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Wednesday Nights with FBC Family

Chef Neel serves a hot meal at 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday to nourish our bodies before we start our small group studies or music rehearsals. We encourage you to RSVP as it helps us prepare enough for all who are coming. You have the option to pay online for your meal if you choose (adults $8, children $4, family $25, staff $4). Here’s our menu for February:

February 1: Chicken divan, green beans, rolls, dessert

February 8: White chicken chili, cornbread, dessert

February 15: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, lima beans, rolls, dessert

 

What to Expect

2023 Activities

Give our small groups a try—you will meet friendly people who love each other (and you) because God has first loved us. Adult groups are generally arranged by topic.  Children and students’ small groups meet while adults meet. These small group activities begin at 6:00 p.m., following the Wednesday meal. Groups meet weekly (with a few exceptions) from January 11 through May. Instrumental and vocal groups rehearse on Wednesday nights, as well. Schedules for these groups are detailed below.

How it Works

Adults: Small Groups

Our adult small groups engage in topical and Bible studies that change each “term”. Here are the groups on offer for January through May of 2023.

Getting the Most out of the Bible

Location & Time: Hardee Hospitality Room, 6:00 p.m.

Pastor Steven Norris will lead you through the S.O.A.P. method of Bible study to encourage you to develop a deeper understanding of scripture. 

 

Great Devotional Classics

Location & Time: Bramblett Chapel, 6:00 p.m.

 

Led by Pastoral Care Minister, Ron Murray, this group focuses on the great devotional classics, written by faithful, perceptive women and men since the beginning of Christianity. All of us can be transformed by the insights of those whose writings can touch our heart, address our will, and mold our mind. These writings are called “classic” because many people, over a sustained period of time, have drawn strength from their interaction with the material,  and they bear witness to its value. Through our reading of these devotional materials and our discussion of them each Wednesday evening, we will have the opportunity to grow in our faith and in our love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bloom

Location / Time: Heritage Room (Welcome Center), 6:00 p.m.

This women’s small group is led by Sandra Long and is currently working in a study called Hunger for Holiness. Ladies are invited to drop in at any time in the term for this study as the lessons stand alone each week. 

Women in the Word

Location / Time: Cheatham Room 106, 6:00 p.m.

Please note that this group will not meet on January 11. They will begin their sessions on January 18. This women’s small group, led by Susan Hardwick and Carol Baldwin in the Cheatham Room, will be diving deeper into a study of Acts called The Gospel on the Ground, written by Kristi McClelland.

Parent’s Group

Location / Time: Room 108 (Copeland Classroom across from the Library), 6:00 p.m.

Led by Michelle Norris, this small group provides a safe place for parents to dialogue about raising their children to faith in the context of a culture that is trying to pull them away.

Men’s Group

Information forthcoming

Children & Students

In the book of Matthew, verse 19:14, we read, “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.'” We hope your children and students will seek Jesus along with us.

KidMin: Music and Missions

Volunteers lead two groups through a CBF Spark curriculum on Wednesday evenings: preschool (K4 & K5)  and elementary children. The focus for each study is on  missionaries serving around the globe, as well as in the U.S. During the hour, part of the lesson focuses on music common to the region being studied that evening. The children get to practice rhythm, play instruments, or learn songs related to the curriculum being studied. 

Children ages birth through 3 years may participate in nursery care during our Wednesday night sessions.

All children should be checked in by a parent or guardian in the appropriate classroom, either on the preschool hall or in the children’s wing of the Education Building.  

For more information about the program, contact us at 770-227-5517 or email Lori at loriwelborn@fbcgriffin.org.

Students: FBC YTH

Minister: Seth Brown (sethbrown@fbcgriffin.org)
Location: The Student Center (the Basement)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays (year round)

About Wednesdays in the Student Ministry:
Every Wednesday night starts out with games and fellowship, whether that’s in the gym or in the Student Center (the Basement). A time of worship follows, led by volunteers and the Student Minister. Students are encouraged to develop and share their talents during this time if they are gifted in the area of worship arts. During the evening, students will also hear a message and attend small groups.

What else can you expect to be part of your evening in the Student Ministry? Snacks (think popcorn, shakes, chips, or even pizza — depending on what’s going on). Wacky games (that may or may not involve a mess).

Most importantly, you will find an authentic love for Jesus and for every kid in the room when you visit the Student Ministry. We hope you’ll check it out.

Music Ministry

FBC Griffin enjoys a vibrant and active music ministry under the leadership of the Minister of Music and the Minister of Worship Arts.  

Handbell Ensemble

Minister: Ellee Hilley
Location: Handbell Room
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays

About the Handbell Ensemble:
Handbells have been used for music throughout much of human history. They are essentially bells that can be held by a strap in one’s hand. When played in an ensemble, the bells range several octaves and can deliver an entire song without the need for additional instrumentation. These lovely instruments make a great entry point into instrumental music for those who do not yet read music very well.

The Handbell Ensemble performs primarily during the Celebration Service on Sunday mornings several times a year. The group will be practicing regularly under the direction of Ellee Hilley and may make more appearances as the group is prepared.

Contact Ellee Hilley  for more information on this group.

Instrumental Ensemble (Orchestra)

Minister: Ellee Hilley
Location: Instrumental Room
Time: 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays

About the Instrumental Ensemble:

The FBC Orchestra is composed of volunteer musicians with a wide range of playing experience. Woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, and stringed  instruments are all typically represented in this group. All ages and experience levels are welcome, although musicians who would like to play for the orchestra should already know how to read music. This is open to youth and adults, although instrumentalists should be in at least 8th grade to join, and should have at least two years of experience playing an instrument.

Performances typically feature hymns and prelude or offertory pieces played during the Celebration Service on Sunday mornings.

Practices for the Orchestra will take place weekly (with a few exceptions) and will end with a brief devotional. 

Contact Ellee Hilley at elleehilley@fbcgriffin.org for more information on this group.

Sanctuary Choir

Minister: Erin Clarke
Location: Choir Room (2nd Floor)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays

About the choir:
The Sanctuary Choir is a group of volunteer singers who meet weekly to prepare hymns and special music for the 9AM Celebration Service on Sunday mornings. 

Choir rehearsals are held in the second floor Music Suite on Wednesday nights, 7-8:15PM.  

Contact Erin Clarke at erinclarke@fbcgriffin.org for more information.

Ukulele Ensemble

Minister: Ellee Hilley
Location: Instrumental Multipurpose Room
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Dates: Thursdays

About the Ukulele Ensemble:
The ukulele resembles a small classical acoustic guitar. When you assemble a group of ukulele musicians, you have a recipe for entertainment, fellowship, and personal growth. The FBC Ukulele Ensemble is known around Griffin for its renditions of favorite tunes, both Christian and secular. They regularly play for local community groups and for our church. 

If you are looking for a place to get plugged into music without a lot of added stress, then the Ukulele Ensemble might be perfect for you! The Ukulele Ensemble requires no music reading skills, just a desire to learn chords and have fun!

Contact Ellee Hilley at elleehilley@fbcgriffin.org for more information on this group and its performance schedule. 

Note: If you are new to the ukulele, the instrument is not difficult to learn. Ask Ellee about the Beginner’s Ukulele lessons offered through FBC.

Worship Team: Praise Band & Vocalists

Minister: Ellee Hilley
Location: Morgan Hall
Times: Vocalists at 6:30 p.m.; Praise Band at 7:00 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays

About the Praise Band and Vocalists:
The FBC Praise Band is made up of instrumentalists and vocalists who lead in the contemporary worship service each week, engaging the congregation in song. The band resembles typical stage band instrumentation with guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums, though other instruments are welcomed additions. A small ensemble of vocalists lead the singing each week. Play or sing once in a while or often…the worship team works on a rotational format.

Practices are on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, and are always fun though we do work hard during rehearsal. Don’t read music? Rest easy….Band and vocalists do not need to know how to read music (in fact, we do not read music at all on the worship team), but should be proficient in their instrument or voice. Vocalists are trained by our vocal coach, Orietta Russom, and the band is led by Ellee Hilley. Contact Ellee at elleehilley@fbcgriffin.org to talk about becoming part of our Worship Team rotation!

Library

The Church Library has incredible resources to share with you! Not only do we have over 13,000 items in our collection with materials for every age and reading level, we also host a Coffee and Conversation series where we invite local authors to sit down and chat with attendees. 

Did you know you can search the Church Library collection from the convenience of your smart phone or tablet? Just download the Librista app from your App Store and look for First Baptist Griffin when you set it up.

We hope you will visit us soon! We are open on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Read more about us at https://fbcgriffin.org/library/.

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