Serve on a team
Meet people's needs
Be a good steward
Serve Christ out of love . . .
We want all of our church members to
Regularly serve from your unique SHAPE on a team.
Regularly meet people's needs with gospel compassion.
Practice biblical stewardship of your time, money, and talents.
Wait - What's My "SHAPE"?
God has created every one of us to be absolutely unique, and God wants us to use our unique S.H.A.P.E. to serve one another in love and for His glory. At First Baptist Church, we offer many different ways our members can serve, and that list is always growing. But it starts with you knowing your SHAPE!
What time should I get there?You are invited to join us for coffee and donuts in the Atrium from 9:00-9:30AM. For Sunday School, arrive by 9:20 to allow yourself enough time to park, drop off any children, and get to your room (don't worry--we have greeters to help you get around). For the worship service, arrive by 10:35 to give yourself enough time to park, drop off children in the nursery, and get to the Sanctuary (again, we have greeters to show you where to go).
How should I dress?At FBC Thomson, you'll see folks in business casual and casual attire. We want you to be comfortable, so wear what you would feel the most comfortable in in a worship service.
Where do I park?Our main parking lot is located between our building and our neighbor, the Post Office. You can enter it from in front of or behind the building. There are spots just for visitors on the row of parking spaces adjacent to the building. Once you have parked, you can enter the building through the covered entrance, and one of our greeters can direct you where you are going.
What style of music should I expect?We seek to worship God in spirit and truth through a multigeneration worship service. Our music is a blend of traditional and modern hymns, and we are supported by a variety of instruments from guitars to orchestra.
What will my kids do?During Sunday School, we have a class for every age. Nursery and preschool (through age 5) are located in rooms on Level 3. During the worship service, our nursery is for children through age 3. All other children are invited to worship with their families. About half-way through the service, we have a children's sermon for kids of all ages. Following that, kids age 4 through 1st grade are invited to attend a children's worship service that meets in the Chapel (on Level 3 near the nursery).
Stewardship is the idea that everything belongs to God, and God lets us be responsible for a part of it. At FBC, we promote Dave Ramsey's approach called Financial Peace University (and we usually teach it once a year). He believes that Christians should live debt free and be exceedingly generous. His course covers everything from budgeting to investing.
But we aren't just stewards of money - we also have skills, talents, and time that God wants us to use wisely and for His glory. It was well said that we can learn everything we need to know about a person's priorities by looking at their bank statement, their calendar, and their phone history. We want your life to be in service of God, and that's why we want to give you meaningful opportunities to use your gifts and talents through and alongside our church.