First Baptist has always been actively involved in God's redeeming work in the world. We work locally and globally to play a part in God's mission for all people, of all places. We are the body of Christ when we use what God has given us, expressing God's love to a hurting world.
God gives each of us different gifts, resources, and passions, so there are a variety of ways to use these in the mission efforts at FBC.
Take a look at our local and international mission opportunities and connect with the contact person to join an adventure that appeals to you. We invite you to step into the work that God is doing in our midst, within and beyond the walls of our church building.
Missions Happening Here, at FBC !
Tuesday afternoons at FBC, you'll find our area's largest church-run, after-school mentoring program, provided at no charge entirely by FBC volunteers. Each week during the school year, willing parents allow their child's School Bus to drop off their children on the FBC Campus, where they are welcomed and helped with their homework, receive tutoring, and enjoy supervised gym activities. Before dinner, FBC buses take them home to their families. Promising Futures is well-named, because over the last decade, more than one low-income child has found themselves in college, encouraged by the support of this very active FBC Mission. Contact Ruth Demby to learn more about Promising Futures.
ESOL ENGLISH & CITIZENSHIP CLASSES
Several times each week, all year-round, church volunteers teach small but determined groups of men and women who come to FBC to learn English and prepare for their Citizenship Exam. Decades old, this ministry has served countless newcomers to Hall County, and even spawned the only Gainesville Vietnamese Church, which still meets each week on the FBC Campus. Volunteers are always welcome to help in this growing, in-demand mission ministry!
FBC EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Long ago, FBC decided to use its resources to help our local community with Disaster Relief. Beginning with Hurricane Katrina, and continuing through today, our Family Life Center Building has worked with the Red Cross and AVITA, North Georgia’s Community Mental Health Agency, to provide emergency housing in the event of regional disasters. It’s been a wonderful partnership… within hours, trained Red Cross volunteers staff and manage our facility, and we make the changes in our usual ministries to accommodate their good work. FBC members are already involved, but more are needed by the Red Cross to serve at FBC. For more information, follow this link …
FAMILY PROMISE - HALL COUNTY
For a full week every other month, FBC hosts and feeds local homeless families enrolled in this restorative, job and skills building ministry shared by local churches. Our volunteers cover their evenings and nights while our guests rest, before they leave us each day to schools and job training off-campus. The goal is to demonstrate the hope and love of Christ, by encouraging them as they build new, self-supporting lives for their families. To see how you can help, contact Ruth Demby.
Named after the wisdom from Alcoholics Anonymous, 'Don't get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired,' the FBC-owned HALT House hosts many of Hall County's most active 12-Step Recovery Groups. For almost 40 years, the church has maintained the HALT building and parking area on the church campus, while giving these independent, anonymous groups exclusive use of its property for a token lease of $1/year. Thousands from our community have attended meetings through the years, and the church regularly receives letters of gratitude giving thanks and claiming that the HALT House saved another life from the slavery of addiction. Call for meeting times, or email Kent Murphey for more information.
The play on words in their name should warn you that this mission group of FBC members know how to have fun using their skills to help others. They gather weekly at FBC to make knitted items that people need and value, but can’t afford to make or buy themselves. One of their hot items in high demand are the ‘Sensory TwiddleMuffs’ they make, that comfort Alzheimers patients and Autistic Children. Don’t know what a TwiddleMuff is? Find some pictures on Google, and if you like fun with your missions, contact Pam Black to see how you can help serve the Lord with the Knotty Knitters.
JUBILEE COMMUNITY FARM
Drive behind the Main Church Building to the rear of the church's 23 acres, and you'll spot the large field FBC has dedicated to the Jubliee Farm. This one-of-a-kind, community ministry plows under mulch from Gainesville's discarded Autumn leaves and raises vegetables by the bushel in all seasons for our County's Food Banks and needy families. If your heart for others reaches as far into God's Creation as a long, fresh carrot, contact us for more info on volunteering at this year's Jubilee Farm!
MINISTRY OF CARING
Each year, FBC issues more than $100,000 in financial support to non-church member, Hall County applicants for emergency utility and food assistance. Families are limited to $200 twice a year, so that more households can be helped. FBC members make this possible by giving to the Ministry of Caring in addition to their Budget offerings. If you drop by FBC's church office most weekday mornings, you'll likely overhear Ron Grizzle's hearty voice greet a Ministry of Caring 'stranger' in the hallway with a welcoming, "Hello, I'm Pastor Ron Grizzle, tell me how can I help you?" Contact Pastor Ron for more information.
SEASONAL LOCAL MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
From collecting back-to-school supplies, food drives and Christmas Gifts for local children, to Prison Ministry at the Hall County Correctional Institute, FBC members share the Love of Christ at various times during the year. Check our Missions Calendar to look ahead and find your next opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, in Jesus’ Name!
Missions Happening in Our Community, with FBC’s Volunteers and Financial Support
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - HALL COUNTY
Through the years, FBC has built or helped build several Habitat Homes for eager Hall County community families. No special skills are needed, and any youth or adult is welcome to serve. This mission depends on our FBC volunteers, and it’s a rare week when some FBC member hasn’t given at least one one day of their time helping some of our neighbors find a new home.
GOOD NEWS CLINIC
This community mission ministry has FBC woven all through it’s history and people. Decades ago, FBC member Dr. Sam Poole, one of Gainesville’s first Cardiologists, became Medical Director and with the help of our local hospital and many volunteers, built it into one of Georgia’s biggest free clinics serving all Hall County residents without insurance, or the means to pay for medical or dental services. Today, FBC’s Mission Budget and facility helps support the Clinic, and church members volunteer their time to help staff the Clinic and serve our neighbors in need. Contact … if you want to serve others at the Good News Clinic… no Medical Training required, just helping hands!
GAINESVILLE FOOD PANTRY
This Gainesville non-profit assists local families and individuals in need of food, and has provided groceries for the hungry since 1973, serving an average of 2,400 families a year. Located close to FBC, our church supports the Community Food Pantry with Food Drives, Funding, and Volunteers.
GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FOOD BANK
This Regional Ministry receives and safely receives and stores large quantities of surplus, industry-donated food in it’s state-of-the-art facility in Hall County. The Food Bank then distributes the food to more than 20 area food pantries serving needy residents in different Gainesville and Hall County neighborhoods. To volunteer your time and talents, contact …