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Frequently Asked Questions

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE 

 

Hornerstown Baptist Church Believes that Sunday Morning Service is the most pivotal work we
do in our ministry throughout the entire week. What stands out the most about Sunday Mornings
is “the gathering of the entire church”. Throughout the entire Scriptures, God’s people have
always gathered regularly, it is our witness to the world that we prize our Savior above all else.
And it is the power of which drives the ministry forward, and where we can follow up with our
brothers and sisters about their week. Within the service, we fellowship with each other, sing the
praises of our Savior together, sit under the teaching of God’s word together, participate in
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper together, give to the Lord together, all for the edification of our
faith and our neighbor’s faith. It’s what no one wants to miss! Below is a brief forum of
questions anyone might have, which we provide answers for.


WHEN SHOULD I COME?
Service begins promptly at 10am, following the ringing of the church bell. However, we
recommend attendees arrive around 9:45 to fellowship with brothers and sisters before the
service, and visitors to introduce themselves to people.


HOW LONG IS THE SERVICE?
Typically, we aim to run our service around the 1 Hour, 10-minute mark, but that is not
plausible. However, service will be no shorter than an hour, while no later than 90 minutes.


IS THERE A NURSERY?

A Nursery is available with a team of volunteers equipped to care for your precious infant and toddlers. The children participate in the first 15-20 minutes of service, then the pastor invites the children up to the front of the sanctuary to pray over them, and afterwards dismisses them to the nursery. Our decision for this is based on two factors: 1) We believe children, however small, should worship the Lord Jesus with their family during the service, which is why we include children in the service, 2) We also understand, as a parent, it is difficult to care for infants and toddlers, along with participating in the worship service. Therefore, by including children in the beginning of the service, then dismissing them for nursery in the middle, we accomplish both objectives.

IS THERE A CHILDREN’S MINISTRY?
Currently, we do not have a children’s ministry for Sunday School or Mid-Week. It is a project
we want to work on in the near future. However, we desire that children and young people attend
the service and Sunday School, to do their best to pay attention to the teaching of God’s Word.
And if they struggle, there will always be an adult to help them learn to.


WHAT ABOUT GIVING?
Straight forward, HBC rely’s solely on the LORD’s support, for “where God guides, God
provides”. Within that, we do encourage attendees to give, because giving is an act of worship

which Scriptures teaches us to do with a “cheerful heart” and “in obedience to God.”. There is a
time during the service in which attendees can give to the church, yet we do not expect, nor force
anyone to give, only encourage those who want to give to do so with a cheerful heart.


WHAT ARE THE SERMONS LIKE?
Our Sermons come directly from the Bible, the Word of God. That is the only book we preach
and teach from, and the only book which can build us up in the “truth after godliness” (Titus 1:1)
and make the man of God “perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:17).
The sermons are first, expositional in nature, meaning they seek to expose or open what the text
actually means; and secondly applicative, meaning why is this necessary and useful for me.


WHAT IS THE MUSIC LIKE?
The songs we sing come directly from the Hymnal. We admire the Hymnal because the songs are
theologically and biblically rich, which edifies our souls to sing. And at the same time,
historical. For the hymns date back hundreds of years. Which encourages our worship because
we are joining with Christians throughout history to sing aloud the praises of Jesus Christ. We
have a worship leader who guides us into the songs, as well as a pianist to affect our hearts with
the melody and tones, so that we may love our Savior Jesus Christ. And the entire congregation
not only sings along, but also learns the songs themselves.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Our attire is casual, no one will comment nor concern themselves with the clothes on your back.
They’ll simply be happy that you’re hear! Some members wear suits and ties, while others where
sweatshirts and jeans. So, we have no dress code. But, for the Pastor, we require he dress
formally and professionally, with suit and tie.


WHERE IS THEIR PARKING?
Parking is available behind the church building, and can be found immediately when you turn
into the church property. Spaces are clearly displayed, along with handicap spots for anyone in
need of them. Overall, no one will have trouble finding a spot.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

 

Hornerstown Baptist Church Believes that the Sunday School hour is an imperative work in our
ministry. For the Sunday School hour is where believers can be furthered equipped in the faith
with biblical teaching and theology. What distinguishes the Sunday School from the service is
the classroom setting. For, it allows the people to ask their questions, explore points of teaching
with deeper insights and practical applications, and engage with other believers in the room, all
to sharpen one another (Prov. 27:17). Overall, through the Sunday School, we want to
communicate the necessity of a Christian’s study of the Bible themselves, and to further assist
them in the reading of the Scriptures, in order that they’re able to clearly understand the contents
of what they read. Below is a forum of possible questions about it.


WHERE AND WHEN DOES SUNDAY SCHOOL TAKE PLACE?
We meet in our church’s education building, which is located directly next to the church
Sanctuary. The official start time is 11:30, but due to transitions from Sunday Service, and
attendees getting coffee, occasionally class won’t start until 11:45. And we wrap up sometime
between 12:15-12:30.


WHAT DO I BRING TO CLASS?
You’re Personal Bible, a Notebook, and a Pen. Once again, we encourage everyone to study the
Scriptures themselves and follow along with the lesson, and the best way we can do that is
notetaking. If any of these items are forgotten, the church will supply you with them.


WHAT ARE THE LESSONS LIKE?
Ultimately, our classes teach the Christian Faith, contained in the Scriptures, and expressed
within our Baptist Tradition and Heritage. Underneath this heading our classes can cover the
Church’s Doctrinal Statement and Constitution, Specific books of the Bible, Church History,
Hermeneutics (How to read the Bible), along with more practical subjects like: Parenting,
Marriage, Roles of Male and Female, Christian’s and Local Gov’t, Christians and Careers/Work,
etc…


WHO TEACHES THE CLASS?
The class is taught, usually by one teacher, but multiple different people can fill this role.
Sometimes the Pastor teaches, other times a Deacon teaches, or anyone desirous of teaching the
bible can be given an opportunity to teach the class and improve their skills.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER MEETINGS


Hornerstown Baptist Church Believes that our prayer meetings are the power of all the work,
both teaching and service, we do. It is the engine which makes the ministry run, the boiler that
heats the house, and ultimately the cry and plea to our Father and Heaven to bless us with his
promises, expand his kingdom, sanctify our hearts, and build up his church by His Precious Holy
Spirit. For, throughout all of the Scriptures, we see that all the ministry in both the Old and New
Testament is grounded upon the gathering of God’s people to pray, and through our prayers
together does God hear us, respond to us, and accomplish his work at bringing redemption to the
whole world. So, based on this conviction we have decided to meet weekly on Wednesday’s to
pray.


WHEN AND WHERE IS PRAYER MEETINGS HELD?
Our prayer meetings are held in our education building directly next to the church sanctuary. Our
meetings are held at 1pm and 7pm, alternating each week. The 1 st , 3 rd , and 5 th Wednesday’s of
each month, prayer meetings are at 7pm. And the 2 nd and 4 th Wednesday’s are at 1pm. Our
decision to alternate weeks is to provide more opportunities for our church body to meet and
pray, and accommodate their schedules, for the purpose of having everyone attend. We ask that
you arrive 5-10 minutes prior in order to start on time.


HOW LONG ARE THE PRAYER MEETINGS?
We make an effort to have our prayer meetings last no longer than an hour, for we want to
accommodate schedules as it is a mid-week event, yet during our time we want to be diligent in
our prayers together.


WHAT IS THE PRAYER MEETING LIKE? IS THERE OTHER THINGS BESIDES
PRAYING?

To be straight forward, we do not pray for the entire hour. The time together opens up and closes
with a hymn for us to learn and sing together. There is a brief moment providing updates about
things happening around the church and in our respective lives, to keep each other up to date. As
well as a small teaching moment on what prayer is and how to pray; because we want our people
all learning how to pray, so that they can pray in private too. In reality, we spend between 15-30
minutes actually praying.


WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Just yourself, nothing else is required. However some people like to bring their Bibles, and a
notepad, but that is optional.


IS THERE CHILDCARE?
Currently, no. But we are planning on having it eventually. But there is a nursery available if
needed.


CAN I BRING MY TEENAGE CHILDREN?
Absolutely! Just because we don’t have anything designed for them, doesn’t suggest we don’t
want them apart of our time. We encourage young people to pray with older men and woman, as
it will lead them to maturity and godliness.

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