What to expect

If you haven't visited us before you may like to know what to expect on a usual Sunday at Barking Elim.

What time do I arrive?
Our Sunday service starts at 10am.  Children go directly to their own gathering at 10am while young people leave for their 4:12 sessions after the notices (approx. 10:30am). If you have any questions at all, please do ask a steward and they would love to help you!

Where do I park?
You can park at Vicarage Fields Shopping Centre, which is a 3 minute walk, by paying £2 at the gate.  This allows for parking for the whole day.


If I have a disability, what support is available?
We have good access for people who need to use a wheelchair and a disabled toilet is available at the back of the church.  An induction loop is fitted so if you use a hearing aid please select the 'T' setting.

What will happen when I arrive?
When you arrive you will be greeted by a person from the Welcome Team and you are free to sit anywhere in the church. You will probably be greeted by a number of friendly people but don't worry, you will not be put under any pressure to "join" the church.  If you feel that you want to make BE Church your home church then ask about joining Next Steps to find out more.

What about the service?
Generally our Sunday services begin with a time of sung worship.  We all stand together and sing but sometimes some people may sit or kneel as they feel appropriate.  You'll probably see people raising their hands, that's just a sign of surrender to God.  The lyrics will be displayed on the screen but don't feel pressure to sing along, it is okay to take time to listen.  We just hope you can feel at home.

Often towards the end of the service, there is a time to respond to the message.  Sometimes there is an invitation to go forward for prayer.  Everyone is welcome.  

You can read about why we do this in the gospel of Matthew 26:26-28. Communion is available every week at the back of the hall at any time during the service. We take communion together once a month, if you are unfamiliar just follow what the person with the microphone has said, but it is ok if you want to just sit and listen to the music being played.

Each week there will be an opportunity for people to give financially as we take our offering.. You can read about guidance for giving in 2 Corinthians 8:1-15. We give to honour God and to provide for the needs of our community. There will never be an obligation for you to give, if you don't want to give anything, just let the bucket pass by and no one will bat an eye-lid. 

After Service
After the service there will be hot drinks, cold drinks, cakes and usually some surprises served at the back of the hall. It's all free so help yourself and we'd love to welcome you personally!

Toilets are located towards the front of the church sanctuary.  They can be accessed from the sanctuary or if preferred, leave via the entrance doors and access the toilets by a side door.

What's available for children?
Our children's ministry is called n:couragers and is for children aged 3 to 11.  They will have their own programme from 10am in '93' (the building next to the church) which includes worship, games & age-appropriate teaching. 

Our youth ministry is called 4:12 and is for High School children (up to age 16).  They join the main service in worship and then at some point following the Notices they will leave to meet for their own teaching and discussion time.

There is a creche, with live feed of the service, for parents to use with little ones up to the age of 3.   

Crèche in building '93'

What should I wear?
We have no dress code - come in whatever you feel comfortable wearing!  Most people wear casual clothing, some wear suits and dresses. 

If you have any other questions you want to ask before you come for the first time, please feel free to contact us.





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