Good Church Choices

I’ve visited these churches many times, written about them in my Alaska Dispatch News columns (adn.com/churchvisits), Anchorage Daily News blogs, and archived them all on my blog Church Visits (churchvisits.com).  These choices should provide a safe, comfortable, warm, and generally welcoming worship experience to first-time guests. No visit order is implied by this list.

I’ve omitted Catholic and Orthodox churches as the focus of their services is the Eucharist. Worshipers should already understand the expectations of worshiping with these faiths and receiving the Eucharist.

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Cornerstone Churchakcornerstone.orgnon-denomSouth Anchorage church with two services, 9:30 and 11:30, warm greetings, contemporary Christian music, and excellent Bible-based messages.
St. Mary’s Episcopalgodsview.orgEpiscopalAn inspired and inspiring leadership team, Bible-based services, and impressive social gospel outreach. Services at 8:00, 9:00, 11:30 and 4:00 p.m. Traditional service with organ/choir at 9:00. Folk/bluegrass praise group at 11:30.
St. John UMCstjohneagle.comMethodist (UMC)South Anchorage church with social gospel leanings. 8:00, 9:00 and 11:15 services. Outstanding choir at 9:00 and contemporary music service at 11:15.
Amazing Grace Lutheranamazinggracealaska.orgLutheran (ELCA)8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 services, this hillside church has warm greetings, traditional Christian music, liturgical style worship, and a caring congregation.
Baxter Road Bible Churchbaxterroad.orgnon-denomRapidly growing East Anchorage church that loves to study. Two services, 10:00 and Noon.  Contemporary Christian music.  Both pastors are great speakers.
Anchorage First Covenantanchoragefirstcovenant.comEvangelical Covenant ChurchDowntown church with one service at 10:00. Multicultural with great music and excellent sermons. Very missions and social justice oriented.
Faith Christian Communityfaithak.comnon-denomLocated close to the airport, they offer four  services, 6 p.m. Sat., 9:00, 10:30, and 12:00 Sunday. Inspired messages, very loud contemporary Christian music format, but popular among Evangelical Christians.
ChangePointchangepointalaska.comnon-denomAlaska’s largest church offers three Sunday services at 9:30, 11:30, and 6. The messages are thematic (series) often covering many weeks and have good points.  The music is contemporary, lengthy, and loud.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Churchshiloh2000.comAmerican Baptist Churches USAOne of my favorite churches in Anchorage. This African-American church has more spirit, love, and compassion than most. Their music, prayers, preaching and warmth never cease to amaze me. 8:00 – traditional, 11:00 – contemporary

If you disagree with any aspect of this list or have corrections/additions/updates please let me know by email at churchvisits@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Chris Thompson