“Growing up in the word of God, reaching out with the love of Jesus”
We are glad you have taken time to look at our website. Perhaps you have come to the site because you are interested in finding out more about God, or because you are looking for a church to attend in this area, or maybe you just want to know more about what we do. The best way to find out is to come along and see for yourself. We hope you will find us friendly, sincere and committed to following Jesus. But to give you some idea of who we are and what we do, the following might be helpful.
Newtownards Baptist Church aspires to be a friendly, welcoming and active congregation. We are a mix of old and young, traditional and contemporary. What unites us is our love for God and His word, the Bible. At Ards Baptist we believe we have a healthy appreciation for Biblical preaching, an enjoyment of togetherness involving all generations, an emphasis on practical involvement, and a focus on God’s work across the world.
Life together at Ards Baptist involves much more than just meeting together for our Sunday services, in a very real sense our service for God continues when we leave the church building, go out into our community, and live out our christianity in a practical and loving way. We seek to honour God by obeying the great commandment to love both Him and our neighbour whole heartedly (Mt. 22:35-40), and to fulfil the great commission, to encourage others to know, love and follow Him through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Mt. 28:16-20).
What to expect
When you arrive you will be welcomed at the front door and directed to an area with available seating. If you have young children from age 0-3 we have a crèche available throughout the morning service. Sunday School will run alongside the crèche for Primary School aged children, during term time.
As part of our regular services we sing, pray and read God’s word, the Bible. Some of the songs we sing are older and more traditional, others are new and contemporary.
The largest section of our Sunday service is devoted to Biblical preaching. Through preaching we hear the good news about Jesus and His salvation, and the teaching of God’s Word. Since we believe the Bible to be the very words of God, we place a high degree of importance on this part, with the expectation that if God’s word is truly preached then we can anticipate God’s voice to be truly heard. Whilst the Bible is a book that is thousands of years old, it is still God’s message to us today and remains relevant to us in all areas of our lives. Preaching is simply a declaration of what God has said in the Bible, and how it relates to us today.
Each week, after our Sunday morning services, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Whilst we welcome all to stay for this part of the service we politely request that you only take the bread and wine if you have entered into in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 11: 27-29).
Early Evening Service
Our Early Evening Service ‘officially’ begins at 5pm, however we normally commence around 4.50pm by singing some hymns. Feel free to come and join us that little bit earlier while we praise our great God together.
Junior children’s church is also available for children aged between 3 years old – Primary 3. The children go out just before the preaching part of the service. While children are able to attend children’s church, they are also welcome to stay in for the full service if you would prefer.
See you soon
We offer you a warm welcome to all of our services, whether you are just visiting the area or thinking about coming along more regularly.
We look forward to seeing you soon.