What should I expect at FBC Buffalo?
We understands it can be a little discomforting to step into a new thing, especially when you’re unclear about the details that matter in a new environment. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about FBC. We have provided them to give you a picture of what FBC looks like every week. We hope that this page will address issues important to you.
What will the service be like?
During the gathering, our worship team will lead us in a number of songs. FBC strives to incorporate new music with some of the great hymns of our faith. As we sing our focus is not ourselves or the people around us, but we focus on telling Jesus how much we love Him. So no matter what kind of voice you have, sing out with all of your heart.
At FBC, we believe that the Bible is God’s gift to us to show us who He is and what He’s done for us. Every week Dave (our pastor) teaches straight from the Bible in a way that is helpful and challenging. If you don’t have a copy of the Bible with you, we have many copies in our pews– feel free to use one of ours. If you don’t own your own a Bible, please take one of ours home as our gift to you. We want you to have this as a gift from FBC.
One of the greatest privileges we have as followers of Jesus is being able pray with boldness and confidence. We’ll pray together throughout our time of worship. If you would like to have someone pray for you, our pastor or one of the deacons would be honored to pray with you after the worship gathering – you’ll find Pastor Dave at the front door, waiting to serve you.
If you are our guest, please do not feel obligated to give anything financially. This time of offering is used by members of the FBC community to financially support the work of the church. As God leads them they place their offering in one of the containers which are passed during the offering song.
Communion is something that Jesus began the night before he died as a way for his followers to remember and participate in his death on the cross. At FBC, we celebrate communion together once a quarter. FBC welcomes all Christians who actively trust Jesus for salvation, who are willing to turn away from their sin to receive communion with us. During the Lords Supper (another name for Communion), families and groups of friends generally sit together as a small bit of bread and grape juice is passed out by our deacons as a way of participating in and identifying with the body and blood of Jesus.
If you attend FBC on one of the Sunday’s we are fortunate enough to have a baptism, you will notice that we immerse (or dunk) individuals who profess they are sinners, ask for repentance, and believe that Christ has delivered them from the consequences of their sin. We believe this is the model demonstrated in scripture, so we follow that model. On the Sunday’s when we are fortunate enough to celebrate baptisms it is always a time of worship and a time when we are able to celebrate the public profession of Christ as one's Lord.
What kind of people attend FBC?
What you’ll encounter when you attend FBC is a group of imperfect people who are seeking to know and love God. We are a group of believers who want live in community with others, and we want to transform the world by serving our community as we think Jesus would. Practically speaking, that means there are some people who attend FBC that are just checking out Christianity for the first time, while others have been in church their whole lives. FBC is composed of members from different ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome.
What if I am not used to attending Church?
It might sound very surprising, but you are one of the reasons FBC actually exist. That’s right, FBC Buffalo wants to be a comfortable place for anyone who is curious about God but has never felt comfortable in church. We want FBC to be a place where you can learn about God, learn to apply that knowledge, and consider what God wants for you.
What should I wear to FBC?
At FBC, you are welcome to wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Some of our members wear ties other individuals wear tattoos, and that is the way we like it. FBC has no dress code. With that said, much of the attire worn during our Sunday morning worship service is on the casual side. But please, don’t let clothing prevent you from being part of our community. Just come as yourself, and wear what you feel comfortable wearing.
What about our kids?
At FBC we believe that families should worship together. We do, however, have an exceptional nursery staff headed up by Brittany Barclay (our Nursery Coordinator), so if you feel your young children (0-3 years-old) might be a distraction to your worship experience, feel free to check them into the nursery which is located in the education wing of the building. We likewise offer a Children's Church for children 3 years-old to second-grade. Children's Church releases after the song worship service, and you can receive your children in the education wing of the building after the service.
Can I invite my friends to FBC?
We would love for you to invite your friends. In fact, please do. We seek to be a welcoming environment for people who are curious about Jesus, the Christian faith, or who are seeking to belong to a community of believers.
If you have any other questions email Dave directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org and he will get back to you asap.