Is this a real church?
Absolutely! The Hamilton Bikers’ Church was planted with the support of Capital City Biker’s Church and Toronto Church Planters and had its first service on Easter Sunday, 2010. Ken, The Bikers’ Church Lead Pastor, was ordained by The open Bible Institute and Theological Seminary in August of 2009. He became a Pastoral member of the Canadian National Baptist Convention in 2010.
Now, while we most certainly are a “real” church, we are anything but a “typical” or “traditional” church. We believe that church should be a place of discovery and openness. A place where we can learn together; not simply be told what to believe by some dude standing at the front. Almost all of our services include a time where anyone can give their thoughts on the subject at hand.
What does The Bikers’ Church believe?
Well, officially, The Bikers’ Church has an evangelical foundation. We like how the Apostle’s Creed lays out an overall view of the Bible’s major teachings. This creed, while over 1500 years old, is still very relevant as a core belief system.
At the same time, we welcome people with many varied points of view. All we ask of everyone who attends is that they show respect for the opinions of others. It doesn’t mean that we will always agree with one another, but we do recognize that as we move along on our spiritual journey, there are certainly things we can learn from each other.
Well, that doesn’t help … what the heck is the Apostle’s Creed?
Good point. Okay, here it is:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Is there a dress code?
Bring your best suit and tie (we’re always looking for things to throw in the bonfire)! Seriously, people come as they are. The most common form of attire is jeans and a t-shirt…some black leather too, if you like.
Is everything you do “churchy”?
We hope that NOTHING we do is “churchy”, but we’ll let that one go and just answer the question! We do all kinds of events that simply focus on making the motorcycle community better.
During the riding season we help out with as many of the local bike events as possible. We plan to have organized group rides and a Show and Shine and Bike Blessings this year. This Spring we are planning to host the first Greater Hamilton/Niagara/GTA Motorcycle Info Day and Swap Meet, where we invite all the local groups to come and promote the many rides and events that happen every summer.
How do you support yourselves?
We considered robbing banks, but figured that might not go over well in some circles (hey, Biker Enforcement Unit, we’re KIDDING!).
Most of our finances and support comes through the weekly offerings we receive during our service. Hey, if you had two really mean looking dudes standing over you with an offering plate, you’d throw in a few bucks too! (Again, just kidding … we don’t use an offering plate, we use an air breather cover!) (Okay, kidding again, they’re not really mean looking dudes … they’re really mean looking women!).
The rest of our support comes from local businesses and churches that agree with our overall goals of brotherhood within the biker community.
Do you have a service on Sunday?
Are you kidding me? We’re out riding on Sunday!! Our main service is on Thursday nights. Why Thursdays? Well, why not? We figured that since many of the local bike events take place on Saturdays or Sundays, and since we wanted to be involved with as many of the local events as possible, it would therefore be wise to hold our main service on a day that wouldn’t conflict with the local events (and you thought we were just a bunch of dumb bikers!). Thursday nights have worked well for us, and so, why not?
And yes, we’ve heard it many times: “Real churches meet on Sunday mornings.” Well, we’ve also heard it said that “Real men eat quiche” and we know THAT isn’t true!
Do you have to own a motorcycle to attend?
Of course not! The Bikers’ Church is open to anyone who is looking for a relaxed place to work out their spiritual journey. A few of our regulars do not have motorcycles.
Having said that, we are a bikers’ church. Obviously our focus is the motorcycle community. Anyone who attends should remember that, and not get frustrated when we are always promoting motorcycle events.
Is Bikers’ Church a “Harley” or “Cruiser” thing?
Nope. Although some perceive it to be, the reality is we have people from every background, riding every type of motorcycle attending our meetings. In fact, we are very big on our belief that it really doesn’t matter what you ride.
One of our mottos is a Bible verse taken from Galatians 3:28 that says: “At Bikers’ Church there can be no division into Harley or metric, sport bike or cruiser, hardcore or weekend rider. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all on a common spiritual journey to discover God’s grace through Jesus Christ.” (You don’t think that’s what the Bible verse says? Look it up! Okay, we may have paraphrased it a little! We call it the “BCP ? Bikers’ Church Paraphrase”).
If you’re not a “Harley” church, why are your colours black and orange?
What would you prefer, black and pink? (Don’t answer that!). Yes, our room and logo are designed in the traditional Harley black and orange, but there’s no “hidden” reason behind that. We just went with those colours. And, after all the shirts, patches, letterhead, etc., that we’ve printed, it’s just easier to stay with those colours. (Okay, if you REALLY want a black and pink Bikers’ Church t-shirt, we’ll see what we can do!)
What do you mean by “At the Bikers’ Church you belong just by showing up, together we’ll work out what we believe.”?