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?
Your children are invited to stay with you in the service. They are wanted and welcome! At this time we do not have groups or activities for children during the service, but we have notebooks to offer as well as crayons for you to take and keep.
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.
What are we doing to keep you safe during the pandemic?
- The Sunday morning schedule will revert to our pre-COVID schedule, which includes 8:00 am traditional service, 9:30 Adult Sunday School, 10:30 contemporary service. The Sanctuary will not require masks, but we will be setting up the Fellowship Hall as a mandatory mask area with contactless entry and we will display the service there for both services.
- The front doors into the building, the side doors into the Fellowship Hall, and the sanctuary doors will be propped open for touchless entry. Greeters will welcome you from a safe distance and direct people to hand sanitizer as they enter the building.
- We will physically close pews and families can sit in the sanctuary in certain rows to maintain safe distance.
- Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from the pews for sanitary reasons.
- For this season, we will not hand out bulletins, but sermon notes can be accessed through the FBC App and announcements will be on scrolling slides and the weekly update.
- We will not pass offering plates, but we will have boxes in the back of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall where you may place your offering as you leave. As always, online giving is also available.
- Child-care will not be provided at this time, but the nursery will remain open for diaper changes and mothers who may have need of it. All children are welcome in the Sunday morning services, both in the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall.
- At this time, only Adult Sunday School will be opening in the building. Children’s and Youth Sunday School will remain closed. Children ages 12+ are welcome to attend Adult Sunday School with their parents at the discretion of the parents.
- Sunday evening Youth Group will return to the building from 6-8 pm on July 5. Masks will not be required, but we ask that everyone maintain safe social distancing. We will have a bonfire outdoors on July 5 to celebrate our return, and regular youth group will resume on July 12.
- Restrooms will have sanitizer outside the doors. Please use hand sanitizer before entering, and please thoroughly wash hands before exiting.
- No drinks or snacks will be provided for the time being.
- A cleaning team will be disinfecting high touch surfaces after each service.
- Please stay at home if you are showing ANY signs of illness OR if you have been in contact over the last 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.