Your first visit?

Here at Ilkeston Baptist Church, we want to make it easy for you to get to church and enjoyable when you arrive!

We know that coming to church for the first time can bring up some questions like; “What should I wear?” and “What should I expect in church?”, so here is a quick guide to your first visit:

1.   When to arrive

The morning meeting starts at about 10.30 a.m.; if you arrive a few minutes before that, you'll have time to settle without feeling rushed. We serve teas and coffees from 10.00 if you arrive early. But if you are running late don’t turn round and go home! A number of people often come in after we have started, and that is no trouble at all.

As at all our meetings, our principle is: come when you can, go when you must.


2.   What to wear?

Most people in the church dress in a way that would be described as "smart-casual" or casual. You probably won’t feel out of place whatever you’re wearing – just as long as you are comfortable.


3.   What to expect?

Choose wherever you feel most comfortable to sit. People are welcome to join in with our worship as much as they want to and are able to, without feeling under any pressure.

During the service you’ll enjoy upbeat music and practical teaching from the Bible that you’ll be able to use during the week. It may be a little different to what you expect from a church service, especially if you’re used to a traditional or formal style, but don’t worry. Even if it’s been a long time since you’ve been to church or if you’ve never been to church before, we have you in mind.

4.   After the service

We aim to finish around 11:30-ish in the morning.

Many people stay for a drink in the hall for a while afterwards, chatting and catching up on things, so there’s no pressure to rush away. Stay for a drink and a biscuit (dunking is allowed!).

We know that there can be lots to think about when visiting a church for the first time, so we hope this encourages you to join us on Sunday and, more importantly, helps you to discover the amazing things God has planned for your life!

Now, a re-cap of the main points:

  • A Bible reading and a talk to help us understand it.

  • Singing of mostly modern and occasionally one or two more traditional songs.

  • Prayers, thanking God for who he is and what he has done, saying sorry for things we have done wrong and asking God for his help for our concerns for individuals and situations in our church and the world.

  • A drink and biscuits.