Everything you need to know to visit us on a Sunday...
We meet at 3385 East Shields Ave, Fresno CA 93726. Major cross streets: Shields and 1st. We are next to Target and T-mobile, right at the corner of Shields and bond.
We meet at 10am on Sunday mornings but the doors open earlier. So feel free to drop by 10-20 minutes early to grab a cup of coffee and meet some of the people of FGC.
This one's easy since we don't have a dress code. So if you want to suit up and come with a coat and tie you're more then welcome. More of a flip-flops and t-shirt kind of person? You'll feel right at home. We welcome everyone regardless of their wardrobe. What God really wants is our hearts to trust and worship Him.
We provide childcare in a Sunday-School style environment for infants/toddlers ages 0-2, Pre-K ages 3-5. Additionally we have a quiet "training room" with a large window where parents can sit with their children while training them to be ready to sit together in worship. We love having children with us in our worship services when they are ready for this next step. How do you know if your child is ready to stay with you in the service (rather than get more practice and training)? We like to think of it like any other distraction. Distractions happen, but uncontrolled distractions can be discourteous. We have all had the experience of a cell phone going off during service. All of us have had this happen at some point. However, it becomes a problem if a person keeps getting calls or won't silence their phone. The same is true for children. We urge parents to work with their kids at home and in the training room so they will be ready to participate in worship in a way that is courteous to others.
I'm Here, Now What?
When service starts everyone will grab a seat, and we'll open with some songs. We sing because as Christians we have a lot of reasons to be thankful. Lifting our voices is one way to express our thankfulness and worship of Jesus. We'll read scripture as a way to hear from God. We'll pray, which is us speaking to God. There will be a sermon, which is God communicating to us through His Bible and a prepared message from it. After the sermon, we answer questions from the audience that were sent during the service via text message. Then we'll take communion to remember the death of Jesus for our sins. We'll close the service off with some more songs, and an invitation to give sacrificially after the service. If you're new to church, or not a Christian, feel free to participate to whatever level you feel comfortable; only we ask that you refrain from taking communion as that is a public declaration of faith in Jesus' divinity and sacrifice.
What About The Other Six Days?
We have smaller groups that get together throughout the week called D-groups (short for discipleship groups). Anyone is free to join us during the week, as we enjoy the community that faith provides. We'll eat a meal together, connect with what's going on in our lives, and have a lesson/discussion time to flesh out what it means to be a Christian in Fresno today. In these groups we also work out what it means to be "salt and light" in our community.
Want to know more about us?
Explore this site to learn more about who we are as a church. You can find information about our beliefs as a church, our pastors, listen to some of our sermons, and more. The best way to get to know us though is in person! So, don't hesitate to reach out to us on our contact page.