A Conversation with Pastor Wade
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE LOOKING FOR A CHURCH?
I am always blessed to visit with those that are looking for a church home because I believe it is one of the most important decisions an individual or family makes. First, I invite anyone looking for a church home to visit First Baptist. We have been in downtown Norman for more than 125 years serving and being the presence of Christ for the young, the old, and everyone in between. We care for each other, we serve our community, and we reach out to the nations as we share and exalt Jesus. We are a Baptist church, but we are unique in our expression as Baptists and many of our members come from a variety of denominational and church backgrounds. Don’t let a denominational label or stereotype keep you from visiting. Second, Norman is blessed with many wonderful churches that reflect the diversity of our community and the diversity of the Kingdom of God. We celebrate that the Body of Christ is larger than First Baptist and our greatest joy is when folks find the right church for them. If we can help folks find that church home, we consider it pure joy.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT SUNDAY MORNING AT FBC?
As you arrive at First Baptist on Sunday morning, we intend to greet you with a spirit of hospitality. Greeters at each of our entrances and in our library can answer any questions you have and help you find your place in Bible study and worship. You may even be greeted by one of our ministry staff as they welcome folks to church. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, 211 W. Comanche St. Finally, our prayer is that you will experience the presence of God through His people, His Word, and His worship. When you leave First Baptist on Sunday morning, we trust that you will be encouraged and strengthened for the life He has called you to live.
FACEMASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
We ask everyone to wear a face mask upon entering and exiting the church and when in the hallways and restrooms. Also, there has been much concern expressed surrounding choral and congregational singing. Thus, we ask that during the music portion of worship the congregation wears face masks. We will not be seating in the section immediately in front of the platform so that those on the platform will be able to lead without their face masks.
WHAT WILL EVERYONE BE WEARING SUNDAY?
First Baptist is a diverse congregation often reflected through the attire that we wear to church. This means that you will see people dressed in their Sunday best: dresses, suits, and ties. It also means that you will see folks dressed in their business or afternoon casual attire. Our desire is to dress in ways that honor God and respect each other. And that looks different for each of us!
IS THERE A PLACE FOR ME AT FBC?
Yes. The Body of Christ celebrates the diversity of its members and the contribution of each member as part of the Body. As a church, we desire to serve and encourage each of our members to become the person that God has created us to be. Likewise, each member has a responsibility to participate and serve the church with their gifts, talents, expertise, and experiences. One of the exciting things about new members is watching how God integrates them into the fellowship and ministry of the church. There is a place for you.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT FBC?
This website is a wonderful place to learn more about First Baptist. Each Sunday our worship guide provides a tear-off that you can place in the offering plate and request information. Our New at First lunches also provide an opportunity to meet our ministry staff and to learn more about First Baptist. If you have specific questions, I invite you to email or one of our ministers.
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