Every church is different. Walking into a new church can feel uncertain and frustrating. What should I wear? Where should I go? How should I act? How can I connect with people? What should I do with my kids?
If you are asking these questions, you're not the only one. Below is some practical information that may ease your nerves when walking in the doors of FBC Murray for the first time.
What should I wear?
You will see a variety of dress styles on any given Sunday morning at FBC Murray. Almost everyone wears casual, yet nice, outfits. It is typical to see families dressed in jeans and there are some Sundays where our Senior Pastor, Keith, wears the same. There is also a large college student population at our church, almost all of which dress comfortably and casually every Sunday.
It should be noted that Traditional Service attendees tend to wear more formal outfits. Many men wear a sport coat and tie and many women wear a dress. Regardless of which service you attend, it is difficult to either overdress or underdress. You will fit in just perfectly with our FBC family.
For further information on this, view the pictures on our homepage to make outfit observations for yourself.
Where should I go?
When you drive down 4th Street, you will see a turquoise sign that indicates "Visitor Parking." As you turn in the parking lot, you will see parking signs in front of the spots we have reserved for you. They are also turquoise. As you get out of the car and look across the street, you will see more turquoise signs (I think you get the idea) that point towards the Welcome Center.
Once inside the Welcome Center, a turquoise banner and Welcome Kiosk will be there to greet you. The Welcome Team will introduce you to new people and help you find the appropriate class or service.
How should I act?
Each person has a unique perspective on church or what worship looks like. Here at FBC, we have a variety of worship styles (ranging from traditional to contemporary) and have members from all over the world. More than anything, we encourage you to worship as the Spirit leads you!
A few notes for people who may have never attended FBC Murray. We often stand in honor of the reading of Scripture during our services. At the end of the passage reading, it is also not unusual to hear the pastor say, "This is the Word of the Lord." To which the congregation responds, "Thanks be to God!" This is simply a tradition that helps remind us of the sanctity and importance of God's Holy Word.
Churches also take communion a variety of ways. This is especially notable for college students who come from other areas. At FBC Murray, we take Communion once a month (typically the fourth Sunday). In the traditional service, Communion plates are passed by the Deacons as the members sit and pray and reflect on the significance of the event. In the contemporary service, all members stand up and walk to tables located in the front of each section to obtain the Communion elements. Then members return to their seats and pray or sing for the duration of the Communion time.
How can I connect with people?
There are countless ways to get involved here at FBC Murray. One way is to talk to the Welcome Team at the kiosk on Sunday mornings to get plugged into a Sunday School class. MidWeek activities are also a great way to engage with other members. You can sign up for those classes on the MidWeek page. You can also ask the Welcome Team or staff about volunteer opportunities.
There will always be information about upcoming events, trips, and church programs on our Facebook page, on this website, and in the bulletin. If you would like more information about anything, please contact a member of our staff.
What should I do with my kids?
Our congregation is compiled of many, many families. At one time or another we have all asked, "Where am I supposed to drop my kids off?" If you wonder that, this section will put you at ease.
If you are arriving for a service and have children under the age of 5, be sure to schedule extra time to sign them in and drop them off on the first floor of the Education Building. You will see signs indicating where to go. If your children are between Kindergarten and 3rd grade, take them into the service with you. They will dismiss for KidsFirst Worship right before the sermon, as indicated by the overhead slide. You can pick them up after the service on the second floor of the Education Building. If your children are 3rd grade and up, they are to remain in the service with you.
During the Sunday School hour, children ages 0-5 are on the first floor of the Education Building for their classes. Children in first through fifth grade are on the second floor of the same building for their classes.