First Time Guests
If you are thinking about visiting Agape, here are some frequently asked questions to help you feel more comfortable when you come.
What time should I come to the church building on Sunday?
Agape’s morning worship service starts at 11:00, but you are certainly welcome to attend a Bible study small group at 9:45. There are a variety of engaging Bible study groups that meet in the Worship Center and in a building called Henderson Hall (this is the building with the signs about ESL and GED). The Karen language church and Metropoint Church meet in the Faith Hall building at 11am, too.
What about child care?
We provide child care for children from birth to age 5 in our children’s area, a newly renovated part of Henderson Hall. All children are valued and welcome in Agape’s worship services. Bible study groups for all children start at 9:45 on Sunday morning and are graded by age groups.
Is there a dress code?
Some of our attenders get dressed up while others prefer more casual attire for comfort and to be non-distracting in worship.
How can I speak to a staff member?
Staff members are visible and available. Frequently, you will find them greeting people around the entrances of the worship center. Ask one of our members or ushers to point them out to you. You may also contact them during the week by phone, email, or by appointment in the church office.
What does it mean to “join the church?”
Joining a church is not like becoming a member of a social group or club. There is no “initiation” for church membership and no required “dues.” It is not necessary to be a member of Agape in order to worship with us or to attend a Bible study. Joining a church, though, is an important decision in one’s spiritual journey of following Jesus as a disciple. Our church members and staff are happy to answer any questions that you may have about joining Agape.
What can I expect when I visit Agape Baptist Church?
- God-centered worship – We value corporate worship. Our adoration, confession, affirmation, and dedication through prayer, Bible reading, proclamation, music, and offerings demand our best. We approach worship with humility and reverence. The congregation, then, sings a variety of hymns from the breadth of church history. The choir sings special anthems, and church members lead in Bible readings and prayers. Dr. Hassell preaches a sermon about a biblical text each Sunday, as well. Sometimes, we have guest musicians and guest preachers with us.
- Friendly fellowship – We believe congregational fellowship is a reflection of God’s love and grace. We do our best to make you feel welcome without embarrassing you or calling attention to you. We minister to others in a spirit of humility and love by caring for all within the congregation and bearing each others’ burdens.
- A focus on discipleship – We invite you to journey with us as we strive to grow in Christian maturity that will be exemplified in our character and conduct. We desire to be faithful to God not just on Sundays but everyday.
- A commitment to local, national, and global missions – We offer our congregation’s love and support as we minister to the whole person in attempting to meet their spiritual and life needs. As we seek to do God’s will in our mission ministries, we cooperate with others who share our values and beliefs.
- A high value for historical Baptist principles and practices – You will notice our high regard for the Bible, the priesthood of every believer in Jesus Christ, the separation of church and state, the self-governance of the local church, missions, evangelism, social ministries, and the celebration of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.