Church

What to Expect

If you’re new to Bayside or considering coming along, we imagine you may have some questions and therefore we will endeavour to answer a few.

People who attend Bayside Church mainly live in the Bayside area of Melbourne. Bayside Church welcomes all ages and stages, from young children to the elderly and is a family-oriented church. We have people here from all different backgrounds and from over 60 nationalities.
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.

The Bayside Church Worship Team focuses on contemporary Christian music from a variety of different Christian artists and bands such as Chris Tomlin, Hillsong & Jesus Culture. We also include some classic Christian songs and hymns from time to time.
Raising hands is part of an outward expression of worshiping 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.
There generally isn’t any difference in terms of the service content. There is a slight difference in demographics. Sunday morning tends to attract young families and older people whereas the Saturday evening congregation consists of youth, young adults and families.
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.
Feel free to wear whatever you are most comfortable in. Most Baysiders wear smart casual attire to services.
Although Bayside Church Cheltenham Campus 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 is unrestricted on weekends. Please ask a car park attendant if you are in doubt.  Frankston Campus has a dedicated car park.
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.