a family of faith
Visiting with WBC?
Visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating; sometimes just finding the right door can be a challenge. At Williamsburg Baptist Church, we have 185 years of experience welcoming visitors. You can expect to be greeted by members of the church family who will help you begin a nourishing worship experience. Here are some hints to prepare you.
Many visitors' first concern is, "Do we have to dress up?" At WBC, we understand that most of our guests will be embarking on a day of sight-seeing after worship. We urge you to dress appropriately for the weather and the whole day's activities. Our members will also be dressed in a variety of styles. While the 11:00 worship may have a formal tone, it is not a fashion-show.
Our street address is 227 Richmond Road; we’re located across from the College of William & Mary, between Merchants Square and Zable Stadium, and next door to Tribe Square, the College’s residential and restaurant center. On-street parking is available on Richmond Road, and you can enter the sanctuary by the front steps, the two side doors that have fewer steps, or by the ramp that is accessed through the Memorial Courtyard, following the sidewalk to the right of the church sign.
Our parking lot can be entered from the Richmond Road driveway or from Prince George Street behind the church building. The covered entry to the right has an automatic door-opener to help you. Either of the two entries will bring you to the Fellowship Lounge, where the church family gathers for refreshments during the morning. Have a cup of coffee or tea and a treat!
If you are coming for Sunday School at 9:30, we suggest you enter from the parking lot and stop in the Lounge so that someone may guide you to classes for adults, youth or children. Adult classes are found in the West Wing (to the right as you enter from the parking lot). The Nursery and most classrooms for the younger set are in the East Wing (to the left as you enter from the parking lot). Visitors are welcome in every class. Restrooms are found in both wings on all levels. Some are posted as “unisex.”
Our service follows a printed Order of Worship, which ushers will supply as you enter the sanctuary. Large-print bulletins and hearing-assist devices are available. Children’s worship bags are offered to help youngsters during the service. Please return the bags and hearing-assist devices to an usher at the end of worship; you may recycle any parts of the bulletin you do not need in baskets as you exit the sanctuary.
Each service includes a Talk with Children, and all children are invited forward to participate. Visitors need not be shy – and parents are welcome to accompany young ones. Little ones and staff from the Nursery often join us for this part of the service. On alternate Sundays after the Talk with Children, youngsters aged 5-12 are invited to Kid's Club, for activities that reinforce the scripture lesson.
We use two hymnals at most services. The Pilgrim Hymnal is the larger, red book in the pew racks. The smaller, brown book stacked in the pew seats is the Cokesbury Hymnal supplement. Large-print bulletins include copies of the hymns, so if handling a hymnal is difficult, please ask for a large-print. We stand for some of the hymns as indicated in the bulletin with an * (usually the first, the last and when offerings are presented), but if you unable to stand so long, please remain comfortably seated to sing along.
The pew racks include a variety of information. It is the custom of our church that all who attend fill out one of the cards with information about yourself. We do not call out visitors’ names during the service, but your card will help us be better hosts. If you are looking for a church home, and want more information, the card allows you to indicate this. If you have other questions, comments or prayer requests, please use the card’s reverse.
The brochures in the pew rack will tell you more about life at WBC and are yours to keep. The small white envelopes may be used for your offering. Please note, we collect “second offerings” about six times a year for special mission purposes.
On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. At WBC, communion is open to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ and seek to follow in God’s ways. The elements are passed through the pews by the ushers.
Also, on most “first Sundays” we have a time of fellowship and light refreshments after the service in the Social Hall. This is on the lower level of the church and can be reached by the steps leading down from the sanctuary; a member will show you the way.
Please call upon the ushers, or any fellow-worshipper, if you have special needs or questions about our church. The ministers will greet you as you depart the sanctuary, but we expect that you will have also met several members first. We hope you will return, whether on your next trip to Williamsburg, or as you discern where God is leading you to worship.
If you have any comments about your experience with us, please share them with us via phone (757-229-1217) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).