Attending a new church for the first time can feel a bit awkward, especially if you don’t know what to expect. When you walk into Fleetwood Bible Church, we want you to feel at home. If you choose to be our guest on a Sunday morning, here are a few things you may find helpful to know before you come.
What should I wear?
We do not have a dress code at Fleetwood Bible Church. In fact, it would not be unusual to see someone in jeans and flip-flops sitting next to someone wearing a jacket and tie. Most people are somewhere in between—“business casual” you might call it. Just be comfortable and covered. We’re far more concerned about what’s going on inside a person than what they’re wearing on the outside.
Where do I go after entering the building?
When you come in the main entrance, you’ll be standing in the lobby. Our greeters will be happy to meet you there and show you around. If you prefer to navigate the building yourself, the Sanctuary (where we worship) is to the left, and the classrooms (where we study) are to the right. The children’s check-in station is at the far end of the lobby, under the “Kid’s Ministry” sign.
What is the music like?
Sunday morning worship services are held at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The early service features classic hymns sung to a piano, organ, and other orchestral instruments—what we call “traditional” worship. The later service features today’s worship songs (and sometimes a hymn or two) accompanied by our worship band—what we call “contemporary” worship. Both music styles seek to keep Christ at the center of our worship.
Will I be asked to give money?
We always take an offering during the Sunday morning worship services, but if you’re with us for the first time, we actually want you to keep your wallet in your pocket! Simply fill out a guest card from the pew rack, and place it in the offering plate when it comes around. If at some point you return and start calling FBC your church home, then we believe it’s appropriate to give financially to God’s work as part of the church family.
What should I do with my children?
For those who wish to use it, a staffed Nursery is available down the North Hallway during both worship services for infants through 2 years old. The rest of the family usually begins in the sanctuary together. Right before the sermon, the children are dismissed to Children’s Church. Click here for more information about our dynamic Children’s Church, which is available for 3-year olds through 5th grade. These age-appropriate services help the Bible stories come alive for your child.
Do I have to know what I believe before I attend?
No. We have people at FBC who know what they believe as well as those who are still thinking through the big questions of life. We see faith as a journey, and we walk it together, welcoming the hard questions while embracing the mysteries that defy answers on this side of eternity. On any given Sunday, some of our folks are on a spiritual mountain, and others are in a spiritual valley. Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome to attend. We treasure authenticity in the pursuit of truth.
Do you know what you believe?
Yes. While we certainly don’t know everything, we’re confident about the important things God has revealed to us in his Word. Click here for a summary of our beliefs. Our aim is to be “boldly, broadly, and beautifully evangelical.” In short, we’re amazed by grace, centered on the gospel, thrilled by the covenant, grateful for the cross, overjoyed by the resurrection, desperate for the Spirit, and thankful for the church. At FBC, it’s all about the wonderful things God has done for us in Christ.
What kind of message will I hear from the pulpit?
Our Pastors love to go deep into the Scriptures, explaining the meaning of biblical texts for the original audience and then demonstrating the relevance of those texts for today’s audience. You’ll learn a lot from our Pastors, and hopefully you’ll be challenged and inspired, too. They’re not “fire and brimstone” preachers, but they’re not wishy-washy about the Bible, either. They’re passionate about God’s Word, and they love to communicate it in ways that are both practical and understandable.
Will I have to say anything in front of everybody?
No. We never put our guests on the spot and ask them to say anything or be introduced to the whole congregation. While we hope that our greeters and other regular attendees will introduce themselves to you and welcome you to FBC, you can have complete anonymity during a worship service. If you turn in a guest card, we’ll know that you were with us, and we’ll be able to follow up with you on a more personal basis if you’d like.