Pastor: Evan Richards
Deacon: Rupert Hollins
It can sometimes be daunting to walk into an unfamiliar building for the first time. What can you expect if you come to Grace Baptist Church Portsmouth?
- You will be greeted warmly at the door by the steward.
- You will be given a hymn book and a Bible. You don’t have to bring anything.
- You also don’t have to give anything. No collection is taken up during the Service, so there is no awkward fumbling in pockets or peer pressure to give money.
- You can sit anywhere you feel comfortable – the Steward will help you if you are not sure where to go.
- The Service will begin promptly with some notices from the Secretary.
- The Service will be led by the minister. He will:
Announce all the hymns (normally there are 4), which the congregation stand to sing.
Pray aloud, whilst the congregation remain seated and follow the prayer in their thoughts.
Read a passage or two from the Bible.
Preach a sermon for about 30 minutes.
In all the Service lasts about 60-75 minutes.
- It will be very obvious to you when to sit or stand, and what to do when. You will be part of a congregation, so you can just follow everyone else.
- Twice a month there is the Lord’s Supper or communion, when Christians share bread and wine as symbols of Jesus’ dying for their sins. This makes the Service a little bit longer. If you are not a believer you should not take the bread and wine – just let them pass you by without embarrassment – but you are very welcome to remain present to watch and learn.
- At the end of the Service there are some refreshments, to which you are cordially invited.
- When you leave Grace Baptist Church Portsmouth our hope is that you will have been treated with warmth and kindness, but also respect as a private individual.