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.”
Missions Education and Involvement
Women on Mission (WOM) Meetings
Women on Mission
Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., following the Xrta Years of Zest Senior Adult Luncheon. The group welcomes special speakers and programs, and a fellowship of beverages and dessert follows.
Some of the Women on Mission’s mission projects include:
- Promotion of Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Offering for Global Missions, and State Mission
- Offerings as well as the Church Mission Offering emphasis.
- Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes
- Teacup Ministry
- Wagons for the children’s hospital in Atlanta
Please call Ruth Alexander (Women on Mission Director) if you have questions.
Children and Students
Our Wednesday night Kids Quest includes hands-on education about Cooperative Baptist field personnel and local ministries. Kids Quest meets 6:00-7:30 pm, August-May, and serves children 2 years old-5th grade. Other opportunities include family service in our community garden and at Five Loaves Two Fish Food Pantry. Contact Sarah Murray for more information.
Our Student Ministry participates in various mission projects during the year including mission trips, collecting food items for the holiday food distribution of our Caregivers ministry and the local food pantry Fives Loaves and Two Fish. Contact Sarah Murray for more information.
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:
- On the first Saturday of each month, members of First Baptist staff the Five Loaves and Two Fish food pantry. 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. 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. If you would like to volunteer, contact Gail Hammock.
- Volunteers from First Baptist work at the Abundant Life Soup Kitchen which is operated at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church each weekday morning to provide a noon meal to the hungry and hurting in the Griffin Community. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Tom Lipscomb.
- 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. Volunteers meet at Hope Health Clinic community room on the first and third Tuesday afternoons of each month to interview those requesting assistance. If you are interested in helping, contact Brian McCartney.
- LifeSong Ministries helps women who want to change their life 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. For further information, contact Jenny Flowers.
- Our Disaster 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.
- 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. Contact Brad Jester to volunteer or share possible projects.
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. Volunteers work once a month in the First Baptist Church Ministry Center on Poplar Street. Contact Dr. Tom Lipscomb if you can help with this important ministry to our community.
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 from 9:00-11:00 am or to the box in the church Welcome Center. Anyone wishing to volunteer to work in this ministry may contact Tami Sexton.
There are many other mission projects conducted by our Adult Sunday School classes to those in need in our community.
Support of Mission Field Personnel
Besides supporting mission workers around the world through our prayers and offerings First Baptist is an Encourage 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.
Mission Projects & Trips
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 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. If you are interested in helping with this project, contact the church office.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 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. If you are interested in helping with this project, contact the church office.
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. If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please contact the church office.
We also are looking forward to participating in mission opportunities within the state of Georgia as we partner with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia, as well as other mission opportunities in the United States through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and other organizations.
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