Our preschool ministry provides times of learning and worship for preschool children. Our teachers are dedicated to helping each child learn about Jesus. We work together in the preschool ministry area to communicate the love of Jesus and provide a safe and fun learning environment. We love it when parents tell us that their child says that the time with us at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville is their favorite time of the week!
Our Children’s Ministry program, Elevate Kids, focuses on continuing to build the foundations of faith that are started in our Preschool Department. It is during the early grade school years that children learn that God is not just a friend, but that He loves them personally. They begin to understand that He is part of their everyday life and decision-making. We want to help the students as they grow in their understanding that Jesus wants to be the most important part of their lives. Children's Ministries include Sunday School, the Gospel Project, AWANA, Children's Choir and VBS!
Our Student Ministry is called Elevate Ministries. In John 12, from the very words of Jesus, we find the command to lift Christ up to a new level. John 12:32 reads, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." The purpose of Elevate Ministries is to teach the next, upcoming generation of young people to elevate Jesus Christ above all else. Whether it is in school, around friends, on a sports team, or even at home, Jesus Christ is at the center of their lives. Our desire is that students understand the importance of letting Christ illuminate their paths and follow in the footsteps that our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has prepared before them.
Looking for a Small Group to get involved in? Having trouble connecting with young adults? Then our Prevail Ministries Group is the place for you!
Philippians 1:6 reads, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." According to recent studies, between 72% and 80% of college students that reach their sophomore year, will completely turn their back on the church. The goal of Prevail is to prove this statistic wrong! Our mission is to provide a place in which the work of Christ that began in our youth groups, will continue through our days in college, and prevail throughout the rest of our lives until we meet our precious Savior.
Please join us Sunday evenings as we meet to discuss meaningful Bible studies and tackle some of life's toughest obstacles, together!
(This class is offered to High School Seniors, College Students, and Early Career individuals 18yr-30yr.)
College and Career Ministries
The anonym AWANA comes from the first letters Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed (2 Tim. 2:15) AWANA strongly emphasizes memorizing scripture and is a wonderful tool that helps reach our children for Christ. Our AWANA clubs meet every Wednesday night at 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm. We have game time, council time and handbook time. The children can earn AWANA BUCS, which they can spend in the AWANA store.
Mosaic Moms is a group for encouraging and equipping moms. When you have a child, your life shatters. Who we once were is broken apart, and we learn to live with a new creation, as a new creation. Always surprising, sometimes painful, the process of motherhood is a beautiful transformation that is irrevocable. The Artist’s Hand is at work placing bits of our former self into a new masterpiece. May His Light shine through our lives in all we do for ....in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
This is a ladies fellowship & prayer group that meets monthly for coffee, refreshments, and a devotional. Bring a coffee mug with your personal prayer request on a note tucked inside to exchange with a prayer partner for the following month. The Coffee mug will then serve as a reminder for your prayer partner to pray for your request. Remember these prayer requests are to remain private between the prayer partners. We also enjoy annual women's retreats.
Matthew 18:19-21: 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
The Baptist Men’s Prayer Breakfast is a fellowship ministry that meets every Tuesday morning for prayer and a devotional. We review the special needs of church members and friends, and support them with our prayer ministry.
Each week we have a presentation by one of our participants or a guest speaker. These devotions are a way to express our faith and grow closer in our relationship with God. Subjects are usually spiritual, faith-based themes but can be on any topic, many will be geared toward the things you deal with every day.
It doesn’t matter if you can only come occasionally or become one of our regulars, you are always welcome. Join our gathering for fellowship, coffee and conversation at Papa's Place (3651 Dawson Forest Rd E, Dawsonville, GA 30534), 7:30am on Tuesdays .
Men's Breakfast Ministry
One of the most exciting ministries at First Baptist Dawsonville is our JOY (Just Older Youth) Club. This is a ministry to our Senior Adults. We meet regularly on the first Thursday of the month. We laugh, cry, pray, and play together, as we enjoy the fellowship of other Christians. We’re not necessarily a travel club, but we usually have a couple of trips each year. In the past we’ve visited Nova Scotia, French Canada, Ireland, and many places in the United States and Canada. Everyone is invited to join us as we get together. For more information, please call Stan Lovell at 706-265-2612
Our Worship Choir, along with our Drama department, works hard all year long for the Sunday services and two major productions at Christmas and Easter. We have a Children’s Choir that involves children from Kindergarten through sixth grades. They also perform at least two musicals each year, and generally join the Worship Choir at Christmas. We will have a pre-school choir this year as well.
If God has blessed you with musical talents, we need you here at First Baptist Dawsonville. Please get in touch with Stan Lovell and let’s discuss how you can be used in this wonderful ministry within our church.
Dawsonville Baptist Church was constituted in the year 1854 AD. The very early church records were destroyed by fire in 1928, at which time church clerk Grover Taylor reconstructed the Articles of Faith, which served until 1985 when conference ratified the correct Constitution and Bylaws, which established the name The First Baptist Church, Inc.
For the first almost ninety years, a one-room structure accommodated all services, which consisted of Sunday School, and two monthly preaching services. Building expansion plans that began in 1939 realized fruition in the form of a new facility that included a sanctuary and four Sunday School rooms – almost debt free – and first used August 31, 1943. Very soon, the note of indebtedness was burned at a Sunday A.M. service, although such event is not recorded in minutes. Facility improvement programs followed in 1955, 1968 and 1988. The church took a bold forward step when, with the calling of Rev. Hugh Fields as pastor, full-time services were begun.
In any historical sketch of a church, note must go to the integral contributions of pastors. With apologies of any omissions, a list of pioneer pastors who have served follows: Before 1928: J.R. Stone, G. Marion Taylor, D.J. Burt, Pink Moss, Henry Wood, Rev. Poore, Firman Williams, H. H. Humphries. Since 1928: W.E. Patterson, G.W. Forrest, B.J. Faulkner, J.T. Bell, Henry Warren, J.H. Boling, Ford Phillips, C.B. Gazaway, Hugh Fields, W.D. Lawes (interim), Grant Fennell Minor Martin, Tommie Gene Smith, Minor Martin (interim), Ray Rhodes, Dr. Robert Green (interim), Dr. Alan D. Hix, and Dr. Jim Gaines.
A visionary step was taken in 1998 when the leadership and members of this church felt God calling them to provide a larger facility of worship and ministry for the growing and changing county. The church called Dr. Jim Gaines as its pastor to lead the congregation in realizing this vision. The church purchased 9 acres less than two miles north of the downtown facility in 1999 and an additional 3 acres in 2001 for a total of 12 acres. After three years of much prayer and careful planning, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was held on July 8, 2001 with completion scheduled for early fall of 2002. Our new facility has a 750-seat worship center, a fellowship hall, ample classroom space, and an office suite.