Frequently Asked Questions:


What should I know if this is my first visit to FPC?

We're delighted that you've come, first of all.  We look forward to greeting you personally. In fact, someone from our LINK Crew will most likely greet you as you make your way from the parking lot. They'll be wearing bright blue vests and are glad to help you find your way around our campus and introduce you to some folks. Our parking lot is across M street from the Church Campus. 

We do have some parking spaces designated for First Time Visitors and Guests. Please use them! We also have prepared gift bags for visitors, so don't be surprised if you're offered one when you are greeted. 

Communion is served during worship the first Sunday of each month. We ask folks to put on name tags as they enter so you might find a bit of slow down at the doorways 1st Sundays, but it clears up fairly quickly.


You have a different schedule in the Summer?

Yes, for 9 weeks June 10 - August 12 we have our traditional service at 8:30, our contemporary service at 10:15, and a connect time between the two services from 9:35-10:15.

The minutes between the two services are one of the MOST IMPORTANT aspects of our summer schedule. This Connect Time is designed to provide space and encouragement to deepen our connections with one another. So plan to linger if you come to worship at 8:30 and come earlier than 10:15 if that's the service you attend. 

Each week we'll feature a different Ministry or Go Team so you can explore how you might Get Plugged In to that team. There will be some kind of activity on the lawn and/or patio, and our coffee cart will be in the cool of the Fellowship Hall along with other refreshments with lots of spaces for conversations. 


Where do Kids go during Worship?

  • We have great care for the littlest ones in our nursery.
  • There are dedicated teachers for preschool aged children (2-5yrs) downstairs in our Christian Education Building. 
  • K-2nd grade children are dismissed at a point in the worship service for a great Kids Alive program, downstairs.  
  • Youth attend worship with their parents. However, our youth groups tend to sit together right up front in the Sanctuary. Junior High on one side, High School on the other. 

Our Central Check In Station is our main hub and starting point for parents and children and is located near the Patio along the wall of the Fellowship Hall. All children Nursery to 2nd Grade check in here and receive name bages before being taken to class or into worship by parents. Our friendly volunteers will be able to assist you through this quick and easy process. The Station is open 20 minutes before service and closes 20 minutes after service has started.


What are the distinctions of the 8:30 and 11:00 Worship Services throughout the year? 

Our 8:30 am Worship Service is more traditional in format. Our pastors tend to wear their robes at this service.  Musically, it features our Chancel Choir and Pipe Organ. 

Our 11:00 am Worship Service is more contemporary in format. Musically, it features our Worship Bands and a variety of instruments. 


What happens during the Education Hour when you are not on Summer Schedule? 

We offer age appropriate programs at 9:40 between our two service times designed to deepen biblical understanding, faith, discipleship and relationships within our congregation. 

  • We have great care for the littlest ones in our nursery.
  • There are dedicated teachers for preschool & elementary aged children in our Christian Education Building. 
  • Engaging studies for Junior and Senior High Students happen in the Ignite room 102 and the Rooted room downstairs.   
  • Class offerings for adults vary seasonally.
  • This is also when the Chancel Choir rehearses downstairs in the Music Room.

Here's where all the classes are located: 

Infants and Toddlers (birth-2 years) are cared for in the Nursery located on the ground level, east side of the Administration Building, accross from the Fellowship Hall during both services and the Education Hour.

Preschool (2 - 5 years) gather in Downstairs Rooms: 

  • At 8:30am all meet in Room B9. 
  • At 11:00am there are two groups: Ages 2-3 meet in Room B8  |  Ages 4-5 meet in Room B9.

 


Why does our Youth Building at Stanislaus & M bear the name Hope Now for Youth?

Hope Now for Youth is a local ministry that provides opportunities and support for young men who want to break their ties with gangs. We are delighted to share the space with them for their offices and gatherings. It's busy all week. There are actually three churches that gather for worship on Sundays on our Campus:  FPC, Hope Now Bible Church and Bethany Inner City Church