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Our prayer is that you would be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty. Gauley Bridge Baptist Church is here for you. We are a fellowship of believers coming together to declare the glory of the Lord and celebrating Jesus as King. We study the Word, we practice what we learn, and in the process, we grow together. May God richly bless you!
Where Can I Serve?
Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Gauley Bridge Baptist Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as supporting missionaries, to preparing helping someone in the surrounding community needing food or money to get back to their destination.
Gauley Bridge Baptist Church is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries with our money and with our prayers. We are currently supporting missionaries through our church budget and others are supporting those as they are able.
Music & Drama
The Church Choir provides us with a huge variety of music styles. Led by Jody Whiteside, We invite you to become involved in the Music of the Church by singing in the church choir or soloing, whatever it may be.
The usher / trustee team at Gauley Bridge Baptist Church fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher and trustee team is a servant-hearted group of men whose ministry is integral to church life.
Media & Technology
Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of Gauley Bridge Baptist Church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in video and audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook feed for additional church communication.
Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings, prayer boards are brought to the church’s attention, adding names of those that are sick, unable to attend, those in financial trouble, etc. and are prayed for. Also, the church has a telephone Church Prayer Chain One Call Update in action. To get your number or email added, please see a Deacon or the church Pastor.
In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, Gauley Bridge Baptist Church holds a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s church volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from puppet shows, to games, to object lessons.
Helping Believers Worship In Spirit And in Truth
How do you make people worship? The short answer is, you can’t. It is humanly impossible to make people worship. Regardless of the talent of the musician, the mood of the worship service, the expertise of the worship media, or the volume of the music, nobody can make another person truly worship. That being said, a worship leader or worship pastor should strive to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to worship. A better issue to consider is that of helping people worship. How do you do it?
Leading worship is a task fraught with pitfalls. You must prayerfully navigate away from false forms of worship, like self-worship, empty worship, worship for show, and so on. Helping people worship is not about making people worship, as mentioned above. What is it then?
Worship is about ascribing to God His worth (1 Chronicles 16:27-29; 2 Kings 17:36). First off, worship is not even about us to begin with. Worship is about God. It sounds simplistic, I know, but think about how easy it is to slide in and out of a worship service, giving scant attention to the Very One for whom the worship service exists. At the very least, such a truth should humble us and knock us off our high horses if we think we can somehow manipulate or coerce people into a worshipful attitude.
- Worship is ultimately for God, not us. People can get really worked up about worship styles. For many people, having the right sound in the worship music is the Big Deciding Factor over whether a church is good for them or not—or maybe even deciding whether those other people with that worship style are good Christians or not. The term worship style came about in part, due to the errant notion that worship is about us and about what pleases us–the type of music, or the choice of instruments, or the time period in which the songs were written. Obviously, there are some types of worship that may be so distracting to some people that they simply have a very hard time worshipping in such a setting. Their minds, culture, conscience, or upbringing make it impossible for them to tolerate certain manners of worship. Other times, a certain form of worship may indeed have negative qualities or actions, contrary to what the Bible teaches. The point here is to assert that worship is not about what pleases us, what we like, or even what we’re comfortable with. You may have been very uncomfortable with the worship music of Israel, or even some of their worship practices (2 Samuel 6:13-23). Petty personal preferences aside, worship is about God. Worship is a response of humility, gratitude, and joy to His greatness (Psalm 100; Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 51:11). We are often so concerned with what people will think about our worship, that we construct a barrier to true worship. Our attempts at a good worship experience morph into an insipid self-worship. “Should I raise my hands at this point in the song?” “Is this a good time to break out in ‘spontaneous’ prayer?” “What will they think if I ask the people to sing the chorus again?” “Is closing my eyes through the refrain a good idea?” When these types of questions become our preoccupation, we start worshipping not God, but ourselves. God severely warns against anything but God-worship, admitting that our hearts can be deceived away from Himself (Deuteronomy 8:19; Deuteronomy 11:6).
- In order to worship, people must see God. A study of “worship” throughout the Bible will confront you with a powerful truth. Praise or worship occurs as a response to who God is. For example, God is king; we must worship (Psalm 22:27). God made us; we must worship (Psalm 95:6). God is holy; we must worship (Psalm 96:9). God chose us and justified us (Romans chs. 1-11); we must worship (Romans 12:1). God is holy and righteous; we must worship (Revelation 15:4). Worship is a response to who God is. Therefore, true worship is about considering God. People don’t need to see you in order for worship to take place. They need to see God. The question is not so much, “how can I help people worship,” but rather, “how can I get out of the way so people can see God and worship Him?” We “worship with reverence and awe,” because of the character and person of God (Hebrews 12:28). God has revealed Himself in Scripture. Therefore, meditation upon Scripture should be a major part of our worship. God has commanded that we pray without ceasing to Him. Prayer is a means of ascribing to God His worth. Therefore, reverent and meaningful prayer should be part of worship.
- Worship is purposeful (Gen. 22:5; Judges 5:3; Psalm 9:1). People don’t worship on accident. Worship must be intentional. Corporate worship is an outflow of what Christians ought to be practicing and living in their everyday lives (Romans 12:1). True worship involves the Spirit (John 4:23-24), because He can help us worship. In the Old Testament, worship was a far more eventful incident than just crawling out of bed on Sunday morning, throwing on some clothes, and dragging your family into church. Although that is surely a pretty noteworthy achievement, especially if you have young kids, it’s not anything like what the ancient Israelites had to do. Worship often involved a multi-day journey, carrying supplies, camping equipment, animals, etc. Worship often involved slaughtering animals. Worship events lasted days. Sometimes, worship services themselves lasted for hours and hours, standing in the blazing Palestinian sun. “Worship” connoted a whole lot more than just showing up in a plush auditorium on Sunday morning. I’m not saying we need to make it harder on ourselves. I’m simply stating the fact that worship is an act of intentional purpose, not an accident, not a ritual, and not something that is a perfunctory fulfillment of a spiritual to-do list.
We haven’t exactly answered our original question, “how to help people worship.” But we have provided some observations about worship that may correct some of our misconceptions. Perhaps the best way to help people worship is by understanding worship ourselves, and then living and teaching that truth to those around us.
How Do I Meet People?
Gauley Bridge Baptist Church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at Gauley Bridge Baptist Church.
Sunday School Small Groups
Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, Gauley Bridge Baptist Church has small bible studies held during the Sunday School hour on Sundays at 10am. Sunday School Classes are held for all ages from 1 to 91.
Please join us this Sunday!
Each Sunday evening, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The youth ministry of Gauley Bridge Baptist Church is recognized for their close interaction. The Junior and Senior Youth Groups meet on Sundays at 6pm
Young Adults – Faith Cafe
Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of Gauley Bridge Baptist Church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people, led by teacher Andrea Whiteside.
Women’s Fellowship Circle
Gauley Bridge Baptist Women’s Groups gives the ladies in our church family special times of interaction. Our women’s groups, sometimes located in several locations throughout our community, are times of Bible study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.
American Baptist Men
The Men’s Group is ACTIVE! Recently the Men have been studying “R12”, a bible series from Chip Ingram. Meetings have been held every other month. We invite all Men and Boys to these meetings, as the boys need to learn to become men.
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Gauley Bridge Baptist Church is eager to provide links to our weekly sermons and videos. You can browse the selection below to keep up with the teaching ministry.
Fifth Sunday Sing
SouperBowl of Caring Event
Our Mission & Vision
Simply put, Our Mission at Gauley Bridge Baptist Church is to:
WIN THE LOST, BUILD BELIEVERS, AND EQUIP OUR WORKERS
We work to achieve this through many areas of ministry that are designed to involve everyone at every age level.
Our worship services are designed to create an environment of enthusiastic worship, study and growth through song, message and prayer. To enhance our worship program, we have taken advantage of visual aides such as powerpoint to assist in stimulating not only sound but visual senses as well. We encourage participating through testimony, singing and offer many avenues to share thoughts and ideas on how to enhance our services. The goals of the worship hours are to enter into the presence of God as one body and to receive his goodness in preparation for our work in the world.
We at the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church feel strongly about our purpose in our community and surrounding area and have in place many ministries to serve our community. We also seek new and exciting ways to minister here and look forward to working with other churches, community leaders and citizens to provide a community in which we can be proud of.
Bible Study Services:
Bible Study is designed to allow a participatory opportunity on a wide range of topics. A range of topics, whether it be studying a particular book of the Bible, current events as they relate to the Christian and almost anything that might be relevant to a closer relationship with God. This is a good time to ask questions, make comments and share in the study of God’s Word.
Church Location & Address:
235 Sugarloaf Road Gauley Bridge, WV 25085
In the case of emergency, please contact our pastor or a deacon.
- Pastor Jason Skaggs 304.632.1189 or 304.553.5215
- Deacon William McDermott 304.545.6784
- Deacon Jody Whiteside 304.553.1809
- Deacon Mark Fordyce 304.312.8882
- Jeff Skaggs 304.553.5113
- Robert Mullinax 843.730.4597