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
Advent and Christmas
2018 Advent and Christmas Calendar
Advent and Christmas are busy and exciting seasons at Bainbridge First United Methodist, filled with special services and activities. Make your plans now to attend and participate in the following events!
December 9, Second Sunday of Advent
Come to Christmas, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sharp and J.O. Smith Buildings
December 12, Wednesday
Last Christian Fellowship Dinner for 2018, 6:00 p.m., J.O. Smith Building
Children’s Christmas Program, "The Twelve Days of Christmas", 6:45 p.m., Sanctuary
December 16, Third Sunday of Advent
Service of Lessons and Carols, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
December 19, Wednesday
Chili, Cornbread, and Caroling, 6:00 p.m., J.O. Smith Building
December 24, Monday, Christmas Eve
Come-and-Go Communion, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reynolds Chapel
Communion and Candlelight Service, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
December 30, First Sunday after Christmas Day
Fellowship Breakfast, 9:30 a.m., J.O. Smith Building (No Sunday School)
Unity Worship Service, 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
United Methodist Men
United Methodist Men will meet for breakfast this Sunday, December 9, at 7:30 a.m. in the J.O. Smith Building. Piper Loeffler will provide the program.
Come to Christmas
Save the date! Our annual family activity, “Come to Christmas,” will be Sunday, December 9, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. There will be soup, sandwiches, crafts, and a visit from Santa himself.
Clark-Morris UMW Circle
The Clark-Morris UMW Circle will meet on Monday, December 10, at 11:30 a.m. at Ricky’s for their Christmas gathering.
The Seasoned Saints will take an evening trip to Tallahassee to eat dinner and see the Christmas lights. We will also return to Bainbridge and drive through the Boat Basin and other areas of town to see the lights. We will leave the church at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17. Since it will be dark when we get back home, please let Lauren know if you need assistance being picked up and carried back home. Please call the Church Office or let Lauren know if you can attend.
Cornbread and Caroling
We are in need of two trailers for caroling. If you are able to provide a trailer for this event on December 19, please call the Church Office or email/call Lauren. Thank you for helping with this.
We will start training our new Acolytes after the beginning of the New Year. Anyone in grades 2nd-5th grade is welcome to become an Acolyte. Call the Church Office at 229-246-1864 to sign up. Christi Murray or Suzi Loeffler will contact you in January to schedule your training class.
2019 Confirmation/Church Membership Class
The 2019 Confirmation/Church Membership Class will begin Sunday, January 13, during the Sunday School hour. We will meet in the Library. Confirmation/Church Membership Class is for youth in sixth grade and above and prepares these young people for making a profession of faith in Jesus as Savior, entering into the professing membership of the church, and embarking on a life of discipleship. The class will be received into membership on Sunday, April 28.
One of the highlights of the Confirmation/Church Membership Class is going to the Confirmation Retreat at Epworth By The Sea. This year the retreat will be March 1-3. Because this retreat fills up quickly, we need to get our confirmands (students) registered as quickly as possible. The cost is $60. Please contact Pastor Mike for more information and/or to get your student registered!
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.
Christian Fellowship Dinners!
Our Wednesday Night activities resume this week on November 28. Please remember that if you have standing reservations for our Christian Fellowship Dinner, cannot attend, and do not cancel, we ask that you please pay for your meal.
Children up through age 3 - no cost
Children ages 4-10 - $3.00
Ages 11-64 - $6.00
65 and over - $4.00
Immediate Family limit- $20.00
For more information, click here to go to the Music Ministries page.
For more information, click here to go to the Youth Ministries page.
Fall Events at E-B-T-S
Hurricane Michael Recovery Assistance
1) Contact our local Disaster Recovery Center and start a FEMA claim.
2) If referred to Small Business Administration, follow up and open a claim with the SBA.
For more information call: 800-621-3362 or visit: www.gema.ga.gov.
1) Contact the local Small Business Administration and file a claim.
For more information call: 800-659-2955 or visit: www.sba.gov.
Both FEMA and the SBA are being housed in the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located in the Decatur County Memorial Coliseum, 600 Wheat Ave., Bainbridge, GA 39819.
The DRC (in the Coliseum) will be open Monday—Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Flyers are available on the table by the Church Office or in the lobby of the J.O. Smith Building.