When you walk into Fundamental Baptist Church, you should expect to have your hand shaken at least once by one of our friendly ushers. Prior to the song service, you will notice that people are visiting with one another or taking care of things that need to be done for the service. When it's time to sing, the song leader will call on the congregation to grab a song book (remember those) and will announce the first hymn we will sing as a congregation. This is a time for us to praise and worship God, not a time to be entertained by a professional band. You will find the music at FBC to be old fashioned and conservative and we intend to keep it that way, not because we are stuck in our ways, but because we believe there is something timeless about the old hymns. There is some wonderful new Christian music and you may hear some of it sung as special music by one of our soloists or groups right before the preaching. There are no drum sets for any of the music at our church and the volume level won't require ear plugs. By the way, don't worry if you don't think you can sing well or don't know the songs. You can just follow along in the song book silently until you get the hang of it. Many people find that once they get used to it, singing these songs becomes an important part of their spiritual growth.
After the first song, the pastor will greet the congregation and welcome visitors. Don't worry, you won't be asked to stand or speak, he just wants to be sure you know that we are glad you chose to be in church with us. On Sunday mornings we also have a greeting time between songs, followed by announcements.
After the special music, there will be a sermon preached from the Bible. We consider this to be the most important part of the service. The preaching and teaching of the Bible is an important source of spiritual nourishment for the born-again child of God. Sometimes the message will be preached by our pastor and other times it will be guest preachers, but you can be sure it will be a practical, applicable message from the Word of God. At the end of the message, there will be a time called the invitation where people can respond to the message by making commitments to God or by asking him for his help to live by the Biblical principles they have just heard.
Once the service is over, we are dismissed in prayer and you will probably have that hand shaken again before you leave. We hope you will join us in the near future and find out why we call Fundamental Baptist Church "A Place that Makes a Difference."