Our congregation has many opportunities in worship, programs, ministries, and studies to create, deepen, better understand, and live out our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Read the weekly newsletter to keep caught up on all the happenings going on in our church family and local community.
Weekly Worship Schedule
Sun - 9:00 AM - Contemporary Worship Service
Sun - 9:45 AM - Sunday School
Sun - 11:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service
Come to Christmas
5:30 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2019
This Sunday is an opportunity to prepare for the coming of Christ with your church family in a different way. First UMC has been celebrating “Come to Christmas” for more than thirty years. This night is an evening of fun, fellowship, and crafts for all generations together. The activities begin at 5:30 p.m. We will eat soup and sandwiches just after 6:00 p.m. The young and young at heart are invited to take pictures with Santa in the Simmons’ Parlor. The Secret Santa workshop allows children to make gifts to surprise their family. Come for the food. Come for the crafts. Come for the fellowship. Come just to watch the joy of the season in action. Come! Come to Christmas!
“A Service of Lessons and Carols”
7:00 p.m. . December 15, 2019
Presented by the Music Ministries,
featuring the Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, and Grades K-5 Children's Choirs.
Share the Christmas Spirit with The Methodist Home
We have been provided with a list of Christmas "wishes" from the residents of the Methodist Home campus in Valdosta. These girls have listed items in varying price ranges that they would love to open on Christmas Day. If you, your Sunday School class, fellowship group, etc. would like to donate an item(s) from the list, please contact Meredyth Earnest at 229-726-0634. Meredyth serves as our church's Advocate for The Methodist Home. All items need to be turned in no later than December 6.
Blessed Assurance Sunday School Class
Hear the Good News: BFUMC is excited to add a new Adult Sunday School class to its roles this Sunday, December 8. The class is open to ALL adults- singles, married, any age, but most importantly, anyone who has been missing that component in their church life and is ready to start or re-kindle that journey. Feel free to call the church office for more information… Blessed Assurance
Holy Land Trip
Pastor Melissa is considering leading a trip to the Holy Land in January of 2021. The trip would be 10 days and cost approximately $3500/person. At least ten people are needed for the trip. A trip to the Holy Land powerfully changes how you understand the Bible. Some people call the geography of the land, “the fifth gospel.” If you consider going, please let Pastor Melissa know. If enough are interested, the exact dates and details will be available after the first of the year.
Knitting and Crochet Ministry
The Knitting and Needle Craft Group meets on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. in the Simmons Parlor. Everyone is welcome, and any kind of handcraft is encouraged. Come and relax, visit, learn and enjoy the afternoon. If you have any questions, contact Pam Immendorf.
Mother’s Morning Out / The Learning Corner
Mother’s Morning Out started Monday, August 19. Changes were implemented with this year’s ministry. MMO will now serve children ages 12-24 months and operating hours will remain as Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For our children ages 2-4 years old, our program will serve as an educational playschool called The Learning Corner. Hours of operation of TLC will be Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Christian Fellowship Dinners
Our Wednesday night Christian Fellowship Dinners are back! We are gathering for food and fellowship, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Make your reservation by contacting the Church Office by noon on Tuesday so we can get a count for the food preparation. Prices are expected to remain the same for the time being.
Children up through age 3 – no cost
Children ages 4-10 - $3.00
Ages 11-64 - $6.00
Ages 65 and over - $4.00
Immediate Family limit - $20.00
Cub Scout Pack #519
The new Cub Scout Pack #519 is going gang busters! Come and join! They meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Pack is open to Kindergarten through 5th grade boys and girls. For more information, please contact the Church Office. Click HERE to go to the Scout page.
Introducing On-Line Giving!
You can now give online to the church. You can give your regular gifts to our operating budget, memorial gifts, or special gifts to the music ministry, building fund, and more using your debit or credit card! You can set up recurring gifts, too. This service is offered for the convenience of our members and friends. The church does incur a small processing fee for each gift. The giver has the option to add an amount to cover this fee or not. To give online, click on the above button and follow the prompts.
You also can set up a draft of your checking account for your regular gifts to the church. This method has no fee for the church. Simply complete the draft form in the church office.
Bainbridge First UMC is blessed with a very generous congregation. Hopefully, these new ways to give will be helpful to you.
For more information, click here to go to the Youth Ministries page.