To make your first time with us more enjoyable, we have prepared this list of frequently asked questions to help you know what to expect.
Our worship services are at 9:45 a.m., 11:11 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Bible study is offered at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.
We're located in downtown Lafayette at 1100 Lee Avenue, just one block off of University Avenue. Below are driving directions from three well known points:
- From I-10 take exit 101 and go south about 2.6 miles to Lee Avenue (the eighth traffic light.) Turn left - parking is in the third block on the left.
- From Acadiana Mall take Johnston ST. to University Avenue. Turn left and then turn right onto Lee Avenue. Parking is in the third block on the left.
- From Evangeline Throughway South take University Avenue (near the airport) and come north to Lee Avenue. Parking is in the third block on the left.
Our guest parking is directly across Barry Street from the main entrance on Lee Avenue. A covered drive through is available in the parking lot on Avenue B (the side closest to University Avenue) for those who need to drop off passengers. This entrance is close to our preschool area, and is also suitable for disabled persons.
We also have parking lots on both sides of Lafayette Street and on-street parking is available (but please observe "no parking" signs near our neighbors driveways, etc.)
There are handicap parking spaces and ramped access in the parking lot on Avenue B, and there is street level access to the sanctuary building on Barry Street near the intersection of Buchanan Street. Our greeters will help you into the building, and once inside, our ushers will help you to a seat. The Sanctuary has accomodations for wheelchairs spread throughout the main floor seating.
Our greeters will meet you and assist you with any questions you may have. An Information Center is available on both sides of the Sanctuary. Our Information Center attendants can direct you to a Bible study class and other areas of our buildings. Our ushers will help you get seated for the worship service.
Your child will be in an age-graded class with caring teachers who will help your child learn about God. So that you may attend both a Bible study class and a worship service, this time is extended to a second hour for those birth through age four. This additional time enhances the learning that your child experiences. For Kindergarten through Grade 2 we offer Bible study classes at all three times, and a Children's Worship alternative at 9:45 a.m., but your child may join you in the Sanctuary for worship if you prefer.
If you arrive early, you will find that others have come early. Many people enjoy the time of fellowship and getting acquainted. You can linger in the commons area and meet friends, or you can move on into the sanctuary and find a seat. The only "reserved" seats are the front row where our deacons sit (and you probably didn't want to sit on the front row anyway.)
As you enter the sanctuary you will receive a bulletin which gives you information about the service as well as other ministries and activities during coming weeks. There is a detachable section on the bulletin where you can request specific information about our church, request prayer, or other things. You can fill that out and either drop it in the offering plate during the service or turn it in at the Information Center.
Don't worry. Our ushers will help you find a seat as quickly and discreetly as possible.
Services generally last about one hour. Our 9:45 a.m. worship service features choir and orchestra with traditional hymns and familiar worship choruses. Our 11:11 a.m. service is led by a vocal team and praise band, and has a number of contemporary features. Pastor Steve Horn brings the same Bible based sermon at both morning worship services.
Before worship our greeters and ushers will warmly welcome you to our church. During worship our pastor may ask everyone to stand and greet those around them. Guests are NOT asked to stand and be recognized. However, we are interested in knowing more about you. Therefore, our bulletin has a detachable section that you can fill out to request more information about our church, or just to indicate you were with us for the service. You can drop that form in the offering plate or turn it in at the Information Center.
Our Minister of Music will often ask the congregation to stand or sit. We generally stand for the singing of congregational songs.
While we encourage the practice of tithing among our members, our guests are not expected to give anything. During the offering, if you have filled out the detachable section of the bulletin, you can drop it in the offering plate.
Pastor Steve Horn's messages last about 30 minutes and are based on the Bible. He will read scripture, make several points of application to our lives, and often include a humorous or motivational story. If you would like to hear one of his messages online you can visit our sermon archive.
At the end of the pastor's message he will give an invitation to anyone who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to accept Jesus. He will also ask those who would like to become part of our church family to come forward. We sing a song during this time so that people can come to the front and talk to our pastor or one of our other ministers about their needs.
If you would like to become a part of First Baptist Church you can:
- By profession of faith - if you are not yet a Christian but would like to be, or if you are a Christian and have never been baptized by immersion as a believe, the pastor will pray with you and guide you in this decision.
- By transfer of letter - If you are a Christian and a member of another church we will write to that church and request that a letter of transfer be sent.
- By statement - If you are a Christian and have been baptized as a believer, but do not have a current membership in another church, we can recieve your membership on affirmation of the above.
Our pastor generally greets people after the service in the commons area just to the side of the sanctuary (near the coffee shop.) He would love to have an opportunity to visit with you following the service.
Please call us and we will gladly answer your questions. Any of our church staff members would be happy to talk to you, but if you don't know who to ask for, then Minister of Education Gary Ruffin is probably your best choice. Call him at 337-593-3659 or email .
We look forward to seeing you at First Baptist Lafayette.