A typical service is divided into 4 portions, which includes:

1. Singing
2. Opening & prayer
3. Preaching
4. Closing prayer


Mates Creek Association does not use musical instruments, God gave us an unique voice to sing praises unto Him. We do not have Sunday Schools or offer any modern day worldly events, we just come hoping and praying that God will bless us to assemble and to worship Him in Spirit and Truth, that is the only way that we can worship God. Also we do not require any tithing in our services. We do accept donations by what you are comfortable in giving. For God loves a cheerful giver. Everyone is welcome to any of the churches in our association or sister associations. Come out and visit one of the old school churches, commonly known as the "hardshell" Primitive Baptists. We would love to have you and your family come and worship with us.
Singing
Psalms 100
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Depending on the church, some churches have a Saturday morning service and some have a Saturday evening service. If they have a morning service, most singing starts at 10:30am and if it is an evening service, most singing starts at 6:30pm. Generally singing starts at 10am on Sundays. Singing begins with old time hymns, which includes line-singing or acapella style without any man made instruments or musical devices. We believe in the instrument that the Lord gave to each of us, our voice. Most commonly we use 2 hymn books, the "Primitive Baptist Hymn Book" or often called "The Goble" and the "Little Blue Book".

Prayer
James 5:13-16
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
As the song service comes to a close, around 11:00, we will sing an introductory hymn, stand and fellowship with each other by shaking hands, hugging the brethren and sisters, feeling God's love flow from breast to breast. When the hymn ends we return to our seat for prayer. Afterward, the elder will make a few comments to the congregation. He then introduces the service and offers prayer. Or he might ask another elder or brother who has something on his mind from the Lord to open services with a few remarks, followed by prayer.

Preaching the Gospel
Romans 10:15
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!


1 Corinthians 14:29-40
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.


After prayer one or more ministers will preach to the entire congregation. They rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit to determine what God would have them to preach each time we meet. Please be in prayer for them for they realize that they can only truly preach the gospel when they are blessed by God. (1 Cor 15:1-4)

Closing Service
Acts 8:12-1
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
To close services, the church doors will be published open for the reception of new members, and while we sing a closing hymn and shake hands, and fellowship. During this concluding hymn if one or more present desires to join Mates Creek Association or any of our sister Associations, then we would invite you to come forward and let our elders or deacons know your feelings to be given a home church. New members are received on a profession of faith in Christ and then baptized by immersion. If there is any new members, the elders or deacons will arrange the place & date of their baptism, most times it maybe the same day that the new members ask for a home in the church. After the concluding hymn, the deacons will have arranged for an elder or deacon to dismiss the service in prayer. Then sometimes the church offers dinner and fellowship with one another, before leaving.