Worship

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the … first commandment.”

Worship is central to the life of a Christian.

 

We have made the difficult decision to suspend in-person worship services and activities through mid-January due to rising COVID-19 case rates. We hope to offer outdoor worship opportunities and will update here and on Facebook as they are made possible. We would love for you to join us for our online services by clicking here.

I’m New

We are glad you are here! A website can’t tell the full story of any church so we hope you’ll come be our guest in the future. In the meantime, we’ll try and answer a few typical questions.

Sunday Worship
Sunday Schedule: Worship at 11:30 a.m.

You can expect a time for music, prayer, and scripture readings.

What do I wear for worship?
At Second, we’re a mixed bag. Some people wear suits and dresses while others wear golf or flannel shirts. We even have occasions where everyone is encouraged to wear t-shirts. Our emphasis in worship is more about who we are and how God welcomes us than what we wear. Our ministerial staff will be in professional dress most Sundays.
Where do I go when I arrive?
Our main parking lot is in the front of the church facing Walnut Grove Road. Guest parking is available and the church office and sanctuary are accessible through the three sets of glass doors. On Sundays, greeters are present to answer questions and direct you.
What will worship be like?
Worship at Second is traditional but intentional. You can expect elements like hymns sung from the hymnal accompanied by piano and organ, scripture readings, a choir anthem, prayers, moments for reflection, and sermon. Every aspect of worship is intended to invite the congregation toward the God who is worthy of worship.

What We Believe

You’re Baptist. So many questions.

We know. Baptist churches come in all shapes, sizes and theological stripes so it can be difficult to know if you’ll be walking into a church that preaches fire and brimstone or one that speaks out against social injustices … or both. Well, at Second, we don’t fit the stereotypes. Our youth play cards on their mission trips, two of our members are professional dancers and some of our members pay homage to the legend that it was a Baptist preacher who invented Bourbon whiskey. Simply put, we are a moderate Baptist church that hopes to create enough theological space where people don’t have to agree on everything in order to worship and serve together.

And if I’m not Baptist?

You’ll not be alone. We have many at Second who were raised or have previously attended churches of different denominations. Second Baptist is often a nice “middle ground” for folks from different church traditions.

Family Ministry
Everything looks a little different right now, youth are meeting via Zoom and children’s chapel is not currently offered. Below you can see how our services usually look.
Youth
Youth meet in the Youth Room (room 222) at 9:00 a.m. where they discuss biblical lessons and ask questions about faith and how to live as a follower of Jesus. Our youth studies follow the lectionary and connect to what the youth will experience in worship.
Children
Bible study is available for all children at 9:00 a.m. and at 10:15 a.m. children begin worship with their parents. Following the children’s sermon, younger children can leave for their own Children’s Chapel.
Child Care
Childcare is provided during worship for those children in our bed babies room through 2&3-year old class. They meet in room 209 with our paid childcare workers who are available 15 minutes prior and 15 minutes after service. Check-in will be at the Preschool desk.

At the core, being Baptist is about freedom.

Freedom in being our own priests, each person responsible for their spiritual understanding and growth. Freedom in access to the Bible and the expectation to read and study God’s revelation. Freedom in autonomy of the local church to determine their manner of following Christ. Freedom in religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

Since the Triennial Convention in 1814, Baptists have chosen to combine their gifts and resources, particularly in the areas of mission and education, believing more can be accomplished together.

At Second, this work continues through our partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). CBF is a Christian network of individuals and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. Through partners all over the globe, CBF supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith to action.

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