Yes, there’s a pandemic.
You can still find connection and community with us online!
We know that finding and settling into a new faith community under these circumstances must be very different. On the up side, you have opportunities to visit many congregations and participate with them in worship, whether they’re local to you or far away—even on the other side of the globe. But, nurturing those connections is more challenging.
We’re still figuring things out ourselves! We’re experimenting, looking for ways to make and keep genuine connections with people, whether they’re here in Lawrence or farther away.
Here are some ways you can connect with us online:
- Complete a connection card HERE and someone will get in touch with you.
- Complete a baptism and/or membership request card HERE.
- Sign up to attend a Zoom book club, Tuesday Lunch & Learn, Sunday school class (a variety of options available, all meet at 9:30 a.m.) or other group. Options HERE.
- For child/youth safety, options for those age groups are available only by contacting the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter
Livestreamed Sunday Morning Worship
If you’re in Lawrence, we’re also experimenting with a once-monthly Car Church in our parking lot, with lots of singing! We have a short-distance radio transmitter, so you can hear from inside your car, or bring your lawnchair and sit outside. (Not in Lawrence? Car church is also livestreamed.) Check the calendar for dates/times.
Pop-up church is another experimental, more spontaneous livestreamed worship experience. Pastor Matt gives an informal devotional as he walks through the neighborhoods around Lawrence, meeting up with people from the FBC congregation as he goes. The people he meets read scripture, sing a song, or lead some other part of worship. Because it’s spontaneous, it “pops up” without much advance scheduling, so keep an eye out on our social media channels and here on our website for announcements!
Just know that wherever you choose to connect with us, you’re welcome!
When we return to the building…
Below, you’ll find the info you’d likely want about how we’ve done things in non-pandemic times if you were to visit us in person—and hopefully we’ll be back to that sooner than later!
Planning a visit to FBC? Here are some answers to commonly asked questions.
What should I wear?
Wear what you like! You’ll find people dressed in jeans, in “casual Friday” attire, and also those who prefer to come “Sunday best” style.
Location & parking? Wheelchair access?
We’re at 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS. The map below shows our parking lot entrances off of 14th Street and layout. The main entrance is located in the circle drive.
Accessibility: For those who can walk only short distances or need wheelchair access, you’re welcome to pull into the circle drive for dropoff. Almost all of the building is on one level.
The exception is the youth room, which does have stairs. If you’re a youth who needs wheelchair access, contact the church office and we’ll help make arrangements with the youth leaders so you can fully participate with the group.
Now that you’re here…
Need help finding your way around? Ask at the Welcome table in the narthex (the room you come into at the double door main entrance) for directions around the building, or any other questions you might have.
First things first—Coffee! Look for the “Holy Grounds” banner above a pass-through window in the narthex (the room at the front double door entry). We serve PT’s direct trade single-origin specialty coffees and signature blends, and Folgers/Maxwell House—it’s your choice as to which is the “good stuff.”
Worship: We’re mindful as we enter the sanctuary that we’re entering the holy presence of the majestic God, the focus and recipient of our worship.
Regular schedule: During the school year, we have two traditional worship services, one at 8:30 a.m. and one at 10:45 a.m. with Sunday School and coffee/fellowship time in between at 9:30 a.m. The early service is less formal yet still includes key elements of the worship experience.
Summer schedule: In the summertime, we typically move to one combined service, usually at 9:00 a.m., with Sunday School following at 10:15 a.m.
Holidays: On the Sundays that follow Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, or are on Memorial Day weekend or Labor Day weekend, we have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. followed by one service at 10:45 a.m.
A typical Sunday morning worship service at FBC Lawrence includes a musical prelude and postlude, lighting of the Christ candle, Call to Worship, Passing of the Peace (a brief time when the congregation greets one another), scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary, Unison Confession of Sin, Discipline of Silence, Assurance of Pardon, Morning Prayer and Lord’s Prayer, Moment for Mission, Sentences of Stewardship (an invitation to stewardship giving), Giving of our Offerings, Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving, a sermon, and Life of the Church (announcements of coming church events). Lay leaders play a vital role in our weekly worship experience. People from the congregation, adults and youth alike, serve as liturgists, offer music, read scripture, and serve communion.
We value music, and it’s an integral part of our worship services that’s expressed through the use of hymns, choral anthems, bell choir pieces, solos, and ensembles. We think it’s vital for giving praise, glory, and honor to God, and for sharing the Good News of God’s love for all of God’s creation. Our chancel choir leads in worship during the 10:45 service most Sundays, the FBC Worship Band leads periodically, and we also welcome leadership from other musicians and ensembles from the congregation.
We hope you’ll join us for a worship service!