coffee and conversation
270 Weldrick Road West,
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3V3
Located at the corner of Bathurst St. & Weldrick Rd. West
3km north of the 407ETR
1.2km south of Major Mackenzie Drive
Grace Baptist Church strives to be a community where all people feel safe and are enabled to worship God and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. To learn more about our policies, click here.
We care more about the heart than our appearance in worship and so you’ll see some people in jeans, other people in suits and dresses, and the majority of people somewhere in between in what might be called business casual. Dress however you feel most comfortable.
As you pull into our parking lot you’ll see our main church building. The doorway adjacent to our parking lot is a courtesy entrance for seniors, parents carrying infants, and anyone with physical challenges. Everyone else is encouraged to continue down the path to the right of the church building to our main entrance. Here you will be welcomed by one of our greeters. Let them know that you’re new and feel free to ask any questions you may have. They’re there to put you at ease and make your visit as comfortable as possible. You can hang your coat on the rack and head to our worship centre where you’ll be met by an usher and receive a program. Feel free to sit wherever you like. If you have an infant (up to 2 ½ years old) you can check in at the nursery down the stairs at the back of the worship centre.
Our service begins with a time of worship led by our band. Even if you don’t normally go to church we hope that you’ll hear songs that you can relate to. And if you’re a veteran church-goer you’ll hear something familiar too. More than anything we try to sing worship songs that express our heart to God. There will be an announcement time and a collection of the morning’s offering. The offering is an opportunity for the people who call Grace their church home to give. Instead of an offering, we’d encourage you as a visitor to fill out a welcome card, from the rack in front of your seat, and put that in the offering plate as it comes around. Don’t worry, you won’t be singled out as a visitor or asked to stand or say anything. The message time is an opportunity to hear the Bible applied to real life in practical ways, but the focus is always on Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel. Tucked in your program you’ll see an outline of the message that you can use to follow along, take notes, or bring home to review later.
The service is roughly 75 minutes long and afterwards the pastor and his wife are available to pray with you or discuss anything that’s on your mind. Feel free to go up and introduce yourself or share what’s on your heart.
In between services, there’s a connection time from 10:15 – 10:50 am where you can get to know some of the people who call Grace Baptist Church their home. Drop in for coffee, tea, juice and cookies, either at the back of the worship centre or in the connection room off the main hallway. During this time, youth meet in the garage for snacks and activities ranging from foosball to ping pong to crafts and puzzles.
If you’re still confused about how options for the 9 am and 11 am services differ, you can learn more by clicking here.
Our learning centre for children and youth is offered at the same time as our second worship service from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. This is an opportunity to take advantage of age-graded Bible teaching that relates to life in a practical way.
*Nursery is available for infants up to age 2 ½ during both worship service times although we do ask that you pick up your infant between these times. The nursery is located at the bottom of the back stairs.
The children’s learning centre is available for preschoolers to Grade 6. It begins with a large group singing time in the downstairs fellowship hall followed by small group Bible teaching divided into three age groups. Parents are asked to drop off their children between 10:50 and 11:00 am and pick up them up promptly at 12:15 pm.
The youth learning centre is available for youth Grade 7-12. They meet in the youth room next to the church house. Our youth leaders guide an interactive group discussion, centred on core Bible teachings applied to real life.