we know visiting a new church can be intimidating

If it's your first time at The Bridge, we are honored to have you as our guest! We do church a little differently than other places, so here is some information that will help you feel at home from your first trip.

What a joy it is to introduce you to The Bridge! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you can have a life-changing experience with God.

At The Bridge, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. What people usually notice first about us is that we are a church that is something different. Our goal is to infuse life and God’s love into people and families through engaging, powerful worship services that offer practical teaching.

Together, we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there’s relevant teaching, heartfelt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those in need.

So whether you’re kicking the tires with church and just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, we want to welcome you to find a home here at The Bridge.

In the meantime, you’ll find everything you need right here to get connected to The Bridge’s online resources. You can use this site to watch one of our weekend messages, find information on our growth groups, or sign up for an upcoming event.

Enjoy, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Grace and Peace,
Marty Schmidt
Lead Pastor

service times and locations

We are one church with multiple locations.

Bridge View Campus
Sunday mornings at 9:00 & 10:45am
102 Church Street
Ottumwa, Iowa

Centerville Campus
Sunday mornings at 9:00am & 10:45am
415 Bank St
Centerville, Iowa

Fairfield Campus
Sunday mornings at 10:00am
404 W Fillmore Ave
Fairfield, Iowa

what should i wear?

There is no dress code for attending services at The Bridge. Some attenders dress casually and some dress up—it’s all good! You are free to come exactly as you are, so wear whatever you are most comfortable in.

what happens when i arrive?

When you arrive at The Bridge, you will enter into the main lobby at either of our campuses. You’ll be greeted by a friendly smile from one of our greeters. There will be some coffee for you to enjoy on us, and you can check your kids into our kids’ ministry, Bridge Kids. There will be a 5-minute countdown to let you know when service will start, so you can be sure to get your seat before the service begins!

If it is your first visit, we would love to meet you at our Next Steps area! At Next Steps, we can answer questions you might have and give you a gift to thank you for visiting.

what about kids?

BRING THEM. Bridge Kids is a place where your kids can be surrounded by adults who are committed to a safe, fun environment. It’s where kids can learn about Jesus on their level.

what are your services like?

You can expect to feel welcomed and accepted. We know that visiting a new church can be intimidating. We will not embarrass you, make you stand up, bug you for money, or ask you to do anything else you feel uncomfortable with. Come dressed as you are and prepare to hear the message of Jesus presented in a creative and relevant way.

We always start our services with powerful, high energy worship. Once worship is over, we will give some announcements and let you know about upcoming events. Then, we transition into the weekend message - which is always filled with biblical, practical teaching. If you want to get a taste of our teaching style, check out our current series! From start to finish, our services last an hour.

the music is too loud!

That’s not even a question! Listen, we believe worship is supposed to be loud, according to examples in the Bible (Psalm 50, Revelation 5:10-11). Also we believe we have something worth shouting about (Jesus is alive!). Finally, we like it that way; we love the energy and the passion that comes from a room full of people singing to Jesus.

We like that we don’t have to hear off-key people making a joyful noise, and we like that people can’t hear our tremendous singing as well. Our production team uses a decibel reader to ensure that the volume level doesn’t become dangerous, and we provide complimentary ear plugs at the entrance of the auditorium, should you wish to dampen some of the volume.

is the bridge the right church for me?

We hope so, but we also recognize that we are only one small part of the much larger Body of Christ throughout our community and beyond. If you find that The Bridge doesn’t feel like home, we would love to help you get connected to a church where you can plug in.

Are all the people i see working on sundays on staff?

Not even close. Believe it or not, 92.8% of The Bridge experience you encounter results from a group of Dream Teamer's. Dream Teamer's care for our kids, arrive early to set things up, and sing on stage. It’s a huge undertaking and we have an amazing team.