What can i expect when i visit?

Visiting a new church, especially if you are not familiar with church, can be a potentially intimidating event.  Faith Baptist Church wants to make this both an easy and ultimately rewarding experience.  Toward that end, here are some things that might help you as you visit for the first time.    

Arriving

Your first experience upon arriving is parking.  Many of our members purposely park away from the entrance so that our visitors can have prime position.  Therefore, please don’t feel like you are taking someone’s spot.  They have made this simple gesture to let you know how grateful they are of your visiting with us.  Parking is available on the lower level right off Westminster Street and on the upper level on Mississippi Street.  Most of the handicap parking spots are located on the upper level.

While we strive to begin our services on time each week, if you arrive a little bit after the start, please don’t worry about feeling badly.  We are eager to have you join us and in no way wish to make you feel uncomfortable or a “fish out of water” for being late.  Our ushers will see to all your needs, from hanging your coat and hat, placing children in our nursery, locating the restroom, and finding a desirable seat in the main auditorium.  And don’t be bashful about asking our ushers for any other assistance you feel you need upon your arrival. That’s exactly what they live for!
 
Also, note that between Sunday School and the AM Worship Service, we offer coffee and light snacks in the designated area of our main foyer located on the upper level.  All we ask is that you finish your drink & snack prior to entering the auditorium. It’s just our way of fostering community among our people as well as offering a “caffeine opportunity.” 
 

Worship

Our worship service offers you the opportunity to offer unto God a genuine voice of thankfulness and petition.  The sermon will be delivered directly from the Bible by one of our Pastors in a genuine, passionate, heartfelt manner. 
 
At Faith Baptist Church, we offer unto God traditional worship, both in music and in format.  Our service is lead by a skillful song leader and is assisted by pianos, orchestra and vocal ministries. During services, you may discover that, after a congregational song or dedicated musical number, some may say a heartfelt “amen” afterwards.  This is our way of showing genuine appreciation unto God as well as letting music ministry members know that they have served the Lord so well that others have been spiritually moved to say so.  
 
Our service ends with a time of “Consecration & Invitation.”  The consecration relates to those who wish to sing the closing hymn in thankful devotion to God; they desire to continue serving Him with the same devotion with which they began the service.  The invitation is for those who discover truth from God’s Word of what He wants in their life and desire more information about what they have heard preached. They may respond by following the directions of the pastor. 
 

Is there a “dress code”?

No. While modesty is always in fashion, please do not let your clothing determine whether or not you visit us. Many put on their “Sunday best,” but you don’t need to worry whether your clothing is “good enough” to attend. We are just thrilled to have you with us. 

What are your Service Lengths?

While special services can last longer, we generally try to keep our services at about one hour.  Sunday School Bible Study is 45 minutes in length.

Do you have a children’s nursery?

Yes!  We offer a very modern, well-stocked nursery staffed by vetted, caring workers.  You can place your infant to 3-year-old in our nursery with great confidence that he/she will both receive professional attention and age-appropriate spiritual teaching during his/her stay in our nursery. The church nursery is located on the lower level next to the church kitchen complex. Nursery is offered during the times of Sunday School, AM Worship, and the PM Service on Sundays.
 
For children older than nursery age, we have something we call “children’s church” during every Sunday Morning Worship.  The children begin the service in the right front of the auditorium and are dismissed along with the teachers (who also sit with them in the auditorium) toward the end of the last congregational song of the AM Worship service.  
 
With either option, you may pick your children up at the close of Morning Worship downstairs. Faith Baptist is meant for the entire family!
 

Are visitors “put on the spot” during services?

You need not worry that we will make you stand up during a service and identify as a visitor or put you in some other potentially embarrassing situation. We attempt to offer a visitor experience that is comfortable. The only “special” thing that will happen to you when you visit is our ushers will leave you with a helpful welcome packet and pen. You are not even expected to put anything in the offering plate as a visitor! And the pen is yours to keep. We want your thoughts on God during a service, not on what might happen to you next!
 

I once visited a church where people ran around the auditorium during a service, yelled, and made loud noises. is your worship like that?

No.
 

I have more questions.

We know that we may not have answered every question. Please feel free to call us (651-771-5567) or email us (fbc@fbcstp.org). We will be happy to respond as soon as possible.