What can I expect on my first visit?
You can’t miss our growing church off of Highway 90 in Ocean Springs. As you approach the main church building through the front door entrance, one of our adult church members will meet you and direct you to the right classes and services. They can also answer any questions you may have. Our Sunday school begins at 10:00 am. Each class is structured to meet your personal needs. These classes are smaller group settings where you are invited to meet people, enjoy fellowship, and hear a lesson more directly applicable to your life. The best way to get to know people at GIBC is to visit one of these adult Bible classes. After Sunday school, in our main auditorium, you will enjoy the beautiful and inspiring music as well as the great hymn singing we enjoy as a church family. The music is always followed by a clear, helpful, and challenging Bible message from our preacher, Pastor Perkins. 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 staffed nurseries for children three years old and under. For infants, our nursery attendants will assist you in checking in your baby and easily contact you if there is a need. For children four through eleven years old 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.
Our church property is rather large, which to a guest can seem overwhelming at first. It’s not as complicated as it looks, and 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 around the property as well as in the lobby of the church building and will gladly help direct and even escort you to the right place. You can personally see in what room your child’s class will be and meet their teacher.
What about my teens?
Our student ministries include junior high and high school. Most of the teens attend a class for one hour and then the church service for another hour with their parents.
Who is Pastor Paul Perkins?
Pastor Perkins is the senior Pastor of Grace Independent Baptist Church. Pastor is a student of the Bible and continues to study so he can better teach and preach the Word of God. He earned his Master’s Degree and is currently working on his Doctorate in Ministry. You can read more about him here.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
No. We don’t invite you to Grace Independent 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.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at Grace Independent Baptist Church for members or guests. 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 GIBC!
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 GIBC will be amazing! 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 the church properties! Let us know how we can serve you better, and we hope to meet you this Sunday!