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Welcome to Greater Portland Bible Church

We know how hard it can be to enter an unfamiliar environment, particularly if your spiritual journey is leading you to a church for the first time. It’s our desire to create space for you where you can feel comfortable and be able to interact with God in an honest way. Our desire is not to create a “religious” experience but to facilitate life changing encounters with the living God.

So in order for you to feel more comfortable as you enter our doors, here’s a run-down of what to expect.

1. Getting here…

Our building is "uniquely placed" (aka a little hard to find) behind the Shadow Hills Apartment complex and is accessible off of Vermont St. Look for the marquee sign and then follow the road straight back to the church building on the hill. We have reserved parking exclusively for visitors. Click here to create customizable driving directions from Google Maps.

2. The front door…

As you enter, you will find a few folks at the lobby entrance who love to welcome people. They can help direct you to the auditorium, to coffee, to our children's check-in area, and other information about our community.

3. Kids and youth…

We can’t wait to spend time investing in your kids! We have age appropriate programs for your children from newborn through 5th grade during our worship gathering. Our teachers are safe and caring individuals. Parents check in children (nursery-5th grade) in the lobby before the service. Families will then gather together in the sanctuary to enjoy the first part of the worship service together before kids are dismissed to their classes. Click here for a map of the building that will lead you to where each age group gathers so that you can be reunited with your kids after the worship service.

4. Coffee…

For some of you, 9:15am or even 10:30am is still too early to be up on a Sunday. For you we have our lobby espresso bar. Feel free to grab a latte before the worship or your class begins. We have a small donation basket to offset the cost of our addiction, but visitors are always welcome to a free latte.

5. Auditorium…

When you’re ready, feel free to enter the auditorium and find a seat wherever you feel comfortable. The worship gathering begins at 10:30am with a song and a call to worship video, spoken word, or scripture. We invite you to download our church app.  It contains our weekly bulletin, connect card, and other resources that help you get to know and connect with us. If there is anything we can pray for you for, let us know through the prayer form in the app. Our regular attendees including giving as part of their weekly worship. Gifts are given in the boxes found in the front of the auditorium by the stage. Bibles are also available as you enter if you'd like to have one available to you during the service. Our app also has a Bible in it as well. 

6. Music and message…

Our worship gathering lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. The time can be filled with music, prayer, a spoken message, videos, communion, interactive experiences or anything else that will help us draw closer to God. The music is intended to bring us face to face with God and the truth of who He is. When that happens, it changes us. Feel free to participate in as much as you feel comfortable with. To watch or listen to services from past weeks click here. To look through many of the songs in our song database check out our YouTube Worship Playlist

7. The things we find important...

For us, everything is about Helping People Follow Jesus Together. To understand more of what that may look like for us, consider checking out our Purpose and Beliefs page. It might help you get a better sense of what we find important as a faith community. 

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8. Meet and Greet

If you've started attending GPBC and are interested in getting to know us a little better, join us at one of our informal meet and greets after church on the first Sunday of every month. It's super low key and a simple way for you to meet some of our staff and for us to get to know you a little bit. You are welcome to ask us any questions you may have. There is no program or agenda, and it ends when the donuts are gone. (Or whenever people are ready to head home to lunch.) Look for the location in that Sunday's bulletin in the app or ask a known pastor/staff member that morning.

9. FAQs…

There are probably many other questions you may have about what to expect when you visit. Click here to go to our frequently asked questions page for answers to questions like, “What should I wear?”, “Will I be singled out in any way?”, or “Will I have to give anything?”

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

We would love to see you soon!

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