We sing anywhere from three to four songs during the beginning of service so that we can lift God's name high. You'll hear songs that were written centuries ago, songs that have been written by many other churches, and songs that we've written as well—all with the goal of connecting with God and praising Him for who He is; instilling a lifestyle of worship that continues throughout the entire week!
We give because we love God. The Bible teaches that where our treasures are, that's where our love is found. We have a time where we give monetarily so that we can continue to impact our community for Jesus.
We are people of the Bible. Therefore, we must hear what God desires for us to hear, learn what we need to learn, and respond accordingly. One of our pastors will teach from a section of the Bible from anywhere between 30 to 40 minutes. After God's Word is presented, we give time in our service to allow the Holy Spirit to move and work.
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Frequently Asked Questions
General Church Questions:
Where are you located?
We are located at 1130 E Jackson Road, South Bend, Indiana, on the corner of Miami Street and Jackson Road. We are just south of the US 20 Bypass and caddy corner from Jackson Intermediate School.
Where do I park?
We have a lower and upper parking lot. For those with disabilities, designated handicap spots are located in our upper lot, and if you use the lower parking lot, please use the stairs to the left of the Youth Center doors; the Welcome Center is just inside.
Where do I enter?
If you have children, we recommend you enter through the doors under the over-hang from the upper parking lot, which is the entrance to our Children's Wing. There you will find the Children Ministry's Check-In Desk as well as classrooms and nurseries.
If you do NOT have children, we recommend you enter through the doors to the right of the over-hang, where you will find our Welcome Desk to help you enjoy your time at South Side.
What do I wear to church?
Whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Seriously.
What do the church worship services look like?
Our service consists of three main parts: Worship through Singing, Worship through Giving, and Worship through Teaching.
Our music style is modern (i.e., acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, keys, etc.). Weekly, we take up tithes and offerings as a way to worship God with the financial gifts He's provided for us. Together (singing and giving), they provide a balanced worship experience which prepares us to hear the Word of God, which is brought from one of our pastors.
South Side Baptist is a Southern Baptist affiliated church that operates independently of any denominational control. By partnering with Southern Baptists for missions and other world-wide ministry efforts, we are able to offer not only our community, but other communities a culturally relevant worship experience as laid out in God's Word.
Where does my child and/or teenager go during the worship service?
For children ages 0–3, there are nurseries that are designated by age. You may visit the Children’s Check-in Desk, located through the doors under the over-hang, to sign them in and be shown where to drop them off.
For children, ages 4 through Kindergarten, they will stay with you during the “Worship in Song & Giving” portions of the worship service. Right before one of our pastors speak, he will dismiss them to the back of the sanctuary where their teachers will be waiting to take them to Children’s Church.
For children, 1st–3rd grade, there is Junior Church on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month. They will be dismissed at the same time as the younger children. Junior Church takes place in the classrooms directly behind the sanctuary.
For children and teenagers, 4th grade and older, they stay with you during the entirety of the worship service.
Who watches my children?
For your peace of mind, all our children and youth volunteers must be members of South Side Baptist Church and go through background checks because we take your children's safety seriously. All activities are designed to be fun and engaging for your child to learn the Word of God and are specifically aimed for your child’s age and/or grade.
Do you have Sunday School for my child or teen?
Yes, we do! Our Sunday School, better known at South Side as “Connect Groups” takes place at 9:30 AM. The children meet in the children wing, located through the doors under the over-hang, and the teens meet in the Youth Center, which is located in the basement. Teens may enter the Youth Center through upstairs (entrance is found at the top of the ramp, located by the sanctuary entrance) or through the lower level parking lot doors. We also have Connect Groups for adults.
Are there any programs for my child, besides Sunday morning?
We have AWANA clubs on Sunday Nights from 5:45–7:30 PM. AWANA is a place for children to learn about God, learn the Bible, have fun with friends, and connect with caring adults. AWANA is for preschoolers through 6th grade. Click here for more information.