Thank you for visiting us online! We hope this is just the first step you take in joining us in worship and becoming part of our church family at Barwick Road Church.
We understand that visiting a new church for the first time can be a little overwhelming and many have fears because they don’t know what to expect. So we have taken this opportunity to answer any questions you might have. Our desire is to provide an environment where people can develop and deepen personal relationships with others, as well as maturing in faith in Jesus Christ. We hope the following information will give you an idea of what to expect when you visit us:
What time are services?
Bible Study for all ages: 9:15 AM
Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM
ASL Interpretation for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired provided.
How do I get to Barwick Road Church?
Barwick Road Church is located at 500 Barwick Road Delray Beach, FL 33445
From I-95: Take I-95 north or south to the Atlantic Avenue West Exit (Exit 52.) Drive west approximately 1.7 miles to Barwick Road. Turn right onto Barwick Road. Drive north approximately 0.7 mile, Barwick Road Baptist Church will be located on the left hand side.
From Florida’s Turnpike: Take the Florida Turnpike north or south to the Delray Beach exit (Exit 81). At the end of the exit ramp turn left (eastbound). Drive approximately 4- 5 miles east to Barwick Road. Turn left onto Barwick Road. Drive north approximately 0.7 mile, Barwick Road Baptist Church will be located on the left hand side.
How should I dress?
Barwick Road does not have a dress code. You will feel comfortable and accepted regardless of what you choose to wear. Our Wednesday Bible Study is billed as ‘casual,’ while Sunday has a full spectrum of dress, from jeans to suits and dresses.
What are the people like?
Barwick Road is a diverse church made up of many people from all walks of life. The church resembles, to a great degree the community of which it is a part. There are a number of young families, students, and people who work in the area as well as those who have retired in South Florida. There are people from different regional, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Most of us have mortgages, problems, challenges and all the rest that comes with living. What is significantly different is that the people who make up the church are on a journey toward becoming passionately devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Some are further along in that journey than others, but that should make finding someone you connect with along the path that much easier.
Are there parking places reserved for first time guests?
We have specially designated parking spaces near the Worship Center. We do encourage you to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early for service as services start generally on time. If you have a large family or people with you, we recommend getting to the Barwick Road Church even earlier to be sure you have seats together.
Are your buildings and services handicap accessible?
We do have handicap access for wheel chairs. All our restrooms are handicap accessible. We also have ASL Interpreters for the Deaf and hard of hearing during our Worship service.
Will someone be available to assist me?
When you arrive you will be greeted by our “First Impression” team. These men and women will direct you to the proper area and answer any questions you may have.
What childcare is offered?
Loving childcare is provided for infants thru 2 year olds. Older preschoolers and children will enjoy age-appropriate Sunday School classes at 9:15AM and Children’s Church at 10:30AM.
What do I do before the service starts?
If you arrive before the service starts, you will notice that our worship center is an auditorium filled with rows of pews. The first couple of pews located in the front left are reserved for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Other than that there are no reserved seats, so you may sit anywhere. As you enter the Worship Center, you will receive a copy of the bulletin which gives you information on the many happenings at Barwick Road Church. We also announce special activities on the large screen located in the front of the worship center.
What is the worship like?
Services generally last about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Our worship services are a time of joyful worship and praise, with a variety of traditional and contemporary Worship music. Words for all songs will be displayed on a large videoscreen. (We encourage a “joyful noise.”) We believe that God will lead you in the worship style you feel most comfortable with. There may be special announcements or features; occasionally dramas and videos are presented.
How are guests greeted?
Before the service our First Impressions members (and many of our other members) will extend a friendly greeting to you.
At the beginning of our service the Pastor will give a welcome to all. He will then ask our guests to remain seated during the fellowship time as our members and regular attendees welcome you and each other. Our ushers will hand you a guest card. Simply fill the card out and place it in the offering plate during the the offering time.
If you are visiting from out of town and plan on moving to the Delray Beach area, we would love to know that. Please feel free to contact us.
How will I know when to stand?
The pastor or the worship leader will ask the congregation to stand or sit. Generally we stand during our worship singing, during the short Bible reading, and during the invitation song and prayer.
Do I need to give money when I visit?
Barwick Road Church does encourage tithing. However, our guests are not expected to give anything. During this time, if you have filled out the Guest registration form we do ask you to drop it in the offering plate.
How is prayer used at Barwick Road Church?
We believe in the power of prayer. During the worship service, the worship leader may lead us in prayer. At the end of the service the Pastor opens up the altar for those who need prayer to come and pray silently at the altar. We have counselors standing by ready to pray for you during this time. You will also notice prayer request cards located in your pew. You can write your request and place the card in the offering plate or you can nail your request on the giant cross in the worship center . Our Pastor and church will pray for you.
What is the pastor’s message like?
Our pastor gives Bible-based messages lasting about 30 minutes. He may ask that we stand during the brief Bible reading to honor God’s Word. His messages are timely and often sprinkled with appropriate humor. Audio tapes and CD’s of the message are available by the end of the service in the sound room and you may also listen to messages on the internet.
What if I don’t own a Bible?
Our pastor usually has the verses for the message projected on the large video screen. Also located in every pew is a Bible that you are free to use during the service.
Is there an opportunity to respond at the end of the service?
At the end of his message, Pastor Mike will invite anyone who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to accept Him. He will also ask those who would like to become part of our church family or to be baptized to make that known.
The chorus that is then sung while the congregation stands is an opportunity for those people to come to the front of the Worship Center and talk with the Pastor about their needs. Our “encouragers,” trained counselors, will take those who come forward to another area for a few minutes and answer any questions. This is also the opportunity for those who have special prayer needs to come to the front and pray. “Encouragers” will be available to pray with and for those who come.
How do I become a member of Barwick Road Church?
Decisions that can be made for membership:
1. BY PROFESSION OF FAITH – If you are not yet a Christian but would like to be, or if you are a Christian but have never been baptized by immersion as a believer, which the Word of God commands, our pastor will pray with you and guide you in your decision.
2. BY TRANSFER OF LETTER – If you are a Christian and a member of a church of like faith and order, we will write to the church where you are a member and request that a letter of transfer be sent.
3. BY STATEMENT – If you are a Christian and have been baptized as a believer according to the scriptures, and do not either have current membership in a church or are currently a member of a church that does not grant letters of transfer, you can receive membership by your affirmation of the above.
What happens after the service?
Our Pastor or Associate Pastor will conclude the service with announcements about upcoming events. He will then close with prayer and dismiss the congregation.