The Trumpet
Communion

Offering Bag

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!

Where is the church building?

We are next to the Burdwood Centre just off Station Road in Thatcham.  See here for details of how to find us  

What should I expect when arriving at a Sunday service

If you are attending one of our regular Sunday Worship services at 10:30am or 6:30pm, you will be met at the door by one of our welcomers. They can point you in the right direction. On your first visit you will also be given an information pack about the church with details of events and activities.  Seats are not allocated in any way, so feel free to find somewhere you feel comfortable.

What takes place during a Sunday Service?

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.

How long are the Sunday Services?

Our Sunday morning service usually lasts between 1 hour and an hour and a half. Sunday evening services are usually shorter lasting an hour. 

Can I bring my children to the Sunday Services?

During the Sunday morning services, we run a series of Sunday Schools catering from babies (crèche) through to teenagers.  

What should I wear?

Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal church and accept people as they are. There is no need to dress up to try and be someone that you’re not.

Is the church building accessible for people with physical disabilities?

There are disabled parking spaces in the Church car-park. There is also a wheelchair ramp into the building and a lift to access the upper floors.  People can be dropped off directly outside the Church, but please do not park here.  The Church Sanctuary is fitted with an Induction Loop system for people with hearing aids – please switch to the loop position to benefit from the system

What is ‘communion’?

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.

What is the offering?

It is normal during the Sunday Service for the ushers to pass plates around to collect money (offerings) from people who would like to contribute financially to the work of the church. This money goes into a central fund to pay our minister’s salaries, help upkeep the building, run ministries, etc.