What to Expect

Welcome. Attending a new church for the first time can be an intimidating process. In addition to some of the emotional anxiety we may encounter, there are logistical questions that we bring with us. Our Deacons, Deaconess and Get Acquainted members are expecting you and can assist you with any questions you may have. However, the following questions and answers may also be helpful as you anticipate your first experience at Mount Airy Baptist Church. Be sure to identify yourself when requested for us to properly greet you and share important information.
What can I expect when I visit?

You will find a warm, friendly congregation waiting to welcome you. Regardless of your nationality, income level, education level, or occupation in life, there is a place for you and your family in our church family.

Our Sunday Morning Worship service is two hours long for the 9:45 am service and includes congregational singing, special music, and the preaching and teaching of God's Word, the Bible.

What is a Baptist church?
As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. 

I'm not a Baptist... Can I still attend?
Absolutely! Every week we have guests from different denominations – and some with no church background – in our services. Our goal is not to make Baptists out of everyone, but to lead people into a personal relationship with God.

Will I feel welcome at Mount Airy Church?
Yes. It is our hope that anyone from any walk of life will feel welcome at Mount Airy.

Will I have to stand up in front of people?
Guests are asked to stand up, but it’s not mandatory! Prior to the start of our worship experience, we request individuals or families to identify themselves to the Church body. Following your introduction, we offer a special welcome to our visitors.  At that time, members of our Get Acquainted ministry and others will greet you with smiling faces and offer information about our Church and answer any questions you may have. 

What should I wear to church?
We do not have a "dress code" at our church. Wear what you already have in your closet. You will see some people "dressed up" in the their "Sunday best" and some will be dressed more causally. More important than what you wear is that you come with a honest and open heart.

Do I have to bring a Bible?
We believe the Bible is God's only Word for us today and is the instruction manual for this life and all eternity. There are Bibles in each row that are within arm's reach of your seat during the church service in case you didn't bring one.

Will I be asked to give money?
All contributions are voluntary.

What worship services do you offer?
Sunday Worship Service: 9:45 a.m. Prayer Meeting: Wednesday 12 noon & Friday 7:00 p.m. Bible Study: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 11:00 a.m. & 7:45 p.m. Transition Class: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Church School: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: Every 1st Sunday 9:45 a.m. Baptismal Service: Fourth Sunday of the month 9:45 a.m.
What are the Church Office hours?
Church Office hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (we observe all federal government holidays). The Church Office is closed on Mondays. Our phone number is 202.789.0640.
When is New Member Orientation held?
New Member Orientation is a seven week training held every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. To schedule your orientation, contact our New Members Ministry Leader Joyce Brown ‎at 202.789.0640.
Do you have a nursery or other childcare services available?
Nursery coming soon....
How do we find information about church closings?
All church closings will be published on the Mount Airy website at www.mountairybaptist.org. Weather related closings will also be posted on the Washington DC channels 9 WUSA, Newschannel 8, and 7 WJLA television stations. Mount Airy also observes all federal government holidays.
What is the preaching and music like?
Our Sunday morning worship is a traditional service. We have an adult and children choir and a praise team that leads us in worship (hymns and praise songs). The preaching is biblically based, upbeat, and relevant to your everyday life! You can obtain an audio CD or DVD video recording of the 10:45 am service.
Do I have to be a member to participate?
No. At Mount Airy Baptist you do not have to be a member to participate in any area of worship or Bible study. We offer many events and opportunities to the community and encourage participation by all members and non-members. However, membership is important because it shows your commitment to this body of believers and it allows you to vote on all church business and serve on church committees.
I have more questions, who should I talk to?
Feel free to contact the Church Office at 202.789.0640 and we'll do our best to answer your questions...