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?
Beginning Sunday, August 4, we are beginning a new Sunday schedule. We will have Coffee & Connection in the Fellowship Hall at 10am and one Sunday morning worship services at 10:30am. Nursery, Toddlers, and Children's Church are available during the service. Sunday Discipling Community options (including Sunday School for children and teens) will be at 9am.
What’s happening the rest of the week?
We have a full schedule of opportunities for people of all ages though it is slightly reduced during the summer months. 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 Sunday Discipling Communities
Sunday 11:15am Coffee & Connection (Fellowship Hall)
Sunday 10:30am Worship Service
Sunday 6:00pm Discipling Communities for High School & Middle School (beginning Aug. 18)
Wednesday 7:00pm On Deck Youth for High School and Middle School
Wednesday 6:30pm Awana (resumes Aug. 28)
Wednesday 6:30pm Prayer Groups
In addition, there are a variety of ministries, connection opportunities, prayer groups and Discipling Communities that meet throughout the week (though limited during the summer). Explore this website, stop by the Welcome Center, or contact us to find out more. Some schedules are different during the summer months.
How long does the 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 led 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 challenge your thinking and perspectives, and equip you to be a biblical, loving, Spirit-filled disciple of Christ.
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 (during the school year). In addition to caring for your child, all of our volunteers have completed background checks and safety training for peace of mind.
During the 10am service, 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.
Sunday School (on summer break) is offered for children (and adults) on Sunday mornings. Follow the signs, or a greeter will help you. Please don't forget to come back and pick up your child after Sunday School.
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 (throughout the year), 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 international workers throughout the world, and 18,000 churches around the world. We believe that all of Jesus is for all the world. 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 Next Steps Card when you come. Bring the Next Steps 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 Ministry Team, 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.
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 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. If you are not a regular attender at First Alliance, please contact the Salvation Army. For those in our congregation, our Deacons administer a Benevolent Fund. 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. 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.