How do I find First Baptist Church?
We are located halfway between downtown and the valley - 4625 Old Glacier Highway, on Twin Lakes, next door to the Juneau Pioneer's Home.
What does your church believe?
See "Beliefs" and "Salvation" at this website. Links are provided to further answer your questions.
What should I expect when I attend First Baptist?
A friendly group of folks, young and old, that love the Lord. Our worship services on Sunday last about an hour with music (choruses and hymns) during the first half hour, followed by a time of Christ-centered Bible teaching. Classes meet for Sunday School an hour before worship on Sunday mornings. On Wednesday evenings, a short Bible study is followed by a time of prayer.
What exactly is Sunday School?
A small, informal, Bible study class with people of similar age or station in life. A teacher is prepared each week with a lesson designed to help you grow closer to God and His plan for your life. We have classes for babies-toddlers, preschool, girls, boys, young adults, middle adults, older adults, and a special needs adult class. We use the Bible as our text and the "Family Bible Study" curriculum by Lifeway as our outline. Are there tests? No.
What translation of the Bible do you use?
During corporate worship we use an English translation known as the English Standard Version. We do, however, believe it advantagous to our growth in Christ to study from various faithfully translated English versions of the Holy Scriptures.
Is it okay to bring my children to the worship service?
Yes, this is not a problem. In fact, we hope you do. Should you need it, there is a "Comfort Room" at the back of the sanctuary. We also have a nursery for children up to three years old located downstairs.
Do you have something for children?
We believe our Sunday School, in the long run, is the best place for helping children learn more about God. Families appreciate the value of their children developing close friendships with peers in the context of the local church. Each summer, a major focus of our attention is Vacation Bible School.
What should I wear to church services?
Some people dress up in honor of the Lord's Day, but a lot of people wear casual clothes. If you are visiting with us, please come as you are. You will be just fine.
Do you perform marriage ceremonies for people from outside your church?
We have chosen to limit the weddings we conduct to people who attend First Baptist.
Where does First Baptist get the money to operate?
Our budget is funded entirely through the giving of people who attend our church. Offerings support worldwide missions through the SBC Cooperative Program, as well as the Alaska Baptist Convention, the Tongass Baptist Association, and ministries in and around Juneau.
When do you observe the Lord's Supper?
During the morning worship service on the 1st Sunday of each month. We use grape juice and homemade bread which has no yeast.
Are there activities at the church I could become involved in?
Yes. Throughout the year, the hospitality and maintenance people work and play hard together to keep the church running smoothly. Some church activities require "all hands on deck". You are welcome to join in as much or as little as you like.
How do I know if First Baptist is right for me?
Billy Graham has said, "Each Christian should select a church because they are convinced that within its particular structure they will find the greatest opportunities for spiritual growth, the greatest satisfaction for their human needs, and the greatest chance to be of helpful service to those around them." We pray that God will show you where He wants you to attend church.
What about church membership?
You are welcome to attend any and all church meetings as a visitor. Should you wish to join First Baptist, the pastor will be happy to meet with you and answer any questions.