Visiting any church, especially a larger one, for the very first time can be a tough experience. Well, we want to put you at ease. Your first visit to First Baptist Church will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and "at home"! Here are a few answers to your questions and what you might expect on your first visit.
When are your services?
8:45 am - Sunday School 10:05 am - Morning Worship Service 6:00 pm - Evening Service
7:00 pm - Master Clubs (4 yr old - 6th grade) 7:00 pm - Teens-n-Training 7:00 pm - Prayer Meeting
What can I expect on my first visit?
You can't miss our campus half a mile down Woodville Pike off of State Route 28. Our parking attendants will help you find a place to park, and as you approach the main worship center, one of our greeters will meet you and direct you to the right classes and services. They can also answer other questions you may have. Most adults attend one worship service where they enjoy the beautiful and inspiring music of the choir, orchestra, ensembles, and soloists. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from Pastor Duttry. This service is a little over one hour in length. Also before the Sunday morning service there are Sunday School classes.These classes are smaller group settings where you are invited to meet people, enjoy perhaps some coffee and donuts, and hear a teaching lesson more directly applicable to your life-stage. The best way to get to know people at First Baptist Church is to visit one of these adult Bible classes.
Where do I take my children?
Starting with excellent nurseries, there is something special for every age child. At every service there are safe, clean, and highly staffed nurseries for children three years old and under. For the infants, mothers will receive a pager so that the nursery attendants can easily contact you if there is a need. For children four years old through sixth grade there are fun, friendly, and Bible-centered classes. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers and helpers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child. Our campus has a lot of buildings, which to a guest can seem overwhelming at first. It's not as complicated as it looks, and we would like to help you find the appropriate nurseries, classes, and services for every person in your family. Our greeters and ushers are located around campus as well as in the lobby of the main worship center and will gladly help direct and even escort you to the right place.
What about my teens?
Our student ministries are broken down into three main divisions: junior high, high school, and College & Career. Within each of these divisions, there are several classes, which are listed under the "Teens" menu above. Most of the teens attend a class for one hour and then a worship service another hour with their parents.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at First Baptist Church for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at First Baptist Church!
Am I Expected to Participate in the Offering?
No. We don't invite you to First Baptist Church for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God's Word, and a place where you can grow in God's grace. Please don't feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
If there's something we missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you're new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it's been a long time since you've attended church at all, we hope your first visit at First Baptist Church will be awesome! We exist to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward to meeting you personally. We hope you'll feel right at home from the very first moment you step onto campus! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!