Volunteer for MLK Jr. Service Project

First Baptist Decatur participates in the City of Decatur MLK Jr. Service Project every year. This year, the project takes place on Saturday January 19 to Monday January 21, 2019.

City wide – 700 to over 1,000 volunteers will work on low income senior citizens’ homes in the City of Decatur, making greatly needed repairs and doing yard work that the elderly homeowners have been unable to afford. There are volunteer opportunities available for skilled, unskilled and everyone in between. Specific skills are not necessary.  The FBC work team usually has about 6 to 10 members.

Lunch and Learn with Deborah Garrard


Thursday, February 7
12-1pm, Carreker Hall
$10 per person (RSVP by Feb. 1)

Do you want to get better at loving yourself, at taking care of yourself through mindfulness, spirituality, and nutrition? You’re invited to this special lunch and learn with Young at Heart and Deborah Garrard as we learn about loving ourselves and loving each other.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP to the church office (404.373.1653) by February 1 so we know how many to prepare lunch for. Thanks!


Deborah Garrard is a certified Psychology and Eating Coach who helps individuals and groups achieve renewed energy, strength, and joy through eating psychology and mind-body nutrition principles. She is founder of Bee Well Serve Well. You can learn more about her here.

Deacon Ordination 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 2:00pm

The ordination of new Deacons and installation of the new deacon class will be on January 27, 2019 at 2:00pm in a special ordination service.

There will be a luncheon prior for all deacons past, present, upcoming and their families. Details are pending for the luncheon, but a RSVP will be required by deacons and their families wishing to attend.

We hope you’ll make an effort to attend this meaningful service to support, encourage, and pray over our new leadership at FBCD!

Conversations with Tayari Jones

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Tayari Jones is the New York Times Bestselling author of Silver Sparrow and An American Marriage, and she will be at First Baptist Church of Decatur on February 5 to share her wisdom, writing, and life experience in the Conversations series by Georgia Center for the Book.

Tayari Jones is a masterful storyteller and helps audiences navigate the “generational expectations of men and women, the place of marriage in modern society, systemic racism, toxic masculinity, and more” in a gentle, compassionate, and meaningful way.

Whether you’re a thirtysomething hoping to learn more from this amazing woman or an older adult wanting help navigating our changing social climate in a safe space, then this event is for you!

First Baptist Church of Decatur
February 5, 2019
FREE to the public

Download a promotional poster here

Special Thank You


Over the past two years all of the residents at Clairmont Oaks have had their kitchens renovated and new heating and air conditioning systems have been installed. On the days each group of residents has moved out and moved back in, volunteers have provided them with a continental breakfast.

A special thank you goes to these volunteers:  Patty Cook, Billie Jo Corell, Carol Hadley, Tommye Morris, Sandra Payne, Jan Pratt, Debra Pyron, Carolyn Rich, Helen Wallace, Nancy Ward, and Judy Powell.

There will be other opportunities to volunteer at Clairmont Oaks and Briarcliff Oaks, the senior-living communities which are ministries of First Baptist Church of Decatur.

If you are interested in being a “Friend of the Oaks,” contact Judy Powell at jpowell2001@comcast.net

Wednesday Night Schedule - January 2019


Do you want to learn how to grow deeper in your faith this year? Are you looking for a healthy community for your kids to build new friendships in? Or maybe you’re looking for an opportunity to make new friendships yourself while nurturing your body, heart, soul and mind.

If this sounds like you, then we invite you to join us for Wednesday nights at FBCD!

Weekly dinner begins at 5:30pm and is served until 6:15pm. Afterward, you’re invited to join in on one of the following opportunities:

  • Bible Study (Genesis in January: Begin with the First Beginning!)

  • Gentle Yoga (5:00pm)

  • Candlelight Yoga Meditation and Spiritual Flow (6:30pm)

  • Sanctuary Choir

  • FBCD Kids

  • Youth Group

To learn more about the above classes and where they’re located, visit fbcdecatur.com/wednesday

Volunteer Opportunities

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Interested in giving some of your time at First Baptist Church of Decatur?

We have a lot of volunteer opportunities you might be interested in!

Welcome Center Volunteers –
Are you good at welcoming others, answering phones, and performing light administrative tasks? We need several individuals to become substitutes for our normal front office volunteers. If you’re interested in lending your talents Monday-Friday on an as-needed basis, please contact Nancy Baines at nbaines@fbcdecatur.com

Worship Kids Care Team –
Do you have a passion for working with kids? We need people who are willing to teach kids classes and help our staff on Sunday mornings. If you're interested, contact Kristen Koger at kkoger@fbcdecatur.com

Sunday Morning Production Team –
Do you have experience working behind-the-scenes during events or worship services? We're looking for individuals who are interested in giving their time running sound boards, managing screen content on Sunday mornings, and more. If you're interested in helping out, contact Randall Hampton at rhampton@fbcdecatur.com

Donations Collected for Lost-n-Found Youth

Last month, our church community collected donation items for homeless LGBTQ youth in Atlanta. We had an outstanding response from our church community and we cannot thank you enough! Together we were able to collect:

  • 30 blankets

  • 56 McDonald’s gift cards

  • 20 backpacks

  • 10 umbrellas

  • 64 scarves

  • 5 hats

  • 7 pairs of socks

  • 4 pairs of pants

  • 27 ponchos

  • 5 shirts

  • 7 jackets

  • 4 pairs of gloves

  • Plus an extensive assortment of candy bars

Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed to these supply needs for Lost-N-Found Youth! We were very excited to partner with them in the month of December and look forward to doing more with them in the future.

About Lost-n-Found Youth
Lost-N-Found Youth is an Atlanta, Georgia based nonprofit (501c3) that exists to end homelessness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and all sexual minority youth. Learn more here.