first things first
At the First Baptist Church of Erwin, worship is deepened and enhanced by the beauty of God's Creation here in beautiful Erwin, and the sweeping, modernist sanctuary where we offer ourselves to God as a congregation.
In worship, we sing hymns to God accompanied by piano, organ, and choir; listen to special musical offerings; discover Scripture readings from both the Old and New Testaments; pray for each other, our community and our world; and hear a message by our pastor. From time to time, we celebrate God's grace and redemptive power through Baptism and
the Lord's Supper.
Worship is carefully planned in order to connect the elements of the service with the context of the world in which we live and our church's and community's rich history to engage congregants in new ways.
What to Expect
What should I wear?
Please wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable to worship. No matter how you choose to dress, we will accept you with open arms. On any given Sunday, you may find people wearing jeans and shorts and others wearing suits and dresses.
How long do services last?
Worship lasts about an hour on Sunday morning, and about as long on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
What do you believe?
Life at First Baptist Church is shaped by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We are called to worship God, share the Good News, foster spiritual growth, and meet the needs of those who have less and are hurting. In every action as a church, it is our passion to be God’s servants. We hope to cheerfully give our time, abilities, and gifts – both spiritual and physical – that others may know Christ’s love.
First Baptist Church welcomes you to worship with us each Sunday. While parking is available, as a downtown church, demand may exceed supply, especially at holiday services. Please also note that there are no specially-designated member or visitor parking areas; we welcome you to park where you wish and join us.
There are a few parallel street parking spaces along South Main Street adjacent to the west door to the historic Chapel. None of the city's street spaces are metered.
The church has two paved parking lots:
Corner of Main and Love facing the church
Fenced lot beside the Sanctuary. This lot is reserved for those who have differing abilities and may need special assistance accessing the building.
The East Lot is reserved for those visitors who have special accessibility needs. To access these spaces, please plan on arriving at 10:45a so that, if you require assistance, someone will be on hand to help. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the church
and Other Special Needs
Our unity as a body shows the glories of our Savior, Jesus Christ. To that end, we tirelessly endeavor to make our corporate gatherings accessible for every person who enters our doors. Working within the constraints of what our facilities allow, you’ll find below some helpful hints to assist with your visit to the First Baptist Church.
Those persons who are differently-abled and have a state-issued handicapped parking placard should park in the designated spaces in the East Lot adjacent to the Sanctuary on Love Street. An usher can help you identify these areas.
Wheelchair access to the Sanctuary is by ramp from the East Lot. Unfortunately, as the building is over a half-century old, it is not equipped with an elevator and our youth and children’s ministry spaces are not accommodated for wheelchair accessibility. If you are a mobility-impaired parent or if you are the parent of a mobility-impaired child, please telephone the church office on 423/743-9156, email , or send a message via social media for more information.
For the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired
Assistive listening devices are available from an usher during Sunday morning services. If you have further questions, please telephone the church office on 423/743-9156, email , or send a message via social media.
For the Blind and Visually-Impaired
Both large-print and Braille Bibles are available from ushers during Sunday morning services. Additionally, it may be helpful for those with visual impairments to scan the bulletin into a reader device so they may read its contents prior to service. If you wish to receive a copy prior to service, please telephone the church office on 423/743-9156, email , or send a message via social media.
We take special care to ensure that those children with known food allergies are kept away from those foods to which they are allergic. Please telephone the church office on 423/743-9156, email , or send a message via social media to discuss arrangements the church should make for your food-allergic child so that he or she can be safe and comfortable while in our care.