We strongly encourage anyone who views DGBC as their long-term spiritual home to become a member of the church.
Membership is a two-way commitment. On the part of the individual it is a commitment to be an active part of the body of Christ here at DGBC. On the part of the church family it is a commitment to lovingly support each member, encouraging them to become all that Christ intends them to be.
One of the privileges and responsibilities of membership is playing a part in the decision making of the church. Members’ meetings are times when we come together to consider major questions relating to the life and direction of the church, and we expect God to speak to us as we pray and discuss matters together.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the church, please come and have a chat with Matthew Scott or one of the Deacons. They will usually arrange for two of the leaders of the church to meet with you to find out a little about your Christian faith and to discuss the mission and values of DGBC with you. Your application will then be taken to the Church Meeting for approval and if all goes well, you will be formally welcomed as a member at a communion service.
Gifts and Giving
We do not expect first timers and visitors to give anything at all to our church. Please just pass the basket along when it comes to you. You’ll find that the majority of people do the same thing, often because they give in other ways, for example, having set up a monthly standing order (see below).
An offering is normally taken up during one of the songs in the Sunday service. This is an opportunity for people who consider DGBC to be their home church to give to the church’s work in Dedworth, the UK (through our links with the Baptist Union) and around the world (through various missionary links).
It costs around £60,000 – £70,000 per year to run DGBC and all its activities serving the church, networks, and local communities as well as to maintain our giving to God’s mission around the world. The majority is funded by donations from people who consider DGBC to be their home church. The most efficient means of giving is by setting up a standing order through a bank or building society. This helps us with effective financial planning and if the giver is a UK tax payer, the money can be Gift Aided which in most cases allows us to claim an additional percentage from the tax paid.