Whether you are making a once off visit or planning to stick around for a while, this page contains information for people planning to visit Epping Baptist Church for the first time. Please contact us if you do not find what you a looking for. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Where is the church building?
The EBC church building is located on the corner of Carlingford & Ray Rds, Epping (Google Map). This is a short walk from Epping Railway Station.
Getting to EBC
Limited parking is available on site if you are travelling by car. However, there are spaces available in the service station opposite the church (which we have permission to use), street parking on Ray Rd, and in the council car park next to Coles.
If you are travelling by train, timetables can be downloaded from the City Rail website (www.cityrail.info). Epping Station is located on the red Northern Line.
Alternatively, train timetables along with bus information can be found on the Transport Infoline website (www.131500.info).
What differences are there between the three Sunday Services?
Basically, the 9am Service is designed for families, the 10:45am Service appeals to older generations and the 6:30pm Service is for youth and young adults. However, each service is attended by a range of people. All our services are run in English (we do not have any bi-lingual services).
The morning services are held in the Church Auditorium while the evening service is usually held in the Church Hall (same building).
Visit our Sunday Services page for more detailed information.
What should I expect when arriving at a Sunday Service?
If you are attending one of our regular Sunday Worship services at 9am, 10:45am or 6:30pm, you will be met at the door by one of our welcomers. They can point you in the right direction. You will find stewards at each entrance to the church auditorium who will hand you a weekly newsletter. This contains information about church activities, news and other items such as flyers or an outline of the talk (sermon) that will be given during the service. Seats are not allocated in any way, so feel free to find somewhere you feel comfortable.
If you are visiting the church building during the week, you can find the office just inside the foyer. It is staffed from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
What takes place during a Sunday Service?
The basic outline of a regular Sunday Service includes music, announcements, a talk (sermon) and offering (see below). The talks are usually given by one of our pastors. We often have guest speakers too.
Communion takes place once a month at each Sunday Service. More information can be found below.
How long are the Sunday Services?
The 9am and 10:45am services usually run for just over an hour. The 6:30pm service is usually around 1¼ hours in duration.
Note: We normally combine the 9am and 10:45am services into one at 9:30am during all school holidays. Please contact us if you would like to double check.
Can I bring my kids to the Sunday Services?
There is a kids program (Sunday School) run during the 9am service. The 10:45am and 6:30pm services do not a have separate children’s program, but you are welcome to bring your kids with you to any of the services. Please contact us if you would like more information about the Sunday School program.
There is an air-conditioned room at the back of the church auditorium for parents and children.
You can learn about all our children's programs on our Children's Community page.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal church and accept people as they are. There is no need to dress up to try and be someone that you're not.
How can I meet new people?
Numerous activities are run by people in the church community on a weekly basis. Some are designed for a specific age group while others are open to everyone. You can explore what options are available by using the menu items under "Community" at the top of this page.
We invite you to join us for morning tea at 10am on Sunday mornings. This takes place between the two morning services. People often get some dinner together after the 6:30pm service too.
Perhaps the best way to get to know people is by joining a Small Group.
Is the church building accessible for people with physical disabilities?
There is one disabled parking spot on the church grounds. There are no stairs between the street entrance and the church auditorium making wheelchair access easy. People can be dropped off in the “No Parking” zone right in front of the church entrance.
There is a T-coil loop in the church auditorium for people with hearing aids (www.hearingloop.org).
Toilets are accessible from the church foyer including one with disabled access.
What is 'communion'?
Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper) is when the church community remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus. We do this by eating a small piece of bread and drinking a small glass of non-alcoholic grape juice. The bread and juice symbolically represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed His followers to remember Him in this way during His final meal with them (Matthew 26:26-29).
Communion is held monthly during each Sunday Service. The bread is usually passed around on plate by the ushers and each person takes a small piece. The grape juice is served in individual (single use) plastic cups. We traditionally drink the juice together at the same time.
We occasionally have the bread and juice placed on tables around the church. If this is the case, then people line up at one of the tables and take a piece of bread and a cup of juice and return to their seat before eating and drinking.
We invite anyone who calls Jesus Christ their Lord and Saviour to participate in communion. If you do not feel comfortable eating the bread or drinking the juice, simply let the plate go by.
Please not that the bread is gluten free unless otherwise announced.
What is the deal with the offering plate?
It is normal during the Sunday Service for the ushers to pass plates around to collect money (offerings) from people who would like to contribute financially to the work of the church. This money goes into a central fund to pay our pastor's salaries, employ office staff, run ministries, etc.
You are not under any obligation to put money in the offering plate.
Where can I get more information?
Visit the Contact Us page to find out how you can get in touch. We look forward to meeting you soon!