PLAN YOUR VISIT
It’s always good to know what to expect when you visit a place you’ve never been before. We want you to be comfortable and know that we value your attendance with us. Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers.
What can I expect when I visit Meadowview?
We are a traditional Southern Baptist church. We still sing the old, familiar hymns from the hymnal, we keep the lights on during worship, and we hear a message that’s true to the Bible and challenges us to follow Jesus every day. The pastor still wears a suit and you won’t see him in shorts or with his shirt tail out. Most of our people dress in casual and comfortable clothes.
What should I wear? Is there a dress code?
While there is no official dress code, we do encourage everyone to think about their attire and dress appropriately. We don’t require suits and ties for men or that ladies wear dresses, but we don’t want to dress for the beach, either. Casual and comfortable is fine, just not overexposed. After all, we are going to God’s house to worship, and we should show proper respect for Him, ourselves, and others.
What about the schedule? When do you have services?
Our weekly schedule can be found on the Home page. It is also listed here. Our Sunday morning worship service begins at 11 am, after our Sunday School, which begins at 10 am. Sunday evening worship begins at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday evenings, prayer meeting and Bible study begins at 6:30 pm. On Saturday evenings, our worship service begins at 6 pm and concludes with a short time of fellowship and refreshments in our fellowship hall at the annex. Saturday night worship is an alternative we are offering for those unable to attend worship on Sundays.
What about Bible Study or Sunday School?
Our primary Bible study program is the Sunday School which begins at 10 am for all ages. Our children’s classes are located in the basement of the main building. Our senior men’s class meets in the Annex located behind the main building. We have a co-ed adult class that meets in the auditorium, and our senior ladies meet in a room on the ground level adjacent to the auditorium. Sunday School usually lasts for 45 minutes, concluding at 10:45. We also offer an ongoing Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. In January and February of each year, this study is usually focused on the January Bible Study theme from the Southern Baptist Convention. Other Bible study options are available for those who want to dig deeper into God’s word. These studies can be as flexible as needed and held at times those interested find most convenient for them.
Will I be expected to put something in the offering?
The short answer is no. However, the Bible tell us, “God loves a cheerful giver” and that we need to practice good stewardship of what He has blessed us with. While we encourage everyone to follow the teaching of scripture concerning tithes and offerings, we also realize not everyone is able to give. We don’t want anyone to feel pressured or obligated to give to God’s work. We should all give and support God’s work because we want to, and in appreciation for God’s gracious gift to us of His Son, not because we feel we have to. Our giving should be an act of worship, not compulsion.
Are the buildings handicapped-accessible?
Yes, both the main building and the annex are accessible to those who have trouble with stairs or steps. The main building has a ramp at the rear while the annex has a ramp at the front porch. The entrance to the fellowship hall at the right side of the annex is at ground level.
What about safety? Are there any measures in place to keep people safe?
Safety is a major concern, especially in the wake of the tragic events we have seen in the news recently. While we dislike having to do so, we have our doors locked during worship to help deter any would be intruders. We lock the doors promptly at the beginning of each service and encourage everyone to try to be on time. Should anyone arrive late, an usher can let them in. We realize, too, that a locked door is no guarantee of safety, only a means of slowing down an intruder. Our safety measures are always under review and subject to change as needed. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where our procedures are as invisible as possible and no one has to think about safety. If you have any special needs or circumstances that require special attention, we ask that you let us know, so we can plan for a response, should it be needed.