Tips for Visitors
We want you to feel comfortable before you arrive on our campus. Here are some tips that will help ensure your visit to First Baptist Church is memorable – for all the right reasons!
First things first — coffee
You may find that the conversations and sermons are so stimulating that you won’t need caffeine; however, you are welcome to bring your own to the 8:45am worship service, Sunday school, or ask a volunteer to point you in the direction of our Fellowship Hall for freshly brewed coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
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Worship: We have two options
The first service is a contemporary expression of Christian worship and starts at 8:45am in the Fellowship Hall. This worship is supported by our Praise Team, a multi-generational group who leads in contemporary Christian music. You also experience the use of multi-media presentations as film and current event clips are used to enhance the worship experience.
The second service meets at 11:00am in the Sanctuary. Supporting this worship is our Chancel Choir, singing an eclectic selection of music from the master composers of the past and the choral innovators of today. Congregational singing is accompanied by a pipe organ and piano as we sing hymns that reflect our faith.
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What do I do with my kids?
Childcare is provided at "The Preschool Place" (the white house next to the church building) for infants to four years of age. Just ring the doorbell and a nursery worker will be glad to assist you. A "Children's Moment" is offered in the Contemporary service as well.
Sunday School is offered for all ages from 9:50- 10:45am. Infant through three-year-old classes meet in the Preschool Place (the white house next door to the main building). Classes for children age 4 through grade 5 are offered in the Children's Wing, which is located in the basement under the Fellowship Hall. Youth Classes (grades 6-12) are offered in The Loft (the third floor of the Education Building). Classes are offered throughout the Education Building and Main Building for all ages groups from college-age through senior adults. A member of the Hospitality Team or any of our staff are available on Sundays to direct you to an appropriate Sunday School class.
Do I have to get dressed up?
Jesus and his apostles did not have a dress code, so neither do we. You should feel comfortable being yourself here, but you’ll find that most people do get a little spiffed up for Sunday service. Suits and dresses, jeans and t-shirts (G-rated of course – it’s church!) are all welcome here.
What should we know about the worship services?
Our Sunday worship service has a traditional feel to it, which is a nice counterbalance to our progressive theology. We have a wonderful choir and their musical presentations are always uplifting. We pray together, we sing hymns, we have about a twenty-minute sermon, and we collect an offering that supports the ministries of the church as well as local nonprofits. You won’t find us reciting creeds, but we do occasionally recite prayers and litanies together. Once a quarter, we offer communion to all those who would like to partake (any age, regardless of his or her baptismal status). The entire service lasts approximately one hour, though we hope the effects of your time with us will last much, much longer.
Parking is available on three sides of the church along with street parking. If you just circle the church, we are sure you will find something close.
A Wednesday Evening Fellowship meal is offered throughout the school year on Wednesday nights from 5:00-6:00 pm. Reservations are required through the church office at 540-932-1558. Please clearly state your name, number of adult, student (grades 1-12), and preschool (toddler-K) meal reservations. You may also request to be on our standing reservation list.
Following the meal, many opportunities are offered for all ages. Children participate in mission education opportunities. A weekly youth service is offered along with Bible studies for adults.
We offer a multitude of additional programming for all ages. We encourage you to click on specific ministries under the "Ministries" tab to view the many options available to you.