Real people. Real life. Real God.
Services begin at 11am on Sunday, and generally last until 12:05pm.
How Do I Dress?
There is no special dress code. Simply put, just come as you are! There is a wide variety of styles of dress in which people come. Some dress very casual (jeans, or shorts in summer, and t-shirts), while others dress more formal (with a few men in suits and ties, and a few ladies in dresses).
We have parking available on both sides of the church, with the much larger lot being on the east side, between the church and New York Pizzeria.
What Door Do I Use?
Please come to the front door (up the stone steps), although see section titled “Handicap Access” if applicable. Once in the front door, please head up either set of stairs on the left or right.
Yes, we have full handicap access.
We have restrooms near the front entrance, which after you first enter the church are located down three steps and then on the left and right. We have a handicap accessible bathroom near the side entrance in the underpass. And we also have restrooms in the gymnasium section.
We still have historic wooden pews in the church. There are no assigned seats, so please feel free to sit wherever you like!
When Do I Stand or Sit?
We always announce when we would like folks to stand, and then let them know when to sit, so you don’t have to wonder. However, if you are not physically able, do not worry about having to stand.
Will I Be Asked to Say Anything?
No, not at all. We respect your privacy, and are just glad you came. The only thing we do is give you a visitor card, asking for your name and e-mail address (see section on Visitor Card).
We have a great resource available, and we want to make it available to everyone, even our visitors! So we give all our visitors a card, asking for their name and e-mail address. With your e-mail address, we will give you the opportunity to have access to RightNow Media, an incredible on-line library of videos, including a short video series about Jesus Christ and God’s love for us (which answers a lot of questions that many of us have!).
Am I Going to Be Asked for Money?
No, because as our guest we are just thrilled you came. However, we DO have a time during the service (called the “offering”), where we give people the opportunity to give back to God. Our ushers (the people holding the funny-looking plates) will pass around those plates. But, you are NOT expected to give anything! If you want to give something, that is fine, but nobody (including the ushers) is expecting it.
Singing is a beautiful way that we express our love to God. At FBC Marathon, we sing a variety of styles of music, from upbeat contemporary Christian music to traditional hymns. The music can be either live (piano and our small orchestra) or recorded (more of a “band” kind of a sound).
Yes, we do preach sermons around here! God spoke to us many years ago in a book we call the Bible. It is His word to us, giving us wisdom and truth for our lives. A “sermon” (also called a “message”) is taking the Bible, explaining in simple terms what it means, and then applying it to our lives in the 21st century.
What About My Kids?
Our goals for your children are safety, fun, and learning. We have great kid programs starting with a special class for ages 3 to 5! When you arrive at the front door, you will be directed down the three steps directly in front of you to register your children. For elementary age kids, we have kids church that meets during the service as well.