FAQ's

We hope you will feel welcome when you come to Aylestone Baptist. Here are some of the frequently asked questions which might be helpful for you. If you would like to speak to someone before coming along please do not hesitate to contact us at the Church Office on 01162 832 527.

What time should I arrive?

We suggest arriving at least 15 minutes before the start of the service so you have time to find a seat and get any information you might need.

What should I wear?

We are a relaxed and welcoming church. Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

Where can I get information?

Our Welcome Team will be on the door and our duty deacon will be wearing a lanyard , they are available to answer any questions, help you find a seat or anything else you might need. Upon arrival please make yourself known to one of the welcome team and help yourself to one of our welcome leaflets. this provides you with information about our various activities in the life of the Church. 

Where are the toilets?

Toilets are located on your right in the lounge when you enter the church. We also have toilets next to the back hall. 

Do I need a Bible? 

As you enter the Sanctuary a Bible will be available if you wish. The words will also be projected on our screen at the front but you are always welcome to bring your own.

Do I have to give money? 

We usually take up an offering during each service as part of our worship of God. The money supports Christian work in this Church and around the world. We encourage members of the church to give regularly but please don’t feel obligated to contribute while you are just visiting us!

How do you celebrate Communion and can I join in? 

We celebrate Communion on the third Sunday of each month. The bread is passed around on plates – usually people take a piece and eat it as they are served. Non-alcoholic wine is served in individual small cups – we like to wait until everyone has been served and then drink it together as a sign of our oneness in Christ. Anyone who knows Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord is welcome to take communion with us, regardless of your church background. If you’re not sure what this means, or you feel uncomfortable about taking bread and wine, please feel free to let the plates pass you by.

What is Baptism? 

Baptism is a very special moment on the journey of faith. It is a moment when God's presence and blessing meet us in a special way, and it is a moment when we make our personal commitment of faith in Jesus as Lord.

The vast majority of Christian Churches practice baptism, but many baptise or christen babies and children who are too young to make their own responses and so Parents make promises on their behalf. In Baptist Churches we baptise young people and adults who are able to make their own response.

Normally baptism takes place by full immersion in water as part of one of our regular services. Immersion signifies the end of our old life and being born again to new life in Christ. It speaks of repentance, and cleansing and of being identified with Christ in his death and resurrection. Baptism is also about receiving God's Spirit for service in the Church and in the world, and is normally accompanied by the laying on of hands as a sign of commissioning. Baptism is a great time of celebration for the people being baptised and for the whole Church.

Although we don't offer Christenings or Infant Baptism - we do provide a dedication or thanksgiving service at which Parents and the Church give thanks to God for the new birth and promises are made by all present to support and encourage the family in bringing up the child to know and love God. 

Where should I go after the service?

Do hang around after the service and head to the coffee bar located in the lounge where you can get a drink and there will be people waiting to make sure you feel welcome.

Is there someone who can pray for me?

After the service, if you would like pray then please make your way to the front of the Church and someone will be happy to pray for you or just to listen if you would like to talk.

What about Children and Teenagers?

The Children and young people join us for the worship at the start of the service for around 15 / 20 minutes and then we announce when it is time for them to go to their groups. All our children and youth workers have DBS Clearence and operate under our Safe to Grow Policy. If you have any questions about children and youth work please ask our Youth Worker, Graham Hill or our Safeguarding Officer, Julie Lovett