If you are new to the area or to our fellowship, we know it’s nice to know a little about what to expect before you arrive. Here is some information on what to expect.
Something About Us
Baptist Fellowship’s goal is to encourage people to pursue a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Our fellowship dates back to the 1960’s, when a small group of people, including Senior Pastor Jack Schneider, started a church in Willimantic CT, that grew out of a bible study. A few years later they had land donated for a building in Columbia CT at our present location. We are an evangelical Christian church that is governed by our own elders, not an outside organization. The name of our church as a “Fellowship”, says that we are much more than about attending or joining - it means developing a relationship with Jesus and with each other through our common bond in Him, by serving and growing closer to Him together. You can find out more about this in Get Connected.
Sunday Morning - What is it like?
About 350 people attend Baptist Fellowship each Sunday, and we work hard to make sure all guests are welcomed and encouraged (see "Help on Sundays" below).
Our congregation spans a range of ages and backgrounds. You'll see people in the pews dressed in all styles—from jeans to “Sunday Dress”. Baptist Fellowship offers two services, one with a more contemporary feel and one with a blend of contemporary and more classic worship such as hymns. Both services feature excellence in choral and instrumental music and in the message that is preached.
Each service lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Near the beginning, someone will encourage you to greet the people sitting around you, but no one will single you out as a guest. Also, we don't expect our guests to give. So feel free to let the offering plate pass by when it comes down your row.
Kids are welcome to attend worship services, but we also offer a variety of Sunday-morning programs for children, teens and adults, including a nursery facility for the youngest ones, with pagers available, in case you need to be contacted while in the service.
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What if I Need Help or Assistance?
If you have questions about worship or Sunday classes when you arrive, ask the volunteers at our new Welcome Center in the main lobby, or just ask someone standing at the entrance to the auditorium.
If you need to talk or pray with someone about a personal struggle, look for a greeter or a deacon, or even one of the pastors on the way out, and they will all be glad to listen and find a way to help you. Another way to pray with someone is during the service, during our worship in music time...there are individuals in the front/sides of the sanctuary (auditorium) that will pray for you.
Connect & Get Involved
Getting connected at Baptist Fellowship is about relationships that help you feel like you’re part of a family, and those kind of relationships don’t come from just attending worship services - they take time.
One way to get connected is to join a fellowship group or Bible study. These are available for all ages—children, teens, and adult men and women. One way of doing this is through Sunday morning bible study groups at 10:00 on Sunday morning. There is more information available at the Get Connected page.