Visiting any church for the very first time can be a tough experience. Where to go? What to wear? What time to show up? What's here for my kids? What can I expect? Please rest assured that each of us was a first-time visitor at some point!
We want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Grace Baptist Church will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and "at home"!
Here are a few answers to your questions and what you might expect on your first visit.
Schedule of Services:
Sunday School for all ages: 10am
Morning Service: 11am
Evening Bible Study: 7pm
How do I find Grace Baptist Church?
All of our services are held at the American Legion Hall at the corner of 8th and 'C' Streets in Springfield. You may use either front entrance. The nurseries and Beginner Classes are more easily found with the door to the right. The Pastor or a greeter would be glad to meet you at the curb to show you around and help you find a seat. If this is your desire, please fill out the form on the contact page.
There are no steps in our building, and most areas are wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to park in the closest spot to the building.
Where can I find the nursery and classes?
We would like to help you find the appropriate nurseries, classes, and service for every person in your family. Our greeters and ushers are located around the building and will gladly help direct and even escort you to the right place.
What's here for my kids?
At every service on Sunday morning there are safe, clean, and highly staffed nurseries for children two years old and under. For children three years old through sixth grade there are fun, friendly, and Bible-centered classes. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child. First through sixth graders meet with the adults to begin the 11am service and then are dismissed to Junior Church.
What's the morning schedule?
The Sunday School hour starts at 10:00am. Plan to arrive a few minutes early so that we can help direct your family to the correct nurseries or classes. This will also give you some time to meet the teachers of your family's classes. The Sunday morning worship service starts at 11:00am. We generally encourage first-time visitors to make the 11am service their first service they visit.
What's on the schedule for adults, and what should I expect?
Most adults attend the Pastor's Sunday School class in the auditorium. This class is a smaller group setting where you are invited to meet people, enjoy perhaps some coffee and donuts, and hear a teaching lesson more directly applicable to you. The best way to get to know people at Grace is to visit our adult Bible class. We also have a seasonal Biblical Foundations Class for those who would like to "brush up" on the basics. Most adults follow Sunday school by attending the worship service where they enjoy the inspiring music of the choir and rousing congregational songs. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from Pastor Gillaspie. This service is a little over one hour in length.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at Grace Baptist Church for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here!
Are there services at other times?
Yes. We also meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm for a mid-week Bible study. If you can't be our guest on Sunday morning, we hope you'll visit with us during another service time. We have community outreach times, Women's Missionary Fellowship, teen activities, and much more at various times.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
No. We don't invite you to our church for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God's Word, and a place where you can grow in God's grace. Please don't feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
If there's something we missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you are new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it's been a long time since you have attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Grace Baptist Church will be awesome! We exist to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward to meeting you personally. We hope you'll feel right at home from the very first moment you arrive! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!