Our congregation draws from a wide range of different people, of all ages and many different backgrounds. Whoever you are you are assured of a very warm and friendly welcome at Hill Street Baptist Church.
When should we arrive?
If it’s your first visit then it’s probably best to turn up between 10.15am – 10.20am. If you are driving then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a free car-park on the up-hill side of the church (which includes a couple of disabled bays). There is also free on-street parking in Hill Street. Wardens do patrol the area, so please observe the restrictions.
You’ll be greeted on the door by our welcoming team who will give you some information about the church and notices of forthcoming events.
What should we wear?
That’s 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. Whatever you feel comfortable in is fine with us.
What should we 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 Hill Street.
- 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 so if you don’t understand something please just ask. Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or experience. You will find both our church and our welcome warm.
- We start our service at 10.30am with a welcome and a few short notices, then we begin our worship of God together. Our service lasts for about an hour. Our worship is evangelical – we use classic hymns and modern songs to praise God, led variously by a music group and singers or our organist. Hearing a passage from the Bible and prayer are both important to us, as is the sermon when the worship leader helps us to study what God is saying to us today through his word, the Bible. Some parts of worship can be solemn and moving – others will be full of laughter and delight!
- We love to sing, but there aren’t lots of books to handle – any words you need will be up on a big screen, though Bibles are available in the pews and hymn books on request.
- We run a creche for babies, and parallel sessions for children and young people who leave us for their own sessions after the first 20 minutes or so most Sundays, though on the first Sunday each month we often share together in worship designed to involve all ages.
- Holy Communion, when we share bread and wine together in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ, is the climax of our service on the third Sunday in each month. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this, and we gladly welcome all who call Jesus their Lord to share the bread and wine with us.
- We serve refreshments (Fairly Traded, of course!) in the hall behind the church building after every service: do stay for a chat!
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 our morning together. We hope that in the course of it everyone will draw closer to God.
What do you believe?
We are a Christian church, part of a long historic tradition but deeply involved with all that God is doing through his people today. We believe that everyone can have a personal 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 the minister or one of our leaders (see the Contact Us tab) for more information.
Is it just Sundays?
Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to lead lives that please him. We’re not perfect and we do make mistakes, but we want to make a positive difference for good in everything we do. To further encourage us we have several midweek small groups (a small group is simply a meeting of maybe 10 people in someone’s house). 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 one of these but you may prefer to join an Alpha group. Alpha is a great way to find out more about God and the claims of Christianity. No question is too stupid and you’ll find other people also exploring God for the first time.
What does it cost?
Nothing! There is an “offering” in the course of each service when people are invited to contribute to the cost of the church’s work and mission but this is definitely voluntary.
For those with disabilities?
We aim to be an all-inclusive church. Our premises are accessible for those with disabilities as are our toilets, and we have a loop system for the hearing impaired.