What to Expect • Worship
Worship is the heart of what we gather to do as a community of faith.
Week after week, we begin our service with the traditions of the church—singing hymns, reading aloud passages of the Bible, preaching—and invite others to join the ongoing stream of faith. Each service begins with inspiring music led by our church choir and organist. Upon entering the worship room, you will be given an Order of Worship to follow along with throughout the service. The congregation typically sings multiple songs—most of which can be found in the hymnal (located in the back of the seat in front of you) or printed in the worship guide. You will also hear a message based on the Bible. The heart of our church is to help people grow in their relationships with God and other people. It is our hope that the message will encourage and challenge you to do just this.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I park?
There’s plenty of parking at First Baptist Greenville. If you are a first-time guest, we even have parking spots conveniently reserved for you at the base of the steeple. For easiest access, enter the church parking lot through the Cleveland Street entrance and make a right. The parking spaces are marked with the words “Welcome Visitors” and will be located on your right. A church representative will be standing outside at the top of the steps ready to greet you.
What about my kids?
- There is a nursery for newborns and toddlers where our trained caregivers sing worship songs and play with your precious little ones.
- There’s plenty for your 2-5 year old children to look forward to in our preschool program. Four- and five-year-olds meet in their respective classrooms before heading to the Carpenter Chapel at 10:40 a.m. There they participate in age appropriate preschool worship.
- 1st through 5th grade children enjoy time in the sanctuary with adults during worship. Activity bags, including an age appropriate order of worship, crayons, paper, kleenex, etc., are prepared each week to guide your children through service. These can be picked up in the Narthex (the lobby directly adjacent to the Sanctuary) next to the wall near the men’s restroom.
- There is a check-in system in each classroom to make dropping off your kids safe and easy. Parents of preschool aged children will receive a pager to notify them in case any issues may arise. Additionally, every staff member who works with children goes through an intensive screening process called Protecting Our Children. This involves training, background and reference checks, and an interview. A full information booklet on our procedures can be viewed here.
I have older kids. Where will they go?
6th through 12th grade students are part of our regular worship services on Sunday morning. They are welcome to check out our youth Bible study on Sunday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Is there a dress code?
We want you to feel comfortable. Whether that means jeans and a t-shirt or suit and tie, as long as you are actually wearing clothes, you are welcome at First Baptist Greenville. On Sunday mornings, many individuals wear business attire.
Are there any accommodations for the hearing impaired?
Our Sanctuary is equipped with a Hearing Loop, compatible with any T-Coil equipped hearing aids. We also provide personal assisted listening devices for individuals in need. These devices are located in the Narthex, the lobby directly adjacent to the Sanctuary. Ask an individual at the Welcome Desk for assistance.
Will I have to speak up or be singled out in any way?
- You won’t be put on the spot.
- You won’t have to wear a name badge or be singled out in any way.
- You do not have to sing along if you do not feel comfortable.
- You are not expected to give when we receive the offering.
We have a welcome card available in the pew racks to fill out in case you have questions, need prayer, or are interested in any of our events or resources. This card is only used to help us serve you better and keep you informed of church events and activities. You will not be spammed. Additionally, you may complete this form to notify us of your arrival and to assist you with your visit to our church.
Guests are also invited to meet Dr. Jim Dant, our senior minister, after the worship service. Jim wants to meet you and will be delighted to speak with you in the Narthex directly after the worship service.
What do you believe?
We are a community of believers in God that worships Jesus Christ. We believe in the authority of the Bible, the equality of all people, unity in diversity, and that individuals everywhere can have a direct relationship with God.
Read more about what we believe and our mission statement and church covenant by clicking here.
Aside from Sunday services, what else do you have?
Adults can connect with other individuals and families by joining a Sunday School class or small group. These smaller settings provide more room for friendships to help you grow in specific areas of your life like marriage, discipleship, finances, etc. We also have a library of online resources available.
Children and adults of all ages can participate in a myriad of programs on Wednesdays evenings like Midweek Fellowship, Mission Friends, Children on Mission, Youth on Mission, or choir rehearsal.
Churchwide mission projects lend aid and volunteer support to selected organizations in our community that are engaged in helping those in need.