What To Expect On Your First Visit

Visiting any new church for the very first time
can be a difficult experience. Where to go? What
to wear? What time to show up? What's here for my
kids? What can I expect? These are the kind of
reasonable questions that any person might ask.

We have included this page on our web site to
answer those questions and help you feel more
comfortable about your visit. We want your first
time at Stockwell Road Missionary Baptist Church
to be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your
whole family. We want you to experience inspiring
music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly
people, and a place where you feel welcome and
"at home!"


Here are the answers to a few questions and what
you might expect on your first visit.


1. Finding our church

Our church is located at 2201 Stockwell Road
right in the middle of one of the fastest growing
communities in beautiful Bossier City! The
Stockwell neighborhood is growing rapidly and is
a diverse community of families from all walks of
life. Our schools are the best in the parish and
we are even beginning to see many new businesses
spring up! It is an exciting time in Stockwell
neighborhood and an exciting time at Stockwell Road
Missionary Baptist Church. Our Church is located
on Stockwell Road, headed towards the Dogwood
neighborhood on the left. We are a beautiful brown
brick building with our sign our by the road.


2. Finding the church nursery

Our church has a fully staffed nursery for every
morning service and as needed for each other
service. One of our ladies will be glad to direct
you to the nursery located beside the kitchen area.


3. What will my children do?

For children of every age, we have fun, friendly,
and Bible-centered classes. These classes are
staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified
teachers and helpers who will make church exciting
and memorable for your child. When you arrive at
Church, one of our members will be glad to direct
you to the right class for your child’s age.
During the Sunday morning worship hour, the children
are invited to the front for our pastor’s “Kid’s
Korner” where he shares a quick object lesson that
illustrates a wonderful Bible truth. He then dismisses
them to meet together in Children’s Church for an
exciting age appropriate church service all their own!

There will be singing, games, crafts, and a special
Bible lesson directed to meet their unique needs.

If you feel more comfortable having your children with
you during our services, they are more than welcome.
Our services are geared to meet the needs of every age
that is in attendance.


4. What's the Sunday morning schedule?

Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. and is followed
by the morning worship service at 10:45 a.m.
Between these two services, we take a short break
while the choir prepares and classes dismiss...
there is usually a cup of coffee ready for your
enjoyment.


5. What's on the schedule for adults, and what should I expect?

For Sunday School: There are 3 adult Sunday School
classes, each with their own unique flare for whoever
would like to attend. There is a traditional
sanctuary class with verse-by-verse exposition of
the Bible, an older ladies class (The Ruth Class)
that is for our more respected ladies that also has a
traditional approach, and our Young Adult class is
a non-traditional type class where we learn about
what you want to learn about and every week takes you
in a new practical direction. Each class is a time
when we study the Bible and learn what it teaches.
After Sunday School, the adults meet together for the
morning worship service. During this service, you
will enjoy beautiful and inspiring music as we sing
together as a congregation, and as we enjoy our choir
or other music specials. The most important part of
the service is the relevant, practical and encouraging
Bible message directed at meeting real life needs.


6. How should I dress?

There is no dress code at Stockwell Road Missionary
Baptist Church for members, or guests. We believe that
the only “dress code” mentioned in the Scriptures is to
be modest. 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 to our church! You will not
be judged on your appearance at Stockwell Road; we only
care, as the Lord does, for your heart and that your
needs are met.


7. Are there services at other times?

Yes. We have a Sunday evening service (completely
different from Sunday morning) that begins at 5:45 p.m.
This is a time of more doctrinal yet practically relevant
Bible preaching. We also meet on Wednesday evenings at
7:00 p.m. for a mid-week Bible study. On the first
Wednesday night of every month, our pastor has an open
discussion Question and Answer time. During this meeting,
you are encouraged to ask or submit anonymously before-
hand, any question you would like answered. If you can't
be our guest on Sunday morning, we hope you'll visit with
us during another service time.


8. Am I expected to participate in the offering?

No. We don't invite you to Stockwell Road Missionary
Baptist Church for your offering. We believe giving to
be an opportunity for worship that is expected of our
members as they feel led of the Lord. We certainly
invite you to do as you feel led, but your giving is not
expected as our guest. We want our service to be a gift
to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family
spirit, truth from God's Word, and a place where you can
grow in God's grace. Please don't feel any obligation to
participate in the offering if you don't want to.


If there's something we missed on this list, you can ask
using our Contacts page. You can also give us a call or
ask someone when you arrive. We will also update other
frequently asked questions below. Feel free to scroll
down and see if your question is answered there.

Whether you're new to the area and looking for a church
home, or if it's been a long time since you've attended
church at all, we hope your first visit at Stockwell
Road Missionary Baptist Church will be awesome! We exist
to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward
to meeting you personally. We hope you'll feel right at
home from the very first moment you step into our church!
Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to
meet you this Sunday!


OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


9. What does the Church offer for my children?

We understand that our young people are not only the
Church of tomorrow, but the Church of today. We have
an exciting youth ministry called Stockwell Road Youth
Ministries (SRYM) for Juniors and Seniors. SRYM Sr. is
for those children and teens 10 and older while SRYM Jr.
is for those 9 and younger. Through the ministries of
SRYM, we hope to offer a fun and interactive environment
where kids meet Christ, build meaningful relationships
that will stand the test of time and also allow them
the opportunity to develop a personal and intimate
relationship with Jesus. SRYM has hosted in the past
video scavenger hunts, lock-ins, game or movie nights,
retreats, Vacation Bible School and Youth Camp every
Summer.

Check out the SRYM section of our site for
more information concerning our vision and upcoming
events.

Click here for SRYM


10. What is a "Missionary" Baptist Church?

A missionary Baptist church is first and foremost a
Baptist church. That is, it is a congregation of born
again, scripturally baptized believers in Jesus Christ,
who are banded together in a New Testament church
relationship to worship and serve the Lord Jesus Christ
in a scriptural manner.

As well, a missionary Baptist church is a Baptist church
that is focused on Christ’s Command in Matthew 28:18-20,
the Great Commission, to carry the precious Gospel of
Jesus to the uttermost parts of the world. We believe
that mission is a world-wide endeavor but also a local
matter. The Churches of the New Testament had a
missionary zeal that resulted in the Gospel being spread
to the uttermost parts, even to Bossier City, LA. We
desire to see the Gospel to continue to be spread
throughout our community, city, state, country and the
whole world.

Stockwell Road Missionary Baptist Church is also an
associational minded Church. We voluntarily fellowship
with the American Baptist Association (ABA). You can
read more about this association by clicking http://www.abaptist.org
or typing it into your browser address bar.