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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What kind of church are you?

Neighborhood Bible Church is a non-denominational church that holds to the authority of the Bible as God’s Word. You can find more specific information about what sets us apart and our beliefs by checking out our Why NBC page and our Doctrine page.

We are also an elder-led church, which means that our church believes in a plurality of leadership - no one person has total control. We work together, pray together, lead together, and dream together! Get to know our leadership better by clicking HERE.

When and where are your services?

We meet every Sunday at 9:00am & 10:45am in English, and at 12:15pm in Spanish. For a map and directions, CLICK HERE.

Every Labor Day Sunday, we head to Memorial Park in San Mateo to have church in the woods! It is part of our annual all-church camping trip. We post information about that trip on our website as it approaches.

What's the difference between your services?

For our English services, nothing! The worship, teaching, and order of service are the same at 9am and 10:45am. During both our 9:00am and 10:45am services, we offer our full One Way Sunday School classes for children from 8 weeks old to 5th grade. The first Sunday of every month, we only offer childcare for our nursery and preschool kids, encouraging our K-5th grade students to go to church with their family.

Our Spanish service has a different sound and flow than the English services, and everything is in Spanish, of course! But we have a translator every service, so if you'd like to hear the service in English, we will give you a headset! Just ask one of our ushers.

What do people normally wear?

We’re pretty casual! Most people wear relaxed clothing—shorts and t-shirts are common—but please feel free to wear whatever makes you comfortable. You won’t see too many shirt and tie combinations... so leave the formal wear at home. In fact, most of our pastors teach in jeans and a casual dress shirt.

What's your music like?

NBC’s music is all about helping people enter the presence of God in worship, so our worship bands embrace a lot of different styles from time to time. Primarily, we have an alternative sound with a full band, but we change things up from time to time. On occasion, we have a more stripped-down acoustic vibe, and we will sometimes include more unique instruments, such as the lap dulcimer or ukulele. We try to introduce a new song at least once a month, but you will also hear hymns that are hundreds of years old.

Can I come even if I don't call myself a Christian?

Absolutely! We would love to meet you wherever you are on your spiritual journey. The best thing we can offer you is a clear, real picture of who Jesus is and why we follow Him. Each one of us has our own spiritual journey we are continuing on. At NBC, we like to say, "Come as you are, but don't stay that way!"

Are you going to ask me for money?

We do accept an offering during our services, which we view as an act of worship to God. We also feel strongly that you should never give to an organization until you trust them. So please, until you know us, don't give to us.

To learn more about why we give and how to give, CLICK HERE.

How does communion work at NBC?

We celebrate communion about once a month at NBC, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month. All Christians are welcome to join us in remembering the Lord's sacrifice together.

The process of how communion is served and taken varies from time to time. You will be given instructions during the service.

Do you have programs for my kids?

Yes! For our INFANTS and PRESCHOOLERS, we offer fun and engaging childcare during both services. We also have a room for nursing moms and crying babies that is available both services. There, you can have the privacy you need while still being able to be a part of the service, watching everything that's happening on a TV.

For our ELEMENTARY age children, we offer two classes tailored for their age (K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade) during our services. These classes begin after a short period of worship in the sanctuary. The first Sunday of every month, we have our elementary age children enjoy the main service with their families.

Visit our Children's Check-In Kiosk to get your kids safely and securely registered and to find out where to take them! Find out more about One Way Children's Ministry by clicking HERE.

Our MIDDLE SCHOOL students get together on the 4th Sunday of every month during our 9:00am service to discuss their relationship with Jesus in a way that makes sense to them. Though these classes are currently on hold, they are projected to resume in April 2017.

We encourage our HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE aged students to attend our main service and to find ways to volunteer. Though we don't have anything tailored for them on Sundays, we get together at other times to encourage and pray for each other.

To find out more about our youth ministries, CLICK HERE.

Do you have adult Sunday School classes or Bible studies?

We don’t have Sunday school classes for adults on Sundays. Instead, adults can be involved with Community Groups which meet weekly to study the Bible, pray for each other, serve together, and have fun getting to know each other.

What is The City?

The City is a social networking tool that we use to stay connected throughout the week. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest news, connect with your community, ask questions, request prayer, message others and make yourself known. In other words, it reinforces real life relationships.

To learn more, or to sign up for your own account on The City, CLICK HERE.