WHAT TO EXPECT
We are excited about your decision to be our guest at MBC Stoke. We know how it feels to visit a church for the first time, and we want to be as helpful as we can to make your experience a memorable one. If you haven't visited us before, or perhaps you haven't previously visited any Baptist church, you may feel a little nervous about visiting, and you probably have questions about what you might find. With that in mind, we've compiled a Questions & Answers section further down the page, which we hope will be helpful; however, the first thing you should know is that you are always most welcome to attend any service or event with us. You will be our guest without any obligations. We absolutely encourage you to ask any and all questions that you may have!
We do not have a dedicated car park and, as a courtesy to our neighbours, we ask able-bodied members and visitors to avoid parking in Meadow Street. There is a very large car park available for everyone else just around the corner in front of the One Stop Local store on Millrise Road. Click here for map & directions. From the car park, turn right onto Millrise Road then take the next left onto Meadow Street. The church building is 25 metres along on the right, post code ST2 7BN. We have two car parking spaces reserved for disabled visitors at the front of the building.
Here are a few questions and answers that we hope will be helpful. After looking through these, we have more in-depth information on other pages concerning our beliefs, the ministries that we operate, our leadership team, and other churches and organisations with whom we have links in one form or another.
If all that doesn't answer your questions then you have two remaining options:
- You can email us at email@example.com
- You can come along and talk to us directly. We would be only too happy to meet you and answer your questions.
So, on with the questions...
> Is the congregation (a) just a few old people, (b) all young trendies, (c) all middle class, (d) all (you get the picture) ... No, not any such exclusive group. Take a look at us; you wouldn't be able to tell us apart from any random crowd of people in the street. We're a thoroughly mixed bag of shapes, sizes, ages, races, fitness, background, and just about any other characteristic, you might want to observe. We're grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, uncles, aunties, sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, grandsons, granddaughters, great grand...
> What about children? ... We have little ones right across all ages. We are well equipped and organised to cater for parents and children. We have a changing facility, a creche, Sunday school, children's choir, Mums & Tots group, JAM Club for primary aged children and more.
> What is the dress code? … Our 'dress code' is simply anything that is respectful and modest. Some people wear suits and ties, others smart casual wear, others casual attire. Wear whatever you're comfortable with as long as it is respectful and modest. Ultimately, God is more interested in your heart than your dress, and so are we.
> Do I have to give money to the church? ... We do not normally take up collections. We do not encourage giving by new visitors because the work and ministries of this church are a free gift to you, reflecting the free gift of grace we have been given by Christ Jesus. Ultimately, giving is an act of love and worship and stems from a thankfulness towards God for all that He has done for each of us in Christ Jesus. Therefore, we would only encourage those who have accepted Christ as their Saviour and who are either in regular attendance at this church, or another like-minded church, to consider making a contribution to our work. If you would like to give, then please use the donation box located at the back of the main service hall near to the office door. This helps to ensure that any gift can be given discretely. We are always grateful for Gift Aided donations which significantly boosts what we receive. Members who wish to give in other ways such as online bank transfers, standing orders etc., should see a member of the leadership team.
> What are your services like? ... Fun, vibrant and reverent! We love Jesus, His word, and each other!!
> What happens if the service makes me feel uncomfortable or challenged? ... God's word should always invoke a response, and it does so irrespective of whether you are new to Christianity or a Christian of long standing. Sometimes it can feel as though it is cutting deep and personal, and sometimes it can elicit quite strong emotions. If you feel that the service has effected you in a particular way, please do speak to the Pastor, other speaker or someone else in the church. You can ask anyone to help you locate a deacon, elder or the Pastor. They'd all be more than happy to talk things through, pray with you and to provide you with Biblical counsel on the way forward. We are all learning and growing, and the fellowship of other Christians, supporting one another in that journey, is an incredibly rich blessing.