Things look a little different during the pandemic and so does what you can expect when you visit First Baptist Gadsden.
Sunday School for adults only at 9:30 in the chapel. We are currently not providing classes or nursery for children during the Sunday School hour.
Sunday morning worship at 10:30 in the Sanctuary. Your family is welcome to join us in our sanctuary for a socially distanced worship experience. There will be Kids’ Worship and nursery provided. Kids’ will need to be registered for Kids’ Worship as you come in. They will leave during the service and you will pick them afterwards in the Kids’ Worship room on the 2nd Floor of the Davis Building.
You are encouraged to use the front steps if able or the “Guest Entrance.” It’s the one on the map below with the large blue arrow.
Of course right now we are encouraging everyone to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask as you enter and leave the building. You may also leave your mask on when you find your seat if you choose. The row of pews in front of the organ is designated as a mask only section. Here, we ask that you wear a mask even while seated. Water fountains will be turned off. Pews will be marked for seating. Due to the challenges with social distancing among children we will be checking temperatures of children attending nursery and Kids’ Worship. If your child has a fever we will contact you and ask you to retrieve your child as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience with us in this time.
First Time To First Baptist?
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Sundays: Sunday School at 9:15 and worship at 10:30
Wednesdays: supper at 5:00, classes at 6:00
Finding Your Way Around
Guests are invited to park in our “Main Parking” lot on 5th St. At the bottom of this page is a link to a parking map, and a place to get detailed driving directions. On our facilities map below, the entrances are highlighted in yellow, but most people would be best served to use the main entrance marked with the “Enter Here” arrow. If you need to check-in children to the nursery you may wish to use the entrance closest to the Preschool check-in desk. Both entrances are stroller and wheelchair friendly.
What should I expect in church?
You will be greeted by someone with a smile and a friendly handshake as you enter the door. A greeter will be near by to answer any question you may have. You will enjoy worshipful music and the message will be relevant to your life. First time guests are invited to meet the ministers to answer your questions, and receive a small gift from us at FBCG.
Should I Give Money?
Please do not feel any obligation to give; you are our guest. We offer the opportunity to give as a help to the mission of the church.
What’s available for my kids?
We know that as a parent you need to be sure that your children are in a safe learning environment. We also know that your children are looking for a fun place to learn. At First Baptist meeting both needs is a high priority. Our First Steps ministry (this is what we call our nursery and preschool program) is filled with loving volunteers to care for your children from newborns up to toddlers.
First Kids is our ministry to grade school children. We offer a Sunday School which uses the Gospel Project curriculum designed to teach children about the Bible in a fun and interactive way. We call our children’s wing the World Village.
During our worship service the children ages K4-5th grade are invited to attend FIRST KIDS’ WORSHIP where we sing songs, watch Bible stories, eat a little popcorn and worship in a kid-friendly atmosphere. At the time noted in the order of worship the children will be escorted to the Wold Village Station (2nd Floor of Davis Children’s Building) where you can pick them up after church. (see “check-in, check-out” below)
Are My Children Safe?
At First Baptist Church we take your children’s safety and security very seriously, and make every effort to insure your peace of mind. Our background checked and trained children’s volunteers and employees are some of our very best people. Our newly renovated preschool wing is secured during all services to keep little ones safe.
We also ask that all children check-in for Sunday School using one of our touch screens at the welcome desks. It’s very easy to use, and someone will be there to assist you. Parents just input some basic information about your child and how we may contact you if we need you during the service. When you check-in your child for Sunday School, nursery, Kids’ Worship or any other program you will receive a security sticker for your child and a matching sticker for you to use to retrieve your child after the service. If you attend worship only and have not checked in for Sunday School, please use the “Child Check-in” stickers found in the pew rack in front of you. If you’ve checked them in for Sunday School they are already checked-in and ready for First Kids’ Worship!
To check-out your child simply return to the class and show your security sticker. For check-out from Kids’ Worship come to the “World Village Station” on the second floor of the Davis Children’s building.
How do I get there?
We are downtown Gadsden on the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets.