When to arrive:
If it's your first visit then it's probably best to turn up around 10.20 am as the Service starts at 10:30 am. There will be someone on the door to welcome you.
If you are driving then you'll be pleased to hear that the Co-op car park is immediately behind the church building which is now called the George Street Centre. The first hour is free but you must get a ticket. For further directions to reach us please see the Find Us page.
There are toilets downstairs, including an accessible toilet and there's another on the first floor. Our service is held on this floor and there's a lift operated by one of our members.
What to 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. Whether you come in a suit or in jeans and a sweatshirt that's fine with us.
What to expect:
For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries here's a quick summary of what you can expect at Ryde Baptist Church.
First of all we aren't super-spiritual beings, we all had a 'first day' at church and you'll find we're a friendly bunch, if you don't understand something please, just ask.
You can sit anywhere and the person leading the Service will say what we are doing at each point in the service and there will be prompts on the projection screen.
We start our meeting at 10.30am with a few notices keeping us informed of diary dates etc, then we spend about 15 minutes worshiping God. Our worship time consists of songs accompanied by a keyboard, guitars and flute.
The words of the songs are projected onto a screen and also in large print folders available by the door. Not everyone knows all the songs, so nobody will look at you if you don't sing. There is also a short prayer and a children's talk followed by another song.
If you have mobility problems, don't feel obliged to stand when singing. Several people who attend are in wheelchairs or have difficulty standing so you won't be singled out.
Children, of any age, are always welcome. The floor is carpeted and colouring materials are available, upon request, for children during the service. We also provide a creche for little ones who may go out at any point. Everyone participates in the worship but, about 11am, any children go for their own activities.
After prayers, including those requested by people who use our cafe, we have a talk, based on a bible passage, that is relevant and meaningful to our modern lives.
We finish our meeting before midday, with free tea, coffee and biscuits downstairs after the Service. Many people stay to chat and socialise after the Service ends and you will probably find that several people come up and chat to you during this time. If you feel this would be too overwhelming then please don't feel pressured to stay.
Our aim is that, whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years, you should be encouraged and inspired by the morning. We hope that everyone will draw closer to God.
If you're an evening person you might like our Cafe Church (see the home page for times). This is less formal and we sit round the tables in the cafe downstairs, sometimes we watch an appropriate DVD or discuss a relevant topic. Plus, there's usually cake!!
Will I be asked for money?
An offering bag is handed round during the meeting but please don't feel obligated to put anything in. Many regular attendees give to the church by standing order. This means they probably won't put money in the bag. Nobody will notice if you just let it pass by.
What we believe:
We are a Christian church and believe that all can have a good relationship with God. We believe this relationship with God is possible because of Jesus (God's only son) who invites us to follow him. We have friendly relationships with other local churches from both traditional and modern backgrounds. If you are interested in exploring the Christian faith then please come along on a Sunday or
Is it just Sundays?
Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to lead lives pleasing to him. We're not perfect and we do make mistakes, but we desire to make a positive difference in everything we do. That's why The George Street Centre is open nearly every day. Drop into our cafe, which is open 10:30 - 2:15 weekdays for a chat. To further encourage us we have midweek house groups (a house group is simply a meeting of maybe 10 people or less in someone's house). Small groups are a great way to get to know others in the church and to be real with each other about everyday living.
For those with disabilities:
We aim to be an all-inclusive church and our premises are accessible for those with disabilities, with a lift between floors. We are also a dementia friendly church. If you wish to discuss specific needs please use this link to
- George Street Centre
- George Street
- Isle of Wight
- PO33 2JF