Visiting a church's worship service for the first time can be intimidating. Hopefully, this information will help you to know what to expect. We love in-person and online visitors! Please connect with us.
We really don't care what you wear. A few people "dress up". Most do not. There really is no "unwritten" dress code. Wear what makes you feel comfortable. Use your best judgment.
When you arrive, there are two doors that you can use to enter the church building. The "front" door, facing the street (Long Plains Rd) opens to a small area with stairs that lead up to the worship space (sanctuary). Many of the church "regulars" use the side door, which is accessed from the parking lot towards the rear of the building. You can also use this door to enter the fellowship area.
If you would like to use the elevator, the best way to come in is through the "side" door, which is accessed from the parking lot towards the rear of the building. Many of the church "regulars" use this side door, and someone should be there to help you use the elevator.
During the sermon, children age 12 and under can go downstairs for Sunday School if they choose to; those with special needs are welcome also.
We are a small and friendly multi-generational church. You will be greeted as you enter the sanctuary, and people in the congregation will probably introduce themselves to you before or after the worship service. Don't worry- we won't make you stand up and introduce yourself!
You will be given a bulletin that provides the order of worship, including words of prayers and where to find the words for hymns. The words are also projected onto the wall. Bibles are provided in the pews if you would like to use one. Our worship style is mostly traditional, though we also sing some contemporary worship songs. We encourage active participation, and can be both silly and serious at times.
The pastor's sermon focuses on the stories and teachings of the Bible, applying what we learn to everyday life. She tries to help the congregation to really understand and connect with the Bible in a personal way. Most sermons are about 25 minutes long. During the sermon, children age 12 and under can go downstairs for Sunday School if they choose to; those with special needs are welcome also.
The entire worship service usually lasts about 70 to 75 minutes. After the worship time, everyone is invited downstairs for refreshments and fellowship. We are known for having lots of great food! We hope to see you soon!
Foremost among beliefs firmly held by American Baptists is the acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and our Lord, and that through belief in Him we are assured of eternal fellowship with a loving God. For us, the foundation of Christian belief–and the greatest event in all history–is the drama of the first Easter week: the death of Christ, in which He took upon Himself all the sins of the world, and the Resurrection, which offers glorious proof of His teaching and His triumph over sin and death.
Holy Scripture always has been for us the most authoritative guide to knowing and serving the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer). As the divinely-inspired word of God, the Bible for us reveals our faith and its mandated practice.
We American Baptists passionately celebrate our churches. We exist as a denomination to serve those about 5,000 congregations, to provide them with resources that enable them to minister effectively.
Generation after generation of believers has seen the local church as a tremendous source of immeasurable spiritual strength: preaching that inspires, education that enlightens, worship that draws one closer to God, fellowship that encourages respect and service. The church at its best is an exemplary community of faith, a home for individuals to express, and mature in, their relationship to God and to one another.
“Mission” is a wide-ranging concept. It implies all the varied work we undertake as individuals, churches and organizations in applying our faith and in sharing the Gospel message with others. Mission is an awesome invitation and responsibility, and an endeavor that can never be exhausted. We undertake it realizing that only with God’s help can the immense task of Christian mission be accomplished.
The local congregations and regional and national organizations that form our denominational family see opportunities for mission every day, and we live out ministries in the name of Christ with many people in many places.
Prominent among them are:
Please note: Clicking on the links above takes you to the American Baptist Churches, USA website for more details on each section.
Evangelism is the joyous witness of the People of God to the redeeming love of God urging all to repent and to be reconciled to God and each other through faith in Jesus Christ who lived, died, and was raised from the dead, so that being made new and empowered by the Holy Spirit believers are incorporated as disciples into the church for worship, fellowship, nurture and engagement in God’s mission of evangelization and liberation within society and creation, signifying the Kingdom which is present and yet to come.In 1984, the General Board of American Baptist Churches USA issued a call “for a vigorous denominational program of evangelization”–a “joyous witness” that brings believers “into the church for worship, fellowship, nurture and engagement in God’s mission.”
Evangelism is a challenge and an opportunity. Even after 2,000 years of Christian ministry, tens of millions of persons throughout the world have not yet heard the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. The world is as much a mission field “ripe unto harvest” now as it was when Christ sent forth his earliest followers to reconcile a fallen creation to its Creator. Evangelism is the mission of sharing Christ and the truths He proclaimed with people who need to receive them.
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