Missions

Missions Ministry

First Baptist Church of Griffin has a long history of missions involvement locally, in our state, throughout the United States, and globally. Through missions education, praying, mission involvement, and financial giving our congregation seeks to follow the mandate of Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Local Missions Involvement 

First Baptist believes that the Kingdom of Heaven is embodied as we work together to fulfill God’s purposes. Below are some of the partner organizations with whom we work to fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples and meeting tangible needs. There are also other mission projects conducted by our Sunday School classes and Small Groups to those in need in our community. If you would like more information on any of these ministries, please contact our church office for more information.

Abundant Life Soup Kitchen

Volunteers from First Baptist work at the Abundant Life Soup Kitchen, which is operated on the property of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church (132 W. Cherry St., Griffin) each weekday morning. Lunches are provided from noon to about 12:45pm Monday through Thursday for the hungry and hurting in the Griffin Community. “To-go,” or boxed, lunches are provided between noon and 12:45pm on Fridays. If you would like to volunteer or if you need assistance locating the soup kitchen, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517.

Benevolence Ministry

The Benevolence Caregiver Team works each Monday morning from 8:30-10:00 am accepting applications for assistance from those in need in our community at the First Baptist Church Ministry Center on 116 W. Poplar Street, Griffin.  

Volunteers take in donations. They also help clients requesting assistance from the Caregivers Clothes Closet, provide vouchers to visit Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry, and offer gasoline vouchers for transportation to clinics, hospitals, or doctor appointments. They can offer limited prescription assistance. They make referrals to community support groups within the community in areas related to family parenting, utility assistance, food and hot meal assistance, housing and medical resources, and more.

Contact the church office if you can help with this important ministry to our community.

Bereavement

This ministry team coordinates meals for families of church members who have recently experienced a death. Typically, Sunday school classes and other volunteers serve in a rotation in this ministry. For more information on getting involved, please contact Lisa in the church office at 770-227-5517.

Caregivers Clothes Closet

The Caregivers Clothes Closet Ministry organizes and supplies clothing and linens to those in need requesting these items through the Benevolence Caregivers Team.

Donations for this ministry can be brought to the Ministry Center on Poplar Street each Monday and Wednesday morning or to the Clothes Closet boxes in the church Welcome Centers on the Hill Street side and the Family Life Center side of the church.  

Inquiries about donations or about requesting assistance may be directed to the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.

Christmas Toy Shop

Each December our church provides a Christmas Toy Shop for those in our community needing some assistance in providing Christmas gifts for their children. Shoppers sign up through the Benevolence Ministry (in November) and may purchase two toys, costing a dollar per toy, for each child. Other items (stocking stuffers, books, stuffed toys, Bibles) are provided free of charge. This unique ministry shares the love of Christ with our community during the Christmas season.

The Christmas Toy Shop planning team meets at intervals throughout the year. Volunteers who staff the Toy Shop may be involved in any of the following:

  • signing up clients for the toy shop,
  • taking inventory of toys,
  • setting up or taking down the shop, or
  • assisting clients during their shopping experience.

If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.

 

Dorcas Ministry
The Dorcas Ministry has existed at FBC Griffin since the late 1860s, when ladies gathered first to make clothing for the needy. This ministry eventually evolved into a vital service group within our church. While its activity has ebbed and flowed through the years, and its focus has sometimes shifted or expanded, the Dorcas Ministry has always maintained a strong commitment to service to those in need within the church and community. Members of the Dorcas Ministry use their gifts to produce clothing and accessories to share with others. They gather to practice or learn sewing, knitting, crocheting, or needlepoint skills while fellowshipping with others. Ministers deliver the items produced by the Dorcas Ministry on their pastoral care visits. If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.
Emergency Response Ministry

Our Emergency Response team works to provide assistance to our community during natural and man-made disasters. This team has also worked to provide supplies and assistance during disasters in other parts of our country. If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.

Grace 127 (Ministry to Foster Families)

Grace 127 ministers to foster and adoptive families by developing relationships between members of FBC Griffin and the foster/adoptive community. We provide “gotcha bags” to DFCS for children removed from their homes. We partner with other organizations that minister to foster families (such as Fortify—770-800-9789). We provide social opportunities to support foster/adoptive families. If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.

Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry

On the first Saturday of each month, members of First Baptist staff the Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry, located at 118 N. Eighth St., Griffin. We have volunteers who work bagging and distributing food. We serve approximately 50-60 families in a two-hour period. Other First Baptist members also volunteer at various times each week. For hours or more information about the food pantry, please call 770-228-1260.

The food pantry is funded solely on monetary and food donations and is staffed by volunteers. It is open six days a week and is the only source of help for many hungry people. Members of the church family are encouraged to bring pop top food items to the collection box available in the church welcome center on the Hill Street side of the Church.

If you would like to be involved in this ministry, or if you need assistance locating the food pantry, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.

Levite Home Helpers Ministry

The Levite Ministry provides help with small household repair and building projects for members and others in need in our community including churches and other organizations. Inquiries should be directed to the church office. If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.

LifeSong Ministry

LifeSong Ministries helps women who want to change their lives but do not have the resources to do so. The ministry is certified by Christian Women’s Job Corps of the Women’s Missionary Union and teaches the Jobs for Life job readiness curriculum. In addition, LifeSong teaches life skills including personal financial management, business English, dressing for success, and basic computing, as well as providing Bible study and personal coaching. Two cycles of classes meet each year one in the fall and one in the spring.  If you or someone you know would like to learn more about participating in LifeSong (as a student, coach, or volunteer), please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us..

Spalding Samaritans

First Baptist partners with Spalding Samaritans, a collaborative of many churches and individuals in our community. Spalding Samaritans offers assistance to those needing emergency help with utilities and other needs. Individuals seeking help with utilities can bring a picture ID and a current utility bill to 409 W. Solomon St. on the first or third Tuesday of each month between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. to request assistance. If you would like to be involved in this ministry, please contact the church office at 770-227-5517 or email us.

Women on Mission (WOM)

WOM meets the second Tuesday of each month (at approximately 1:00 p.m., or following the (XYZ) X’tra Years of Zest Senior Adult Luncheon) in the Hardee Hospitality Room. The group welcomes special speakers and programs, and provides light refreshments.

Among other mission projects, Women on Mission promotes the Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong offerings each year, as well as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Offering for Global Missions, State Mission offerings, and the Church Mission offering. 

WOM also greets ladies who have recently joined the church with a special gift through the Teacup Ministry.

If you would like to be involved in this ministry, you are invited to come to a monthly meeting, or you may contact the church office at 770-227-5517. You may also email us with questions.

For more information on our Community Garden and Scouting ministries, please visit those pages on our website.

Children baking cookies for first responders.

Ministry Center (Poplar St.)

Christmas Toy Shop 2022

Disaster Response Team Delivering Food to Tornado Victims

Global Missions Involvement

Besides supporting mission workers around the world through our prayers and offerings First Baptist is an Encourager Church for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, Missy and Francis Angala, who live and serve in Kampala, Uganda. We are also an Encourager Church for CBF field personnel, Anna and LaCount Anderson, who live and minister in eastern North Carolina.

First Baptist is also a proud supporter of Hundley and Jennifer Harkleroad, who serve with Willing to Go to provide support to church starters and other missionaries by leading short term mission trips.

First Baptist Church has been involved in adult and student mission trips for many years including mission trips/partnerships to Kentucky, South Dakota, rural Georgia, Uganda, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Grace Community Church in Granboochii, Haiti. Our church is providing medical clinics, educational resources, and construction assistance through financial gifts and partnership trips.

Mission Trip to Rwanda and Uganda, 2022

FBC in Service to Others

We invite you to check out some of the more recent missions and service activities at FBC.

Church Missions

Pray for Local Mission Efforts     The month of May is the annual time for FBC Griffin’s Church Mission Offering. This is one of the primary sources of funds used to support local mission projects in the church, city, and state. In the past, we have used this money to...

Mission Council Quarterly Meeting

The Mission Council met on Monday, April 22 to discuss the great work being done across our ministries at FBC. We hope you will be as excited as we are about the ways they are impacting our community! Thank you for your incredible generosity and for the love you are...

North American Mission Emphasis

March is for Missions Each spring, we encourage members of FBC Griffin to respond to the needs related to mission work in North America. We encourage members to read of this work through publications on the credenza near the Welcome Center and in the Church Library,...