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Local Missions

God gives each of us gifts and talents to be used to build up the body of Christ that we may express God's love and grace to a hurting world.  Review some of our church's opportunities listed below.  Call the contact person to join in this adventure of growing in Christ, growing together as a church body, and getting to see God at work in our midst. If you cannot decide, contact Ruth Demby and she will help you!

Ongoing Mission Opportunities

Promising Futures

Tuesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm 
Promising Futures is a ministry to mostly Hispanic children who live close to our church. Through art and music, Bible study, recreation, gardening, and tutoring we guide these loving children as they grow spiritually, physically, and academically. It is impossible to measure who gets more from Promising Futures - the students or the volunteers. Be forewarned that you will fall in love with them. Please call Janice Hale at 678-963-0567 for more information.

Read Aloud Program

Join a team of volunteers who will help parents read aloud to their children for 15 minutes a day. Contact Ruth Demby to more information!

English as a Second Language and Citizenship Classes

These classes have been two of the most rewarding mission ministries at First Baptist for decades. Through classes held Sunday morning, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday evening, adults from countless different countries have learned English and have equipped themselves to take the test necessary to become a citizen of our country. Training is available for teachers and the rewards are immense. Contact: Evelyn Perry at 770-530-7598.

Prison Ministry

Men's Prison Ministry
3rd Saturday of each month from 6:45am - 8:30am
Join us as we visit the Hall County Correctional Institution (HCCI)! Pastor Larry Arnold from Eagle's Nest Ministry leads Bible study and our men help mentor. Contact Jimmy McGowan at or 678-485-1942 to get involved!

Women's Prison Ministry
Betty Brown and Cathy Bowers are involved in prison ministry with women at the local jail and Alto Women's Prison. Contact Cathy at to learn more about how to minister to these local women!

Community Food Pantry

First Baptist Church is a member of the Gainesville Food Pantry located on Oak Street.  This pantry is a hands-on ministry run by church volunteers from five churches, established for the purpose of assisting local families and individuals who are in need of food.  In 2016, 2,400 families were served.  Behind this number are real people who struggle to feed themselves and their families.  The five churches which make up this ecumenical partnership are St. Paul United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church.  The two annual food drives at First Baptist are done during Lent and at the Living Christmas Tree program.    
To learn more about the Gainesville Food Pantry, please visit You will also be able to see a listing of the other city food pantries.   
If you have any questions or are interested in helping, please contact Judy Barrett at or Jessica Green at


Estes-Dozier Missions Group

Join this group that meets for mission's education, support, and activities. There is so much that our church members and our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are doing locally and around the globe. We meet on the second Monday of every month during the school year from 10:15am-11:30am. This is a great way to be informed and involved in God's mission. Contact Ruth Demby if you are interested, 770-534-7354.

The Bridge Ministry

Each Sunday afternoon our church member, Clint Anderson, and others from different area churches reach out to homeless folk who live near the I-985 Gainesville exit. They provide an outdoor worship service, a meal, and support for this population. Call Clint if you want to experience ministry outside the walls of the church and beyond our normal social spheres, 770-337-0038.


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