What to Expect at Second

We worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Parking spaces for people with physical disabilities are reserved on the north side of the building in the upper parking lot. For those parking in the lower lots, a set of stairs meets you as you enter the building.

As you enter the Narthex (entry hall) you will see a Welcome Center that is hosted by someone who will welcome you and answer any questions you might have.

The restrooms are located just to your right as you enter the building through the upper entrance or at the bottom of the stairs if you have entered from the lower lot.

The Educational Wing of the building contains all of our children’s classrooms and our nursery. The nursery is open for infants and toddlers from 9:10 am through the conclusion of the worship hour. Our nursery attendant, Feng Mei Guo, is a much-appreciated professional who has served the children of our church with grace for nearly ten years.

Older children will go with you into the sanctuary. Usually, we have a children’s conversation in the worship service and then the elementary aged children leave for Children’s Church. We have an able team of gifted volunteer educators who serve the needs of our children. We care very much for their safety and security and for their spiritual well-being.

You are also very welcome to come on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. for our Sunday School hour. We have several superb classes for adults, a class for young adults, a class for youth, and classes for children. These classes conclude by 10:15 a.m. and you can easily find your children as you come to worship together. The nursery children remain in their room throughout the morning, but you are welcome to drop by and check on them. The adult classes are always lively, engaging, and thought-provoking. There are no rote answers at Second Baptist Church!

We make no apologies for being a small church. The size enables us to take one another seriously and to enter into the lives of each other.

Our worship service occurs in an inspired place, the Sanctuary of the Beatitudes. It is so named because of the well-known Beatitude Windows that were created by the renowned St. Louis artist, Siegfried Reinhardt and produced by Emil Frei. There is a description of each of the windows in the sanctuary and you will likely be drawn, as have successive generations of our members, into their dramatic and expressive rendering of the life of Jesus and his core, revolutionary teachings. The vaulted Sanctuary with near-perfect acoustics was designed by Frederick Dunn using his trademark “Chicago common brick” that gives the sanctuary its earth-tone warmth.

Within the sanctuary and its simple, contemporary lines, you will note the role of music in our services. We have two new Yamaha grand pianos, one in the rear choir loft and one in the chancel, and the historic Gale-Blewett Memorial Organ is one of the extraordinary organs in St. Louis and has followed our congregation in three buildings since it was built for us by the highly regarded Odell Organ Company in 1879 and rebuilt by the Moeller company in 1941.

If you want to tour our facility, ask the host at the Welcome Center in the narthex and one can easily be arranged.

Our worship service is a combination of relaxed and formal elements. You will note the extended time of personal greeting that is incorporated into the worship service, the role that children often play in worship, and the time of sharing of concerns and celebrations by individuals in the sanctuary during the season of prayer. You will also note that members of our congregation give leadership to our worship service every Sunday morning.

We attempt a high level of excellence in our worship services, from the preaching, to the music, to the design of the worship service. Each of our worship services is carefully crafted to create the desired worship experience.

You need not feel compelled to give to the offering as it is taken in each worship service. You are our guest! We take this offering as an act of worship because we believe in the power of giving. The time of giving in the worship service represents our compassion for the world around us.

We serve the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month. You are welcome to receive it as our church has practiced open communion, welcoming everyone, for over a century and a half.

At the close of our worship in the Narthex, you will be invited to tarry for a few moments and enjoy coffee fellowship with us. You will meet a number of our people and find that engaging with them is natural and easy.

We do not know if we are the church that will fit your specific needs, but we are a community of faith that finds hope in Jesus and joy in each other. Feel free to join us any Sunday morning. You can see the upcoming sermon topic and worship theme by going to the current newsletter on this website.

Welcome to Second Baptist Church of St. Louis!