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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

March 25, 2018
11:00 a.m. Worship
Palm Sunday 

Deserters? — Sermon by Paul Baxley

Scripture:  Mark 14:43-52


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

Mark your calendars for the CELEBRATION OF THE COMPLETION OF RENOVATION AND REDEDICATION OF THE BUILDING on Sunday, April 15.  We will begin the morning with a special tour with a twist (a progressive breakfast) during the Sunday School Hour.  During worship, we will...

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Seven Last Words

Holy Week begins Sunday. Please join us for worship at 11:00 a.m. with a special musical presentation of Seven Last Words.  The Children's choirs will lead our Procession of Palms and the sanctuary choir and orchestra will be joined by Rachel Eve Apfelbach, Alan...

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Vacation Bible School 2018

Online registration is now available for the 2018 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL on June 11-14 from 9 am to noon. "Lights, Camera, Action!" is the theme for this year's VBS which is open to children who are rising Kindergartners through sixth grade. Please fill out a separate...

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Holy Week at FBC

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for Holy Week at FBC Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday Morning Worship – 11:00 AM Meditation: “Deserters” Text: Mark 14:43-52 The Seven Last Words of Christ presented by Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Seven Last Words...

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Filled Easter Eggs Needed

Donations of filled EASTER EGGS are needed before our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, March 25.  Please bring donations of filled eggs and placed them in the marked containers in either foyer before March 19.

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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 Tuesday, April 3. 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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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.