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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the church reopen?

A: As the pandemic is still developing, a reopening date has not been set. The safety of all congregants, guests, and staff remains of the utmost importance. The church's Covid Coordinating Team, which includes Spectrum Health doctors, advises the Governing Board monthly, and the Governing Board will announce a reopening when they decide it's safe for everyone. Meanwhile, everyone is encouraged to stay safe, keep their spirits up, and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Q: What denomination is the church?

A: Though it was called Fountain Street Baptist Church through the early 1960s, the church today is an independent non-profit organization, unaffiliated with any denomination. Many of our ministers have come from the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Members and congregants represent a wide variety of faiths.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Parking meters around the church are enforced Monday through Friday. If you have business at the church during the week, you may request access to the small parking lot across from our main entrance at 24 Fountain Street. On Sunday mornings, the GRCC parking ramp on Fountain Street and Ransom Ave is free for use, and our small lot is available for elderly and disabled guests. Please do not park in the bus stop area or loading area in front of the building, and do not stop your vehicle on the crosswalk.

Q: Where is the box office?

A: If tickets are required for an event, the link will be listed on our Tickets page. Tickets are not available by phone. An actual box office and will-call desk are set up shortly before doors open for each event. FSC is proud to serve as a venue for a handful of fine production companies. Most church-organized events are free to attend.

Q: How do I become a member?

A: Please contact Greta Jo Seidohl, Minister for Belonging & Community Engagement, at gseidohl@fountainstreet.org. Official membership requires your signature in our official membership book and an annual monetary contribution of any amount.

Q: Why do we hear people's pronouns all the time?

A: FSC is affirming of all gender expressions. Our work involves "bringing everyone to the table" -- so we normalize the expression of individual pronouns (he, him, she, her, they, them, and others) by often including them when we introduce ourselves.

Q: What are the round things under the seats?

A: Those are air vents. They allowed air heated by steam pipes under the Sanctuary to rise and warm the room. The building now has a modern heating system, but those vents remain. Technicians still use the crawlspace to install equipment or perform maintenance, and sometimes they find old concert tickets or coins.

Q: Where can I drop off a delivery?

A: Please call ahead to arrange special deliveries during the pandemic. Note that Fountain Street is a one-way street heading east from Division Avenue. The church is the second building on the right side. A loading zone is located just past the bus top and crosswalk. Enter through the doors under "24" or ring the white doorbell if they are locked.

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24 Fountain St NE; Grand Rapids, MI 49503   |   phone 616-459-8386   |   fax 616-459-4809

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