My name is Pastor Bob Hammond. I didn’t grow up in a Baptist church. So, I understand that many people aren’t sure what to expect when they get invited to visit a Baptist church. Here’s a few details to help you know what to expect. Also, at the bottom of this page we provide a summary of how Baptist churches are different from some other churches.
- At Long Hill Baptist Church, we're more about faith than formality. We appreciate tradition – but we’re more interested in helping people understand the Bible and the cross;
- Here, everyone is welcome - regardless of where you're from or where you live. Our people come from throughout the area. Most of our members and visitors live in Bridgeport, Trumbull or Shelton. Some of us are professional people. Others work in the trades, retail and manufacturing. Some are students. Others are retirees. Many of us are from New England. Others come from around the world.
- Our church services are fairly traditional – there’s no loud music or flashy stage lighting here. We sing traditional hymns such as Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, and Blessed Assurance. Our musical instruments include piano and sometimes acoustic guitar;
- Visitors don’t need to give an offering unless they desire;
- We take care not to embarrass visitors in any way. We won’t call you out and we don’t have a “handshake time.” That said, you will find our members to be welcoming and friendly;
- Our morning services begin at 11:00 and usually end no later than 12:15. We sing several hymns and I preach a practical message from the Bible. I teach people to understand what the Bible says and how it applies to our lives;
- Christ is at the center of all that we do. We want people to understand why faith in Christ matters so much;
- We can offer a ride to church if needed. Our church van picks people up throughout the greater Bridgeport area.
Please consider attending an upcoming service. We meet on Sundays at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. We also have Bible study (for all ages) on Sundays at 10:00 and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. Meanwhile, you are welcome to call, text or e-mail with any questions.
Pastor Bob Hammond
p.s. See below for more information about what makes Baptist churches different from many other churches:
Biblical Authority. The Bible is our sole basis for our teaching and practices (2 Timothy 3:16; John 17:17; Acts 17:11; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20–21.)
Autonomy or self governance. Our church is independent and free of oversight from those outside our church. We're not part of a denomination that "tells us what to believe";
"Priesthood of believers." According to the Bible, Christ is the only priest we need in order to approach God. Our pastor is a shepherd, not a priest. (Hebrews 4:14–16; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; 1 Peter 2:5–10.)
Two offices within the church. The offices of pastor and deacon are the only biblical offices within churches. (Philippians 1:1; Acts 6:1–7; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Titus 1:6–9; 1 Peter 5:1–4.)
"Individual soul liberty." The Bible shows us that every person is responsible to turn from sin and to receive Christ as savior (Romans 10:9–17, 14:1–23.)
Separation of church and state. We believe that governments should have no power to deny religious liberty. (See Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29–31; Romans 13:1–4).
Two ordinances—baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also called communion). (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26; Acts 2:38–43, 8:36–38; Romans 6:1–6)
Separation and personal holiness. The Bible calls us to live a lifestyle that is pleasing to God. (2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Peter 1:16.)