What should I expect on a Sunday?
At Friendship Baptist Church, you will find a relaxed and casual atmosphere with a group of people who are truly a family of Christ-followers. You will be welcomed warmly at Friendship Baptist Church...we do try to live up to our name after all! But you won't be singled out or asked to do anything. We are just glad to have you join us! We want you to be yourself, to feel comfortable, and to connect with God in worship since that is why we gather together, to bring praise and honor to our God and King!
Our Worship Service is led by a fantastic worship team which sings mostly contemporary music. They truly lead the singing so that the congregation is ushered into worship, singing praises to our Almighty Father in heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ! Following a time of song, prayer, and giving, Pastor Jim continues worship as he preaches an expository message (verse by verse) from the Bible, bringing forth the truth of God's Word so that the church will grow not only in their walk of faith and in their knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3: 18) but so that they know the will of God as found in the Word of God.
Once a month, on the third Sunday, we have a Soup and Salad Fellowship Luncheon which everyone, visitor or long-time member, is invited to attend. While we enjoy spending time together as a family in Christ, we don't just stay in a "holy huddle" inside the church. We are also passionate about going out into our community and impacting our town, the surrounding area and the world through the spread of the Gospel AND through meeting some of the physical needs of people in our area.
Our Praise Worship is a little different each week. There is usually a lot of singing, a brief meditation, and weekly communion.
Our 10:30 Worship follows a more consistent order of worship with hymns, a choir anthem, a sermon and a children’s message.
How long are services?
8:30 worship is usually 30-45 minutes. Our 10:30 Worship Services generally last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
As a visitor, will I have to introduce myself or be singled out in any way?
No. You will be greeted at the door, and handed a bulletin and an announcement sheet. There will be a “Attendance card” in your bulletin where you will be invited to submit prayer request, and share your contact information if you choose.
What should I wear to worship?
While some churches are really wound up about clothing and how to "dress up" for church, we care much more about you than about what you wear to church. Now yes, the pastor is usually dressed in a shirt and tie, sometimes with a jacket...but we don't have any artificial standards regarding what you wear. Obviously, we don't want anyone taking that to an extreme (so please don't show up in a bathing suit!). But, the point is, whether you "dress up" or whether you come in jeans and a T-shirt, we are just glad to have you with us. So, please, dress as you would like and know that you are welcome to join us for worship at Friendship Baptist!
Please come as you are comfortable. On any given Sunday, you’ll find people in jeans, dresses, and even the occasional soccer uniform as our children rush off to an after-church game.
What about my kids?
Partway through the worship service, children through Grade 6 have the option to be dismissed for Children's Church. The kids are treated to a Bible lesson from one of our teachers and a helper as well as a craft or game. If you want your child to stay with you during the worship service, that is totally fine too. We just want you to know that option is available to you and your child. There is also a Nursery available for children from infant to Grade K.
During the 8:30 am worship, children stay for the whole experience. They can drum, dance, sing, and wander as they need.
During 10:30 worship, children stay for the whole experience and are welcome to participate as they and you are comfortable. During the Story for all Ages, the pastor or another adult call all of the children forward for a short story and prayer. All children are welcome to receive communion. There is no minimum age.
What about other activities?
There is a weekly Bible Study on Thursdays at 7:00p.m., located at the Parsonage at 340 Sturbridge Rd., Brimfield, right around the corner from the church. We also have regular get-togethers of the Women's Ministry (second Saturdays of the month usually); Men's Ministry; and Youth activities. We have monthly Movie Nights as a way for families to spend time together and enjoy a free night out! We also like to have nights of praise and music with our worship team, New Hope Band. Some of those music events take place at Friendship Baptist; sometimes they take place at other venues as an extension of the Gospel and as outreach to the community. We are also very active in our community, reaching out when and where we can.
Tell me about communion.
We take communion every week during Praise Worship (8:30am), and on the first Sunday of the month during 10:30 Worship. We use bread and grape juice so that all may receive. We even have a gluten-free option. We believe that Communion is a tangible expression of God’s grace, a gift of love, offered from Jesus to each of this. All, without exception, are welcome to receive communion. There are no membership, age, or other restrictions.
Do I need to worry about parking?
No. We have specially marked spots for visitors, close to the building, as well as handicapped accessible spots. If you’re dropping off someone who needs to use our lift, you can pull right up, on the north-side of the church, and then park in the parking lot.
I have trouble going up stairs. Can I get to your worship space?
Yes. We have a lift, accessible on the north-side of the building, under the red awning. The lift can get you up to the sanctuary, down to the restrooms, and to any events in our auditorium.