On Saturday afternoon before church, a woman walked past. She was interested in coming to church the next day, but wondered if she needed to get a ticket. She also wondered if she could sit anywhere, or if there were reserved seats.
It’s people like this that I want to connect with.
As a church, I want us to engage with people who know very little about church, and answer their questions.
I’ve written some content that is being turned into posters for the church noticeboard, and for the a-frames that we display outside the building. This content might also be used in a new FAQs section on the church website.
Your comments are welcome – on how the wording could be improved, or ideas for other posters that newcomers might find useful.
1. Be comfortable
You don’t need to dress up to come to church. We want you to feel comfortable joining us for a weekend service.
Please just come as you are – church is about the people you’re with, not the clothes you’re wearing.
2. Fly under the radar
We love visitors, and we don’t want visitors to our church to feel uncomfortable. As a visitor, you won’t be singled out or asked to do anything you don’t want to do. You can feel free to arrive at the last minute, take a seat and listen in. You can leave whenever you like. We want you to remain as anonymous as you want to be, but we encourage you to introduce yourself to us – we’d love to meet you.
3. You’re welcome
Visitors are very welcome at Church by the Bridge.
There’s lots of reasons people visit church. Perhaps you went to church as a child. Perhaps a friend invited you along. Perhaps you’d like to connect with God. Perhaps life’s been tough and you’d like some comfort and support. Perhaps you’re just curious about what happens at church.
Whatever your reasons, you’re very welcome to join us this weekend.
4. Church for adults. Church for kids!
Younger or older – all are welcome at Church by the Bridge.
Kids Church takes place during our services on Saturday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 9.45am.
Kids and adults join us at the start of the service, and then the children go to Kids Church about 20 minutes in. At Kids Church, children are well cared for by trained leaders, who have received child protection qualifications.
Kids Church is lots of fun and involves games, craft, Bible stories and more. Dinner is included at Kids Church on Saturday nights. Kids Church is free, and all primary-age children are welcome. Kids Church finishes at the end of the service. When your children are in Kids Church, you’re very welcome to come along too.
5. Expected the…expected
You might never have visited church before – that’s ok! We’d love you to join us. We understand that trying anything new can be a daunting experience. So here’s what you can expect if you visit one of our weekend services:
- We’ll welcome you at the front of the building.
- There will be a time of singing – usually 5-6 songs (3-4 minutes each) throughout the service. You’re welcome to sing along, or just listen in.
- There will be a time of prayer (again, you can just listen in as we pray). • There will be an update with church news and upcoming events.
- There will be a time to meet others.
- A couple of passages from the Bible will be read.
- There will be a Bible talk (about 25 minutes in length).We aim for each service to finish in no more than 90 minutes.
- After the service there’s morning tea or supper.
We’d love to se you at church this weekend.
6. A place to belong
Church is more than a place to go on the weekend. It’s a community to belong to.
If you’d like to discover what it means to belong to Church by the Bridge, we invite you to sign-up to our 3-week Belonging course. You will discover what we’re on about, what we believe, and how you can be a part of our community.
For more information about Belonging, please visit our website.
7. Why bother with Jesus?
There is no one who has transformed the world more than Jesus Christ.
More songs have been sung to him, more paintings painted of him, and more books written regarding him than anyone who has ever lived in the history of the world.
We invite you to take 5-weeks to explore why Jesus is such a big deal.
Simply Christianity is a free course to explore the basics of Christianity and ask any questions you have. There’s no pressure to say anything or to ‘become a Christian’ – we’d just love to introduce you to Jesus.
8. People like you
Different types of people belong to Church by the Bridge. All are welcome!
- Mums and Dads.
Whoever you are and whatever you do, you’ll fit right in at our church.