Southside Baptist Church

★★★★★
  • 500 Fowler Rd

    Martin, TN 38237

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  • 731-587-3531

About Southside Baptist Church

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Sun 9:30am-12:30pm, Wed 6:30pm-8:30pm

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My husband and I visited The Shepherd's Field (formerly Southside Baptist Church) a couple of times. Everyone there was so warm and friendly. We felt very welcomed. The atmosphere is very warm, relaxed, and casual. Loved their style of praise/worship, i.e. contemporary songs or traditional hymns updated with contemporary music, praise/worship team instead of choir. Sermon was more like conversation/teaching than traditional preaching/scholarly lecture and there wasn't a thee, thou, wherefore, thy, or thine anywhere in it. Members dress comfortably rather than formally, which was a big plus for me. The first time we went, I had dressed up (which I absolutely abhor doing) because "that's what you're supposed to do at church." I was pleasantly surprised to see more T-shirts in the audience than dresses. So the second time we went, I wore jeans. I was actually able to relax and focus on what was being said, rather than worrying about how uncomfortable my pantyhose were and hoping I didn't fall on my face because of my heels. The nursery workers were great with my son, who was three years old at the time. Another awesome thing about the nursery was their "security measures." You had to sign in with your child, and you each got matching bracelets. After the service, the nursery staff matched up the bracelets when you came in to pick up your child. That may seem a little weird to some folks, it's a church after all, but I'm one of those moms that worries about everything, no matter how far-fetched (OCD, anyone?). The night before, I had actually considered taking him into the service with us, because it crossed my mind that with so many children in the nursery they might not notice if someone else tried to pick him up after the service. So I was pleasantly surprised at the bracelet thing. The first time we visited, the sermon was taught by the pastor, Fady Al-Hagal (I probably misspelled his name). He did a great job. He seems to be a really nice person, and he's very well-spoken. The second time, it was taught by the associate pastor Brady Weldon...what can I say about him? If you've ever gone to church in Weakley County, I'm sure you've heard him or heard about him. An awesome speaker, and an awesomely friendly and genuine person (and really nice to look at, too). Believer or non-believer, Brady is absolutely captivating. Both visits get an A++ rating. I think anyone looking for a church should definitely visit the Shepherd's Field at least once. On the flip side, I've actually heard more than one person say things like, "Oh, THAT church. Don't they do a lot of weird stuff there? I heard that they *fill in the blank*." I even had one older couple say, after I told them that we had visited the Shepherd's Field, "Oh honey, you DIDN'T! A lot of things go on there...strange Indian rituals...you need to stay away from there. The pastor is from Saudi Arabia or something." All of these things are ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. The church may be "contemporary" in dress, speech, and music, but they teach the same Christian/biblical teachings as any Baptist church around here. The only difference is that they don't think that your collar has to be starched in order to worship God, and they don't think that because your last name is hard to pronounce that you couldn't possibly be a Christian.

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★★★★★

My husband and I visited The Shepherd's Field (formerly Southside Baptist Church) a couple of times. Everyone there was so warm and friendly. We felt very welcomed. The atmosphere is very warm, relaxed, and casual. Loved their style of praise/worship, i.e. contemporary songs or traditional hymns updated with contemporary music, praise/worship team instead of choir. Sermon was more like conversation/teaching than traditional preaching/scholarly lecture and there wasn't a thee, thou, wherefore, thy, or thine anywhere in it. Members dress comfortably rather than formally, which was a big plus for me. The first time we went, I had dressed up (which I absolutely abhor doing) because "that's what you're supposed to do at church." I was pleasantly surprised to see more T-shirts in the audience than dresses. So the second time we went, I wore jeans. I was actually able to relax and focus on what was being said, rather than worrying about how uncomfortable my pantyhose were and hoping I didn't fall on my face because of my heels. The nursery workers were great with my son, who was three years old at the time. Another awesome thing about the nursery was their "security measures." You had to sign in with your child, and you each got matching bracelets. After the service, the nursery staff matched up the bracelets when you came in to pick up your child. That may seem a little weird to some folks, it's a church after all, but I'm one of those moms that worries about everything, no matter how far-fetched (OCD, anyone?). The night before, I had actually considered taking him into the service with us, because it crossed my mind that with so many children in the nursery they might not notice if someone else tried to pick him up after the service. So I was pleasantly surprised at the bracelet thing. The first time we visited, the sermon was taught by the pastor, Fady Al-Hagal (I probably misspelled his name). He did a great job. He seems to be a really nice person, and he's very well-spoken. The second time, it was taught by the associate pastor Brady Weldon...what can I say about him? If you've ever gone to church in Weakley County, I'm sure you've heard him or heard about him. An awesome speaker, and an awesomely friendly and genuine person (and really nice to look at, too). Believer or non-believer, Brady is absolutely captivating. Both visits get an A++ rating. I think anyone looking for a church should definitely visit the Shepherd's Field at least once. On the flip side, I've actually heard more than one person say things like, "Oh, THAT church. Don't they do a lot of weird stuff there? I heard that they *fill in the blank*." I even had one older couple say, after I told them that we had visited the Shepherd's Field, "Oh honey, you DIDN'T! A lot of things go on there...strange Indian rituals...you need to stay away from there. The pastor is from Saudi Arabia or something." All of these things are ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. The church may be "contemporary" in dress, speech, and music, but they teach the same Christian/biblical teachings as any Baptist church around here. The only difference is that they don't think that your collar has to be starched in order to worship God, and they don't think that because your last name is hard to pronounce that you couldn't possibly be a Christian.

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