Visiting a church service can be an unsettling experience. Whether you’re coming back to church or you’re trying it out for the first time, we know this is a big step for you. Our hope is that, after your visit, you will begin to rethink your perspective on God and the Church.
To help you with your visit to our church, we have assembled a few handy-dandy tips to help you enjoy (or… survive) your time with us.
- Come dressed comfortably and just as you are. Our church does not have a preference for dress codes of any kind – don’t be surprised to see church leaders come dressed in t-shirts and shorts! And, to be honest, if you come dressed in a suit, we might assume you’re the visiting preacher!
- Participate and engage as much or as little as you want. We believe that everyone who comes into church service comes with different life experiences and expectations of God, Jesus and the Church. We believe that these experiences and expectations are part of a longer, greater journey.
- Use your electronic devices freely – but please be considerate to others. It is a very common sight in BLC to see smartphones and tablets being used throughout the service. Some use it to refer to their e-Bibles, take notes while others even tweet or Facebook about whatever is happening during service. There are some who will even take pictures throughout the service to blog about it! We welcome all this as various forms of engagement with the service, but ask that this be done considerately without becoming a distraction for others. Oh yes, don’t forget to silence your phones and take calls outside the church sanctuary while service is on.
- Welcome children and babies. Jesus commanded us to “Let the little children come to [Him]. Do not stop them. The holy nation of heaven is made up of ones like these” (Matthew 19:14). We firmly believe that babies and children are a very welcome part of our service and have made the appropriate space for them. So, don’t worry – an occasional cry or laughter is considered a normal part of service! We hope that you will also make space in your heart for the babies and children of BLC. If you are a nursing mother, we have provided a “Babies & Toddlers” room for you to feed your children in there.
- The BLC Family Circle! The circle at the end of service is a distinct BLC tradition. We have been doing this for as long as we can remember. What we do is gather everyone into a circle (of sorts) and join hands for the closing prayer. Usually, this includes The Lord’s Prayer, the Benediction and singing the “three-fold Amen”, before ending with a call to “Go in peace and serve the Lord.” To which, we reply, “In the name of Christ, AMEN.”
The BLC Family Circle!