New to Church?
We understand it can be daunting if you’ve never been to church before – or if it’s been a while.
To make it easier, we hope that this page will give you some idea of what to expect if you come to a service.
Where is the church building?
Fivehead Baptist Church meets in the village of Fivehead, about 9 miles from Taunton and 5 miles from Langport on the A378.
Enter the village from the A378 almost opposite the garage on the main road (Butcher’s Hill).
If you are using Sat Nav use postcode TA3 6PD. The church building is on the corner at the bottom of the hill on your right-hand side. (For a map, click on the Location tab at the top of this page).
What happens when I get there?
As you arrive, a member of the congregation will greet you at the door and will be happy to point you in the right direction. We hope that you will feel warmly welcomed.
The morning service starts at 10.30 and lasts for about an hour and a quarter (less than an hour for Family Services, which generally happen on the third Sunday of each month).
The service will normally consist of singing, Bible reading(s), some prayers and a sermon (a kind of talk) that aims to explain and apply what the Bible says to our everyday lives. The words to the songs are projected onto a large screen. Some of them will be older and perhaps familiar, while others will have been written more recently. If you need a large print copy of the words, please ask one of the door stewards. On the fourth Sunday of each month we include a celebration of Communion as a part of our morning service.
If you’d like to know what the sermons are like, you can listen to previous sermons online before you come.
Please sit wherever you like – there are no reserved seats, although sometimes we move some seats for wheelchair users and so we may ask nicely for some folk to move if necessary! We have an induction loop system fitted for the hard-of-hearing – please ask if you need any assistance with this.
After the morning service there is a chance for a cuppa, plus often some cakes which are left over from The Stable cafe. Please feel free to stay around and enjoy tea, coffee or a cold drink and have a chat to other folk.
Is there anything for my children?
We normally start services with all ages together and we try to include children in what we are doing at this point in the service. Most weeks, just before 11.00am, there is an opportunity for children and young people to leave the main service and go to groups that will have activities appropriate to their ages. At the end of each service, then children come back in and both children and adults share with one another what they have been doing. You are really welcome to go with them to see where they are and meet the leaders. If your child is reluctant to be left in an unfamiliar place, you are most welcome to stay with them until they seem settled. You can see a little more detail about what we do on the Children & Youth page.
Are there other services?
Yes. Once a month, on the third Sunday, we have an all-age Family Service. During August, all of our services as all-age. During this service, people of all ages are encouraged to sing, pray and learn (and often laugh) together. Occasionally there will be other services that appear on the Sunday Plan. You can find details of the current plan if you click here.
Will I be asked to give money?
During each service we include the opportunity to bring an offering of money. This is one of the ways that we say thank you to God, but don’t feel embarrassed to pass on the offering bags without putting anything in it – this is not a requirement. Many Church members give directly through their bank accounts so you won’t be the only one passing on the bag! The money is used to support the work of Fivehead Baptist Church, including supporting our Pastor and maintaining our buildings. We also give over 10% of our income away to mission work in the UK and overseas.
You will notice that at this point in the service the children put money in a Piggy Bank (named Eric!). The money that is given through Eric is used to support two children that we sponsor in South America through the Toybox charity.
What about the loo?
Should you need the ‘facilities’, toilets can be found through the hall in the right-hand corner. Our toilets, and the main meeting rooms have disabled access.
What’s being a Christian all about?
God wants you to have the best, but there’s a problem – sin: we all fall short of perfection! Christians believe that God made a solution to this problem: His son Jesus (also known as the Christ).
If you’d like to know more about Jesus and God’s solution, why not have a look at the following sites. We’ve not made them, but you might find the content helpful.
- On LookingforGod.com you can find out more about God and his great love.
- Steps to Peace with God is an easy-to-understand explanation of God’s solution and how we can have life in Jesus.
- rejesus tells you all about Jesus, His life, who he was and who He still is.
- The Hope is a wonderful video about the story of God’s promise for all people.
We hope this helps to explain something of what this Church is like. Please do come along, we’d love to see you! If you are still nervous after reading this, please contact us and we will arrange for someone to meet you and show you around.