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Whether you have just moved to Athens or have lived here all your life, we’d love to have you in our community. We invite you to join us for Sunday School, Worship, our Wednesday evening meal and programs, and other opportunities for study, fellowship and mission. No matter where you are on your faith journey, we would be honored to walk with you.

About FBC

First Baptist Church is a thriving community in Christ where we all participate in worship and are transformed by mission. A participating congregation in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, our community is a warm and welcoming place for you to engage your faith through worship, community and mission. Our doors are open to all. First Baptist embraces historic Baptist commitments to the priesthood of all believers, congregational autonomy, religious liberty, and the ordination of women. First Baptist continues its commitment to be faithful with the gifts and opportunities God provides.

This Week in Worship

February 25, 2018
11:00 a.m. Worship 




The Second Sunday in Lent 




















































                         Sermon by Paul Baxley: The Cost of Discipleship









 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; 

Mark 8: 31-38








First Baptist Church of Athens shows Jesus Christ’s love by engaging in transformational ministry in relationship with its neighbors both locally and globally in the community spirit of Matthew 25:34-40.


First Baptist Church of Athens thrives as a powerful, beautiful, charismatic and intergenerational community of believers who take action in building up one another in Christ and equipping one another for ministry and mission with ourselves and our neighbors.

Upcoming Events

Bible Study and Prayer Gatherings with Chestnut Grove

We are pleased to announce that our monthly gatherings with members of Chestnut Grove Baptist for Bible study and prayer will resume this month! In the late winter and spring months, we will gather at First Baptist in our Fellowship Hall on the fourth Tuesday evening...

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Seeker’s Huge Birthday Party

The Seekers invite you to their second annual HUGE BIRTHDAY PARTY on Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The cost is $5/person to cover the cost of the meal and entertainment.  RSVP to the church office by Monday, March 19.  

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Ladies’ Day Away

** PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE Join the ladies of FBC for a LADIES DAY AWAY on Thursday, April 5. We plan to depart FBC at 7:45 a.m. for Asheville by coach to tour the Biltmore House’s exhibit of the clothes from the movie Titanic.  The cost is $100 per person. All are...

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#MOMS will meet on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the third floor gathering area. Our guest speaker will be Charlotte Marshall to share a history of women at First Baptist Athens, enjoying fellowship and of course, a snack!  

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Emergency Weather Response Team

If you are interested in joining a newly formed EMERGENCY WEATHER RESPONSE TEAM to be a back-up family shelter for the Salvation Army during weather emergencies, including cold weather, please sign up on the FBC website. Go to FBC Mission Opportunities to learn all...

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Immigrant Buddy Program

There is an immediate need in the community for an individual (or family) to work with an immigrant family facing the crisis of deportation.  This is a short-term IMMIGRANT BUDDY PROGRAM projected to last less than 3 months and is a great opportunity to live out our...

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Next Steps Lunch and Conversation

Join us on Sunday, February 25 for a congregational lunch immediately after worship.  We will share a meal, listen to one another, and continue discussing NEXT STEPS FOR FBC.  Donations for lunch will support the youth summer mission trip to Houston. Please register...

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IHN La Table

All are invited to the upcoming annual fundraiser for Interfaith Hospitality Network, LA TABLE!! It will be held at the Athens Country Club on Tuesday February 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 each and can be purchased on Wednesday evenings, Sunday...

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First Baptist Church of Athens believes worship pleasing to God occurs when all members of our congregation – young and old, male and female, unhindered by status, race or national origin – make regular worship participation a high priority; endeavor to discover their unique God-given gifts; and offer those gifts in community to Father, Son and Holy Spirit as acts of adoration, praise and commitment. We gather each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. for worship. Beginning August 6, we will offer an additional worship service at 8:30 a.m.