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What to Expect

Visiting a new church for the first time can be a little scary. We’ve all been there, and so we consider it OUR job to make you feel as welcome as possible.

Below we answer some common questions so you know what to expect.

What does it mean that CBC is welcoming and affirming?

We hold steadfast to our mission statement; “We believe that all people are created in the image of God as beloved children of God and are called to participate in God’s redemptive plan for the world.” 


There is no bait and switch with this community of faith. Those who are LGBTQ+ are not only accepted into our faith community but serve in all capacities, including worship, leadership, teaching, preaching, and serving on our Deacon Board, Church Council, and church staff. We hire, ordain, and marry LGBTQ+ people, and we believe that doing so reflects the Kingdom of God.

What do Baptists believe?

Every Baptist church is different. At Commonwealth Baptist Church, we strive to love God and other people with every fiber of our being. Discover more about who we are and what we believe.

What should I expect on my first visit?

Worship is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday mornings. There is a parking lot in the rear of the church off of E. Chapman Street, and free street parking nearby. The church is also half a mile from the Braddock and King St. Metro stops.


The sanctuary is upstairs and greeters will welcome you. We invite you to join us downstairs after service for snacks and fellowship!

Do I need to get dressed up?

Nope! What’s important is that you feel comfortable joining in praise and worship, not what you’re wearing. Some of us wear suits and dresses, others wear shorts and flip-flops. It’s up to you!

Do I have to give money?

No. Those who want to give can do so through PayPal and CashApp. We also pass an offering plate during our service. You should, however, feel no obligation to give unless you wish to. It’s far more important to us that you feel welcome.

What about the kids?

No matter what your family looks like, you are welcome at CBC. We provide safe, professional, and caring nursery care for ages birth to five. Older children are invited to join and participate in our worship service. Learn more about children in worship.

What is worship like? What if I don’t know what to do?

First of all, don’t worry: Our worship service is very relaxed and informal. Click here to learn more about our worship style.

How do I get more involved?

We’re excited you’re interested in exploring CBC further and invite you to send Pastors Marty and Robin an email. They’ll be happy to answer any questions and explore with you how you might get involved at our church.

I have other questions! Who should I talk to?

Feel free to reach out directly to Pastor Robin or Pastor Marty with any questions you might have.

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