An American Baptist Church
A Welcoming and Affirming Church

Are you visiting us in worship for the first time? We want you to feel completely comfortable, so here is what you can expect.

When you arrive

UshersIf you enter through the sanctuary through one of the front doors, you will be greeted by an usher who will give you a worship bulletin that contains an Order of Worship and also announcements of upcoming events. The worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. and usually lasts about an hour. Early in the service a worship leader will extend a warm welcome and invite visitors to fill out a Visitors’ Card located in each pew holder. You can place the Visitors’ Card in the offering plate later during the service.

Where do I sit?

Feel free to sit anywhere you like. Pews are rarely reserved, and usually just for the choir at the front of the sanctuary on special occasions. You can also sit in the balcony.

What if I have children?

Children's TimeChildren are always welcome! we have a well-equipped and staffed nursery available for infants and toddlers. An usher will be pleased to show you the nursery. Parents are also welcome to keep their toddlers and infants with them throughout the worship service.

Older children are welcome to sit with their parents during worship. There is a time in the worship service just for children, when they are invited to come forward to sit on the Chancel steps for Children’s Time with one of the worship leaders. Then the children leave the sanctuary and go to Children’s Worship a time designated just for them, located in the Green Room (Floor 2 using the elevator). Parents can accompany their children at any time and return to the sanctuary when the children feel comfortable. Parents may go to the Green Room after the worship service to reunite with their children.

What happens during worship?

Worship leaders will include the ministers and members of the congregation. Worship will contain hymn singing, prayers, Bible readings, special music, a Children’s Time, an offering and a sermon. There will also be times for church announcements and for greeting each other. Once a month, worship will include communion.

The following slideshow shows some of the activity during a worship service.

 

May I take communion?

Yes, you can. We welcome everyone to share in communion with us. We serve the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month. The church practices OPEN COMMUNION, which means that anyone who likes may partake of the bread and the wine. You do not have to be a member to participate. Communion is usually served in the pews; any change in that routine is announced.

What if I require hearing assistance?

The church offers two options for hearing assistance. For hearing aid wearers with a “T” (telecoil) setting, the service can be broadcast directly to the hearing aids through a wireless loop system. Users should turn their hearing aids to the setting marked “T.” For others, amplifying headphones are available upon request from an usher who will be pleased to provide one for you.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms may be found by entering the hallway through the doors to your right in the front of the sanctuary (near the pulpit). The nearest restroom is in the Jonathan Going Library which is the third door on the right as you walk down the hallway. There are also restrooms on the lower level of the church, which you can reach by suing the elevator (to level BR) or the stairs. There is also a restroom in the small ushers’ room in the hallway at the rear of the sanctuary.

FBC-easter2014-20Coffee Hour

Come join us at Coffee Hour! We love to meet visitors and greet each other after worship. Coffee, tea and light refreshments are served in Gordon Hall immediately after the worship service.