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Drive-thru Nativity

Several churches in our area are collaborating on a Drive-Thru Nativity. This event is one night only – December 19 – and there is no charge. If you are able, bring some canned food to donate to local food pantries and help feed our neighbors!

Participating churches are listed with addresses on the event page. Watch from your vehicle, as we tell the story of Jesus together!

Online Streaming For Now

November 28, 2020
The Church Council met Sunday night and after some discussion and no little amount of grief, the decision was made to move to virtual gatherings once again. No one wants to do that. But the data that we have from scientists, local and national, paints an unfortunately clear picture: it’s getting worse right now. Total number of cases are up, but the rates of infection, hospitalization, and unchecked community spread are on the rise. With heavy hearts, we will be streaming Sunday school and worship services with only the necessary personnel to produce it for the next several weeks. The Council will meet again in December if the data starts showing marked improvement, which we’re all hoping and praying for. I know that’s a disappointment, but for the sake of our congregation and our neighbors, we’re going to be virtual-only until further notice.

Peace,
Rory

Pumpkin Patch – 2020

Pumpkin Patch has been adapted to meet the needs of our community during Covid-19, and your help is needed. To be able to safely minister to our community, the sale will take place over four days in October: Saturdays 17 & 24 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sundays 18 & 25 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Read more about this year’s Pumpkin Patch.

Outdoor Worship Service

Join us for another worship service on the church lawn!

VBS In-Car Scavenger Hunt

Coming July 17, 2020
Hey Secret City Sleuths! To celebrate the end of VBS, join us in the FBC parking lot on Friday, July 17th at 6:00 p.m. for a city-wide scavenger hunt. You may even want to decorate your car!
Read more about the Scavenger Hunt

Vacation Bible School

July 3, 2020
This summer, you can bring Vacation Bible School home! On Sunday, July 12th, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., your family can drive through the First Baptist Church Oak Ridge parking lot to receive your at-home VBS kit, The Miracles of Jesus. Everything is included, from simple easy-to-teach lesson plans to craft supplies. You will also have access to videos throughout the week with fun songs and dances as well as Bible stories.
Read more about this year’s Vacation Bible School

Church Update

April 28, 2020
Greetings, Church Family. I hope you are healthy and safe in this strange season. More than that, I hope you are finding new ways to flourish in this time of pandemic. Our hearts are burdened for those who are suffering in this time: students and teachers who have had to alter their schedules; graduates who are missing out on a major milestone; healthcare professionals…
Read entire April 28 post

Worship Series – ChurcH

April 16, 2020
Beginning on April 19, our worship services will be focused and themed around who we are as the Church. The worship planners had this series plotted out since February, and then the pandemic hit. Like everything else, COVID-19 has changed how we operate and minister as a church. We’re necessarily distant in this time, but that doesn’t mean that we stopped being the Church.
Read entire April 16 post.

Easter Egg Driving Tour

April 10, 2020
This Saturday, April 11th, you are invited to jump in your car and go ‘hunting’ for eggs around town. Families have left out decorated eggs and other Easter items for you to spot from your vehicle.
Read entire April 10 post.

Easter 2020

April 8, 2020
Greetings from First Baptist Church! Easter is coming this Sunday and for the first time in our history, we won’t be together in the sanctuary for worship. But I would like to invite you to still be a part of our community in some way …
Read entire April 8 post.

COVID-19 Update

March 25, 2020
Greetings, Church Family! Your staff met yesterday, some in person and some by phone, and we were talking together about how we’re doing ministry in this new context. Of course, one of the questions that came up for us is probably the same one that you’re all asking around your tables and living rooms and text messages: How long will we have to do this? None of us has a crystal ball to see the future, but nevertheless we’re all trying to make sense of things. For me personally, I’m listening to information from the CDC, Tennessee Health Department, and the Oak Ridge School System …
Read entire March 25 post.

COVID-19 Update

March 19, 2020
Greetings from First Baptist Church! Social distancing can be isolating and… boring, if we’re being honest. In this post, we wanted to give you some resources and ideas how to keep sane while we all keep each other safe.
Spirituality: Oddly enough, we might find that this time of keeping physical distance might just create some otherwise rare space and time to tend …
Read entire March 19 post.

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