OUR CURRENT WORSHIP SERVICES MODEL
OUR NEW WORSHIP SERVICES MODEL
What will the 8:45 sanctuary service be like under the new worship schedule?
- It will be identical to the current 11:00 sanctuary blended service and also identical to how the 8:45 service was for quite some time until the first schedule change in May 2016.
- The choir will sing weekly on a regular basis.
- The orchestra will play monthly, and we will also hear from vocal ensembles and our multiple handbell choirs.
- Anthony Criswell will be front and center leading the worship, along with praise team singers, instrumentalists, and the choir behind him.
What will the 11:00 sanctuary service be like under the new worship schedule?
- It will be a contemporary worship service.
- The songs that are sung will be primarily praise and worship songs. Hymns will be sung in a modern worship style.
- The adult choir will sing on average every 4-6 weeks as a celebration worship choir.
- Youth and children’s worship choirs will also sing on occasion and join with the adults as a multigenerational worship choir.
- Anthony will be the overseer of the service and will direct the choir when they sing. He will also at times play piano, give spoken word, and lead congregational singing. Contemporary worship leader Brent Addison and other musicians will play an active role on the platform.
In the months leading up to the schedule change and for the several times that there has only been one service at 11:00, it has been referred to as “combined.” What does “combined” mean?
- The term “combined” does not refer to a blended style of musical worship.
- The 11:00 service is combined in the sense that the 11:00 hour only has one service meeting during that hour in one location.
- It is combined in that the musicians and all volunteers from the sanctuary and the contemporary service are serving together.
What will be the biggest differences for our 11:00 worshipers?
- For those accustomed to the 11:00 blended service, the biggest difference will be in the songs sung and the way they are presented.
- For those accustomed to the 11:00 contemporary service, the biggest difference will be in the lighting and location of the worship service.
What are the strengths to moving to this worship schedule?
- One primary voice will preach, casting the vision and feeding the flock with God’s Word.
- Our talented musical, technical, and greeting volunteers will be serving together in unity.
- There will be energy in both services, as both will have a solid mass of people.
- This new model will maximize the use of our volunteers. They are currently spread thin to make three services happen on Sunday mornings.
- This model provides two worship options for our two primary styles of worship at the times of the morning that best meet the needs of the majority of our people.
How will the New Life Building be used moving forward?
The New Life Building will continue to be used for meals and Bible study on Wednesday nights, monthly luncheons, Disciple Now weekend worship, and other special events. It also has the potential to be used for Upward basketball, Wednesday night youth worship, Sunday morning children’s worship, Saturday evening contemporary worship, college and young adult worship, and overflow worship with message simulcast for high attendance Sunday mornings.
What about sermon and/or service recording and FBC TV ministry under the new schedule?
- Both sermons will be recorded, and one of them will be posted online and podcasted.
- The FBC TV ministry will record the early service and broadcast it at 11:00 for the many shut-ins, assisted living, nursing home, and senior adults who watch our service. These viewers will connect best with the 8:45 service.
- The 11:00 service will also be recorded, and we have plans to set up a streaming service of at least our 11:00 worship service and possibly even an FBC worship service Roku channel.
What if I am struggling with the coming schedule changes?
- Contemporary worshipers will be encouraged to adjust to a new room, new faces, new voices, and new musicians.
- Those who prefer an 11:00 traditional or blended service can try the new 11:00 service. We anticipate plenty of older adults will choose the 11:00 service out of a desire to worship with their grandchildren and because of a preference for time and/or style. But the 8:45 service is always an option for these adults and everyone else.
When will the schedule change take place, and what are the sound system renovation details?
- The start date for the new worship schedule will be Sunday, May 20.
- Everyone will be encouraged to sit on the main floor as professional audio companies are allowing us to utilize their proposed speaker systems. The main floor of the sanctuary will offer the best worship experience and the best location to hear the prospective speakers.
- The center balcony section will be overflow seating. The side balconies will not have any sound on a temporary basis but will be useable when the sound system is renovated.
- Our goal is to have the sound system renovation finished in August or mid-September.
- The sound renovation contract will be voted on by the deacons and the congregation.
What will be the end result?
The upcoming change of unifying our music and worship ministry, combining three services down to two, and providing our people with two expressive hours of worship will be a major first step toward our vision for unity. Let us love one another as we move forward together.