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SERVICE TIMES: Worship Service - SUN 10:30AM / Prayer Service - WED 7:00PM

Frequently Asked Questions

What time are services?

 

Our worship services normally  meet in the Sanctuary Sundays at 10:30 a.m. In August, we meet for worship at 9:30am

Children's Sunday School Classes, and Adult LifeChange groups meet at 9:25 a.m.
Wednesday night prayer meeting begins with an open dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by worship and prayer at 7:00 p.m.
 

How do I get to First Baptist Church?

 
First Baptist Church
9 Astor Drive
Rhinebeck, NY  12572
Map with Directions located here.
 

Where can I park?

 
There are plenty of parking spaces as you enter our facilities in the back, as well as several more on the north side of our building.
 

Are your buildings and services handicap accessible?

 
We provide handicap parking in designated areas with wheel chair access. We also provide handicapped accessible bathrooms.
 

What happens when I get there?

 
As you enter our building through our main doors, our greeters will welcome you at the door and assist you with finding any of our rooms you may be looking for. Our greeters are there to help you in any way, particularly getting you and your children to your proper classes for Sunday school and LifeChange courses.
 

What childcare is offered?

 
Childcare is available during each morning service for babies to one year old. During Sunday school, our church offers a time of worship for children ages 1-3 near the nursery. Children’s Worship for Kindergarten through 5th graders is offered at 9:25 a.m. Childcare is provided for babies through  5 yrs old that are not in Kindergarten during the morning worship hour. During Wednesday services, a nursery is provided for children ages 1-3 and "Patch the Pirate" club meets for children ages 3-9.
 

What do I do before the service starts?

 
If you arrive before the service starts, you will notice that our sanctuary is filled with pews. There are no reserved seats, so you may sit anywhere. Look in the book rack on the back of the pew to find a song book and a Bible. Many people will be greeting each other during this time. As you enter the church, you will receive a copy of the bulletin which gives you information on the many happenings at First Baptist Church. Don't worry if you arrive just a little after the service has started; our ushers will help you find a seat!
 

What is the worship like?

 
Services generally last about one hour and fifteen minutes. Our worship services are a time of joyful worship and praise with a variety of traditional and contemporary Christian music provided by our choir, musicians,and soloists. There may be special announcements or other features. Our pastor will preach a biblical message with practical application that will help you understand how you can live biblical principles in your life.
 

How are guests greeted?

 
Before the service, our ushers and many of our other members will extend a friendly greeting to you. Please let us know you are a guest. You do not have to register or sign your name to anything if you do not wish to; however, we would like to know you were our guest and ask you to fill out the “Welcome Card” provided on the inside flap of the bulletin. We ask that you drop the form in the offering plate during the service as your only offering or give your form to a greeter/usher as you leave the service. If you are visiting from out of town and plan on moving to the Rhinebeck area, we would love to know that. A number of folks are joining us after discovering us on the Web. If you found us this way, please let us know on the guest registration form.
 

How will I know when to stand?

 
The Pastor or the Song Leader will ask the congregation to stand or sit. Generally, we stand during opening songs and during the invitation song and prayer.
 

What is the pastor's message like?

 
Our pastor gives Bible-based messages lasting about thirty minutes. His messages are practical and relevant to every-day life and are often sprinkled with appropriate humor. You can listen to some of our pastor's recent messages on this website under the "Listen Online" link at the top of the page. You may also pick up a CD of a message after a sermon on the desk in the lobby.
 

Do you have a crying room available?

 
We do have a nursing mother/baby crying room available on the left of the sanctuary as you enter. This room is equipped with some rocking chairs and a changing table. You will also be able to see the service from a curtained window, and hear the message from a speaker inside.
 

Do you give invitations at the end of the service? What are they like?

 
At the end of his message, Pastor Dragula will offer an invitation to anyone who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to begin a relationship with Christ. He will ask everyone to bow their heads and for those who would like to anonymously ask the him to pray for them as they make this decision to raise their hand. Pastor Dragula will pray for those who raise their hand. We encourage anyone who decides to begin their relationship with Jesus to speak to Pastor Dragula or Pastor Drake personally after the service so that they can celebrate with you and help you get started on your journey with Christ. You will not be embarrassed or asked to speak publicly to the congregation.

You may also indicate your decision on the “Welcome Card” if you feel uncomfortable going forward. One of our pastors will contact you to discuss your decision and help you in any way we can.
 

Do I need to donate money when I visit?

 
If you are visiting with us, we ask that you accept the service as our gift to you, and feel free to pass the offering plate by. During this time, if you have filled out the “Welcome Card”, we ask you to place it in the offering plate.
 

What Small Groups or Sunday School classes are offered on Sundays?

 

Our adult small group change every quarter. However, we will always be offering courses in Spiritual Leadership, Biblical Literacy and Christian Living.  We encourage you to check out our small groups in order to get to know other people just like you. Classes are also offered for  preschoolers, and elementary school age children and Junior and High school students at 9:25 a.m. Greeters can direct you to your room and will have the most updated list of adult, student, children and preschool classes and locations.

What We Believe

The Bible - We believe that the original documents of the Scriptures were God breathed and completely free from error. God has preserved His Word for us through the ages and we have today an authoritative source for all faith and practice.

 

God - We believe that there is one God who has eternally existed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has revealed Himself to man so that humanity can be restored to relationship with Him.

 

Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ, perfect God and perfect man, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and died and rose again to solve the problem of human sin. He now sits at the right hand of the Father, making intercession on our behalf.

 

Holy Spirit - We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, active in the new birth of believers, indwells each believer and produces fruit in believers as they yield to His control.

 

Creation - We believe in the literal six days of Creation as set forth in the book of Genesis.

 

Humanity - We believe that man was created in the image of God but because of his fall into sin is now a sinner by nature and totally unable to reach God on his own.

 

Salvation - We believe that the salvation of man is achieved by the gracious sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. The requirements for salvation are repentance and faith.

 

Security of the Believer - We believe that those who truly come to salvation in Christ can never lose that salvation since it is totally dependent on Jesus Christ.

 

The Church - We believe that all believers make up the church of Jesus Christ. The local church is a congregation of professing, baptized believers who are associated with each other by a covenant and articles of faith and by the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper. Together they seek to fulfill God's purposes.

 

Return of Christ - We believe in the literal return of Christ in the air to take His church to heaven before the coming of the great tribulation. We also believe in His subsequent return to earth to set up His Kingdom.

Who Are We?

First Baptist Church is a loving congregation of Christians in the Mid Hudson Valley in the state of New York. We are people from all different walks of life who have come together for the purpose glorifying God and caring for others. For over 100 years, our church has been an integral part of our community, serving those around us and helping those in need. Our people are committed to being a church where broken, struggling people can find spiritual healing and wholeness. First Baptist Church of Rhinebeck is a place where people can come with wounds exposed and hear of the healing and transforming power of God. though His word. Our desire as a church is to provide a place where diverse people can join together to grow in their relationship with God and His Word, and build meaningful relationships with others.

 

We would like to get to know you. Please come and visit us at one of our worship services, or call us at 845-876-4300.

The Most Important Truth

In this world there are many things which cause fear, pain and sadness. If you are feeling confused and full of despair, there is Good News! You are not alone! You can find relief right now by accepting the free gift offered to YOU personally by Jesus Christ.

 

Some Important Things To Understand:

 

You are a sinner. We all are. Sin is any deed or thought contrary to the nature of God. Every person is born with sin and commits sin every day. God is Holy and hates sin. In fact, God’s Word says: “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

 

Sin, simply put, deserves death. Because God is just, He must punish sin. The punishment is eternal separation from God. God’s Word says: “For the wages of sin are death…” (Romans 6:23a)

 

You cannot save yourself. Because you are born a sinner there is no action you can do to make yourself worthy of heaven. You cannot go to church or be good enough to earn a place in heaven. God’s Word says: “not by [good works] which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.” (Titus 3:5a)

 

Only God can save you. God gave his Son, Jesus Christ the only sinless person ever on earth, as your Savior. Jesus Christ paid your death penalty in full. God’s Word Says: “But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

 

The cross is sufficient. Jesus paid for your sin by shedding His blood, dying on the cross and rising from the grave. His blood paid your penalty. His resurrection defeated death and He now sits in Heaven at the right hand of God. God’s Word Says: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18a)

 

Trusting Jesus alone will save you. You are powerless to save yourself. Only by trusting that Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose again from the grave can you receive salvation (eternity with God). God’s Word says: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31) “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

 

How Can I Be Saved?

 

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10,13

 

If you have made a decision to accept God’s Gift of salvation you will begin to experience His help in calming your fears and worries that come from being in this world.

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Upcoming Events

15Dec
Friday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Church Christmas Parties at Area Homes
22Dec
Friday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
No Friday Night Programs
24Dec
Sunday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Christman Eve Service
25Dec
27Dec
Wednesday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
No Prayer Meeting

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9 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Phone: (845) 876-4300

 

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