Plan Your Visit
As you plan your first visit to First Baptist Church, you probably have lots of questions. Here are some answers that may help you feel more comfortable.
What can I expect during Sunday morning worship? (expand/collapse)
Our Sunday morning services are about connecting individuals with God. Each Sunday, we provide two identical services; at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. in the Worship Center. Each service begins with inspiring worship music. The worship team leads a blended service using contemporary worship songs, as well as time honored hymns of our faith. A brief children's sermon introduces the message in an easy to understand format. You will then hear a message which offers a biblical response to today's issues. You can expect to be encouraged and challenged to live out your faith beyond Sunday morning.
How do I get there and where do I go? (expand/collapse)
We are located at 201 E. McDermott Dr., just east of 75. Our Welcome Center is located in the Rotunda. Volunteers are available there to answer questions and help you find your destination.
Where should I park? (expand/collapse)
Wear what makes you feel comfortable. You will see some people in suits and others in jeans.
Is there anything else I should know? (expand/collapse)
Communication cards are available in the Worship Center pew racks for your use. This card is used to help us serve you better and to get information to you should you have questions, need prayer or are interested in any of our events or resources. You will not be singled out, put on the spot or spammed in any way. Simply place the completed card in the offering plate as it passes (guests are not expected to give during the offering time). You may also hand-deliver the card to ministers in the Connection Center just after worship service. Ministers and volunteers are available to meet you and to answer any questions you may have.
Do you have Sunday services for my kids?
Babies and preschoolers enjoy classes during both worship hours in our preschool ministry. Our youngest attenders enjoy an age-appropriate Bible lesson and activity, prayer time and a snack during their time with us.
Our kindergartners enjoy attending worship with their families one hour and participating in a Bible Fellowship Group (BFG) the other hour. Each year, just prior to the start of the school year, we host a special "Big Enough" breakfast to celebrate this milestone and to offer tips to help in this time of transition with our incoming kindergartners and their families.
Volunteers are available to assist you in signing in to our secure check-in system and in getting your child settled in their class. For more information, contact Alyson Walker, our Minister to Preschool Families.
Children and Preteens in grades 1-6: (expand/collapse)
Children in grades 1-4 enjoy worship with their families one hour and participating in a Bible Fellowship Group (BFG) the other hour. During BFG, children are divided into small groups according to grade level where they learn a Bible lesson, engage in a time of discussion and enjoy an activity designed to reinforce the lesson. Starting in grade 3, a portion of their lesson is taught in large group time. Starting in grade 4, children are divided into classes by grade and gender.
Our preteens in grades 5-6 join in worship with their families one hour and a Bible Fellowship Group (BFG) the other hour. Preteens begin their BFG time in a large group setting, where they look forward to a brief time of games and socialization. A portion of their lesson is presented in the large group time, after which the preteens break into their small groups (by grade and gender) to engage in discussion time and enjoy an activity to reinforce the lesson.
Greeters are happy to assist you in locating your child's classroom and introducing you to their teachers. For more information, contact Lezah Maitland, our Minister of Children.
Teens in grades 7-12: (expand/collapse)
Students are part of our regluar worship services on Sunday morning. Middle school students (grades 7-8) join in worship one hour and gather for Bible Fellowship Groups (BFG) the other hour in our student center, known as The Curb.
High school students (grades 9-12) attend worship at 9 a.m. and meet for BFG in The Curb at 10:30 a.m. Student BFGs begin with a large group time of worship before breaking into small groups divided by grade and gender for a Bible lesson with discussion.
Our Welcome Desk volunteers are happy to offer assistance in getting your student acquainted with others in the student center. For more information, contact Chris Jones, our Minister of Students.
What is available in addition to worship on Sunday mornings?
Bible Fellowship Groups (BFGs) are the heart of our church. BFGs are small groups that meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. and are available for all ages. During BFG, adults can dig deeper in the Word, as well as connect with other believers, rejoicing during life's victories and supporting one another during life's struggles. Stop by the Welcome Desk for assistance in finding a class that is just right for you or learn more about BFGs here:
Some classes and groups also meet periodically on Sunday afternoons. Please check our church calendar for a full list of opportunities.
Adults: We offer additional opportunities for you and your family to grow closer to God and to fellowship with others. Adults enjoy topical studies and workshops. Class offerings vary throughout the year. Discover more about Bible studies and workshops for adults or check our church calendar for a full list of opportunities for your entire family:
Preschoolers under age 3: In most cases, childcare is provided for preschoolers under the age of three while parents participate in a mid-week study on campus. When childcare is offered, reservation guidelines will be outlined in the adult class description. Every time your child is in our care, we provide loving care as we teach biblical foundations to your preschooler.
Preschoolers age 3-Kindergarten: Children age 3 (by September 1 of the current school year) through kindergarten particate in Preschool M and Ms (Music and Missions) on Wednesday evenings. Even at this young age, M and Ms initates the basic understanding that we are made to worship God and to share God's love with others. Discover more about our Preschool Ministry HERE.
Grades 1-6: Children and Preteens participate in Wednesday evening programs such as WAM Kids (Worship Arts Ministry), Bible Drill and GAs/RAs. Discover more about our ministries for children in GRADES 1-4 and preteens in GRADES 5-6.
Grades 7-12: Our students experience a worship experience through ROCK/Refuge along with mission programs on Wednesday evenings. These programs are designed to help students forge closer relationships with other students in a more relaxed setting. Discover more about our Student Ministries HERE.
I want to know more.
Can you help me get connected at FBC Allen? (expand/collapse)
Maybe you have questions about spiritual life, faith or baptism. Maybe you're trying to meet and connect with people or find a place to volunteer. You may be interested in church membership or maybe you'd just like to meet Pastor Chad and learn more about what we believe as a church. If so, you may want to attend the next session of First Steps with Pastor Chad. In this small gathering, our Senior Pastor, Chad Selph will share how to specifically connect in the way that's most important to you. He'll share his story, the vision for the things we're passionate about at FBC Allen and he will point you towards the next steps on your own journey
What is the Gospel? (expand/collapse)
Video: "What is the Gospel?" from Southern Seminary.
If you would like to make an appointment with a minister to discuss your faith journey, please call the church office at 972-727-8241 or contact Julie Roden.
What is your vision, mission and core values? (expand/collapse)
Our goal is to bring people to come to know Jesus and to move people to live a life devoted to Jesus, to our church family and to the mission of teaching how to bring others to follow Christ. We are committed to being intentional in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Explore more about our foundational statements and beliefs.
How do I join FBC Allen? (expand/collapse)
First Baptist Church Allen is a family of believers in Jesus Christ. You can become a member of the church family in one of four ways:
1. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and be baptized by immersion.
2. If you have already accepted Jesus but have not been baptized by immersion, then following Him in believer's baptism.
3. Transfer of membership by letter from another Baptist church.
4. Statement of having previously accepted Christ and experienced baptism by immersion as a member of another Baptist or Bible teaching church.
Do you have more questions about baptism and/or church membership?
If you have more questions, please feel free to contact the church office during the week at 972-727-8241 or visit our Welcome Desk in the Rotunda on Sunday mornings for assistance.