New Member FAQ's
Even though some of us have been here a while, we wanted to answer questions we had when we joined and questions we often hear from our new members. First, here are some facts:
• Sunday Worship Services - 7:15am, 9:15am, and 11:30am
• Communion Worship Services - First Sunday of each month at 4:00pm
• Bible Study - Led by our Pastor, Bishop Debnam on Wednesdays at 11:30am and 6:30pm A bag lunch is provided following the mid-day teaching. Bible Study is on break for July and August.
• The Church’s main phone number is (410) 747-3417.
• We currently have two locations – the main Woodlawn Church location at 1512 Woodlawn Drive and our Morning Star Baptist Church Community Outreach Center located in Woodlawn at 6665 Security Boulevard. Our Renaissance Christian Counseling Center is also located within the Security Boulevard facility.
Here are some questions we often hear asked:
How do I find out more about the Church’s Ministry programs?
One of the best ways to learn more about the Ministry is by participating in our New Member Classes which are held on Tuesdays (Classroom #109) by appointment only at 6:30pm and every 4th Saturday (Classroom #100) at 9:00am To schedule a Tuesday class, please call the Front Office at (410) 747-3417 at least 24 hours in advance. Note: New Members classes for children (aged 3 - 12) are held on the 4th Saturday only from 11am - 12 Noon) These classes are encouraged for all New Members. They are designed to help acclimate you to the Morning Star Baptist Church- what we believe, when we meet, our ministries and our culture. The classes are held at 6665 Security Boulevard in our Community Outreach Center Classrooms.
Are there specific requirements for participating in a Ministry?
A number of our Ministries – such as Couples, Men, Women, and Seniors – welcome your attendance at their monthly meetings. Other Ministries, the best example being perhaps the Dance Ministries and some of the Christian education classes have requirements or “procedures” for joining. Our goal is to “get you involved” so our Ministry programs are designed for inclusion, not exclusion. We should mention that we urge persons to complete their New Member classes as they walk toward participating in a Ministry.
What’s all the talk about a building campaign?
The Church has an additional property on Whitehead Court beside the Whitehead Court Parking Lot which will be our Family Life Center. The vision for this building on our campus is to provide additional classroom and banquet space, including a kitchen. You can learn more about all of these plans under the IMAGINE Campaign. Detailed information is also provided during the New Member Classes.
When do I get the Right Hand of Fellowship?
All those who join the church are eligible to receive the Right Hand of Fellowship. In the Baptist Church, the Right Hand of Fellowship is a practice intended to welcome a new member into the fellowship of a congregation. It is based on Paul's letter to the Galatians, chapter 2 verse 9, where Paul says three disciples of Jesus "gave me and Barnabas their right hands of fellowship" bonding them together as members of the new Christian church. The Right Hand of Fellowship is given during the Communion Worship Service on the 1st Sunday of each month at 4:00pm. Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the service so you may be seated in the appropriate area. When you arrive, simply let any usher know that you are there for the Right Hand of Fellowship, and they will escort you to the correct area.
When is Baptism?
Baptism is held before our Communion Worship Service on the 1st Sunday of each month at 3:30pm. To schedule your baptism, and obtain additional information, please call the church office at (410) 747-3417.
Is it possible to speak with the Pastor?
Yes, whether you joined twenty years ago, or yesterday, Bishop Debnam is “your” Pastor. Praise the Lord. While the size of our membership makes it difficult for Bishop to interact with each member on a regular basis, should you have a specific need to meet with the Pastor you can contact his executive assistant, Deaconess Robbin Brown at (410) 747-3417 or . This is a great opportunity to emphasize words we shared earlier – “get involved.” Bishop is very active in the ministry teaching, worshiping and participating in activities. As such, if you’re here, you’ll see him and have the opportunity to interact with him.