and compelling all followers of Christ to join the mission of God. Most Sundays we break into a men’s and women’s small groups for this, but once a month we stay in the same hall and are led through the lesson as a larger group, with opportunities for interaction and engagement with the lesson on a more personal level.
Our worship services are at 11:00 and 18:00. We have a morning and an evening worship service every Sunday, unless otherwise announced. The basic idea and general structure of the meetings may (or may not!) be the same, but when it comes to specific details these are different services. In other words, the evening is not just a meeting for people who couldn’t come to the morning service! In a world that is sometimes far too complex and busy, we keep things pretty simple. We aren’t necessarily bound to a particular order of service or schedule, but in a typical Sunday morning service we sing, pray, give, read and explain the Bible, and enjoy each other’s company afterwards over refreshments. On the first Sunday night of each month we give a missions offering and share the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. On Thursday nights, we have a prayer meeting at 7:00 pm. This generally involves a Bible study about a practical aspect of Christian living and is followed by a time of prayer focused on that subject. Once a month, on the first Monday of the month, we host the Grace Baptist Partnership United Prayer Meeting for Revival at 7 pm. This is held one road over from our Park Ridings building, at Alexandra Hall, 64 Alexandra Road, N8 0LJ.
How long do your services last?
Generally our meetings last from an hour to an hour and a half depending on the occasion.
What about my children?
We don’t push anyone aside or leave anyone behind; worship is for kids as much as anyone else! Children of all ages are welcome to our meetings. Should the content of a particular message be “mature” in nature, it will be announced in advance so parents can decide whether or not it is something they wish for their children to hear. We hope to begin an age appropriate Sunday school in the morning for children ages four through seven who wish to participate. It will use a fun programme called The Gospel Project for Kids to introduce children to the Bible, and its big story: Jesus.
What should I wear?
Clothes please! But seriously… Do you like ties? Wear one. Prefer a hoody? Fine by us. Dress, trousers, or jeans? That’s your decision. Truth is, we’re pretty easy going when it comes to what you wear, because the Bible is. The principle is modesty: don’t wear too little but don’t over-do it either!
Should I bring a Bible?
If you have one, yes. We take the Bible very seriously at Grace Baptist Church and our meetings focus on teaching what the Bible says, explaining what the Bible means, and applying what the Bible says and what it means to your life. If you don’t have a Bible, we have one that you can use. Our Sunday morning growth group Bible study is led using the Christian Standard Bible and for all other church meetings we use the English Standard Version.