Manor Baptist Church of  San Leandro, California

"Preaching Christ by the Bay"
What to Expect

When You Visit

Your first visit to a new church is never easy.  Even if a friend has invited you, you're still going to an unfamiliar place filled with people you don't know.  And there are all those questions.  What do I wear?  Where do I go?  What time do the services start?  Is there anything for my kids?  And then there's the most difficult question any visitor has to ask...Where are the restrooms?  We want to make your visit with us as enjoyable as possible, so on this page, we'll cover some of those bits of information which will smooth the way for you.

How do I get there?
We are located in southwest San Leandro only a few blocks from beautiful San Francisco Bay.  If you'll click on the "Find Us" button over on the right side of the page, you'll be able to view a map of our location, or shift over to a satellite view, or even check out a street view of our place.  You can also use the map's direction feature to get step-by-step driving instructions from your place to ours.

As you approach our property driving west on Lewelling Blvd., the fences alongside the street will block your view of our main entrance until you're right on top of it.  After you pass the traffic light at the intersection of Farnsworth and Lewelling, you're getting close.  When you pass the intersection of Inverness and Lewelling, begin slowing down and looking for the end of the fences on the right...and you're here!

What time do the services start?
We try to begin our services at the time listed on the "Home Page" of this site.  But if you don't make it right on time, please come on in anyway.  This is California, and the traffic is unpredictable, and it is easy to get turned around trying to find a new place.  You won't bother us by slipping in late.

What to wear?
We don't have a dress code here.  You'll see our Pastor and some of the other men in coats and ties, and you'll see some of the ladies in dresses.  But you'll also see some of our folks in more casual clothes, and some ladies wearing slacks.  We want you to feel at ease while you're with us, so don't worry too much about whether you've got the right outfit on.

How do I find the nursery, the classrooms and the auditorium?
When you get out of your car in the parking lot, locate one of the two breezeways leading into the center of the property.  You'll see signs directing you to the nursery, the auditorium and the office.  Our ushers are usually good about spotting visitors and getting them to the right place, but please feel free to ask any of our folks, and they'll point the way for you.

Okay...where are the restrooms?
In the main auditorium, the restrooms are located in the foyer to either side.  As you enter the main pair of double doors, the ladies' room is to the right, and the men's room is to the left.  We also have handicapped-accessible restrooms located in the office area.  There are also restrooms with outdoor entrances in both of the two-story classroom buildings, and restrooms adjacent to the kitchen in our fellowship hall.

What do you have for my kids?
First of all, we have a clean, well-equipped nursery manned by loving volunteers who will keep your little ones safe and cared for while you are here.  Then, we have Sunday School classes for all ages, preschool through adult.  During our Sunday morning service, we have a Children's Church available for the younger kids, and our ushers will be glad to show you where they meet.  We have a very active teen program with monthly game nights and get-togethers, and we have a mid-week children's program called the Awana Club which meets at the same time as our Wednesday evening service.  Check out the "Our Ministries" page for more information on all these activities.

Will I be pointed out in the service?
We don't want to do anything to make you feel uncomfortable while you're here.  Our ushers and other folk will very likely greet you when you come in, and someone may even walk over to say "Hi" while you're waiting for the service to start.  But we're not going to make you stand up or introduce yourself or anything like that.  We'll let you be as anonymous as you want to be.  You'll find a visitor's card in the pew rack in front of you, and if you'd like us to know you were here, fill it out and drop it in the offering plate when it comes by.  If you would like our pastor to contact you, please note that on the card.

Oh, and speaking of the offering...
As a visitor, you are not expected to participate in the offering.  You may if you wish, but please don't feel any obligation to do so.  You have honored us by coming to our services, and we want our service to be a blessing to you.  The offering is how our members support the ministries of our church.  Your being here is offering enough!

If there is anything we've not covered here that you would like to know before you come, please let us know.  If you call, and no one answers, please leave a message and a call back number, and we'll return your call as soon as we can.
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