What to expect Sunday Morning?

Who comes to City South?

Age-wise, we are a mix between young and old with a good cross-section of ages. Sunday morning attendance is between 80 and 100 people. Dress trends toward casual, though you can find anything from shorts to business-casual attire. People are friendly, and always happy to welcome visitors.

When do we start?

On Sunday morning at 9:30am we come together for our worship service. As the church building is relatively small it pays to come early to get a seat and also to be able to spend some time chatting or in quiet worship prior to the service.

What style of music do we have?

The music we sing at City South Baptist Church is a blend of old and new. We love the old doctrinally rich hymns and we also find blessing in the modern choruses that are focused on the truth of God’s Word. We prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which tends to spotlight the abilities of some while encouraging passivity in the rest.

What are the important aspects of the service?

Our service formally begins at 9:30am, led by an elder or the pastor, or other men involved with the worship team. During this time, we sing several songs, offer prayers of praise and confession to God, hear Scripture read, give our offerings and tithes, and have a regular children’s talk or mission update. On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper for those who know and love the Lord to be able to remember His death and resurrection, as we eat bread and drink a small cup of grape juice together.

What do our sermons look like?

Preaching at City South Baptist Church is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last around half an hour and are packed with material for reflection. On a regular basis, our sermon series alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Listen to our most recent sermon below or see the last few years of sermons here.

Neil Olsen – October 24, 2021

The Gospel must go Out pt.1

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What do children do?

Other than the first Sunday of the month and school holidays, the children up to year 7 leave the service around half way through and have special Sunday school classes in the hall downstairs. They sing, hear Bible stories and do crafts as they learn more of the love of God and how He works in their lives.

What happens at the end?

We sing a song encapsulating the theme of the sermon and then take our seats once more for a brief moment of silent reflection. A typical service is finished by 11:00am. On the first Sunday of each month we gather together after the service for a fellowship lunch with everyone bringing along a dish to share. For the other Sundays light refreshments are provided in the hall downstairs to encourage fellowship. An hour later, you might still find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week.