How can I submit a prayer request?
If you have an issue that you’d like the whole church family to pray about, you can send your request to the Church Office at email@example.com. Your request may be edited slightly for the sake of our readership and sent out with the next daily email alert, or in an immediate emergency prayer request email. We also have a 24/7 Prayer Hotline if you feel the need to pray with someone right away. Call our Prayer Ministry Director Jeff Ermold any time at (610) 944-1444, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
How can I receive a pastoral visit?
Home and hospital visits are coordinated by our Pastor of Family Care, Rev. Nathanael Naugle, and conducted by members our Deacon Family Care Ministry. You can contact Pastor Nathanael by phone at (610) 944-9235 or by email at email@example.com. All members of our Pastoral Staff conduct visits periodically, but this function is primarily the responsibility of our Family Care Pastor and his team.
How can I get a mailbox and start receiving the Daily Alert?
Just ask! Members and regular attendees may get a Lobby mailbox upon request. They may also be placed on the Daily Alert email list upon request. The Daily Alert is sent out weekdays and is chock full of announcements, prayer requests, ministry needs, and other items involving church life at FBC. Simply send a note to the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, and our staff will set you up with a lobby mailbox and/or the reception of our Daily Alert email.
What is child dedication, and how can I have mine dedicated?
Child Dedication is a commitment to raise your child in the ways of the Lord. It is not a statement of salvation for your child but rather a statement of how you will nurture your child in the Christian faith. At Fleetwood Bible Church, we hold our Child Dedication ceremonies in the Sanctuary whenever there is a fifth Sunday of the month. We conduct the ceremony in front of the congregation so that you will have help in keeping your commitment. Child Dedication Intention Forms can be found here. Be sure to read through the vows you will be making before God and his people. We will, of course, want to have a picture of your adorable child to project on the screen on the day of the dedication!
What is baptism, and how can I get baptized at FBC?
Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of his death and resurrection. It signifies that a person’s former way of life has been put to death and a new life in Christ has begun. Baptism is for the person who has received the benefits of Christ’s saving work by faith and has become his disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command, and as a testimony before God, the church, oneself, and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptismal services are held in the Sanctuary whenever there is a fifth Sunday of the month. Baptsimal Intention Forms may be found here.
What is church membership, and how can I become a member?
Church membership is an expression of your love for, and commitment to, both Jesus Christ and the body of believers for whom he died. It is an official tie and identifiable union with others who have also joined the church. It is your pledge to be a family member, so to speak. Like brothers and sisters in a home, members of a local congregation are related, having been placed into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit for spiritual growth and accountability. We have also covenanted to care for one another, sharing our joys, accomplishments, trials, and burdens. Membership is also a voice that qualifies you to help select the church’s leaders, enables you to teach in the various educational ministries of the church, and renders you eligible to hold elected positions of service in the congregation. Membership Packets are available at the Hospitality table in the Church Lobby.
How often is Communion served, and who may participate?
While baptism is the initiatory rite of the church—observed once by every believer as a sign of his or her new life in Christ—Holy Communion is the ongoing rite of the church, to be observed repeatedly throughout one’s life as a sign of continued fellowship with the Lord. At Fleetwood Bible Church, we take Communion seven times a year—the first Sunday of every other month plus Maundy Thursday. (The New Testament does not dictate the frequency, so we’ve chosen to partake seven times a year after the pattern of Israel’s seven annual feasts.) Holy Communion is a covenant meal for believers—those who have committed their lives to Christ. True believers can be old or young in age. If your child has personally repented of his/her sins, proclaimed that Jesus is the Lord and Master of his/her life, and understands that the bread and the cup represent Christ’s sacrifice in his/her place, you may allow your child to partake in Holy Communion.
Are there other ways to give at FBC besides financially?
Yes! At any given time, Fleetwood Bible Church has an assortment of collection boxes open for donations of various kinds (e.g., non-perishable foods, household items, craft supplies, etc.). All bins are located in the Fellowship Hall vestibule unless otherwise noted in the Daily Alert email. We also have a large metal collection bin in the satellite parking lot for items for Hope Rescue Mission. Additionally, twice a year (in May and November), Fleetwood Bible Church collects all manner of clothing and household items for the freeBAY give-and-take, which is a major outreach event of the church. All of these methods of giving are legitimate ways to be generous and openhanded toward your neighbor. For more information, feel free to consult the Fleetwood Gift Acceptance Policy here.
What should I do if my child gets ‘fussy’ during a service?
As a general rule, we encourage parents to bring their young children into the Sanctuary during our services. That’s one of the ways they develop a heart for worship at an early age. If a child gets “fussy” to the point of distracting others from worship or the Word, we encourage parents to take the child out into the Lobby for a few moments until he or she calms down. One way to minimize up-and-down distractions is for parents of young children to sit in one of the last two pews in the Sanctuary, which are roped off for that purpose. Have no fear—we love your little ones, and this is only one season in your life! Practicing common sense guidelines and the Golden Rule (“Do unto others...”) will help us avoid distractions that affect large segments of congregation.