What To Expect
It can be intimidating to visit a new church. What will they be wearing? How do they worship? Will I be welcome? At Tomah Baptist Church, we understand the questions and feelings that surround your first visit to a new place. We make every effort to make you feel welcome and right at home from the moment you first arrive and every time you return.
Tomah Baptist Church is a place where you’ll find:
- Friendly, caring people
- Clear answers from God's Word
- Great worship through Godly music
- Quality nursery and children's programs
- An exciting youth group
Our message comes simply from the Word of God, as we apply His unchanging truth in verse by verse study of the Bible. Drop in sometime and see!
If you have not been to a church before, or it has been a long time, you may be asking yourself what you will encounter if you decide to join us at one of our services. We’ve designed this page in an attempt to answer some of the more common questions about what you can expect. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and "at home!" Here are a few answers to your questions and what you might expect on your first visit.
Do I Have To Stand Up In Front Of People?
Some churches, with good intentions, ask visitors to stand up and introduce themselves in front of everyone. While we applaud their desire to know you better, we do things a bit differently at Tomah Baptist Church.
We believe that you will be more comfortable meeting a few people who are seated around you and who are genuinely interested in getting to know you better rather than introducing yourself to hundreds of people but not really meeting anyone.
One of our main goals for every Sunday service is for people to be able to connect with God and with each other. We invite you to fill out the Visitor Connection Card one of our door greeters will provide, which is our way of knowing who you are, what kind of needs you might have, and how we can serve you better. .
Near the beginning of most of our meetings, we provide a few moments for people to meet and chat with one another. In that way, genuine friendships can begin in brief conversations. Sometimes we even take the chance to greet each other during one of the songs.
What is the morning schedule?
Today’s society is fast-paced. People are working longer and longer hours. It’s increasingly becoming more and more difficult for many people to participate in meetings of the church on a Sunday morning. God’s Word tells us to honor the Sabbath Day and to keep it holy. We believe it is important to start out our week by setting that day aside from the distractions of daily life, and focussing on the things we can learn from the Bible. We are also told in the Bible that Christians should not to forsake the fellowship of believers. The best place for that fellowship to occur is church.
With that in mind, the folks who make up Tomah Baptist meet together at various times throughout each week as well as on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. Our home page also tells you when all our weekly services take place. There Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. and goes to 10:30 a.m., but we invite everyone to join us a little early in the Fellowship Hall for coffee, juice and a treat. Following the Sunday Bible study, we have our worship service, which begins at 10:45 a.m.
During the morning service we all gather in the auditorium and sing some wonderful uplifting and encouraging songs, (feel free to sing along or just listen!). In between a couple of the songs, we have a few announcements and have a special song from our choir. Then we will have another song, followed by taking up a collection or offering (see below). Then after one more congregational song, we usually have a special by a member or members of the congregation to help prepare our hearts for worship and to hear the message from the pastor. Pastor Tobin will usually give a 25-30 minute message from the Bible, and we will end by singing one more song.
During the service, we offer a caring nursery for children under 2, children's church for children 3-5 grade, and Jr. Church for children in 1st-6th grade. Often the Jr. Church age children will sit with their parents during the morning song service, then leave for a more kid-centered message and service in our Fellowship Hall. If you would prefer to have your child(ren) stay with you during the service, you are always more than welcome to do so. Pastor has a microphone, and doesn't mind the input from the littlest visitors! Learn more>>
Are there services at other times?
Yes. We have a Sunday evening service (completely different from Sunday morning) that begins at 7:00 p.m and gets done around 8:00 pm. Again, in this service you'll enjoy the choir and special music as well as a challenging and helpful message from the pastor. We also meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. for a mid-week Bible study. If you can't be our guest on Sunday morning, we hope you'll visit with us during another service time.
Finally, but no less important to us than our larger meetings, we have small groups throughout the week and various groups get together to help other people who might face similar challenges in their lives. These small, intimate gatherings allow us to grow in our relationships with one another.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
In a word, No. We don't invite you to Tomah Baptist Church for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God's Word, and a place where you can grow in God's grace. Please don't feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
The folks who are a regular part of our community voluntarily give to help support Tomah Baptist Church, our full time staff, and to help pay various expenses we incur as a community as well as to support the missionaries who represent our church both across the United States and around the world.
Are You Going To Tell Me What’s Wrong With Me?
At its core, the message of Jesus is about GOOD NEWS. He did not come to earth to condemn us. Instead, He came to give us life.
And so, while we feel it is important to recognize that we all have fallen short of God’s standard of perfection, it is at this point we can start learning how we can have an abundantly full and complete life and relationship with Jesus.
Our desire is that you would come away from our community gatherings contemplating that reality: that while we have fallen short of the ideal in our lives and God’s standards, through Jesus we can have satisfaction, fulfillment and joy in a way and in a measure we have never known before, and to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in your life today. If you would like to know where to start, click here. You can also call the church and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
How should I dress?
The rule of thumb at Tomah Baptist Church is simply to come in modest attire. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Tomah Baptist!
Do I Have To Turn My Kids Over To A Stranger?
Starting with excellent nurseries, there is something special for every age child. We offer a fun, exciting program for children, and we’re confident that your kids would have a great time if they were to participate.
At the same time, we certainly understand why you would want to check us out before allowing your kids to go to a separate part of the facility to participate in our children’s program.
At every service on Sunday morning there are safe, clean, and highly staffed nurseries for children two years old and under. For the infants, parents will receive a pager so that the nursery attendants can easily contact you if there is a need. For children three years old through sixth grade there are fun, friendly, and Bible-centered classes. These classes are staffed with trained, friendly, and well-qualified teachers and helpers who will make church exciting and memorable for your child. For students seventh grade through college age, there are graded Bible study classes in our student ministries. Most of the teens attend a Bible study class one hour and then a worship service another hour with their parents.
I Have More Questions!
If there's something we missed on this list, just contact us, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you're new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it's been a long time since you've attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Tomah Baptist will be great! We exist to serve you and your family, and we are looking forward to meeting you personally. We hope you'll feel right at home from the very first moment you step through our doors! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we look foward to meeting you this Sunday!