What time are services?
Our worship services meet in the Worship Center (auditorium) Sundays at 8:00 a.m. (Classic Worship), 9:30a.m. and 10:45 a.m
Adult Bible Study LifeGroups (Sunday School classes) meet at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. You can go to the LifeGroups page to make your LifeGroup, hour, and class location selection or visit the church Welcome Center on Sunday for a list of available classes. For additional information, please contact the church office at 642-2288 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How do I get to Fort Caroline Baptist Church?
We are located at 11428 McCormick Road in Jacksonville, FL.
How should I dress?
It’s really up to you; it’s not a big deal to us. A few will be really dressed up, even more will be really dressed down, but most will be casual and comfortable, somewhere in between.
Are there parking places reserved for first time guests?
We have specially designated “guest” parking spaces near the Worship Center and the first floor of the two story Educational Building (Bldg. "A") where our Welcome Center is located. Let our parking attendant know you are a first time guest and he/she will direct you to the Welcome Center if you are attending a LifeGroup class or if you have children who will attend a LifeGroup or Children's Church. Otherwise, you may enter the Worship Center directly across from the guest parking. During rainy weather, our parking attendants and greeters have large umbrellas to help keep you dry! We do encourage you to arrive at least ten minutes early for worship services.
Are your buildings and services handicap accessible?
We provide handicap parking in designated areas with wheel chair access. The two story educational building is equipped with an elevator to provide unrestricted access. Feel free to call the church office if you need special assistance or have questions. We are happy to serve you!
What happens when I get there?
Our main Welcome Center desk is just inside the two story Educational Building (Bldg. "D") Look for the 2-story glass cross entrance. Our greeters will welcome you at the door and take you to the desk where we will assist you in any way, particularly getting you and your children to Bible Study LifeGroup (Sunday School) classes.
What childcare is offered?
Childcare is available through age graded LifeGroup's during each Sunday morning worship service: 8 a.m. LifeGroup for babies to two year olds and selected adults, 9:30 a.m. LifeGroup for preschoolers, children, and adults and 10:45 a.m. LifeGroup for preschoolers, students, and adults. Children’s Worship for Kindergarten through 5th graders is provided at 10:45 a.m.
What do I do before the service starts?
If you arrive before the service starts, you will notice that our Worship Center is an auditorium filled with chairs. There are no reserved seats, so you may sit anywhere. Many people will be greeting each other during this time. As you enter the Worship Center, you will receive a copy of the Worship Folder which lists information on the many happenings at Fort Caroline Baptist Church. Don't worry if you arrive just a little after the service has started; our ushers will help you find a seat. You will probably find our pastor walking around greeting people. He would love to meet you!
What is the worship like?
Whether you attend one of our two Contemporary Services or our Classic Worship service, you can generally expect to be here about one hour. Our worship services are a time of exciting praise and meaningful worship. Our Contemporary Services utilize a band and singers and features a style similar to what you'd expect to hear on a modern radio station. We have two large video screens which will have the words to all songs the we sing. Our Classic service is more traditional in nature and utilizes a piano and organ with songs being sung from the Baptist Hymnal.
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 "Let's Connect" card that is found in a pocket on the back of the chairs. We ask that you drop the form in the offering receptacle during the service or give your form to a Guest Services volunteer as you leave the service. The Pastor is usually at the back of the auditorium after the service and would love to meet you!
How will I know when to stand?
The Pastor or the Worship Leader will ask the congregation to stand or sit. Generally, we stand during opening songs and during the closing 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 "Media" menu or by clicking here. You can also register to receive the sermons via podcast.
Do you have a crying room available for babies?
If you have a baby who is not comfortable, we would like you to check out our nursery facilities. We provide a trained staff to assist you. Any of the ushers or greeters can direct you to the Preschool building on the first-floor of the Welcome Center.
Do you give invitations at the end of the service? What are they like?
At the end of his message, Pastor Ricky will offer an invitation to anyone who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to place their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Ricky will also ask those who would like to become part of our church family or to be baptized to make that known by filling out a connection card located in the seat pocket of the chair in front of you. After the service, anyone wishing to speak with someone regarding their decision or who may be in need of prayer can come to our Guest Reception tables at the back of the auditorium and speak to one of our volunteers. Our staff and volunteers will answer any questions you might have and, based on your decision, complete some simple paperwork. You will not be embarrassed or asked to speak publicly to the congregation.
Decisions that can be made for membership:
1. BY PROFESSION OF FAITH - If you are not yet a Christian but would like to be, or if you are a Christian but have never been baptized by immersion as a believer, which the Word of God commands, our pastor will pray with you and guide you in your decision.
2. BY TRANSFER OF LETTER - If you are a Christian and a member of a church of like faith and order, we will write to the church where you are a member and request that a letter of transfer be sent.
3. BY STATEMENT - If you are a Christian and have been baptized as a believer by immersion, and do not either have current membership in a church or are currently a member of a church that does not grant letters of transfer, you can receive membership by your affirmation of the above.
If you would like to know more about Fort Caroline Baptist Church call the church office at 904-642-2288 or attend the NextSteps Membership Class. This is the basic introduction to our church family. Everyone is welcome to attend this free seminar with our Pastor. Click the NextSteps Membership page to learn more.
Do I need to donate money when I visit?
Fort Caroline Baptist Church does encourage biblical tithing of its members; however, our guests are not expected to give anything. We just ask, if you are comfortable doing so, to fill out a connection card that you'll find in the auditorium seat-pockets. When it is time to receive the offering from our members, you can drop your connection card into the receptacle, or drop it off at the Guest Reception tables at the end of the service. If you choose to contribute, thank you! Nearly 15% of everything given each week is sent to our missionaries in Jacksonville and around the world. Your giving makes a difference in the lives of boys and girls, and men and women. Many people choose to download our church app and give from the app. It is safe and simple.
What small groups such as Life Groups or Sunday School classes are offered on Sundays?
We are a lot of small churches within a large church. We encourage you to check out our Bible Study LifeGroups (Sunday School classes) in order to get to know other people just like you. Classes are offered for adults at 8:00 a.m., adults, preschoolers, and elementary school age children at 9:30 a.m. and adults, preschoolers, and students (6th-College), at 10:45 a.m. Greeters outside the Worship Center and in the foyers can direct you to your room and will have the most updated list of adult, student, children and preschool classes and locations. They will guide you to your rooms.