What to Expect

When you visit Great Hope Baptist Church, we want you to experience helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and at home! Our services are traditional in style, with an emphasis on worship and the preaching of the Word of God. We appreciate both the classic old hymns and conservative new music. The King James Bible is used for all preaching and teaching. If you don’t have a Bible to bring to church, there are Bibles available in each pew for your use.

What Should I Expect for My Children?

Your children are important to us. We know that one of the things families want in a church is the confidence that their children are well cared for and welcome.

Church Nursery
Church Nursery

Every children’s worker at GHBC undergoes background checks and attends training sessions. Their goal is to teach your child about God’s Word in an age-appropriate setting, using music, activities, crafts, and stories to reinforce the truths that are taught.

At all services there is a safe, clean, and well-staffed nursery for children four years old and younger.

Junior Church
Junior Church

On Sunday morning, for children and teens there are fun, friendly, Bible-centered classes during the 9:45 a.m. Sunday School hour. During the 10:45 a.m. worship service, children through age nine may attend our Junior Church program. Of course, your children are always welcome to stay with you in the morning worship service.

What’s on Schedule for the Adults?

Sunday Morning Worship Service
Sunday Morning Worship Service

Adults are encouraged to attend the Sunday School hour—we offer three classes for adults. This is an excellent time to get to know others in our church family as friends and fellow Christians. There are preaching services at 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, and the midweek Bible study meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

With today’s work schedules, you may not be able to attend every service, but we would be glad to welcome you for the services that best fit your schedule.

As you attend services and hear the preaching, you may have questions. If you are interested, someone from the church would be glad to do a 4-week Bible study with you in your home.

What Else Should I Know?

During each service, an offering is taken. We do not expect our visitors to contribute to the offering. You are our guest, and the service is our gift to you, no strings attached.

You may be asked to fill out a welcome card or provide contact information. This simply provides us a way to follow up after your visit, or to let you know about special events at our church. If you choose to share information with us, we will do our best to honor your trust in us by not sharing that information with others.

We have found that most folks tend to dress up when they go to a special event or a special place, and for us, church is one of those special places. That is why our pastors and teachers, as well as many of our church family, wear the traditional “Sunday best.” At the same time, others dress more casually, and that’s fine too. We want you to feel welcome and comfortable in whatever you choose to wear to church, because our relationship with God is not based on our outward appearance, but on our heart. “…For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)