We know that people have a lot of questions when they come to any church, even if they have been to church their whole life! We hope that this helps you understand what our services are like.
How do I get to Forest Heights?
Our address is 1155 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, GA 30606. Feel free to park in any of the spots. If you're a first time visitor we have spots right in front! Below are some other instructions on how to get here:
From The Arch (at the University of Georgia)
Travel west down Broad Street (towards Target) about 3.5 miles. When you see Checkers and Walgreens on your right, turn right onto Hawthorne Avenue. Travel down Hawthorne about a mile until you see CVS on the left. Turn left onto Oglethorpe Avenue. In a half a mile the church will be on the left.
From the Loop/Bypass
Get off at exit 15 for Tallassee Road/Oglethorpe Avenue. Turn towards Oglethorpe Avenue. The church will soon be on your right across from Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School.
We are on the following bus routes: 5, 7, and 21. Click on the bus line for the route information and when the stops occur:
View a bus map for more information as well.
Where do I go once I get to Forest Heights?
Our main entrance is upstairs at the circle driveway in the front of the church. Someone should greet and welcome you and let you know where to go. Our sanctuary is to the left as you enter, and our adult classrooms are to the right.
If you have children (for either our small groups or for our nursery), you can go down the stairs on your right as you enter the church. Make a U-turn to enter our children's wing and check in with our team there.
How are you handling services with COVID-19?
All of us have been impacted by the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic. Even though it has changed our lives and how we do church, we still offer many ways to stay in touch with us through worship.
We are having our regular Sunday worship services at 11 AM and 6 PM. While there are less guidelines, we still:
- have hand sanitizer and masks available for those who want or need it
- ask anyone who is sick, has family members that are contagious, or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to join us online in worship
What are Sunday mornings like?
Sunday mornings at Forest Heights begins in our small groups, known as Sunday School at 9:45. This is where we meet in smaller groups based on age or similar
life stage. We study the Bible, but we also take time to pray and get to know one another. Our children, youth, and college and young adults meet downstairs,
and all other groups are upstairs. If you have any questions, you can ask anyone at our main entrance behind our round driveway. They will be happy
to guide you to a group that is best for you!
After Sunday School, our worship service starts at 11 AM. We have a more traditional service with our choir and praise team. We have
a time of fellowship and welcome, followed by congregational singing. Our worship is continued in the
preaching of God's Word.
What about Sunday evening services?
Our Sunday evening service is still traditional, but it is a separate service with a different message than the morning service. You'll find it's a little
more pared down and relaxed than our morning service, so you may find it easier to come to. We've found it's a popular service for first-time visitors as well
as people who need this service, as there's not a lot of evening services in our area.
What about my kids on Sundays?
We believe that kids are an amazing gift from God. We have Sunday School groups for our kids from nursery through 6th grade downstairs where they will
check in with the leaders of the groups. After Sunday School, we separate into three groups:
- Nursery age (6 weeks - 3): These kids stay downstairs for nursery during the service. They can be picked up after the service.
- Kids 4 and older: We encourage kids to join us in the main service and worship with their families. We know that this may be
a little hard for some, but we believe it gives more reverence for worship and the ability for the whole family to worship together.
Of course, all children are welcome in the sanctuary during the service.