What to Expect When You Visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit Hardy Street B.C. for the first time.
Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us by phone at (601) 544-1794, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Welcome Center in the church lobby center when you visit.
When are services?
Services at Hardy Street Baptist are on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
We also have Bible Study Classes for all ages (we call them Bible Fellowship Groups). These groups meet at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday Morning.
What is a good first step? - Starting Point Membership Orientation! Our pastoral staff leads this informative workshop every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall. We invite you to join us!
Sunday morning services are held in the main auditorium. An Information / Welcome Center is located in the atrium of the worship center, where you will find helpful volunteers to assist you! Simply enter the building under the canopy that says, "WELCOME" and someone will be happy to assist you!
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. Many prefer to dress casually while others put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! We think you'll fit in no matter how you dress.
How do I get to Hardy St. Baptist Church? (Here's a map)
Hardy Street Baptist Church is located at 1508 Hardy Street, east of the Hattiesburg Zoo. The church property is actually at the corner of Hardy Street and 16th Avenue.
From I-49: Travel East on Hardy Street, stay in the right lane and turn right onto the church property.
From Downtown Hattiesburg: Travel West on Hardy Street. Once you pass 15th Avenue, move to the left lane and turn left onto the church property.
Where should I park?
There are numerous parking lot entrances on both the East and West parking lots. You may park in any available spot; there are reserved spots for senior adults, first time guests, and also for parents with preschoolers.
We encourage guests to park in the West lot because it offers convenient access to the welcome center, Bible Fellowship classrooms, and the worship center! We also encourage parents with small children to park in the West lot for convenient check-in of your preschoolers and elementary age children.
Where do my children go?
H.S.B.C. preschool and children’s ministries are the perfect place for your children to experience a great time in a quality learning environment. Hardy Street offers a wide variety of activities for infants through sixth graders throughout the week! Check out the “children's ministries” tab for more information.
On your first visit, stop by the Welcome Center and our friendly hosts will show you to the Bible Fellowship Group or appropriate check-in desks (If you have preschoolers or school age children). Your children will be checked in, and you will receive a receipt sticker which you will need in order to pick up your child.
You will also notice a three-digit numeric code on your receipt. This code is used discreetly by H.S.B.C. to notify parents if help is needed with their child. The numeric code will be displayed on the screen in the auditorium until the parent comes to take care of the child.
For the safety and security of your child, it is important that you keep track of your receipt sticker. This helps us know that you are the person authorized to pick up your child.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider Hardy Street your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to support the ministries of H.S.B.C. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can set up an online giving account on our website.
You can also text "HardySBC" to 77977 and get a giving link sent directly to you.
Where can I get additional information?
We would love to meet you! In fact, we have a gift for you! That’s why at the conclusion of the Sunday morning service, members of our staff meet with first-time guests at our "Connect Stations". There are 3 of these stations: In the front atrium, outside the church offices, and at the welcome center. Please fill out the connect card that you find in your worship guide and bring it to the church office to claim your free gift!