So you are thinking about attending Talbot Bible Church and want to know what to expect when you walk in for the first time. Below is a brief walkthrough of a typical Sunday morning experience from start to finish to help answer any questions ahead of time.
A couple of greeters will typically meet you at the door when you arrive. More than just a smiling face, ask these guys about anything and they can point you in the right direction.
When you first step inside you are in the lobby area we call the Narthex (yeah, we know its a weird name : ) Refreshments are setup on the hospitality table here in the time between CLS and the Worship Service. If you look off to your left you will see the Sanctuary and down the hall are all the classrooms where CLS is held.
Christian Life Studies
Starting at 9:00a, Christian Life Studies (CLS) are more than just "Sunday School". We want to provide an opportunity for all ages to fellowship and learn in a small group environment. Take a look at the current classes being offered to see what suits you and your family best.
Our Sunday morning Worship Service starts at 10:30a in the Sanctuary. Come in and get a seat a couple of minutes before we start and you are likely to hear the Praise Team filling the sanctuary with music.
On any given morning you are just as likely to hear a selection of piano led hymns as you are to hear a guitar and drum driven modern worship set.
Musically you could describe the worship style as "blended", however our primary focus is on content and providing a musical environment for worship which honors the Lord and sings of who He is what He has done for us.
All of the preaching you will hear at TBC is directly Bible based (the "B" in our name does stand for Bible after all!). We agree with the Apostle Paul when he states:
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.2 Tim 3:16-17
If you aren't familiar with the term, the "Ordinances" of the church are ceremonies like Baptism and Communion. The first Sunday of the month is typically a "Communion Sunday" where all believers (whether members or not) are invited to take communion. The pastor will lead everyone in how to do so as each church does it slightly differently.
Once the service is over, you will typically find people hanging around for a good while all over the property, catching up with one another and getting to meet new people. If you haven't already been been engaged by someone, take this opportunity to say hi. Many longtime friendships have started at TBC over the years from an after-service conversation.