You can expect a warm, friendly welcome. Friendliness is a natural response of a Christian. We believe that one of the basic foundation principles of Christianity is love and friendship toward our fellowman (Matthew 22:36-40). Neither does it permit respect of persons on the basis of poverty or wealth ( James 2:1-9). Jesus is our superb example in friendliness, in that he was compassionate toward all humanity, regardless of their status in life. We believe you will find that same spirit among Christians today. Therefore, when you visit us, you will be considered an honored guest. You will be greeted with kindness and courtesy. Why not give us the opportunity to become your friend?
You can expect our service to be with reverence and order. We strive to engage in all worship and service with decency and order (1 Corinthians 14:40). The order of our worship is usually planned by our elders. We try to avoid all extremism in worship. Neither ritualism nor emotionalism is characteristic of our worship. You can expect our worship to be spiritual, reverent, and orderly.
You can expect our worship to be simple. It's simple because it is based on the worship authorized in the New Testament. Jesus taught that our worship was to be spiritual and according to truth (John 4:24). Our worship to God includes the Lord's supper, giving, singing, prayer and teaching the gospel. Each of these blooms with the beauty of simplicity. We do not try to improve on God's divine plan and beauty with pageantry or innovations of men.
You can expect congregational singing. Singing is a vital part of our worship. All members of our congregation will blend their voices together in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The purpose of our songs is to praise God, to teach, and admonish one another through our singing (Ephesians 5:19 ; Colossians 3:16). Since the command to sing is specific and addressed to the individual, we do not add a mechanical instrument of music in our worship in songs. For the same reason, we do not have a choir to sing for us or any type of mood music to entertain us. Many who have visited us have been highly impressed spirituality involved in congregational singing. Why not come and see for yourself?
You can expect us to give a free-will offering. As the Bible teaches, we give liberally as God has prospered us, on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Our liberality is an evidence of our devotion to God (2 Corinthians 8:1-8). There are many factors that determine the amount of our offerings, but above all they must be free-will offerings (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). When the offering is taken, it is entirely the choice of our guest whether they will give an offering or not. We will not embarrass you by personally asking for an offering. Neither do we want you to feel embarrassed if you choose not to or cannot afford to give.
You can expect our public prayers to be led by men (1 Timothy 2:8-13). Prayer is a vital source of strength in a Christian's life. We pray often in private and with one another. When we come together in an assembly, prayer is a very important part of our worship. Prayers are offered frequently when we assemble together for worship. In keeping with an orderly fashion of worship, it is usually announced that we will be lead in prayer by a certain brother. Everyone does not pray his own prayer out loud. We are led in prayer by a brother who speaks his prayer publicly, and the rest of us follow him silently as we pray together. This allows us to worship reverently and orderly. It also avoids noise and confusion. You will not be embarrassed by our calling on you to lead a public prayer.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
You can expect us to partake of the Lord's supper on the first day of every week [Sunday]. Jesus instituted this supper as a simple memorial of his death on the cross ( Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23 -26). As we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine, our minds are to be centered on the events of the cross. In this act we have communion or fellowship with Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16 ). It was the practice of the early church to eat the Lord's supper every first day of the week (Acts 20:7). As the communion is passed to each individual in the assembly, we each examine ourselves that we may partake of it in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). We do not examine, encourage, or forbid any guest concerning his participation in the Lord's supper. It is the choice of our guest. However, we would hasten to point out that there can be no communion or fellowship with Christ unless we are faithful children of God (1 John 1:5-7; Galatians 3:26-27).
You can expect Christ-centered, Bible teaching in our classrooms and pulpit. We believe the Bible to be an inspired, authoritative book (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe that if a man speaks it should be from the Word of God (1 Peter 4:11 ). Our Bible class teachers usually teach directly from the Bible. The sermons you will hear from our pulpits can be supported by the Bible. In sermons, scripture references are given to enable the listener to check the Bible for himself to see if we are speaking the truth. We encourage you to check what we say by searching the scriptures (Acts 17:11 ; John 5:39).
At the close of each sermon you can expect an invitation to become a Christian. You will be given an opportunity to express your faith in Jesus Christ by repenting of your sins, confessing Christ before men and being buried with the Lord in baptism. (Cf. John 8:34; Luke 13:3; Matthew 10:32; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26-27) We will not embarrass you by approaching you personally. We will make our appeal to you to become a Christian from the pulpit. Then an invitation song will be sung for your encouragement. If you choose to obey the Lord, you may come to the front and let your choice be known. May we point out that the church does not have to be assembled for you to obey the gospel. You can obey at any hour of the day or night by simply letting your request be known.
Our mission is to "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10); to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
During the early 1900's, several groups of people from the area met at different locations in the community for worship and singing. There was a desire among the people in the community to build a church. So, several men of the community began making plans to construct a building.
Mr. and Mrs. Millard L. Fraley deeded one acre of land upon which to build the church building. Hence, the new building was to be called Fraley's Chapel. People throughout the community worked together raising money. They donated their skills and labor in the actual construction of the building. The building was completed in the late summer of 1930.
In the 1930's and 1940's, church growth was slow. There was no full-time preacher. After the congregation began meeting regularly, it began to grow. Then by the 1950's there was a tremendous growth at Fraley's Chapel Church of Christ. Additions to the building were made, a baptistry was installed, and new classrooms were added. In the 1960's a preacher's home was constructed, and a full-time preacher was employed. The church started supporting mission work soon thereafter.
During the early morning hours of June 8, 1987, word spread rapidly throughout the church family and community that the church building was burning. Throughout the day, many people came and stoody by the burning embers and smoldering coals as tears fell from their eyes. It was a sad time for everyone. The fire was caused by an act of arson. Worship services were held in the fellowship building for several months until the church building could be reconstructed. The first service in the new building was on November 22, 1987.
The congregation has supported missionaries over the years and presently supports missionaries in Madagascar and India. The congregation is doctrinally sound and is ready to help when there is a need. Many people have been influenced for the good as a result of their association with members of the Fraley's Chapel congregation.
written by Shirley Kiddy Owens