Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the church's current Covid prevention policy?

A: Everyone inside the church building is required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. Meetings of more than three people are restricted to the sanctuary and social hall -- large rooms with plenty of circulation and ventilation. Pick up a wristband at the information table to indicate your comfort level -- red for "Please keep your distance", yellow for "I'm happy to cautiously visit with you", and green for "Hey, let's shake hands or hug!" Some events may have stricter entry protocols in place, so always check the official event page and all ticket information.

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 St NE. On Sunday mornings, the GRCC parking ramp on Fountain Street and Ransom Avenue 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. A 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 our office at 616-459-8386 or office@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. Here's a great explanation of why pronouns are important.

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 perform maintenance or install equipment, and sometimes they find old concert tickets or coins.

Q: Where and when can I drop off a delivery?

A: The office is open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Please 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 the "24" near the ramp.