The search for a church that is right for you and your family can be a daunting task. Those of us at Southside Baptist Church want to put your mind at ease as you visit us and consider making us your church home. We want your first visit to be uplifting, inspiring, and pleasant as you are welcomed by the friendly people of our church. Here are some questions to some of the questions that you may have before you come to visit us.
What times do you meet for worship?
10:00 AM – Bible Classes for All Ages
11:00 AM – Morning Worship Services
6:00 PM – Evening Service
7:00 PM Bible Study
What Should I Anticipate When I Arrive?
When you arrive at Southside, you’ll find a parking lot situated just before the main buildings on the church campus. There are special parking spaces just for you, our visitors, next to the building closest to the parking lot. However, feel free to park anywhere you desire. The two buildings located nearest to Bay Avenue are our Sunday School building and Worship building, where you will find all of our Bible classes for people of all ages, the nursery, and the main area for worship.
Does Southside Provide Services for Children?
Yes. There is something for children of all ages in which to participate during the Sunday School and Worship services. Every Sunday School classroom is prepared to be safe for all children and staffed with friendly, well-trained teachers and workers to assist your children no matter their age. These classes begin at 10:00 a.m.
If dropping your children off in the nursery, you’ll receive a pager so the nursery attendants can contact you if necessary. You can drop off your children any time you arrive at our church.
For children four years old through sixth grade there are fun, friendly, and Bible-centered classes during the Worship service at 11:00 a.m.. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers and helpers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child.
Are There Services for the Teens?
The Teens class ranges from grades seven through twelve and meet together for an hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Nance teaches the class and invests in their lives each week through personal interaction and Bible-centered lessons applicable to their daily lives. After the Teen class, the teens can be reunited with their parents in the worship service.
Are There Bible Classes for Adults?
Yes. One of the best ways to get to know people at Southside Baptist Church is to visit one of the many adult Bible classes. There are a couple of classes located in the Sunday School building while a couple of others are located in the main worship center. One of our greeters will meet you and answer any questions you may have about where you should go.
What Can I Expect During the Worship Service?
During the worship service you will enjoy the beautiful and stirring music of the choir, orchestra, ensembles, and soloists. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from Pastor Nance. This service is a little over one hour in length. Afterward, be sure to stick around to meet the pastor or other folks who will want to meet you.
Is There a Dress Code that I Should Follow?
No, there is not a dress code at Southside Baptist Church for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Southside Baptist!
Am I Expected to Participate in the Offering?
No. We don’t invite you to Southside Baptist Church for your offering. We want you to enjoy our services without any pressure to give in the offering. Our desire is to provide an environment where you can enjoy a warm, family spirit where you can learn from God’s Word and grow in His grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
If you have a specific question about our services, campus, or desire to talk to the pastor, please call our church office at 813-837-3334. We sincerely hope that your first visit will to Southside Baptist Church will be enjoyable and memorable. We look forward to meeting with you personally and serving you and your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you feel right at home in our church.