What times are your services?
Worship is at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm on Sundays. Sunday school meets prior to the 10:30 service at 9:00. Prayer meeting is at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings. ASL Interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired is generally available for both Sunday services.
Where do I park when I visit?
Parking is immediately across Hickory Avenue from the sanctuary for easy access, and if it's raining, there is a pull through. There is also parking located between the church building and Burger King, as well as on the north side of the building close to Wild Olive.
What ministries are available for my children/youth?
Ministries are available for every age group in your family; babies to college student. Ministries are planned far enough in advance so parents can adjust calendars and attend with their child or student. There is also a new secure nursery space for our babies and toddlers. FBC leaders and volunteers encourage other adults and parents to attend each event for children and get to know parents of the other children. We’re all about building a church family who enjoys one another and grows together in reaching our community.
What should I wear to church?
You’ll be with friends and family… and some folks you may not know. Sunday mornings may be a little more formal; so you’d probably be comfortable in “dressy casual” or what you may wear to a job interview. Sunday evenings and Wednesdays jeans and khakis are popular.
Come as you feel comfortable.
Where do I go when I visit for the first time?
Walking into a new church can be a little intimidating if you don’t know anyone; that’s why there are members at each entrance to greet you with a smile and offer a helping hand. Ask anyone at an entrance and they’ll be able to direct you to the visitor center or a class for your family.
What ministries do you support?
First Baptist Church supports each ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention through the Cooperative Program as well as local ministry organizations such as Okaloosa Baptist Association, Samaritan House, Crestview Pregnancy Center, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and more.
Who should I call about special events on your calendar?
From time to time we schedule concerts, special Bible studies, youth and children’s events, and training events. Please call the church office or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org with any question and we’ll do our best to answer. Please call 850.682.2544 Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.
What is a "Southern Baptist?"
Who do I call to make an appointment to speak with one of the ministers?
The first contact you should make is to the church secretarial staff by phone or email or drop by the church office. One of the secretaries will direct the phone call or contact the appropriate minister.
How can I become a part of First Baptist Church?
The membership of First Baptist Church is made up of believers who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who have made that decision public through baptism by emersion, and who are committed to growing spiritually and becoming involved in personal ministry in the life of FBC members and program ministries. Those wanting to join FBC should read and agree to the church covenant. Our church staff would enjoy answering any questions regarding membership or involvement.
How do I receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38
"Repent, then, and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped away..." Acts 3:19
At the end of each worship service an invitation is offered to welcome your public decision. A staff member will gladly receive you and briefly counsel with you regarding your specific decision. Your decision may be one of the following:
1 – To receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, with subsequent baptism by immersion, during a scheduled worship service and being received by the church by affirmation of members present.
2 – To request baptism by immersion (believer’s baptism). This decision is for those who have made a public decision in the past and are desiring to follow in obedience to be baptized by immersion or for those joining FBC from another denomination with the same doctrines and beliefs concerning the means of salvation.
3 – To transfer membership from another Southern Baptist Church and affirmation of faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
4 – To affirm your faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and affirm with FBC like beliefs concerning salvation and baptism as described in “The Baptist Faith and Message.”
5 – Please contact the church office and speak with a staff member regarding your decision if you would like more information prior to making a public decision; we would enjoy speaking with you.