Visiting any church for the very first time can be a tough experience. Well, we want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Bethany will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family. 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.
Here are our weekly service schedule:
Sundays at 10:00 AM
Classes for Children, Teens, and Adults
Sunday Worship at 11:00 AM
Classes for Children
Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM
Children’s Class 5 years-12 years of age.
Wednesday Worship at 7:00 PM
Class for Children age 5 years-12 years of age
Loving nursery care is available at each service.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Our campus located at the intersection of Norcova Ave and Azalea Garden Road. We have entrances at the front and back parking lots. Directly inside our front doors one of our hospitality greeters will meet you and direct you to the right classes and services. They can also answer other questions you may have.
During our worship service you will enjoy the beautiful and inspiring music of the congregation, choir, ensembles, small groups, and soloists. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from Pastor Crews. This service is a little over one hour in length.
Where do I take my children?
Starting with excellent nurseries, there is something special for every age child. At every service, there are safe, clean, and well-staffed nurseries for children three years old and under. For children 4 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.
We would like to help you find the appropriate nurseries, classes, and services for every person in your family. Our greeters and ushers are located in the lobby of the main worship center and will gladly help direct and even escort you to the right place.
What about my teens?
Most teens attend the 10:00 AM teen class that will deal with Bible truths in a manner that applies directly to current life.
How should I dress?
There is not a certain dress code at Bethany Free Will Baptist Church for members or guests. Overall, the style of attire is not so important as much as the modesty of the attire. Pastor will wear a suit the majority of the time, but the men in the congregation are commonly seen in button-down shirts or polos. Ladies should feel comfortable wearing a dress or a blouse with a skirt or slacks. Modesty is the standard by which we ask you to come to worship.
Who is Pastor Mark Crews?
Pastor Mark was born and raised in North Carolina. Saved as a teenager he began to feel God wanted him to preach. After giving control of his life to God, he attended Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. Graduating in 2006, he has served as youth pastor in North Carolina and California. He became Pastor at Bethany September 2013. He married Christina in 2005, and have 3 sons, Elias, Josiah, and Gabriel. One daughter Hadassah in 2018.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
No. We don’t invite you to Bethany 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.
If there’s something we missed on this list, just give us a call, 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 Bethany will be awesome! 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 onto campus! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!