What should I expect if I visit FHBC on a Sunday?
We are glad that you’ve taken this step of visiting our website to learn more about the ministries of Forest Hills Baptist Church. We have two identical services on Sunday mornings (8:45 & 11:15). Some choose to dress formally but most dress casually. We encourage you to come as you are. We will have the coffee ready!
Each service is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long. Our worship services typically begin with a time of singing and prayer that corresponds to the theme of the sermon. We value both older songs and newer expressions of praise to our God. On any given Sunday you might hear piano, guitar, violin, drums and flute. The Scriptures are also read as part of every service. We do take an offering each week, but there is no pressure for guests to participate. You will not be singled out or embarrassed in any way.
Those who bring the message each week teach Bible passages verse by verse and give practical application. All of our teaching centers around the gospel – God’s good news for humanity. We recount God’s holiness, our desperate need due to our sin, and the saving mercy and grace found in Jesus Christ. Note pages are generally included in the bulletin to help you follow along with the teaching. Extra Bibles are also available in the foyer for your use.
You will hear about opportunities to get connected with other believers through an Adult Bible Fellowship (Sunday mornings) or through a small group (twice a month). We believe that God designed us to grow spiritually in the context of community.
As you arrive, the main entry to our facility is through the main glass doors under the canopy. There are some guest parking spots available closest to the main entrance. You will be welcomed by greeters who will assist you in finding classrooms, nurseries, restrooms and the auditorium. There is a barrier free family restroom on the main level. A lower parking lot and entrance are available as well, closer to many of the children’s classrooms and the Family Center.
Classes for infants (0-24 months), toddlers (2’s & 3’s) and preschoolers (4’s & Pre-K) are offered during both services. Junior Church is offered for grades K-2 during the 11:15 service. Children’s Sunday school for grades K-6 is offered during the 10:15 Sunday school hour. Child check-in kiosks are located in both the upper and the lower foyers. And of course kids are always welcome in the worship service as well. We are very concerned about the safety and well-being of your children. All of our staff have undergone background checks and are functioning under the guidelines of our Child Protection Policy.
Sunday school classes for students in grades 7-12 are also offered at 10:15am. The main connection time for these students is at their weekly youth group gathering on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.