YES. Absolutely. We won't stare at you, single you out, embarrass you or make fun of you.
Most weeks we have people who are visiting for one reason or another. You, like them, will be welcome. If you're particuarly nervous about something we could have someone meet you outside the building and be a friend to you explaining and accompanying you for the service. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
Sunday mornings there is parking on-site or near Kaurilands school. We have parking near the entrance door from the schoolyard for blue badge holders or those who need level entry.
Sunday evenings there is limited parking at Titirangi Presbyterian Church but there is on-street parking a short walk away. The site at Titirangi Presbyterian is quite steep in parts but there is some level access parking for those who need it. Just email email@example.com to make sure we reserve one of those spaces for you.
Genuinely, whatever you're most comfortable with. Some of us are shorts and jandals (even in winter) kind of people, others are more formal - all of us are welcome. Come as you want, and you'll be welcomed.
There's a fair amount of variety in our weekly gatherings but it's not chaotic.
Expect to be welcomed and to welcome - at the door, by the person you sit near/next to. Church services are about recognising God's invitation to come to Him, and so we welcome one another as part of that.
Expect the Deaf community to be in the service and for New Zealand Sign Language to be a normal part of our services. Every other Sunday we have Deaf Community in the auditorium, other weeks they meet in a Deaf only/signing only context in another room a short distance from the auditorium.
Expect singing - we have a number of music teams that help lead us in sung worship, sometimes lively, sometimes reflection, with hymns and contemporary songs. You don't HAVE to sing, but do expect times of singing during the worship service.
Expect to have the children in for some or all of the service - our children's ministry includes time inside and outside of the service. There's also a creche for the youngest people in our congregation. The children's programme will launch usually about 20-25 minutes into the service and the leaders and children head out into their own groups. There are children's groups from 0-13 years old during the Sunday morning services.
Expect us to read the Bible and to hear a sermon of 25-40 minutes. God's Word is where God speaks - we have an emphasis on understanding God's Word so that we can live by it. Teaching is approachable and meaningful, seeking to bring challenge and comfort to us.
Above all expect to meet with God as you meet with His people. He is the one who has changed our lives by the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The first work on our church site began in 1952 with a Sunday School outreach of a denomination then known as "The Church of Christ, Life and Advent". By 1954 a church service was launch and a new church community established. Before there was much else in the area The Atkinson Valley Church of Christ was given its name and soon after became known as Kaurilands Church of Christ, Life and Advent.
In the late 90's two significant changes happened in the church's life. The denomination it had been part of was closing down and so the church moved into the Baptist Denomination and chose the name "Titirangi Baptist Church". At the same time the church had outgrown the auditorium on Kaurilands Road and so moved into Glen Eden Intermediate school hall for a few years and then found a home in the Kaurilands Primary School hall.
We're in the final stages of redeveloping the church buildings on Kaurilands Road and this will set up up to serve the wider community we call home into the future: a community centre where we'll meet on Sunday for worship services.