Frequently Asked Questions
When and where are your services?
Our main gathering meets on Sunday mornings at 10:30am in the sanctuary. The service runs until 11:45am.
What is your Sunday service like?
The dress and atmosphere tends to be casual. You can wear jeans. You can wear a tie. It's your decision. The music is upbeat and full of energy. The messages are always centered on the Bible.
When should I arrive?
Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the service. This is especially important if you have children. Checking in children to their age-appropriate environments takes a couple of extra minutes and can be done in our front lobby. You can Pre Register your children to speed up the process.
What do you offer for children?
Each Sunday morning, during the Sunday School hour and the Main Service we offer age-appropriate environments where kids can be kids, from nursery through 5th grade. Children have the truth of God communicated to them in a way they understand. Check in your kids in the Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary lobby. Click here for details.
What do you offer for teenagers?
On Sunday mornings, teenagers attend the morning service or are given opportunities to serve in children's ministries. These young men and women are vital parts of the weekend experience. On Wednesday nights at 6:30pm, the Jr High and High School students meet in the fellowship hall for worship, games, and learning. Before church on Sunday mornings at 9:15am the youth meet together for Bible based lessons. Check out Youth Ministries for details.
Do you have Sunday School or small groups?
From 9:15am to 10:15am on Sunday mornings we offer Life Group classes for all ages, children to adult. We believe that lives are changed in the context of community. Because of that, we offer small groups called "Life Groups". These groups of 12-15 people and meet once a week in relaxing environments all over the city (most meet in homes). The Bible is discussed, friendships are made, and lives are changed. Look at the Life Groups page for what is currently being offered.
Do you offer a communion service?
On the first Sunday of every month at the 10:30am services we offer communion. The elements of bread and grape juice, which symbolize the body and blood of Jesus Christ are passed on trays through the seats for people to choose to take. Sometimes we offer a time where you can come up to the front and take the elements. We ask that this time be a respectful time of remembrance and inner reflection for those who have made decisions to follow Jesus. Glutton free bread is available.
How do I get involved?
Everyone has gifts and talents. Those abilities have been given for the purpose of serving others. There are volunteer opportunities all over First Baptist. Joining a volunteer team is a great way to meet people and contribute to the mission of this church. If you would like to find a service opportunity that fits you, visit our volunteer page.
How do I become a member?
Church membership is not something the Bible commands. It is, however, a way for you to express your commitment to what God is doing at First Baptist. If you are interested in becoming a member, click here for more info.
What do you believe about Baptism?
We encourage all followers of Jesus to experience baptism. Periodically, we offer baptism opportunities and give an open invitation. We baptize by immersion because that was Jesus' model of baptism. Baptism is not salvation. It is a symbol of the new life that Jesus brings about within believers. For more info about baptism, click here.
Check out the "What We Believe" section on our site for further information on beliefs and doctrine.
How do people give financially to this church?
Each Sunday, during morning the service, we receive an offering. These financial gifts enable this church to fulfill the mission and vision God has given it. The Old Testament references a "tithe," or "tenth," as an acceptable gift. The New Testament says little about this but does discuss giving in accordance to what God has given us. We believe that giving is a demonstration of faith in God. We are to give in a way that takes faith. More info here.
What is expected of me?
When you visit First Baptist, you will not be put on the spot. We will not single you out or require you to give us any information. After the service, we will not come knocking on your door. We ask only that you allow us to be your host.
If you have additional questions regarding Santa Clara First Baptist Church, please feel free to e-mail us.