1. Where do I park when I arrive?
Parking is difficult in the suburbs of Melville. But there is parking available on the street, just be sure not to park infront of anyone's driveway.
2. Who do I speak to at the service if I need information about something?
You can speak to one of the members of the welcoming team. They will be wearing orange lanyards.
3. Will I be expected to say anything?
You don’t have to say anything. More than likely one of our people will come and greet you, at some time one of the elders will also greet you. You won’t have to put your hand up or stand in the service, we have no desire to embarrass you.
4. How big is Heritage?
We are a young, growing church with about 130 people attending on a Sunday morning.
5. Are there opportunities to serve?
Absolutely. There are always opportunities to serve and minister. Once you become a member, it’s just a matter of finding those areas of service that match your passion and gifts.
6. What do you provide for children and young people?
During the Sunday services there is a creche available for 1-4 year olds, and a mothers' room for nursing mothers. Every Second Friday we have a Young Adults (post-matric to 30ish) gathering at the church.
7. Does your church have a small group ministry?
Yes. Presently we have several Growth Groups which meet on different days of the week in different suburbs, all covering the same material. For more information click here.
8. Do you have a discipleship program for those who need to be mentored or matured?
As part of our philosophy of ministry anyone who desires to become a member goes through a discipleship course with a member of the church. These teachings go through the biblical instructions regarding the basics of the Christian faith (i.e. Salvation, assurance of faith, church discipline, membership, the local church etc.)
9. Is Heritage Baptist Church affiliated with any denomination?
Our desire is to fellowship with as many true churches and likeminded evangelistic organizations as possible. We love to see the image of Christ in other churches and ministries. Our conviction is that God’s people ought to hold firmly to their distinctives and still fellowship with others who believe the Bible is the infallible, authoritative Word of God and that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. Currently we are affiliated with the SOLA5 network of churches in Southern Africa.
10. How do you become a member of Heritage?
We ask those who are interested in membership to attend our church for two or three months to be sure they have a good feel for who we are and what we’re about. During or after that time, those who are interested should speak to one of the elders about commencing discipleship. The elders will assign a member to begin the discipleship course with that person. During the process of going through the discipleship course two of the elders will interview the individual to hear their testimony as well as to discuss various requirements relating to membership. If their testimony reveals an understanding of the gospel and evidence of conversion then their written testimony will be made available to the congregation before they are warmly and lovingly received into membership at a Lord's Supper, where the focus is on what we share in Christ.
11. How hard is it to get access to a pastor?
About as hard as tugging on a shirt sleeve, sending an e-mail, sms or dialing a ten-digit phone number. Both of our pastors long to know and serve you. Put them to the test and see how soon and happily they will meet with you.
12. When are your services?
- Sunday morning worship 9:30 am.
- Sunday evening worship 6:00 pm.
13. Where is your church building located?
Our facilites are located At the Corner of 7th Avenue & 5th Street (41 7th Avenue), Melville. Click here to go to our map.
Our Growth Group is held at a member's home please contact us for more details or click here
14. How should I dress for services?
Comfortably. When it comes to dress, the only biblical directives are that we avoid immodesty and any effort to draw attention to ourselves. (I Tim. 2:8-10) Our focus is on God. His focus is on our hearts. (I Sam. 16:7)
15. I am a student at a local university, how can I get to Heritage if I don't have a car?
We have a bus which fetches students from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. If you are in need of a lift please don't hesitate to contact us.