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 Sunday School for Kindergarten through 6th 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. Junior church is also available for children 3 - 7 during the regular worship service.  During Wednesday services, a nursery is provided for children ages 1-3 and a children's choir meets for children ages 5-10 during the school year.

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. You will be able to see the service from a curtained window, and hear the message from a speaker inside.

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.