Which denomination are you?
The Bridge Bible Church is a gospel-centered church that preaches from the Bible. We are non-denominational, but we are part of a wider network under the Converge Great Lakes which has Baptist roots. More about our beliefs here.
What do people wear to church?
Great question! You can wear your Sunday best if you want, but most attendees dress very casual (even during the Easter and Christmas holidays)
What can I expect on a Sunday?
We have two service times available, 9 & 10:45am. There are no set of rules regarding structure, but most often we'll open with a few worship songs, followed by teaching from the Bible before finally finishing with another song or two. Most services run around an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. There are separate programs and childcare available for kids as well (see below).
The worship band is a contemporary worship band that varies from an acoustic setup to full on drums and electric guitars. There is complementary coffee available in the lobby. Also in the lobby is a Get Connected table. Feel free to ask someone at the table or one of the greeters any questions to find out more about the church, events or classes. Let us know if you're visiting for the first time and we'll provide you with our welcome bag!
Will i be contacted after my first visit?
This is entirely up to you. We have Next Step cards available for you to provide information, prayer requests, get connected or ask questions. You can fill one of these out and drop it in one of the black offering boxes and someone from the church will follow up with you. Otherwise simply take the gift bag and skip the card.
Who goes to the church?
A bunch of imperfect people. Our church is full of various people ranging in age, occupation, social life and background, each of us has a story and none of us are perfect, nor do we pretend to be.
Can anyone take communion?
We celebrate communion usually the first week of the month as a reminder of God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ. Anyone who is a Christ follower is welcome to take communion.
Do you have child care?
Yes! There is childcare for infants up to two years old at both services in the Nursery. TLC is the pre-school program also offered at both services for children ages 3-4. KidZone is for our school-aged children in grades K-4th and is only available during our 10:45am service. You can find out more about Children's Ministry here.
Which bible do you use?
Many attendees end up bringing a Bible of their own. The Bridge provides ESV Bibles during services. This version is most commonly read from during the sermon.
What other things do you offer outside of church?
There are a lot of connection points available at the Bridge. First and foremost we encourage everyone to get involved in a Community Group. For high school youth, there is a youth group called 1335. We also have Ignite middle school youth group. For elementary school kids, the Bridge offers Vacation Bible School (VBS) for a week in the summer. There are also various events and classes throughout the year which you can keep up with on the Calendar page.
How do I join a community group?
More information on Community Groups is available here, where you will also find a contact list for group leaders. If you'd like more information or help figuring out which group might be for you, just contact the Bridge Office.
What is your leadership structure?
The Bridge is an elder-led church, as opposed to elder-ruled, pastor-led or board-led. The church body as a whole provides approval/election of the elders as well as voting on larger church-wide recommendations from the elders. We refer to our structure as:
Where do I give?
No monetary donations are required by attendees, should you feel led to give you may do so by placing your offering in one of the black offering boxes on the wall of the gathering space. You may also give online.
Do I have to join your church, or how do I join your church?
We do have church members, which we refer to as covenant partners. No one is required to become a covenant partner. To be a covenant partner at The Bridge is to be rooted in Christ and to do life together on the mission to which He has called us. Attending our All-In class, which is available a few times a year at no cost, is a prerequisite for covenant partners. This class provides an excellent overview of what the Bridge is all about.