If you are planning on attending a service at First Baptist, you
may be wondering what to expect.
Sunday morning worship begins first with Sunday School. Personalized
classes, divided by age, grade and interests, serve all of the individuals
in our church, from preschoolers through to senior adults.
forward to listen to the Children's Story, kids 12 and under head off
to Second Hour. Fun, Bible-oriented activities and a snack are provided
for elementary-aged children through to preteens downstairs, while young
teenagers are welcome to assist Second Hour leaders or remain in church
as they transition into adult worship. All the children sing, pray,
play games, and learn important Bible truths during these half-hour
is provided for infants and toddlers up to three years during the worship
service. This warm, inviting environment helps show children from the
earliest ages that church is a loving place to be, leaving parents welcome
to rejoin the congregation for the remainder of the service.
a large part our worship service. Any given service may include traditional
hymns, uplifting gospel songs, contemporary choruses or reverent, worshipful
compositions. The congregation sings several hymns and praise choruses,
with either or both choirs performing an anthem or special piece prior
to the sermon. Occassionally, special solos, duets, ensembles, and instrumentals
are featured to create a lively and spiritual worship service.
time in the service is devoted to prayer. Needs from inside and outside
the church family frequently are made known, especially those requests
for support during illness or personal crisis. The congregation prays
together, with the worship leader or pastor speaking on behalf of everyone.
"liturgy" is derived from Greek words for "people" and "work."
The church's public worship of God is the work of the Christian people.
Though Baptist services are not steeped in heavy liturgical elements,
we do celebrate how God moves in our lives in several different ways
during the course of a typical worship service. From saying the Lord's
Prayer out loud together during the Invocation to rising to sing the
Doxology before the offering, these ritualistic elements help draw us
closer, forming one living expression of worship.
the service, tithes and offerings are received. More than a collection
to pay church bills, this, too, is worship. Our members feel that tithing
and offerings declare that God comes first. It recognizes His blessing,
expresses faith and seeks His guidance in everyday life. The ministries
of First Baptist are supported solely by free-will giving, pledges and
gifts from our church family and friends. During this time, both guests
and members are encouraged to sign the pad placed at the end of each
pew, so we can acknowledge your attendence. Guests also are invited
to sign the guest register, located at the rear of the Sanctuary in
of the service comes with the preaching of Godís Word and discussing
how He works in our everyday lives. The sermons range from fervent,
to practical, to inspiring. The pastor may close with an invitation
for those who need forgiveness in their lives to come forward and accept
Christ as Savior. Those who feel a need to rededicate their lives to
Christ are also invited to come forward.
Don't be surprised
if you enter First Baptist and see an unconventional worship service. Occassionally,
special events, from baptisms and children dedications to visiting choirs,
give us the opportunity to worship and celebrate God and the spiritual gifts
He gives us in different ways. Once a month, we serve communion. All baptized
Christians are welcome to join us at the Lord's Table.
invite you to come and experience a personal,
uplifting worship experience at