Connect with God

There is nothing more important than knowing where we will spend eternity. God loves you so much. No matter where you are in life or how far you may feel you are from God, He’s never lost sight of you or forgotten about you. With God, there’s forgiveness from your past, strength for your life today and hope for what’s ahead tomorrow. Our hope is that you will want to connect with God, and you can by simply telling God that you want to. If you would like to pray and receive Jesus as your Savior, we want to share this prayer for you to pray:


“Dear God, I thank You for the gift of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I repent

of all my sins and ask You to forgive me. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life. I believe He

died on the cross and was raised from the dead so that I might receive His life, now and forever.

Jesus, thank You for saving me and giving me eternal life. I invite You into my heart, and I ask you

to change me on the inside. Fill me with your peace and help me, through the power of the Holy

Spirit, to live life in a way that would honor You. In Jesus’ Name… Amen.”

Let Us Know


If you just prayed the above prayer, let someone know! We would love to hear from you and send you some materials about your new walk with God. Email us at or call our church office at 510-786-3232.

  • Now that you have received Jesus for the first time or have rededicated your life to Him, here are some important steps to help you grow in your relationship with Him.

    Tell others of your experience with Jesus.

    (Romans 1:16)

    Read your Bible daily.

    (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

    Pray daily. Talk to God and listen for His answers.

    (Luke 18:1)

    Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and pray in the Holy Spirit every day.

    (Acts 2:4; Jude 20)

    Attend church regularly.

    (Acts 2:42; Matthew 28:19)

    Repent quickly when you sin.

    (1 John 1:9)

    Spend time with other Christians that love Jesus.

    (1 John 1:7)

    Look for ways to serve God by helping people inside and outside of the church.

    (Galatians 5:13-14)

    Begin to give financially into the work of the ministry through tithes and offerings.

    (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

    If you prayed to receive Jesus, contact us so that we can pray for your continued growth in Christ.

  • The Doctrine of Water Baptism
    “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”    
    (Hebrews 6:1-2)

    1. There are basically three types of baptism available according to scripture:
    Baptism into the body of Christ at the new birth.

    (Romans 6:3,4; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27-28)
    Baptism into water after the new birth.
    (Matthew 3:7-8, Acts 16:32-34, Acts 22:16)
    Baptism with the Holy Ghost.

    (Acts 1:5; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38)

    2. What is Water Baptism?
    Water baptism is outward evidence of what happened at the new birth.
    (II Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 28:18-19)
    Water baptism does not save us. Only believing and confessing that Jesus died and rose again for our justification saves us.

    (Romans 10:9-10)

    3. Why must I be baptized?
    Jesus commanded us to be baptized.
    (Matthew 28:18-19)
    Obedience always bears fruit.
    (Isaiah 1:19)
    Jesus is our example.
    (Luke 3:21-23)

    4. How am I to be baptized?
    The word “baptize” means to immerse; to place completely and totally under. Scripturally, we are to be totally immersed in water.
    (Acts 8:26-40)



    • Wear what you will be baptized in into the church.
    • Wear clothing that can get wet. Long shorts are acceptable; a shirt must be worn.
    • Please do not wear white.
      Bring a towel and a change of clothes.


    • Wear what you will be baptized in into the church.
    • Wear clothing that can get wet. Long shorts are acceptable; a shirt must be worn.
    • Please do not wear white.
    • Bring a towel and a change of clothes.

    It is important that your child understands the purpose of Water Baptism; therefore we suggest that your child be over the age of 6 years old.

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    Check our Events Page for future dates.

  • We believe that knowing what the Bible says is an important part of our growth as Christ followers. As we take time daily to read the Bible we will learn how to live life in faith, hope, love and victory.

    Right-click and select "Open in a New Tab" to read a chapter or press and hold, and select "Open a New Tab" to read on your mobile device.

    Note: Emails submitted on this page will be sent to If you wish to keep your email private we do not suggest using the daily email feature.

Connect With Us

  • Do you ever find yourself asking: “What’s next? How do I discover my purpose? What are my gifts? What part can I play?” God has an incredible purpose for your life and our Heart of the Bay Membership is designed to help equip you to follow Jesus, connect to the church, discover your purpose, and serve others. When we discover our purpose and understand the gifts and talents God has given us, we can make a positive impact in the lives of others.

    Join The Family – Become a Member

    Learn the spiritual journey that God has for you, how to connect with our church family, and become acquainted with the story, mission, and values of Heart of the Bay.

    Download the Connect Through Membership Information and Notes PDF and follow along as you watch the 1 hour video. Once you finish watching the video please fill out the Membership Information Card online, or download and print the PDF, and fill it out. Paper forms can be turned in at the Volunteer and Connect station in the Lobby.

    Questions? Please call the Church Office: (510) 786-3232.

    Connect Through Membership Information and Notes (Downloadable PDF)

    Online Membership Information Card

    Membership Information Card (Downloadable PDF)

  • Volunteer and Connect by Joining a Connect Team. 

    Use your gifts, talents and abilities to make a difference by serving. Signing up for a Connect Team is one of the best ways to get involved at Heart of the Bay. Whether it’s greeting guests or helping in our kids ministries, you’ll quickly find that your Connect Teams become just like family.


    Ready to serve?

    Sign up now and see what God can do through you. Just tap the button below, fill out your information, and we’ll help with the rest.

    Volunteer and Connect FORM

  • Pastoral Care is an extension of the Senior Pastors to the church body of Heart of the Bay Christian Center. Our first commitment is to our church family. Members are given priority with outreach being done as availability allows.

    Pastoral Care provides ministry care on a personal level. Our staff and trained lay ministers are here to support you. Our goal is to help people acknowledge and apply the promises of God during crisis and everyday living.  Ministry is always based on the Word of God.

    We Offer the Following Services:

    Spiritual Guidance
    Spiritual Guidance is designed to help meet the spiritual needs of members and people who consider HBCC their Church home. Our goal is to assist you in the application of God’s principles to your specific need. Qualified ministers are available to meet with you by appointment during the day.

    (Some evening appointments are available.)

    Hospital Visitation
    It is our heart to bring the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to those who are hospitalized. We have trained staff and lay volunteers that will minister encouragement, prayers of faith, and the healing touch of God.

    Emergency/Crisis Response
    There is always a pastor on call that is available for spiritual guidance in a time of emergency crisis. When an emergency crisis occurs after Church business hours, dial the main Church number at 510-786-3232 and leave a detailed message, including your name, contact phone number and the nature of the emergency. The messages are picked up periodically during the evenings and weekend.

    Premarital Guidance
    Our pastoral staff is trained in using the Pre-pare Enrich Program along with the DISC Personality Profile for all pre-marital guidance. This is a 6-week program that is required before getting married at HBCC. (Typical weddings require 6 months advanced planning)

    We make available to members of HBCC the use of our Sanctuary and Multi-purpose room for weddings. Pre-marital guidance is a prerequisite. Contact Pastoral Care as early as possible to secure dates and availability of staff.

    Funeral and Memorials
    Pastoral Care will minister to you and your family in the event of a death. We can help with arrangements and the officiating of a funeral/memorial service that would follow. There are many decisions that can seem overwhelming at this time. We desire to minister to you in these areas so you may experience God’s peace and comfort.

    Grief Support
    This personal ministry is available to you if you have experienced the death of a family member, friend or loved one and face the seemingly impossible task of adjusting to the loss and moving on with your life. Knowing what happens after death, both naturally for us, and spiritually for the deceased, can bring peace of mind and heart.  We will stand with you in prayer during this transition time.

    Baptism Services and Baby Dedications
    Baptism services and Baby Dedications are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Contact the Church Office at (510) 786-3232 for times and dates.

Visitation Team Members

Thank you for taking the time to visit those in need of prayer, a caring hand and a loving heart. Please take a little time to fill out the form below and tell us about your visit. Thank you.

Visitation Contact Form