What to Expect

If it’s been a long time since you have been to church, you are new to the area or you just want to check us out - Brookwood welcomes you. We know there can be many questions or concerns when visiting a church for the first time. We encourage you to join us.

What Will the Services Be Like? [show]
You can expect a variety of musical styles, each designed specifically to provide an atmosphere of worship. The messages are biblical and practical, in order to help you find your potential in Christ. We utilize video, imagery and other creative expressions to communicate God’s message to you. We do our best to make the Sunday morning Brookwood experience the best hour of your week.

Do you offer Adult Sunday School? [show]
We have opportunities for fellowship and Bible study with others at Brookwood in our Small Groups that meet throughout the week. We feel that Small Groups are a great way to connect with other believers and to grow spiritually. At Brookwood, you will find a wide variety of groups for men, women, couples, singles and parents, in addition to groups in neighborhoods from Laurens to Spartanburg. For more information on Small Groups click here.

What Do You Have for Children and Students? [show]

Babies - K5
• Brookwood KiDs

We provide a safe and fun environment where children engage in meaningful worship, games and activities, and learn that God loves them, and God wants to be their friend forever.  We strive to build a solid foundation for your child to know their savior.
Sundays 9 and 11 am

Grades 1 - 4 • BrookwoodKiDs
We use exciting worship music, engaging drama, and Small Group activities to equip kids to make the wise choice, to trust God no matter what, and to treat others the way they want to be treated.  It is our desire for children to know God and to be known personally.
Sundays 9 and 11 am

Grades 5 – 6 • Switch
Worship · Sundays 9  and 11 am · Chapel

Grades 7 – 8 • Axis
Worship · Sundays 9 and 11 am · South Campus

Grades 9 – 12 • Crave
Worship · Sundays 6-8 pm · South Campus
Bible Study · Sundays 9 and 11 am · South Campus

Does your child require special assistance?
Brookwood is a place to belong and we have a special ministry just for you!  The Special Friends ministry is provided for special needs children at the 9 and 11 am worship services. Click here for more information.

First Time Guest?
If you are coming for the first time we can save you some time. Just click here to provide information about your child(ren) grades 4 and younger. We'll have you setup for check-in before you arrive. 

Is the Children's Area Secure? [show]
We make every effort to ensure your child's safety. All volunteers in the Childrens Ministry go through an extensive process before they can volunteer including a background check, policies and procedures training, sexual abuse prevention training and a shadowing process.

If you come to Brookwood and want your child to participate in worship in a fun and welcoming environment geared to their age and interests, this is what you'll experience as you check them in. 

Check-In
Children can be checked in at any of the welcome stations located in the Childrens Ministry area at the west entrance of the Brookwood main campus.
  • If you have child(ren) grades 4 and younger, save yourself time by clicking the First Time Here Form on the right to introduce us to your family and share any special information concerning your child before you come. We'll set you up for check-in so when you arrive you'll be welcomed and directed to the area your child will need to go. 
  • If you don't have the opportunity to send us your information beforehand, we'll give you a Connection Card when you arrive. Complete and bring it to a Childrens Ministry welcome desk. We'll add your family and any special information concerning your child into our system.

Key tags
When you check-in your child you'll be offered a key tag with a barcode that has your check-in information. This tag speeds up the check-in process even more! Bring it back the next time you come and the computer will even remember the classroom your child was checked in the last time they were here.

Name tags
For each child you check-in you will receive a unique set of security tags. One name tag for the child to wear, one name tag for the child’s teacher, and one security tag for your family to claim your child(ren) at the end of the service. Enjoy the service If you're needed we'll page you using the last four digits of the phone number you provided. Displays are in the concourse and inside the Auditorium.

Pick-Up
At the end of the service go directly to your child’s classroom> The unique code on your security tag and your child’s name tag will be verified before your child leaves.

Important Tips!
  • If it's your first time, you may want to arrive early so we can guide you and answer any of your questions.
  • Arriving early also helps if your child prefers a specific small group leader and/or class. Classes can fill quickly.

Who Can I Talk To? [show]
If you would like to talk with someone about a spiritual question or a life struggle you are trying to deal with, please visit the Care Connection room.  This is located behind the Information desk. Welcoming people are available before and after each Sunday service. If you need to talk to someone during the week call 864.688.8271.

If I need help, how does Brookwood provide support? [show]
We partner with our attendees and members during all stages in life. We offer counseling, support groups, classes, premarital mentoring, benevolence, hospital visitation, and much more. For more information on how we can help click here.

Brookwood is so big. Does my involvement make a difference? [show]
Absolutely! The need for people to use their time, talents, and treasures to assist Brookwood in living out its vision doesn’t lessen with a large number of people attending – in fact, just the opposite! The more we grow, the more opportunities there are for people to love, give, and serve others. Even though Brookwood has an administrative staff, we rely heavily on volunteers to use their gifts to make Brookwood flourish. For more information on how to get involved click here.

Does Brookwood belong to any denomination? [show]
Yes, Brookwood Church is part of the Southern Baptist Convention. We are Baptist theologically, although our structure and programs may not resemble what you may have encountered in another Southern Baptist Church. Since Southern Baptists believe in the autonomy of the local church, we are free to determine how our church functions and what programs are offered.

Why isn't there a cross on display at the church? [show]
We are a church that believes and honors Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. However, the cross, like some other Christian symbols, carries with it an emotional impact – a feeling – that is even more prominent than its theological meaning. By not posting the cross, inside or outside the church, we have the opportunity to teach the biblical understanding of the cross, without having people cloud this explanation with past memories.

What is the average attendance? [show]
On average we have approximately 4,000 adults and 1,500 children and students join us each week to worship.


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