New Here? Got some questions?
We are a community that desires to honor Jesus Christ by making Him known in Toccoa/ Stephens County and around the world. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here a while, whether you're thinking about dropping in or have been invited by someone, thanks for joining us. We hope that you find First Alliance a place where you can develop friendships with others, but more importantly a place where you can come, discover Jesus, be challenged, and find your place to grow.
Most people have questions before they go somewhere for the first time. Here is where you will find answers to common first time questions. If you're question isn't answered here, please feel free to contact us.
How do I get to First Alliance?
We are located at 220 Alliance Drive in Toccoa (technically Eastanollee), Georgia. We’re right across the street from Wal-Mart.
What time do the Sunday worship services start?
The Sunday morning worship services start at 9:00am and 10:45am. Both worship services are similar in format and content. Nursery and Children's Church are available during the 9am service, and all Sunday School communities (something for every age) will meet during the 10:45am service. A time of fellowship and refreshments takes place between services during Coffee & Connection at 10:15am.
What’s happening the rest of the week?
We have a full schedule of opportunities for people of all ages. You can always find up to date information in the weekly bulletin, on the church calendar, and throughout this website. That being said, the basic weekly schedule includes:
Sunday 9:00am Worship Service
Sunday 10:15am Coffee & Connection (Family Life Center lower level)
Sunday 10:45am Worship Service
Sunday 10:45am Sunday School Discipling Communities
Sunday 6:00pm Evening Service (Fellowship Hall)
Sunday 6:00pm Discipling Communities for High School and Middle School
Wednesday 7:00pm On Deck Youth for High School and Middle School
Wednesday 6:45pm Awana (during school year)
Wednesday 7:00pm Prayer & Wednesday Gathering
In addition, there are a variety of ministries, connection opportunities, prayer groups and Discipling Communities that meet throughout the week. Explore this website, stop by the Welcome Center, or contact us to find out more.
How long does Each Sunday worship service last?
The Sunday morning service lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.
What happens during a worship service?
We gather on Sunday morning to worship Jesus Christ and proclaim His greatness. Our worship services are built upon the unchanging truth of who God is, what He does, and the hope of the Gospel and is empowered by the active work of the Holy Spirit. We will sing together with music, pray together, hear teaching from the Bible together, and have the opportunity to respond to God. There will be a voluntary opportunity to give tithes & offerings, and we celebrate communion once a month. Our time together is focused on Christ. Both services are similar.
What is the worship music like?
We value quality and creativity, and we strive to have a balance in our worship style with both modern and classic selections. Our music is lead by a combination of the worship band, orchestra, and vocalists. We also have a choir that sings throughout the academic year. Our reason for being here is to authentically worship Jesus Christ. Feel free to come and worship with us as you are.
How about the teaching?
Our teaching, whether on Sunday or in one of the Discipling Communities, is solidly based on the Scriptures. We do message series that may focus on a book of the Bible or a set of biblical concepts, and each message is biblically grounded, applicable, and challenging. Each message is designed to remind you who God is, for you to understand how He desires us to live, to equip you to go and be what you have been called to be as a healthy disciple of Christ, and to even challenge your thinking and perspectives.
How should I dress?
People wear whatever feels comfortable for them. You'll find people in all kinds of attire, from their "Sunday finest" to more casual clothes. The truth is, we'd like you to come as you are. You will be welcomed one and all.
What's available for my kids?
We know you love your children, and we count it a privilege that you would entrust them to us. We offer a safe, secure, and staffed Nursery (infants) and Toddler Area (2s & 3s) during the entirety of Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. In addition to caring for your child, all of our volunteers have completed background checks and safety training for peace of mind.
During the 1st service at 9am, children age 4 - 5th grade begin in the sanctuary and are then dismissed for G.C. Kidz Club part way through the service where they are currently learning how the stories of the Bible point to Jesus through The Gospel Project. You are free to accompany your child before returning to the sanctuary.
We have Sunday School Communities for children (and adults) at 10:45am on Sunday mornings during the 2nd service. Drop your child off before coming to the sanctuary. Follow the signs, or a greeter will help you.
We have Awana Clubs on Wednesday evenings during the school year at 6:45pm. We also have special events for children throughout the year.
On Deck Youth is for 6th-12th graders. Middle School and High School meet together on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, and there are Discipling Communities (small groups) for both age groups on Sunday evenings during the school year at 6pm. For more information, click here.
Is First Alliance Church part of a denomination?
Our church is part of an association of churches called the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), which has its headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. We belong to the South Atlantic District of the C&MA, whose office is in Charlotte, NC. The C&MA is an evangelical, outreach oriented group that has around 2000 churches in the United States, 850 missionaries around the world, and 18,000 churches outside of the US. You can visit the websites of the C&MA and the South Atlantic District. Click to find out more about our beliefs. Or find out about the history of the C&MA.
How do I get Connected?
Getting connected means taking a step. Whether you are new (or new again), want to get to know people, find out who Jesus is, or are simply ready to take that next step to connect, grow, and engage as a disciple, we’re here to partner with you.
Take the first step of letting us know who you are. You can either text Welcome to 706-550-6730 or take a moment to fill out Connect Card when you come. Bring the Connect Card to the Welcome Center because we have a gift for you. Take part in Coffee & Connection time. Contact the church office or a member of the staff, check out the opportunities in the bulletin, get involved in FACT Life, or explore this website at your convenience. We want to see you get connected and growing as a disciple.
On the fourth Sunday of each month, you are invited to Coffee with the Pastors. This happens during our regular Coffee & Connection time at 10:15am between services, but is a smaller environment where those new to First Alliance can meet other new people, meet the pastoral staff, find out a little more about First Alliance, and get questions answered. We also have some special food that isn't part of the regular Coffee & Connection snacks. Click the link above for more and to RSVP.
What is your policy regarding weddings or special events in your facilities?
We will work with couples desiring to be married in our facilities or with individuals & organizations that would like to use our facility, as permitted by our guidelines. If you are interested in more information, visit this page or please contact us.
What if I need help?
There are times in life when we all need a helping hand. First Alliance understands the community and times in which we live, and one of the ways we seek to help those around us is through our partnerships. We collect various food and personal care items that we then send to "Shirley's Soul Food", a local homeless ministry, to be dispersed as needed. We also partner with the Salvation Army (706-886-5293) with a portion of our Benevolent Offering to be used wisely for those in our community who are in need. Our Deacons are here to help those in our congregation and to respond to other special circumstances. If you have a need, please complete the Benevolence Preliminary Request Form or use the link to discretely contact our Deacons. You can also find a guide to Toccoa/Stephens County Community Resources on the Resource page.
If you haven't already, we hope you will join us this Sunday at either 9am or 10:45am. When you come, take the first step of connecting with us via a Next Steps Card or texting in so we can start getting to know one another.
We look forward to meeting you.