Who comes To Open House?
Anyone and everyone is more than welcome. Open House has a very mixed congregation who come together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.
I have never been to church before. Is it OK for me to come?
In a word, yes, we will be only too happy to see you.
Is it OK to come on my own?
You certainly can. You will find that people will say hello to you. If you start to talk to them then they will have a chat with you. If you prefer to be left alone then your wishes will be respected.
What should I do when I come in?
You will be greeted by some friendly faces who will offer you a cup of tea, or coffee before service begins.
Where can I sit?
There is no reserved seating in church, so please feel free to sit anywhere. If you are new to church then you may want to sit behind some other people. That way you will know when to stand up and sit down.
What happens at your services?
While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include the following:
We sing together a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional (led by our music team)
We have a time of prayer
We have a short time for church announcements
We hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a short talk.
After the service, there is the chance to pray in confidence with a member of the church, or to meet others for refreshments.
How long are the services?
Approximately one and a half hours.
Do you collect money during the service?
No, we do not, however, there are envelopes on the table at the back of the room for those who wish to donate or pay tithing, and and a black post box to post your offering.
Will I be asked to do anything during the service?
No, nothing to fear! Whilst a number of people from the congregation play an active role in our services, we want Open House to be as safe and as nonthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.
Can I bring my children?
Absolutely! children's ministry is very important to us at Open House, and a creche is provided upon request to give light relief to parents, grandparents and careers, so that they may enjoy the service while your children play and have fun.
All volunteers working with children have a current DBS (formerly CRB) certificate and we adhere to an up-to-date child protection policy.
What is the dress code?
The simple answer is, there is no dress code - we want you to feel comfortable, so just come as you are!
Can I park at the church?
We have limited car parking available. However, there are spaces either right outside Open House or in the surrounding streets.
How do I get involved?
There are all sorts of ways to get involved at Open House, whether it is participating in a Home Group, or assisting in the various activities run by the church. If you have an idea of what you would like to do, please get in touch with Pastor Jeremy Bray.
If you are unsure about how to get involved, simply complete our welcome form, and Pastor Jeremy Bray and his wife Joe will get in touch with you to discuss things.
If I have any questions who can I ask?
Anyone. If the person you ask doesn't know the answer then they can point you at the person who does
What Is a Christian?
Being a Christian means believing in God, and knowing Jesus Christ and following him in truth. You must trust him to forgive your sins. Ask him to for give you. He will. Then once you are saved you are a Christian.
Do You Need to be Baptised to Be Saved?
Baptism is not necessary to be saved, however, the Bible makes it clear that baptism is extremely important. Lets see what the bible says about this matter.
"He who believes and is baptised will be saved" Mark 16:16
Jesus told Nicodemus, most assuredly I say to you, unless on is born of water (baptised) and the spirit, he can not enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5)
Jesus further told his disciples to go every where preaching the gospel and making disciples, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (see Mathew 28:18-20)
If we read these verses in isolation we may think tat it is impossible to be saved without baptism. However, the Bible is clear that there is no saving virtue or merci in the act of baptism its self. Jesus is our only Saviour (read John 13:16; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 3:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-22)
Baptism is not necessary in the sense that Jesus came to save. He is our only Saviour and the act of baptism its self does not save us.
Baptism is important because it is a public declaration that we have accepted Jesus and are turning our backs on our old life of sin and are now trusting Jesus to live a new life trusting in Jesus. Believe in God and have faith, then realize that we are sinners and repent. Heavenly father loves us and desires to forgive us.
"Repent then and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out." Acts 3:19
Repenting is feeling sorry for your sins and putting them away 2 Corinthians 1:9
"Now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your repentance lead you to repent "