WELCOME TO SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH
Thanks for taking time to look around our website and get to know us better. We know a website cannot give you a complete picture of any church so we cordially invite you to be our guest in the future. In the meantime, we hope the information below will help answer many of your questions. If you have additional questions or need more information, please feel free to contact any of our ministerial staff. We know looking for a church home can be challenging so please let us know anything we can do to make the process easier for you.
Helpful questions before you visit:
When are your services and studies? There are a wide variety of activities and opportunities for worship and study at Second. Our regular schedule includes Sunday morning Bible study for all ages at 9:00 am followed by our weekly worship service at 10:15 am. Our Wednesday evening activities include a fellowship meal at 5:00 pm followed by age-based studies for adults, children and youth at 6:00 p.m. Follow the links to find out more about our services and Bible studies.
Where do we go when we arrive to church? The main entrance to the church is through the three sets of glass doors facing Walnut Grove Road. A greeter will welcome you as you enter and is available to answer any questions and direct you to childcare, a Bible study class or worship. In addition, there is an entrance on the lower level west side under the portion of the building that spans between the main building and our Christian Family Life Center. Greeters are also available at this door.
What will your worship service be like? The best word to describe our worship is intentional. Every aspect and element of worship is intended to invite the congregation toward the God who is worthy of worship. We also recognize that we do not worship alone and that one of the great values of worship is that we do it in community with others. The congregation is not a passive recipient of a performance but they are, in fact, active participants in worship. As for the feel of worship, it will feel like what is typically called a traditional worship service. We follow an order of worship that will include elements like hymns sung from the hymnal accompanied by piano and organ, scripture readings, a choir anthem, prayers, moments for reflection, and sermon. In addition to our regular Sunday worship services, we also offer several additional worship opportunities throughout the year such as services on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve. Each Advent we also offer a Grief Service for those who experience sadness and sorrow during the holidays.
What is available for my children? One of our most important callings as a church is to care for and to tell the story of our faith to the next generation. Our ministries to children and youth partner with parents to help shape the spiritual lives of those in our care. One of the best attributes of our ministries to children and youth at Second Baptist is that your child will be known. Known by caring adults who give their time to teach and lead. Known by their peers as they learn in a loving and caring environment. Known by name and taught that they are known by God.
What if I’m not Baptist? Not a problem. Many of our members and regular attenders were raised or have previously attended churches of different denominations. In fact, we find that Second Baptist is often a nice “middle ground” for many couples who come from different church traditions.
Also, because there are so many different expressions of “Baptist” churches, the name Baptist never tells the whole story. So, another question you might have is “What kind of Baptist?” Simply put, we are a moderate Baptist church that seeks to live up to the commands of Jesus to love God and neighbor equally.
Certainly the best way to get to know us is to be our guest. However, you can also read a bit more about who we are here.
What should/can I wear for worship? On any Sunday morning at Second Baptist you will find people in suits, golf shirts, flannel shirts, dresses, and all manner of casual wear. The emphasis in worship is more about who we are and what we bring to worship and not on what we wear. You will find, however, the ministerial staff and other leaders in worship in professional dress.
Why Second Baptist? Every church has its own personality, its own strengths and weaknesses, and its own flavor. While it is impossible to fully describe Second Baptist on a webpage, what many guests and new members have communicated to us is how much they appreciate the sense of welcome and hospitality they received at Second Baptist. Although we are not perfect, we hope to live up to those compliments and be a people who offer an open, honest, and generous climate in which to worship and grow spiritually. Of course, the best way to answer this question is to come and be our guest soon.
What does gathered to worship and scattered to serve mean? Gathered to worship and scattered to serve reflects our understanding of the essential responsibilities of those who choose to follow Christ. First, we are called to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength and to do this in community with others. So we gather to worship, study and share together as a reflection of our love of God. Second, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our gathering together as a community gives us the strength, insight, challenge, grace and accountability we need to put feet to our faith and share God’s love and grace to a world that desperately needs to hear Good News.