Despite what modern culture and rumor says, no matter what you've done or who you are, you won't be "struck down" when you enter the building.
Our God, the God of the Bible, wants you to get to know Him and the best way to do that is to spend time around people who already do. That's all church is - a gathering of people who want to spend time with God and each other. Please join us.
And of course, Contact Us if you have any further questions.
What should I wear?
As Pastor said the other day
"Our only dress code is that you come dressed."
By that, I'm pretty sure he meant that you will see all kinds of clothing at our church - suits, dresses, pants, skirts, jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, etc.
We don't want clothing choices to be something that stands between you and God, so please, don't worry too much about whether you're 'dressed up' enough for church. Just join us!
Can I bring my Kids?
We would love for you to bring your children. We have several different programs availabe for children, including Sunday School classes based on grade level, Children's Church for the younger ones during Morning Worship, and nursery available for babies and toddlers.
On Thursday nights, we also have Adventure Club for any children that are in school - all the way up through teenagers.
On the other hand, if they want to (or you want them to) stay in the regular service, we encourage that as well!
Do I have to bring a Bible?
There will always be Bibles available for use in the pews.
While we generally use the New King James Version (NKVJ) of the Bible, that is not a requirement, nor even a strict guideline. It can be both helpful and enlightening to read the same passage in different translations because of the slightly different wordings used.
If you don't own a Bible and would like one, please let us know.
What kind of music do you play?
Unfortunately, music has been a divisive issue among churches for quite some time now. At Vernon Baptist Church, we play and sing a mixture of the classic hymns and contemporary Christian music. We are blessed with a couple of talented pianists to play the older songs and a computer audio system for the newer music.
If you are gifted in the area of music and would like to participate in Special Music, a Worship Team, or in the Christmas Choir, please let us know!
What is Communion?
Communion is a remembrance of Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. On the night He was betrayed and sentenced to crucifixion, Jesus commanded His followers to remember Him by eating a piece of bread and drinking a sip of wine - which symbolically represent His broken body and His shed blood (1 Corinthians 11:24-28).
As a church, Vernon Baptist has chosen to celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We symbolize the bread and wine with a cracker and grape juice, so that all may participate regardless of age or other circumstances. If you are gluten intolerant, please let us know so that we can accommodate that need.
Though we do not require that you be a member of our specific church to participate, we do request that you refrain from participation if you don't have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
What is Easter all about?
Palm Sunday (the week before Easter):
One week before His resurrection, Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, on the day we call Palm Sunday. When Jesus entered the city, many of the common people lined the street with palm branches and their coats. They greeted Him with cheers and called Him King of the Jews. This adoration was a direct fulfillment of the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 about Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city. It also contributed to the leaders of Jerusalem deciding to kill Him that week.
On Good Friday, we acknowledge the day that Jesus died on the cross. Crucifixion was a common method of execution during the era in which Jesus lived, but it was a horrific death. The victim was stretched out on the cross, with hands and feet nail into the beams, and the cross was placed upright in a hole whereupon the victim would have to hold themselves up by their arms in order the breathe. Death was generally by slow suffocation as their strength ran out. We call this day ‘good' because Jesus willingly took this punishment in our place, since we never could have paid for our sins on our own.
Easter is the celebration of the day that Jesus rose from the dead, three days after being put to death on the cross. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus provided the method through which all human sinners could pursue a relationship with God and, upon our death, join Him in heaven. Easter is the most important Christian holiday because without Jesus’ act of unending love, we would be condemned to separation from God for all eternity.
I have special needs, what kinds of accessibility options are available?
Our church is equipped with a wheelchair ramp up to the front door of the main building, as well as ramps in to the fellowship hall.
We also have, available upon request, assisted listening devices.
If there is anything more we can do, please let us know!