Q. Do you believe that baptism is necessary for the remission of sins?
A. The short answer is yes. See Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38.
Q. Are you a sound/faithful church?
A. Would any church say, "No, we're not a sound church"? If you have a specific question about our worship or work, then please e-mail us.
Q. Do you use one cup or multiple cups?
A. We use one cup. The majority of us believe that it is Scriptural to use one cup or multiple cups. We are a small congregation and only if it becomes impractical or expedient would we consider the alternative. As for health concerns, we have a letter from the British Medical Association (BMA) assuring us that there is little chance of the transmission of disease passing around the one cup. If you are squeamish or still worried about the transmission of germs from the bread and the cup, we may be able to serve you first (see next question).
Q. I am a bit squeamish about drinking from one cup, so can you serve me the cup first?
A. Obviously, it is only possible to serve one person first, so if you are the only person that requests to be served first, then we are happy to oblige. The only other suggestion we have is that you bring your own little cup of juice.
Q. Do you meet in an upper room?
No. We rent a one level community hall for our meetings.
We rent a one level community hall for our meetings.
Q. Do you use musical instruments in your worship?
A. No. We consider the use of musical instruments unscriptural.
Q. Do you get a lot of visitors?
A. We usually have several visitors each month, and the majority are those on vacation or a business trip from America. Most visitors are usually here for one or two weeks, but some who are here to study or work may stay anywhere from one month to two years.
Q. Do all your members live close to the building in which you meet?
A. No. Some brethren live in one of the London boroughs outside of Camden (Barnet, Haringey, Lambeth, Lewisham, etc.) and some live outside of London.
Q. Are any of your members able to put up visiting brethren?
A. Yes, if the rooms are available, but not very likely.
Q. Are you a conservative or liberal church?
A. The terms ‘conservative’ and ’liberal’ mean different things to different people and one man’s conservative church may be another man’s liberal church. Therefore, we simply describe ourselves as ‘a church of Christ.’ We do, however, seek Scriptural authority for all that we do (Colossians 3:17). If you have a specific question, then please e-mail us.
Q. To which colleges and brotherhood papers do you subscribe?
A. The church does not identify or align itself with any college or preaching school, nor do we support or subscribe to any brotherhood magazine.
Q. Do you have an evening meeting?
A. No. This is for two reasons: first, due to financial constraints, and second, it is impractical because of the distance members have to travel.
Q. Do you have Bible classes for adults and children?
A. Yes. After our worship service is concluded we have classes at 11:45 am. The adults remain in the main hall and the children have their class in the back room. There is only one class for children of all ages because we only have one teacher.
Q. Can someone pick me up from the airport when I arrive and take me to the airport when I leave?
A. Probably not. (i) All the brethren live quite a long way from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports (ii) Only a few brethren have cars (iii) It really will be a lot quicker to take the tube (subway) to where you are staying.
Q. Can someone take me sightseeing?
A. Probably not. With the greatest respect, we have many visitors passing through and taking visitors on sightseeing tours is time consuming and expensive.
Q. If I arrive late and miss the Lord's Supper, can someone serve it to me after services?
A. No one will serve it to you but you are welcome to take the bread and fruit of the vine into the back room and partake of it yourself during the break (usually around 11.30am) or at the end of services. Just ask one of the man presiding.
Q. I am a first-time visitor... can I just turn up or do I need to make an appointment or something?
A. Anyone (Christian or not) is welcome to come along to our services at any time. You will be warmly welcomed.
Q. Do you use money from the church treasury to support non-Christians, orphan homes, schools, colleges, Bible camps, or any secular institution?
A. The short answer is no. The congregation here believes that it may use the money from the treasury to help needy Christians, edify itself, and to support evangelism. We believe it is unscriptural to support secular institutions.
Q. Do you believe in the sponsored church arrangement?
A. No. There is no Scriptural authority for such an arrangement.
Q. Does the church have social events?
A. No. The church does not have a calendar of social events; individuals, however, do make personal arrangements to socialize.
Q. Do have a localised preacher or do you consider such an arrangement unscriptural?
A. The church here supports a preacher to preach, teach, and work as an evangelist. There are several other men that are capable of preaching and teaching, and so we all participate in preaching and teaching.