Visiting Union City Baptist Temple
Visiting any church for the very first time can be an uncertain experience. Well, we want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Baptist Temple will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for the whole family. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching from the Word of God, friendly people, and a place where you can feel “at home”! We are a “family” in Christ and want you to be a part of our family. Here are a few answers to some questions you may have and some information on what you might expect on your first visit.
When are your services?
Sunday: 10:00 AM Sunday School classes for all ages
11:00 AM Morning Service
6:00 PM Evening Service
Wednesday: 6:45 PM Master Club (K-6th grade)
6:45 PM Teen Time
7:00 PM Adult Prayer Time & Bible Study
How do I get to Union City Baptist Temple?
What can I expect on my first visit?
As you travel Reelfoot Avenue east of Baptist Hospital, you will easily see our church facilities on the north side of the highway directly across from the National Guard Armory and the Coca-Cola Company. We sit back from the road, but are easily accessible from the Hwy or Longview Road. Our church sign sits at the entrance off of Reelfoot Avenue. There is plenty of paved parking close to the building for you to park.
As you enter, you will always find warm, friendly people in our foyer that will welcome you and direct you around our facilities. We are always honored when folks come to visit us or come back to visit! Whether you are looking for a church home and church family to be a part of, are searching for Scriptural answers to life’s challenges, or are just passing through, we would be delighted to have you as our guest.
Where do I take my children?
We have Sunday School classes for all ages at 10 AM. We start with an excellent nursery that is provided for all services. Our safe, clean nursery is staffed by caring, well-trained workers who provide a wholesome and nurturing environment for your little ones up to 3 years old. For children 3 years through 6th grade there are fun, friendly, Bible centered classes where they will learn and grow. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers and helpers that will make Sunday School exciting and memorable for your child.
We also have Sunday School classes for teenagers and adults. These classes are smaller group settings where you are invited to meet people, enjoy perhaps some coffee and donuts, and hear a Bible-centered lesson taught more directly applicable to your life-stage. The best way to get to know people at Baptist Temple is to visit one of these classes.
What can I expect in the Main Service?
Our main worship service is designed for God’s glory and our good! You will experience a warm atmosphere with friendly people that are excited to have visitors whether it is your first time or first time in a long time!
The music at Baptist Temple is TRADITIONAL, not contemporary. We still sing the Scriptural, truth filled hymns of the faith, as well as newer songs written in similar style and with a solid Scriptural message. Special music focuses on exalting and honoring the Lord Jesus Christ and not on some “performer”. We reject the music style, rhythm and beat that the secular world uses to worship their flesh that has become a part of so many churches today. We still believe that sacred, godly music is a command of Scripture and a tool of the Holy Spirit to properly prepare our hearts for the preaching of God’s Word.
The music is always followed by a clear, helpful and challenging Bible message by Pastor Keeton. The emphasis is always on making practical applications of God’s truths to our lives. Pastor Keeton preaches the Word of God without compromise, but with the Biblical admonition of “speaking the truth in love” so that all those who hear may “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”.
We close each service with an old-fashioned invitation. That is an opportunity for everyone to respond to God’s working in their heart through the message. Some will come to pray for themselves and their burdens. Others will come to the altar to pray for someone they are burdened for. Still others come needing to make a decision to trust Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour or some other personal decision. That decision to respond to the invitation is totally yours. That’s why it is an “invitation”. We are here to help you if you so desire.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at Union City Baptist Temple 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 Baptist Temple.
Am I expected to Participate in the Offering?
NO. We don’t invite you to Baptist Temple for your offering. 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, encouragement, edification, exhortation, and a place you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as our guest.
If there is something we have missed on this list, just give us a call, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you’re new to the area and looking for a church home, or it’s been a long time since you’ve attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Union City Baptist Temple 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 onto our property. Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!!