The Sanctuary Choir seeks to glorify God through singing praises to His name. We enjoy singing a variety of music including classic choral music, traditional hymns, and contemporary praise songs. The Sanctuary Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 8:45 PM. Each year we present an Easter Cantata and a Christmas Cantata. We are always happy to have new choir members! If you would like to join the choir, please speak with Bethany.
Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) is a missions organization that offers ladies of all ages to learn about missions, become involved in missions, and live a missional lifestyle. Through the different organizations, adults, students, children, and preschoolers learn about the work and needs of missionaries. . There is something for everyone.
Our church is blessed to have an active WMU. Each adult group meets on a monthly basis, has a missions program, and completes a mission project. Some examples of projects are:
- Back-pack buddies at a local elementary school
- Socks for Atlanta Union Mission
- Nursing Home Christmas Shopping Spree
- Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes
- Financial support of a missionary in Nepal
- Providing school supplies and back-packs for children
- Financial gifts to Home (NAMB) and international missions (IMB)
The missions groups are as follows:
- Mission Friends – Ages 4 & 5 (meet each Wed. @ 6:00)
- CA – Grades 1-3 (meet each Wed. @ 6:00)
- Baptist Middles Women (meet 2nd Monday of the month @ 7:30 in member’s homes)
- Active Baptist Women (meet 2nd Monday of the month @ 6:30 in the fellowship hall)
- Dayspring Baptist Women (meet 2nd Tuesday of the month @ noon at the Yellow Brick House)
The Food Pantry is part of the church’s Benevolence Ministry and is for local residents with a zip code of 30038 and 30058. Participants make a reservation to receive bags of non-perishable food by calling the church office on Monday or Tuesday morning. The requests are filled on Tuesday afternoon. Food is given on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 AM to those with appointments. We cannot accommodate walk-ins. First –time families complete an information sheet and a card file is maintained so that we know how often someone has come for food.
Our program is an “emergency need” only and participants can receive food three times in a 12-month period. The pantry is stocked by church members who bring canned goods and other requested items and by monetary donations which Benevolence Committee members use to purchase food.
We have a wide variety of Sunday school classes for all ages. Our Nursery is designed for babies through age 3. Pre-K class starts at age 4, followed by classes for grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and then a youth group that extends to grade 12. We are blessed to have a college/career class, young coed class, and multiple classes to address the needs of our more mature believers.
Our desire is for every class to be warm and friendly, filled with the love that only Christ can bring. Each class is designed to be interactive and centers on the unchangeable truths of God’s Word. All of our teachers seek to apply these lessons, practically to our lives.
We hope you will come at 9:00 AM for some coffee and snacks, followed by Sunday school that starts at 9:15 AM. We are sure there will be a class that ministers to every person in your family. Our greeters will be happy to direct you to any class you would like to attend.
The homebound bulletin board keeps the names of our church’s homebound members before our church family. Members are encouraged to choose names from the board to visit, write, or phone. These contacts are one way to help our homebound friends know they are not forgotten by their church family.
We have an active men’s fellowship that meets every month for encouragement and spiritual growth. We meet on Saturday mornings at 8:30 for breakfast in our church fellowship hall. We follow the meal with a time of spiritual devotion from the Word of God. Usually one of our men from the church will bring forth the lesson. Our men’s group always concludes with a time of corporate prayer.
The men of the church and of the community always look forward to these fellowships. Many come early, to help prepare the breakfast. We enjoy team work in the kitchen, fellowship around the table, and spiritual sustenance from the Word of God. We hope and pray you will be able to join us for the next meeting. These fellowships generally conclude by 10:30 AM.
HOME BIBLE STUDY GROUPS
At First Baptist Lithonia we realize the importance of small groups. There is always something special about interactive studies, where each learner has the opportunity to, both share and receive pertinent information from each other. Some of these Bible studies are in the fellowship hall in the church.
The women of the church meet regularly in homes and enjoy taking part in a variety of studies. These are always open to both members and attenders of our church.
The men also are encouraged by attending home Bible study fellowships. Scripture tells us in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Please watch your calendar for both current and upcoming Bible studies. There is usually a nominal fee to cover the expense of the learner guides. However, we are always happy to assist those going through difficult financial situations. We hope you will be able to join us for these exciting group studies.
First Baptist Lithonia realizes that we are surrounded by thousands of unreached people that desperately need to experience the love of Christ. We make every effort to use public events as a platform to share the Gospel and show the love of Jesus to our community. Our church calendar is bursting with outreaches for young families. Some examples are: sports clinic, back to school bash, fall festival, vacation Bible school, Easter egg hunt, teen movie nights, etc.
We also have multiple opportunities for our more mature members and friends to invite their acquaintances to special events. The Young at Heart ministry meets monthly on Thursdays and is a great opportunity to attract visitors. First Baptist is happy to also have: trivia game nights, movie nights in the sanctuary, Christian concerts, super bowl party, etc. We are always open to new ideas and continually pray for God to draw His people to Himself.
Please check our calendar for upcoming events that you can join. Most everything at our church is free and we know you will receive a warm welcome.
MINISTRY AT TRADITIONS
Since the mid-seventies, First Baptist Church of Lithonia has had a ministry at Traditions Health and Rehab. Currently we have five church members who meet at Traditions for a service on the fourth Sunday of every month beginning at 2:30 PM. Two of our church pianists take turns and provide the music. The residents truly enjoy that part of the program.
We spend time with the Lord in prayer, we read Scripture from God’s Word, and we share a simple message. Most importantly, we take time to talk with the residents and try to know them better. These folks need friends and they are so appreciative of everything you do. Come and join us on any Sunday. I promise you will receive a great blessing.
Children’s Church is an action packed time of learning God’s Word through games, stories, and crafts. Children are separated into two age appropriate classes; 3s to Kindergarten and 1st through 5th grade. Our teachers and helpers are excited to have each child walk through the doors and would love the opportunity to work with you child also.
Children leave the sanctuary after the offering and parents are required to come to the classroom to claim their child/children.
YOUNG AT HEART
“….go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
The Young at Heart organization is for retired folks, age 55 to … 70, 80, and 90+. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month (except June, July, and August). The annual dues are $12.
We enjoy a covered dish lunch followed by a program. Programs vary from concerts (soloists, quartets) to Bible bingo, informative ones dealing with senior adult issues, to sharing our favorite collectibles and stories. Magicians have been known to appear. Road trips include visiting gardens, museums, and favorite restaurants. Members of Young at Heart do not have to be members of First Baptist Church of Lithonia.