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A Message from Our Pastor

A church is not the building you see from the road; that is the building that the church meets in. Here at First Baptist Church Blowing Rock, our church is a community of seekers, searchers and sinners all pursuing the incredible journey that comes from an intimate relationship with our creator.

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NEW GUESTS: Everything You Need To Know

We recognize that visiting a new church can be intimidating; hopefully the answers to these questions will help make your visit easy and enjoyable. In each service we have members of our greeting team and staff available to answer any questions and help in any way needed.

1. How do I get there?

Answer:
In Blowing Rock
It's easy! We are located on Sunset Drive. From 321, turn onto Sunset Drive. The church is located on the left within the first block. If you go and pass the Blowing Rock School, Crippens Inn and the Inn at Ragged Gardens and end up facing Main Street, you've gone too far! From Main street, you turn down Sunset and we are on the right before you come to the light on 321.

From Boone
Take 321 south towards Blowing Rock. When you pass the Blue Ridge Parkway exit you will come to three traffic lights; the first is the entrance to the Outlet Malls, the second in the entrance to Main street and you will see a “Welcome to Blowing Rock” sign, the third is Sunset drive and you will take a right. The church will be on the Left with parking in the front, before you come to the church building, or across the street from the building.

From Hickory/Lenior
Take 321 up the mountain to Blowing Rock. Once you come into Blowing Rock, stay to the right on 321, the first traffic light you come to (past the Broyhill outlet, past Outback) will be Sunset Drive. Take a left on Sunset and the church is on the left.

2. Where do I Park?

Answer:
First Baptist Church is surrounded by easily accessible parking spaces. Entry to the lot can be made from Sunset Avenue before you arrive at the church proper. There is also parking available in front of the church bordering Sunset Avenue. During inclement weather you can drop off passengers at the South entrance main doors for protected entrance. Once inside the Worship Center foyer you will find greeters waiting to assist you in finding your way around. We also have overflow parking across the street from the church in the Village Pharmacy / Blowing Rock Grille parking lot. This will allow you to cross Sunset and come in through the front entrance to the church

Handicap Accessible Parking
There is handicap parking on our Main lot on the South entrance with easy access to the Worship Center. Our greeters have wheelchairs available to assist anyone with special needs. All you need to do is ask at the Worship Center doors for assistance. We also have Handicap parking on the North Side/fellowship Hall entrance for those needing access to Sunday School and small group classes.

3. Where do my kids go?

Answer:
When you know your children are in a loving and safe environment you can relax, allowing you to focus on worship and Bible study.

Nursery

We provide a fully staffed nursery from 9:15 -12:15 every Sunday morning for infants through 4 year olds. The infant nursery is staffed by trained personal. Our Preschoolers are actively engaged in play while learning about God’s love for them during this time. The nursery is located in the center of our education wing and identified by the proper signs. Our greeters will be glad to direct you.

“The Summit”

During the 9:30 hour all school aged children (k-5th) attend our children’s church “The Summit” so whether you are in worship or Sunday School, they will all be in the same place. The Summit meets in the fellowship hall on the North end of our campus at the end of our education wing. You can drop your children off there with one of our leaders or you can drop them off at the back of the Worship Center with one of our leaders.

We believe in integrating our children into our normal worship so those attending “The Summit” begin by joining us in the worship center for the first part of the service. They are encouraged to join in the worship and often help by taking up the offering during our early service. During the break before the message, the children are dismissed to go to the fellowship Hall and their continued worship. There they will have a Bible study, participate in crafts and other activities and have their own worship time. If you feel more comfortable with your children sitting with you during this time, that is great and they can join the rest of the children before the message when they are dismissed to the fellowship Hall. Students can be picked up in the Fellowship Hall at the end of the early worship. Those not picked up will transition to their Sunday School classes for the 11:00 hour.

Sunday School Classes

At 11:00 hour we offer small group Sunday school classes for our school age children. We have two classes (k-2) (3-5). These classes are located at the end of our education wing before you come to our snack area. If you are arriving for the 11:00 worship you may take your children directly to these classes or our greeter will be glad to show you the way. For those attending our early worship service and staying for the small group hour, your children will be taken to the appropriate classes after our “children’s church” time.

4. What are worship services like?

Answer:
Webster defines “worship” as:

Wor•ship 1. reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration 2. extreme devotion or intense love or admiration of any kind.

Intense love and admiration! Extreme devotion! That’s how we describe worship at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock. We believe that worship is not something we do once a week but rather it is an outflow of our daily lives; it is who we are. On Sunday’s we gather together as the body of Christ to express that outflow together. We gather each week to worship God as a family and to express to Him our love, our thanks, and our devotion. Whether you are seeking something new, searching for some answers or just looking for a place to join together for worship we would love for you be our guest as we worship the Lord together!

We now have one combined service at 10:00 that combines all elements of worship from various styles. Out goal in worship is to give honor and praise to God by create a worshipful environment for all. We would rather our worship be defined by Spirit and Truth instead of any labels that many would put on styles and taste. We feel it is unique and varies from week to week including modern worship songs, hymns, testimonies, videos and a relevant message from God's word from our Pastor.  

Sound Enhancement Devices

Assisted Listening Devices are available during the 10:00 Worship Service. For assistance, please visit either the sound booth at the back of the worship center or see one of our greeters.

Sermon CD's

CD's of the Pastor's sermons are available the Monday after the worship service in the church office. You can sign up for a CD or a sermon series on the forms in the main office or by email request at office@firstbaptistblowingrock.com. All of our sermons can also be found online at ITunes or on our church podcast page to listen online or to download.

5. What do I wear?

Answer:
No matter what your personal style, you’ll be comfortable at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock. If you prefer dressy, business, or casual attire, chances are there will be others dressed much like you no matter when you visit. Whatever your style, you’ll be right at home with us. We want you to be comfortable with the attire you choose to worship in. Whether you like to dress up or dress down on Sunday mornings, you will fit in here!

Naturally, Wednesday evenings and our weekly small group times are much more casual than Sunday mornings, but feel free to dress as you prefer.

Preschoolers and children learn while they play. We encourage hands on play so that children are learning through all their senses. Painting and other “messy” activities are also encouraged, so use your own judgment about how dressed up your child is while at church.

Our Middle and High School students usually dress casually on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

6. No Sundays Nights?

Answer:
We do not have a formal Sunday night worship service but rather encourage our members to spend time on Sunday afternoon and evenings with their families. We may occasionally offer a 6 to 10 week small group Bible study on Sunday evenings but they are seasonal. Some of those offered in the past have included; Experiencing God, Dave Ramsey, and Beth Moore studies for women. You can check on our homepage to see if any studies are offered this semester.

Many of our small groups and Sunday School classes use Sunday nights as a time of fellowship and ministry for their groups.

7. Can I meet the Pastor?

Answer:
At the close of both worship services our Pastor will be at the back of the worship center to meet and visit with all those in attendance. Most Sunday’s you can also find him greeting guest before both of our worship services in the foyer or in the worship center. He would love to meet you.

Due to the restrictive time on Sunday’s if you would like to have a more comprehensive visit with Pastor Rusty or any of our other staff, please call the church office and schedule an appointment (828) 295-7715. We would love to meet with you personally to answer any questions you might have about our church and its ministries, or just to visit and get acquainted. You can also contact any staff member by email and you will receive a prompt response.

8. What does the church believe?

Answer:
Webster defines “worship” as:

Wor•ship 1. reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration 2. extreme devotion or intense love or admiration of any kind.

Intense love and admiration! Extreme devotion! That’s how we describe worship at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock. We believe that worship is not something we do once a week but rather it is an outflow of our daily lives; it is who we are. On Sunday’s we gather together as the body of Christ to express that outflow together. We gather each week to worship God as a family and to express to Him our love, our thanks, and our devotion. Whether you are seeking something new, searching for some answers or just looking for a place to join together for worship we would love for you be our guest as we worship the Lord together!     

Sound Enhancement Devices

Assisted Listening Devices are available during the 10:00 Worship Service. For assistance, please visit either the sound booth at the back of the worship center or see one of our greeters.

Sermon CD's

CD's of the Pastor's sermons are available the Monday after the worship service in the church office. You can sign up for a CD or a sermon series on the forms in the main office or by email request at office@firstbaptistblowingrock.com

9. How do I become a member?

Answer:
We believe that church membership is very important for every Christian. It ties us into the local Body of Christ for fellowship, ministry and service. A believer cannot properly function and fulfill their purpose in Christ if they are not a part of the body.

We have two form of membership here at First Baptist;

1. Full membership
2. Associate Membership
• For those college students that live here during the school year but would like to keep their full church membership at their home church.
• For those part time residents that live in Blowing Rock seasonally and would like to keep their full time membership at their home church where they reside the rest of the year.
• This is basically an opportunity to give, minister and serve here in Blowing Rock while they are in residence.

You can join the church by three ways;

1. Baptism
Upon professing your faith in Jesus Christ, you can join our church by following His example in believer’s baptism. A candidate for baptism must meet with a staff member before scheduling baptism. You will become a full member upon completing baptism.

Those who have made a prior profession of faith in Jesus Christ but have not been scripturally baptized by immersion can meet with a staff member and become a candidate for baptism and full membership after they have been baptized.

2. Transferring Your Membership
A person transferring from another Baptist church may be received by letter from that church and shall become a member of our church.

3. By Statement
Anyone who has once been a member of a Baptist church, or of a church whose doctrine and form of baptism are like our own, and have been baptized by immersion, may be received into our fellowship upon a statement of their faith.

What about my children?
When a child is ready to make a commitment to Christ they may come forward during the invitation. Our Pastors will deal sensitively with the child. Information about the child’s next step will be shared with the parents. Upon completion of a meeting with one of our Pastoral staff and following in believer’s baptism, the child will become a member of the church.

So How do I do this?
At the conclusion of both worship services we will have a time of invitation. During this time you may come to the front and visit with the Pastor about your intentions. He will pray with you and direct you towards the next step for membership. You may also indicate on one of our visitor cards or prayer sheets you intentions and drop it in the offering plate during the service or hand it to one of our ushers or the Pastor at the end of the service. You will be contacted that week to set up a meeting time to answer any questions you might have and follow up on your decisions.

I still have questions…..

God loves you and we really care about you and we would love to share with you more about following Christ or becoming a member of First Baptist Church. Please give us a call at 828-295-7715 and ask to speak to one of the Pastors or email us at fbcbr@bellsouth.net.

10. Where Do I Go?

Answer:
FBC is a growing community and we are excited that you are considering visiting with us in person. We would like to personally greet you and help you and your family find your way on your first visit. In the Worship Center entrance you will find Greeters with marked nametags to assist newcomers as they seek to find a Small group that fits your unique needs or inform you about our Sunday morning schedule for youth and children.

We also have our church monthly newsletters and weekly bulletins that outline all of the available activities and their locations. You can also check out our Sunday schedule here on our website to better determine the best time for you to visit with us.


Worship Schedule

9:00 a.m. Sunday School Education Wing
10:00 a.m. Combined Worship Worship Center
11:15 a.m. Life Group / Bible Studies Education Wing
11:15 a.m. Youth / College Life Group Student House