Whether you are planning a one off visit or planning to stick around for a while, this page contains information for people planning to visit Thatcham Baptist Church for the first time. Please contact us if you do not find what you’re looking for. We look forward to meeting you soon!
The basic outline of a regular Sunday Service includes music, notices, a talk (sermon) and offering. The talks are usually given by one of our ministers, however we often have guest speakers too. Once a month we also share communion in each Sunday service – see below for further details. Children usually come into the service at the start but leave after the first few hymns to join their Sunday school groups.
After the Sunday morning service, tea, coffee and squash is served giving you a chance to talk informally to other members of the congregation. Please see here for further details of our Sunday Services and here for the current Preaching Plan.
Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper) is when the church community remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus. We do this by eating a small piece of bread (gluten-free) and drinking a small glass of non-alcoholic grape juice. The bread and juice symbolically represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed His followers to remember Him in this way during His final meal with them (Matthew 26:26-29).
Communion is held monthly during each Sunday Service. The bread is usually passed around on plate by the ushers and each person takes a small piece. The grape juice is served in individual cups. We traditionally drink the juice together at the same time.
We invite anyone who calls Jesus Christ their Lord and Saviour to participate in communion. If you do not feel comfortable eating the bread or drinking the juice, simply let the plate go by.