New to Church?

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.

Where’s the Church?

Map of Minehead Baptist ChurchThe Church is in Parks Lane, Minehead. Parks Lane is located towards the top of the town and leads off from Parks Street.

Get a Map & Directions

Download a large print-friendly map (pdf 220kb).

Because of the Church’s location, parking is somewhat limited; but you can normally park in one of the local side roads (such as Parkhouse Road).

What Happens When I Get There?

When you come into the Church building, someone will greet you at the door and offer you a copy of the weekly notices and maybe a song book, although words for all the songs are projected onto the wall at the front.

The Services normally start at 10.00am and 6.00pm (although evening times can vary). Most morning services last about an hour to an hour and a quarter or a little longer if communion is involved.

The service will normally consist of singing, Bible reading(s), some prayers and an easy to listen to sermon. If you need to leave during a service, no-one will complain if you slip out discreetly.

If you’d like to know what the sermons are like, you can listen to previous sermons online before you come!

Please sit where you like. If you want to listen using the induction loop (fed from the PA system for those with hearing difficulties) you will find it works best if you sit towards the centre.

After the morning service there is a chance for a cuppa, please follow the crowd to the hall and enjoy one with us. We’re a friendly bunch and don’t bite!

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. During most 10.00am Sunday morning services the children aged 3-16 can leave for their own activities, called Firestarters, part way through. If you would like them to join in, they are welcome. We also have a crèche for the under 3s at the 10.00am service.

Will I be asked to give money?

There will be a collection, but don’t feel embarrassed to pass the collection bags on without putting anything in it. Many Church members contribute directly through their bank accounts so you won’t be the only one passing it on!

What About the Loo?

Should you need the “facilities”, toilets can be found at the back of the church and there is a disabled loo as well (turn left when you leave the church and you’ll see the signs).

What’s being a Christian all about?

God wants you to have the best, but there’s a problem – sin! Christians believe that God made a solution to the problem, His son Jesus (also known as ‘the Christ’).

If you’d like to know more about Jesus and God’s solution, please have a look at these sites:

  • Steps to Peace with God – is an easy to understand explanation of God’s solution and how we can have life in Jesus.
  • On LookingforGod.com – you can find out more about God and his great love.
  • The Hope – is a wonderful video about the story of God’s promise to all people.
  • rejesus – tells you all about Jesus, His life, who he was and who He still is!

We hope this helps to explain what this Church is like. Please do come along, we’d love to see you! If you are still nervous after reading this, please contact us and we will arrange for someone to meet you and show you around.