Your First Visit and FAQ’s

Planning to join us this Sunday?

Unless you have been before, it can feel like a big step going to a church. Are the people friendly? Do I have to wear a suit? Am I supposed to bring money? Will I be made to do things I am uncomfortable with?

We know how intimidating it can be to walk into an unfamiliar place.

If you wish, we can arrange in advance of your visit for a friendly face to meet you at the entrance to the School so you don’t have to walk in alone. Simply let us know what day and time you are hope to arrive.

Alternatively, come early for a chat with some of our friendly staff and members. Tea and coffee is served from 10.00am before the service which starts at 10.30am.

If you would like to get more acquainted with us, why not come and have Sunday Lunch after the service with some of our members? The meal is on us!  Just contact us from this website to let us know – we’d love to share lunch and get to know you better!

Essential Car Parking Information

Parking at the School is limited to around 20 parking bays.   Please ensure if using the School car park that cars do not block other cars and that no vehicles are left on the yellow turning square at the bottom.  In addition, no vehicles may be parked on the right side pavement leading down to the school which adjoins the football field.  These parking provisions ensure your safety and will allow access for emergency service vehicles in the unlikely event that they are required.    If the School car park is full, an alternative nearby free parking facility can be found at the Beacon Local Nature Reserve Car Park. Directions: exit the School car park at the main road, turning left onto Beacon Road. Take the first turning to the right (opposite the turning to Robartes Road) and park alongside hedge on right or left.  View parking locations map (PDF).

FAQ’s about our church…

—  What can I expect from a typical Sunday Service?
—  I have kids – is there anything for them?
—  Do you have a creche for little ones?
—  Does your church christen babies?
—  What provision for parking is there?
—  I have a disability
—  What should I wear?
—  Will I be expected to make a donation?
—  When does your church celebrate communion?
—  Why do you meet at a School and not in a traditional church building?
—  How long have you been a church?
—  What denomination are you?
—  What do you believe?
—  I live locally – can I have a pastoral visit?
—  I have a question not on this list

 


What can I expect from a typical Sunday Service?

Our services start at 10.30am on Sunday mornings and the first thing you can expect is a warm welcome at the door.  We may vary the service but usually we will begin with some songs and hymns of worship followed by prayers and a children’s address.  A Bible reading is given and a message based on the reading is preached.

Coffee and tea is served after the service, which provides a great opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones. In addition, once a month we share Communion together (otherwise known as the Lord’s Supper or the breaking of bread).  This is a time when all those who have trusted in Jesus Christ have a special time of remembrance of what Jesus has done for us by sharing the bread and the juice which represents the body and blood of our Saviour.

I have kids – is there anything for them?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome. We usually have a short children’s talk near the start of the service. Then the children go out to age appropriate groups where they have lots of fun learning about Jesus.

There is a Creche for preschoolers, Kingdom Kidz for Reception to Year 6 age children and Flipside is our youth group for those in Year 7’s through to Sixth Form College.

We adhere to the Grace Community Church Child Protection Policy and would be happy to provide you with a copy, should you wish. In addition all of our leaders and helpers have been DBS checked.

Do you operate a creche for little ones?

We do operate a creche for children under 5. The room used for the creche is staffed by volunteers and is next door to the hall where the main service takes place and toys and games are provided.

We adhere to the Grace Community Church Child Protection Policy and would be happy to provide you with a copy, should you wish. In addition all of our leaders and helpers have been DBS checked.

Does your church christen babies?

We do not do Christenings at our church.  However, we do hold short ‘dedications’ for newborns and their parents as part of one of our normal Sunday Services. You can find out more about these dedications by speaking with our Pastor whom you can contact on 01208 79564 or by using our contact form here on this website.

What provision for parking is there?

Please see above section on essential parking information.

I have a disability

We aim to be as accommodating as possible for those with special needs. Dedicated parking suitable for the disabled is immediately adjacent to the main building with level access direct from the car park (tarmac). The service takes place in the school hall reached by a short corridor from the main double entrance doors, again with level access. There are unfortunately no dedicated WC facilities for those using wheelchairs.

What should I wear?

Please feel free to wear whatever is most comfortable for you. Most people choose to wear smart casual as the atmosphere is informal.

Will I be expected to make a donation?

At BCC we take an offering during the service as part of our worship.  However, we do not expect our guests to make any contribution so when the offering bag gets passed along your row, please simply pass it on.  The money offering is an act of worship and is therefore another way for Christians to show their love for Jesus by supporting the work of His church.  No one is going to judge you if you do no not putting anything in.  You may of course contribute if you wish.   We provide a red offering box on the table at the back of the school hall should you prefer to offer a gift more privately.

When does your church celebrate communion?

We celebrate communion as part of a service on every first Sunday of the month. All those who are fully trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who are walking according to the ways of the Lord are invited to partake the bread and grape juice which represent the body of and blood of our Lord and Saviour.

Why do you meet at a School and not in a traditional church building?

When the church started it was a fairly small church that lacked the resources to buy its own building. Robartes Junior School very kindly agreed to let us use their premises and we have been meeting there ever since.

How long have you been a church

Our first official church service took place on Sunday 4th November 2007. In January 2008 we started holding weekly services. You can find out more about how we came to be a new church in the History section.

What denomination are you?

Bodmin Community Church is a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), which is a body that represents nearly 500 Churches in the UK. You can find out more about the FIEC here.

What do you believe?

A simple presentation of our beliefs together with a detailed Statement of Faith can be found in our What We Believe section.

I live locally – can I have a pastoral visit?

A member of our Pastoral Team would be more than happy to meet with you. Simply use the contact form here on the website to get in touch with us about your request.

I have a question not on this list

We would be happy to discuss with you any further questions you may have about the church or the Christian faith either by email or in person. Just connect to our online contact form.