Sometimes we have questions that we just don't know how to ask. Well, here are some of those f.a.q.s so you don't have to ask.Do you want my money?
Do you want my money?
When you visit, we won't ask you for money. We'll simply be happy to have you as a guest. During our service, our members will give their offering as part of their worship. Our guests are not encouraged to participate in the offering.
Does the pastor yell?
No. Our pastor doesn't yell. He doesn't even raise his voice. He preaches from the Bible messages of encouragement and challenge that apply to life today.
Will I be singled out as a guest?
We won't single you out or make you stand up and say anything. Many people probably will recognize that you are a guest and give you a friendly greeting.
Can I come to your church if I am a... Catholic, Lutheran, Mormon, Athiest, Wiccan, Republican, Democrat, etc.?
You are welcome no matter who you are. We all come from different places in life and we are all seekers. We welcome you to come along with us as we try to follow God.
Can I have the juice and bread for the Lord's Supper?
The Lord's Supper (some people call it Communion) is open to anyone who loves Jesus and follows Him. In it we remember the last supper Jesus had with his followers. We remember both the sacrifice He made for us and celebrate the joy we will know when we sit at His table in heaven. We won't turn anyone away from Jesus' table and will leave it up to the individual's conscience whether he or she participates.
What is the big tub at the front of the church?
The big 'tub' at the front is our baptistery. As Baptists, we believe that baptism is for those who are old enough to make the decision to trust in Jesus and follow Him. When we baptize, we go fully under the water (which is why we need the 'tub'). We do it this way because we believe that's how Jesus was baptized and also because it symbolizes death to our old life and rising up to a new kind of life with Jesus.
Why bother joining a church?
You don't need to be part of a church to know Jesus or be a Christian. But, we also know it's nearly impossible to make it through this life as a Christian without the teaching, support, growth, and friendship we find in a church. God has built us to live together, to follow Him together, and to serve our world together. Joining a church is simply saying that we have found the people God wants us to worship, to grow, and to serve with.
Is Bellewood a Fundamentalist church?
No. We believe that there are some fundamentals, or basic beliefs, of our faith. Some of these basic beliefs are that the Bible is God's revelation of how He lives in our world, Jesus is the son of God, we can only find real life through Him, and that our salvation was made possible by Jesus dying on the cross for us. What we don't do is try to force anyone to believe exactly like we believe. Baptists are a people who believe in freedom and we encourage everyone to explore their faith through Bible study, prayer, and talking with other believers.
If you have a question you would like added to the list, email us at Bellewood Questions. We'll get a response up as quickly as we can.