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: On the first Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. the Ragan/McElroy missions group (On Our Knees group –Gail Hammock*, facilitator) meets for business and prayer at 11:00 a.m. Also on the first Tuesday of the month a general Women on Mission program follows at 11:30 a.m. with special speakers and programs. A time of fellowship follows with lunch. Catherine Walker Group (Linda Harwell*, facilitator) meets on the fourth Monday of the month for missions education, involvement, and prayer. SHINE group for young women meets usually on the last Friday of the month at the church for fellowship and mission projects which often includes their children’s involvement.
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 Jenny Flowers* (Women on Mission Director) if you have questions.
Children and Youth: During the Servers portion of First Kid’s Club each Wednesday evening during the school year the preschoolers and children learn about, pray for, and do missions. 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 Chris Borders* for more information.
Local Missions Involvement:
Missions in Motion are groups of students and adults that are involved in hands on mission opportunities in our community. The following are the on-going ministries of Missions in Motion.
- On the first Saturday of each month First Baptist Missions in Motion staffs the Five Loaves and Two Fish food pantry. We have volunteers that 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*.
- Spalding Samaritans is another opportunity for Missions in Motion. This ministry offers utility assistance to those needing emergency help. Spalding Samaritans is a collaborative effort of many churches and individuals in our community. 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 WMU and teaches the Jobs for Life job readiness curriculum. In addition, the ministry teaches life skills including personal financial management, business English, dressing for success and basic computing and provides 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 manmade disasters. This team has also worked to provide supplies and assistance during disasters in other parts of our country. For further information contact David Skrine*.
- 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 Gil Landry* to volunteer or share possible projects.
The Benevolence Caregiver Team works each Monday morning from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. accepting applications for assistance from those in need in our community. Volunteers work once a month in the First Baptist Church Scout Lodge. Contact Elaine Graddy* 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 Building on Poplar Street each Monday and Wednesday morning between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. or to the box in the church Welcome Center. Anyone wishing to volunteer to work in this ministry may contact Juanita Roberts*.
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 our church is supporting Jen and Trey Lyon, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving in Atlanta, and Hundley and Jennifer Harkleroad who serve with “Willing to Go” as well as other church start workers and mission workers.
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 are able to 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 a number of years including mission trips/partnerships to Kentucky, South Dakota, rural Georgia, and overseas to Uganda, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. In 2014 our church began a partnership through Praying Pelicans with 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 this project please contact Hambric Brooks*.
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.
*You may obtain contact information for individuals listed by calling the church office or using the ACS member services Church Life app.