The entire service is usually concluded within an hour and a half.
The service order can vary slightly, but we usually begin with the band and singers leading the congregation in three or four praise and worship songs. This is followed by a welcome, announcements and the Bayside News video of what’s coming up at church. We then receive an offering and teach a message that is relevant to everyday life.
Raising hands is part of an outward expression of worshipping God. Much like if you were to go to a concert or a sports arena, you will see people raising their hands as an act of joy, excitement and surrender. Raising hands is not obligatory; it just comes naturally as part of an outward expression of worship.
Feel free to wear whatever you are most comfortable in. Most Baysiders wear smart casual attire to services.
Although Bayside Church has a dedicated car park, the spots are few. We ask that those spots are reserved for the elderly and families with prams. There is plenty of on-street parking in the neighbouring streets which are unrestricted on weekends. Please ask a car park attendant if you are in doubt.
You are welcome to sit wherever you like in the auditorium. There are designated wider rows for parents with prams at the back of the auditorium. If you are unsure where to go, just ask one of our friendly ushers and they will help find you a seat.
We do not expect guests to give in the offering. At no time are members of Bayside Church under any compulsion to give, however we do teach Biblical principles of generosity.
At all Bayside Church services we have children’s ministry available so that parents can enjoy the service. We have Buddies (walking – pre-school aged) and Kidz Rock (primary school aged) programs. Your children can expect to have fun and learn about God and Jesus and how Christian faith can make the world a better place.
That is totally fine. You are more than welcome to have your children with you in the service.
At Bayside we encourage all generations to worship God together at one of our weekend services. In addition we also have the Bayside Youth program that takes place on Friday nights.
You may have heard about speaking in tongues. It’s nothing to be fearful of. In the Book of Acts, when people were filled with the Holy Spirit they began to speak in another language, a language they did not understand. We believe this was an outward sign that still continues today. So you may hear people in their prayer time during the service praying in a strange language. This language is a gift from God. If you would like more information about this and would like to speak to someone feel free to ask any of our pastoral staff.
With restrictions easing since late November 2020, in-person gatherings will commence in December in the Church Car Park on Saturdays only. Further announcements will be made in due course in regards to services returning in the building in early 2021.
In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to check out Bayside Church Online. The service times are Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10am.
Skeleton staff are at the office on Wednesday and Thursdays. All other staff are currently working from home until further notice. For pastoral care enquiries contact 0401 721 912.
Food hampers are available at Bayside Church, Cheltenham Campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am – 1.30pm. To be eligible for a food hamper a Health Care Card or Pension Card needs to be shown. Hampers are also only available for those living in the City of Kingston and the following suburbs: Beaumaris, Black Rock, Sandringham and Hampton.
Enjoying a meal together with others at Matt’s Place will be closed until further notice. Meals are provided for in take away containers from Matt’s Place Chelsea on Tuesday from 10am-12.30pm and Matt’s Place Cheltenham on Thursday from 11am-1pm.
During COVID-19 restrictions, every ministry at Bayside Church to prayerfully consider and think of creative ways to still operate and stay connected. We encourage our congregation to familiarise themselves with online technology in order to still maintain contact and to grow spiritually.
At present, the Bayside Healing Rooms will not operate in the usual manner. From August 2020 Bayside Healing Rooms will be operating on Zoom. You can book a Healing Rooms appointment here.
Since Covid hit, we have run Step to God successfully in an online Zoom classroom. We will also be rolling out Step to Church and Step to Freedom on Zoom. We are passionate about making disciples and will continue to do so even in these uncharted times.
In December 2020, Kidz Rock programs will resume in-person in the Bayside Church car park until numbers for meetings increase. See the “Bayside Kids Parents Facebook” page for all the details.
Bayside Kids will continue to provide weekly resources, lessons, family devotions and encouragement through our digital communication platforms ie. Youtube, email and the closed parent groups on Facebook. If you are not currently part of the parent Facebook groups please search “Bayside Kids Parents” and be assured of our continued commitment to connect with and minister to the amazing kids of Bayside Church.
With restrictions easing, Bayside Youth will resume with events in the Bayside Church car park. Check out Bayside Youth for details. During times of restrictions, Bayside Youth will continue to provide opportunities for youth to belong and to develop community through online platforms such as Google Hangouts and Zoom. The best way to stay informed is via Instagram and youth parents will be emailed on a regular basis.
Bayside Young Adults continue our commitment to build community by meeting in Connect Groups at various locations and times. Each group also facilitates online conversations outside of those times. Check in with your Connect Group Leader about the details. If you aren’t in a Connect Group yet, email email@example.com to get connected. As Bayside Young Adults we also continue to inspire, encourage and update you during these exceptional times. Stay tuned in by liking our Facebook Page or follow us on Instagram.
In times like these, the importance of connection is incredibly important. During times of restrictions, for the health and safety of everyone, we ask that connect groups meet via online platforms. With the easing of restrictions, Connect Group Leaders will be in touch to discuss the options their group is taking.
At Bayside Church we believe we are all ministers of the gospel and as such can provide encouragement and prayer support. The best port of call for pastoral care is through Connect Groups. Please contact your connect group leader if you require encouragement and prayer support. If you need further assistance beyond this or if you are not in a Connect Group and require pastoral care please phone 0401 721 912.
There are a variety of places to get the latest information. Please go to Australian Government Department of Health, Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services.
During 2020 we have moved Bayside Youth gatherings online. We still gather every Friday night during school term, we just do it online now either via Zoom or Youtube. As of late November 2020, Youth is able to meet in the car park at Bayside Church.
We alternate between HANGS nights; AKA connect group (2nd + 4th weeks of the month) and ALL IN nights. Our ALL IN nights are where we gather as a WHOLE Bayside Youth Family to go all out in worship, hanging out, gathering around the Word, praying, and having a ton of fun.
We adhere to our Safe Ministry Policy at all times; especially our Code of Conduct, and all of our youth leaders undergo training on this each year. Bayside Church has two Safe Ministry Contacts who oversee Child Protection and Safe Ministry.
Our youth leadership team is made up of both young adults and adults who have a passion for seeing our vision occur amongst the young people of Bayside. There is a very thorough recruitment process which can be found within the Safe Ministry Policy.
Most of our information is delivered through our Instagram page (see below) and through face to face interactions in our connect groups. We recognise that our young people are online and on their phones a ton and so we love to stay connected with them through Instagram messages, text messages, and Zoom calls. In order for us to do this we ask for Guardian permission to contact them. You can find this permission slip in the Guardian Handbook.
Encourage your youth to join in with what the church fam is doing, whether that be through church online or Ps Rob & Christie’s Q+A on Tuesday nights, the church podcast during the week, or a zoom call/catch up with some friends from church. When we are able to meet in person again encourage your youth to get involved in some way whether through
helping to serve coffee (get those barista skills for the resume woo!), or helping with the kids ministry, or helping stream our services with the Media team; theres so many ways for your youth to help out and in doing so feel part of the family, build friendships, and feel connected.
Be courageous and reach out. We would love to chat. Shoot us through an email and we will get in touch with you. We want to connect with you in a way you feel comfortable and we would love to brainstorm with you the best way to do that. We have lots of options for how we can stay connected with each other such as online connect groups, phone calls, zoom calls, messages etc. Would love to chat!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help get you plugged in! If you find you are struggling to gel with your connect group, let a youth leader know and we will try to help you and can also help you find another one if you need.
We email direct communication regarding upcoming events (inclusive of event details, bus details, consent forms, registration forms, online event links, zoom links etc.) to parents/guardians on a monthly basis. Please email email@example.com to update your email address if you are not receiving these emails.
Yes, snack time includes fruit, crackers and sometimes something warm or special. Bayside Kids tries to cater for all dietary requirements and is an allergy aware ministry.
Bayside Kids is located towards the rear of the building and parents are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit to share and a water bottle for each child.
The program runs during the service and kids can be checked in from about 15 minutes prior to services starting.
Bayside kids offers a space and program for each developmental stage – Buddies is for walking to 4 year old kinder, Kidz Rock is for Prep to Gr 4 and Intensity caters to the needs of the older primary ages.
Lessons are produced weekly for the Pre-school (Buddies) and Early Primary Age (Kidz Rock). You can access the lessons here (link to Bayside kids playlist)
There is a designated youth program (add link) at Bayside Church. However, Youth age students are encouraged to become junior leaders in kids ministry and participate in the emerge (add link) discipling program. They may also choose to serve in any of the other areas. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
All parents are rostered on once every 3-6 months as a parent helper in the kids areas. This is an opportunity to see what the ministry is about and to explore if it is an area that God has placed on your heart. You do not need a working with children check as a parent helper, but there are some requirements to serve as a spiritual leader in Bayside Kids, for more information contact email@example.com
Bayside Church has a Safe Ministry Policy (add link). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org