What to Expect

To the Guest of FBC JC, we want it to be easy for you to come to church.  We want you to experience a great time in worship and meet friendly people who will welcome you.  We know that first-time visits to any church raise many questions.  Here’s a quick look at some frequently asked questions that will hopefully give you a better idea of what to expect when you visit FBC JC.  If you don’t see an answer to your question here or on other pages, please use the Contact Us form or call the church office at 573-634-3603.  Our staff would love to assist you in preparation for your visit to FBC JC.

Where do I park?

We have ample parking around the building. There are some challenges with hills on two sides of our building.  You can park anywhere on the streets of Capitol Avenue and Monroe Streets. You may park in the parking lot located on Monroe Street, the state parking garage located on Monroe Street and the lower parking lot that is next to our Activities Building. If you have children between the ages of birth and 5th grade, you may want to park on the Monroe side to give you quicker access to our Preschool and Children’s departments. If you can’t find parking on level ground, you may want to park in the lower parking lot behind the Activities Building. Enter the main building under the covered opening and take the elevator to whatever floor you need. If you need assistance, feel free to ask any of the greeters stationed at most entrances.

Where do I go?

Greeters are located at each entrance to the building and are available to direct you to the Sanctuary for worship, to a classroom for Bible Study or to any specific ministry meeting area.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably.  We’re more concerned with meeting your needs than focusing on what you wear.  While some people do choose to wear their “Sunday best”, most people wear casual clothing.  We only ask that you be modest and appropriate in what you choose to wear to worship.

What do I need to bring?

A Bible will help you follow along in both worship and Bible Study.  If you have a Bible, bring it with you.  If you don’t have a Bible, copies of Scripture are located in the Sanctuary pews and free for you to keep and also in the Bible Study classrooms for your use.

When do I need to arrive?

Bible Study classes meet at 9:30 am and Sunday morning services begin promptly at 8:15 am and 10:45 am.  Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the service/class time to allow adequate time for parking and getting to the Sanctuary/Bible Study class.

Is the church handicap accessible?

Yes.  There is reserved parking on Capitol Avenue and in the parking lot on the east side of the church building.  You may also park in the lower parking lot behind the Activities Building. Enter the main building under the covered opening and take the elevator to whatever floor you need. If you need assistance, feel free to ask any of the greeters stationed at most entrances. We have wheelchairs at most entrances and we’ll be ready to help you get to where you’re going.

Where do my children go?

Our Preschool area is located on the third floor and our children’s area is on the second floor (along with our youth department).  We offer preschool childcare from bed babies through kindergarten, all located on the third floor. First through Sixth grade children meet on the second floor.  Youth (grades 7-12) meet in the Refuge Room on 2nd floor. We recommend you park on the Monroe Street side of the building and enter on the second or third floor entrances. Greeters will be there to help you get where you’re going.

What are Worship services like?

We offer two unique worship experiences each Sunday.  Our 8:15 am worship experience is our Blended service and includes a mix of hymns and choruses. It also includes our adult choir and church orchestra.  Our 10:45 am worship experience is our Praise & Worship service.  This service is led by a our Praise Team. We want our Worship to be a gift to God where we that are involved come to a realization that He is our focus. Our Senior Pastor, Doyle Sager, and occasionally other from our staff, offer insightful messages, revealing the truths of the Bible to help prepare and challenge us in our daily walk. Past messages may be heard online here.

How are visitors recognized?

The last thing we want to do is single you out or put you on the spot.  We ask visitors to fill out a Guest Information Card located in the pews and simply drop it in the offering plate so that we can have a record of your visit.  We’ll never ask you to stand up or call you out in any way.  We want you to have a wonderful experience at First Baptist and we strive to create a friendly and comfortable environment to make you feel right at home.

We hope you’ll join us soon at FBC JC!