INFORMATION FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS
There's a first time for everything, and maybe you're ready to come to Grant Park Baptist Church for the first time. Please be assured that all are welcome. Whatever your previous church background (if any), your age, gender, sexual orientation, race, political leanings, etc., we'll be glad to see you. We regard ourselves as a family, and like all families, all our members are different. But we embrace our differences, and though we don't always agree, we respect and love each other just the same.
Our worship services are at 11:00 am on Sunday mornings, and generally run an hour or less. Please note that one of the churches we host in our building, Hope Presbyterian, holds their worship service right before ours, so you may arrive for worship and see a group of people exiting the building. Don't worry! You haven't missed our service.
Enter through the double-doors on the left-hand side as you face the building, unless you need to use the ramp to the right. Our sanctuary (the main area where services are held), our fellowship hall (where we visit and have coffee), and the bathrooms are all located on the main floor, so you won't have to climb any stairs. Our bathrooms are not yet handicapped-accessible, but you can be sure that's a future goal of ours.
We want you to be comfortable when you visit us, and above all, don't worry. There is no quiz for how much you know about the Bible, no one will ask what you believe about Jesus, and nobody will make you stand and tell your name and where you're from (unless you want to). No one will judge you on what you're wearing either. Feel free to wear your "Sunday best," or jeans and a tee-shirt.
We at Grant Park Baptist Church welcome families with children. Childcare is available for the Sunday service; all children start out in the service and are then dismissed.
A recent visitor to our church, when asked whether anything might be added to this website page that might be helpful to first-time visitors, thought some indication of the "vibe" of the church might be good. Well, the vibe is one of a friendly, informal, even quirky group of folks who care for one another as family and are interested in each other's lives. We are also a group that values diversity, and encourages people to ask questions and to speak their minds. It's not uncommon, for instance, for the pastor to ask questions and solicit the thoughts and opinions of the congregation during worship services. We'd love for you to come join us one Sunday and see for yourself.
For any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call the church office and speak to Pastor Jeremy. He will be glad to answer any questions you might have. The church office number is 503-282-5596. Or, you can e-mail Pastor Jeremy at email@example.com.