We know what it is like to go to church for the first time. It can be a little awkward and even scary. So, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible on your first visit to Blue Springs Baptist Church. To this end, we have put together a few items to help you know what to expect.
From Somerville: At the corner of Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 67, travel south on Hwy. 67 for approximately 3.9 miles (you will pass A.P. Brewer High School, The Shack, and the Florette stop light). Continue until you see the Blue Springs sign on the right hand side of the road (just past the Florette Volunteer Fire Department). Turn right onto Blue Springs Road and go approximately .8 miles. The church will be on the right.
From Ryan Crossroads: Travel north on Hwy. 67 for 5.5 miles. Turn left onto Blue Springs Road. Travel approximately 3/4 mile. The church will be on the left.
Handicapped & Guest parking is available on the Right-hand Side of the Church (our Main Entrance), near the Sanctuary. Additional parking is located in the front and to the left of the Sanctuary in front of our Fellowship Hall/Office Entrance.
Directions Around the Church:
Greeters and ushers are available at our Main, Upstairs, Double Door Entrance (which is the Foyer of our Sanctuary) to answer any questions you might have. If you happen to come into any other door, please ask anyone that you encounter to take you to or point you to the right place. We’re friendly. We won’t bite. Generally, the layout of the church is as follows:
– Upstairs: Sanctuary; Audio/Visual Booth, Restrooms (front & rear of Sanctuary), Senior Adult Classrooms, Choir Room, Storage Rooms, Elevator to Downstairs, & Handicapped Ramp to the Fellowship Hall/Office Level.
– Downstairs (Under the Sanctuary): Sunday School Office, Nursery, Children’s and Youth Classrooms, Small Kitchen, Storage Rooms; Restrooms, and Elevator to Upstairs Sanctuary Level.
– Fellowship Hall/Church Offices: Church Office, Pastor’s Office, Fellowship Hall, Storage Rooms, Restrooms, and Handicapped Ramp to Upstairs Sanctuary Level.
We have People from all Stages & Walks of Life:
Blue Springs has a balance of people from all age groups, seasons of life, and socio-economic groups. We have babies, children, youth, singles, married, divorced, and widowed people at our church. You will find people just like you.
We are Friendly & Loving:
At Blue Springs, we are one of the most friendly congregations in the North Alabama region. When you come to Blue Springs, you will be warmly greeted by our ushers & greeters, given an informative worship bulletin, shown to an age-appropriate Bible Study/Sunday School Class, and then directed to the Worship Service. If you happen to miss the ushers & greeters, just ask one of our people in the hallway for directions. They’ll make sure you are shown where you need to go. In the worship service, we don’t ask you to stand, speak, or publicly pray. However, we do want to acknowledge your presence, thank you for coming, and see how we may minister to you and/or your family. To accomplish this, you will be given a Guest Card to fill out and place in the offering plate so that we may appropriately respond to you and your needs. (By the way, as our guest, you are not expected to participate in the Offering time, since this is a time for our members to give their Tithes & Offerings. Should you so choose, you may give to the ministries of the church through the offering, but please know that you are not required to do so.) Following announcements and a fellowship song, we have a fellowship time at the beginning of the worship service where everyone is warmly greeted, smiles shared, hands shaken, and even hugs given. In all that we do, we will do everything we can to make your experience a positive one.
We have two worship services each Sunday. Our main service is in the morning at 11:00 a.m. Our second service is in the evening at 6:00 p.m. A different message is presented at each service. Both services have a “blended” style of music, mixing the best of historic and traditional hymns along with Christ-focused praise & worship songs. Nursery and children’s church ministries are provided at our morning worship services. The evening service is a “family” service with all ages remaining in the sanctuary together. We have a worship time that fits your schedule.
Sunday School/Bible Study – 10:00 AM – Numerous Rooms
Worship – 11:00 AM – Sanctuary – Upstairs
Choir Practice – 5:00 PM – Sanctuary – Upstairs
Sunday Night Worship – 6:00 PM – Sanctuary – Upstairs
Children in Action (CIA) – Missions & Music – 6:00 PM – Downstairs – Children’s & Youth Rooms
Praise, Prayer, & Bible Study – 6:30 PM – Sanctuary – Upstairs
Uplifting music has always been a very important part of Blue Springs Baptist Church. At Blue Springs, we believe that music is one of many ways in which God wants for us to worship Him, expressing our devotion and love to Him. Led by our Minister of Music, our music includes traditional & doctrinally sound hymns as well as Christ-centered praise and worship songs. Our main instruments include a piano and organ. Occasionally, we use acoustic guitars and other instruments to supplement and add to the overall worship experience. We also use a choir and various music ensembles to draw people closer to the Lord.
Blue Springs’ Pastor unapologetically teaches and preaches the inspired, inerrant, infallible Holy Bible on a weekly basis. The historic and orthodox Christian doctrines and teachings are shared using a verse-by-verse exposition method. The goal of each message is to point people to Jesus using the revelations found in the scriptures. Second, the messages are designed for relevance to the needs and concerns of modern listeners who are living in a fast and ever-changing world. The Pastor seeks to help Christians identify and use the never-changing, time-tested principles of the Bible to their lives. Occasionally, videos, sermon outlines, special music, dramas, and testimonies are used to provide freshness & variety to the messages as well as to encourage better understanding and application of the material to the practical, everyday needs of believers.
Some churches are very regimented & formal while others are too loose & casual. At Blue Springs, we are somewhere in the middle. Our worship services have structure but they are not so rigid that we do not allow room for the Holy Spirit to move and change our direction. additionally, people in the church dress in a wide variety of ways: some like dresses, suits, long-sleeve shirts, and ties, while others wear skirts, slacks, short-sleeve blouses or polos, khakis, and/or jeans. Please just come as you are and dress comfortably, as you like, keeping in mind that as we come together to worship Jesus, we seek to honor Him in all we say and do. This relates to how we dress and worship the Lord.
What to Bring:
If you have a Bible, please bring it with you. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. We have copies available in the each classroom and in the sanctuary. While our pastor uses many versions in developing and presenting his weekly sermons, he primarily uses the New International Version (NIV) 1984 version in his preaching and teaching. If you have another version that you prefer, go ahead and bring that version. At Blue Springs, we do not argue over which version is the “right” version but rather we will challenge you to find a version in which you are comfortable and able to read, understand, & apply to your life.
A Safe & Clean Nursery:
Staffed by screened and seasoned volunteers from our church, our nursery is both safe and clean for your babies and small children. Our loving volunteers will ensure that your babies and young children are watched and cared for and that your children experience the love of Christ each and every week. The nursery is conveniently located immediately under the Sanctuary so that parents and nursery workers can have easy and quick access to one another in case of a special or unforeseen need.
A Children’s Church:
Staffed by screened and experienced volunteers from our church, a Children’s Church is offered to children and their parents during the worship service. The Children’s Church provides children a structured time of Music, Bible Study, Activities, & a Snack while their parents are provided a distraction-free time of worship and focus upon the Message. Children are encouraged to stay with their parents up to the time of the Special Music in the worship service. At that time, the children and their leaders dismiss to the Children’s Church area located in a room immediately below the Sanctuary. At the end of the worship service, parents are encouraged to go downstairs to pick up their child(ren).
Acceptance, Spiritual Growth, & Fun for Youth:
We value youth by providing a safe and accepting environment where they can come, be immediately accepted, drawn in & included in fun activities, and truly “belong” to the group. Our teenagers are not cliquish but rather are excited about meeting and including new people. Additionally, our youth leaders are very warm and loving towards all teenagers. The group is not too large, where one gets lost in a crowd, but rather is small enough where one truly gets to be known and know others. While smaller than some area youth groups, our youth group has a desire to grow (both numerically and spiritually) in the coming days. Please come and help us to grow!