Newcomers & Visitors

What to expect when you come for a visit for the first time...

What kind of clothes should I wear?

We have people dressing up formally along with people who like to keep it casual. Feel free to dress appropriately, as this is a church service seeking to honour God.

Will I be greeted when I come in?

You can expect a welcome by one of our deacons in the lobby and another deacon handing you a bulletin at the door to our sanctuary.

Is SBC a "warm" church or a "cold" church?

We try our best to be a warm, friendly and welcoming church family. We actively encourage our people to say hello to visitors and make connections. You can expect to shake a few hands and learn a few names. We want to be genuine and authentic, sharing the love of God that we have experienced through His Son.

What happens if I'm late?

Our worship service starts at 10:30am on Sunday mornings, but if you're running a bit late, don't worry. We understand that it can be tricky to find a place for the first time.

What kind of songs will be sung?

The Bible says that we are to praise God with "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" (Eph 5:19 ), so we sing contemporary Christian praise songs as well as the good old hymns with their rich theology. We use a variety of instruments with which to make a joyful noise to the Lord (Psa 100:1), but we also try to be respectful with the volume.

What age groups does your church have?

We have a healthy balance of all age-groups at our church. We are also ethnically diverse and enjoy the variety that comes out of learning from one another.

What translation of the Bible do you use?

We primarily use the New International Version of the Holy Bible (1984) in preaching and teaching, and this is the version we keep in the pews. We have different members who enjoy a variety of translations, and we often enjoy hearing readings out of the ESV, NASB, KJV and NKJV. In our Bible studies we encourage the use of more literal translations, and we even consult the Greek New Testament from time to time. We value the variety of solid translations and do not promote one over the others.

Will I be singled out at any time?

No. We understand how daunting it can be to visit a new church for the first time.

Do I have to put something in the offering plate when I come for the first time?

No. Tithing is an act of worship and commitment made by believers in Jesus Christ. It is not a requirement for first-time visitors.

What does this word "Gospel" mean?

"Gospel" is an old English word that simply means "Good News". We use it to refer to the Good News of Jesus Christ. The bad news is that every single one of us is wicked in the eyes of God and there is nothing we can offer to Him --no good deed-- to make Him receive us or to earn salvation. We have broken His holy Law and we have thumbed our noses at Him with disobedient and rebellious lives. We have personally and directly offended God our Creator and we all deserve His punishment, which is death. When we die, it is not as though God weighs our good deeds in this life against our bad deeds and then makes His decision accordingly. Just one sin on our record is enough to be judged "Guilty!". Throughout the Bible, God was laying the groundwork for sending the Messiah. He showed His people, the children of Israel, how holy and perfect and just He is, and He gave them the ceremony of sacrifice, where a lamb or a goat could die in the sinner's place. Then God sent His Son into the world. Jesus of Nazareth lived a pure and innocent life before God, keeping His Law perfectly. But you and I nailed this innocent One to a criminal's cross; you and I killed the Lord of Glory. But He conquered death on the 3rd day when God raised Him from the dead, vindicating Him as truly the Son of God and demonstrating that He is the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for sin. Therefore, everyone who puts their faith and trust in the Name of Jesus Christ alone to cleanse them of sin and guilt and wickedness will be saved from the wrath of God on the Day of Judgment.

How can I become a Christian?

Find out about the basics of the Christian life here.

Will there be any surprises in the Worship Service?

Sometimes we have a teaching time called "10 Minute Sunday School" or a special event during the service. On the first Sunday of every month, we celebrate the Lord's Supper, also called Communion. We do ask those who are not believers in Jesus Christ to observe and allow the bread and the cup to pass them, since taking Communion is a public testimony of faith in the Lord Jesus. Communion is different from Mass in the Roman Catholic Church, and so if you are not sure, we welcome any questions you might have. You can also go here to find out some differences between Baptist and Catholic teachings.

Do you preach on uncomfortable topics like hell or sin?

Our church is Scripture-centred, and so whatever the Bible teaches, we believe and teach. We value expository preaching and teaching. This means making clear whatever the Bible says with sound interpretation. This doesn't mean that every sermon is hellfire and brimstone, but it does mean that we stand on the authority of God's Word, and we are not ashamed to declare what it says boldly. We don't want to preach only part of what God says; instead we want to preach the whole counsel of God.

Who are the leaders of this church?

Click here to meet our leaders.

Is this church associated with any larger group?

Yes, we are affiliated with the FELLOWSHIP of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (FEBCC). Click here for the national website, and here for the regional website.

Is there parking?

Yes, we have a parking lot, but it can fill up quickly, so it might be wise to come a few minutes before the service begins.

Does a Mi-Way bus route come near the church?

Yes, the #9 bus stops near our church at the corner of Thomas Street and Vista Blvd.

Is there anything else I should know?

All year round we have morning adult Sunday School starting at 9:30am, where we endeavour to dig deeper into God's Word with systematic Biblical studies. We also have a weekly Bible Study & Prayer Time on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm at the church, all year round.

To listen to the weekly Sunday sermons at Streetsville Baptist, please use this link:
Sunday Sermons

Soli Deo gloria!