Senior Adults

Senior adults are a vital part of the life of the church. Seniors get involved and contribute through spiritual renewal, service and fellowship. They are encouraged and assisted through the care ministry and peer support.

Get in Touch

Email Bill Neal or call the church office at 404-373-1653.

Scroll down to learn about:

Bible study, Wednesday night supper and groups, Young at Heart, missions, Senior Care Ministry Team, Current and Annual Activities, plus the senior adult residences Clairmont Oaks and Briarcliff Oaks.

Young at Heart sponsors a mission in Memphis

July 18-22, 2016
Senior adults spent a week in Memphis helping out the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Baptist Collegiate Ministry. From refurbishing the kitchen with the guidance of Nancy Ward (nutritionist), to creating individual study centers, to painting and re-carpeting the dining area and large meeting room, the collegiate ministry is in much better shape as they begin the fall semester. The team also worked with the homeless shelter nearby.

Sunday Morning groups welcome senior adults

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

These classes meet at 10 a.m. unless there is a special One Worship time announced for a special Sunday. Look for this information in the Outlook, online, and in the Announcers at church on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Classroom Location Code: 
S = Sanctuary Building
E = Educational Building

Learning Groups

Learning Groups studying the Formations Bible Study Curriculum.
Adults primarily 55 and up. Open to everyone.

The following classes are primarily made up of folks 55 and older, but are diverse and open to anyone who is interested in being in a Sunday morning group for study, growth and community.

Welcome All
Leader: Judi Belcher, members share teaching

Leader: Fred Cavalli

Members share teaching

Triple L
Leader: Ellen Jones

Senior Adult Bible Study Groups

Senior Adult Bible Study Groups studying the Formations Bible Study Curriculum.

The following classes are focused on fellowship, Bible study and caring for senior adults. These classes welcome new senior adults to FBCD.

Gleaners/Pairs and Spares
Leader: Karen Ozaki and Ann Murphy

Philathea (women) 
Leaders: Dot Gordon and Carol Fulkerson

Keystone (men)
Leaders: Maurice Kiser

Alert (men and women)
Leader: Joe Wright and various teachers

You may see an additional list of adult Sunday morning groups, listed by topic, here. All are welcome to participate in any of the classes listed. 

Wednesday senior adult Bible Study Group

4–5 p.m.


Senior adults have the opportunity to participate in an on-going Bible study on Wednesday afternoons. The class is led by Bob and Margie Williamson and provides in-depth study in fellowship with other believers. When asked about why they participate in this class, members responded:

"I come to learn the true meaning of what I believe in."
"This class is a mid-week dose of spiritual insight and motivation."
"This Bible study has been a true blessing to my Christian growth."

Come join us for study and fellowship as we seek to learn more about God and His Word. Anyone of any age is welcome. We meet in room S206 (Crossroads) each Wednesday at 4 p.m.

yes, this is the same class that used to meet on Wednesday mornings

The Wednesday Morning Senior Adult Bible Study is now the Wednesday Senior Adult Bible Study. It meets from 4–5 p.m. every Wednesday instead of 10 a.m.
A fresh pot of coffee will be ready when you get there.
Anyone and everyone is welcome. Just plan to show up and bring your Bible.

Wednesday Night Family Dinner Fellowship

Come for dinner between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights for church-wide fellowship.

MENUS: Find out what's for dinner here.

Young at Heart

Young at Heart provides opportunities throughout the year for senior adults to experience friendship, adventure, service and the love of Christ. The focus of YAH is for adults 55 and older. You don't have to "join" Young at Heart. Just begin by getting involved in the service and activity opportunities Young at Heart makes available to senior adults here at First Baptist Church Decatur.
See ACTIVITIES and SENIORS SERVICE below for more specifics on 2015 opportunities.

Women on Mission

Women on Mission is an ongoing missions involvement and missions education program of First Baptist Church Decatur. It is designed to help women develop a missions lifestyle. As a part of Women on Mission, individuals have the opportunity to participate in missions ministries and missions education that enable them to experience serving Christ and serving others. The ultimate purpose of our Women on Mission organization is to take the gospel to everyone.

WOM meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. in S218.

Senior Care Ministry Leadership Team

A ministry to the homebound, the Senior Care Ministry Leadership Team visits and shows concern for the sick and bereaved. A card ministry serves those who need encouragement. A food ministry provides Wednesday night Family Dinner meals for those who need physical assistance.

Activities — a sampling of annual events

apple trip

We head to Helen, GA and to Jaemor Farms. Folks browse around Helen and select their own lunch location. After lunch the bus heads to the apple venue—Jaemor Farms, which is smaller, but much less crowded than Mercier Orchards. The cost per person is $10 which covers the motor coach.

Lunch and Learn

Three times a year our Senior Adult Ministry offers luncheons along with an educational program that targets the needs of older adults. These programs may deal with ministry functions of the church, topics like Scam Alerts targeting Seniors, or resources available through the ministries of Clairmont Oaks and Briarcliff Oaks. There is a small charge for the meal and all these luncheons take place in our Fellowship Hall.  Watch for the publicity for the dates and topics.

All senior adult Birthday Party

Each year Young at Heart sponsors a birthday party for everyone. A special lunch and entertainment takes place after worship on a Sunday in the spring.

Clairmont Oaks Socials

Clairmont Oaks has an ongoing relationship with our Senior Adult ministry of the church. Social events are planned at Clairmont Oaks and hosted by our Young At Heart Committee.

Gwinnett baseball

The annual baseball outing is usually in August. It includes a stop at the Gwinnett Varsity for dinner on the way to the game to cheer on the Gwinnett Braves.

Veteran’s Day Banquet

On the Thursday prior to Veterans Day the Young At Heart Committee holds a banquet and presentation for our Veterans and their families. This is open to everyone. We have a program that honors our Veterans and educates our congregation about the service that Veterans in our church have provided.  In November 2014, the Commander of the Atlanta World War II Roundtable was our featured speaker.

soldier Box project

Young at Heart leads the congregation in mailing soldier boxes to military personnel serving overseas. A FBCD greeting card, a Beanie Baby toy, a post office priority box and instructions are provided. Packages are mailed to arrive during the Christmas season.

Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Georgia is just one example of the many one day outings sponsored by Young at Heart.

Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Georgia is just one example of the many one day outings sponsored by Young at Heart.

Local and Regional Tours & Outings

Day trips, regional trips, and around town outings are held throughout the year. These have included trips to Chattanooga for three days, Columbus for three days, and Atlanta tours for an afternoon. Good food is always involved and times and costs vary depending on the tour.

“Big Trip” Opportunities

Every other year a “Big Trip” is planned for our Senior Adults. In 2015, a group took a Cruise on the Baltic Sea leaving from Copenhagen, Denmark and sailing to Stockholm, Estonia, Helsinki, and other Baltic ports.

In years past we have taken Cruises to Alaska and the New England area. We have followed the missionary journey’s of Paul in Greece and cruised the Greek Isles. We have traveled to Venice, Prague, Budapest and cruised down the Rhine River. Watch for the promotional material about our next big adventure.

Seniors Serve

There is no limit to the volunteer opportunities for active senior adults: singing in the choir, assisting in the church library, serving on church committees, helping with Vacation Bible School, serving at Wednesday night suppers, being a church greeter or participating in the many mission endeavors—to name a few. 

Helping a Vacation Bible School class with their Liberia offering collected during the week in work gloves.

Helping a Vacation Bible School class with their Liberia offering collected during the week in work gloves.

Young at Heart serves VBS refreshments each year.

Young at Heart serves VBS refreshments each year.

Clairmont Oaks & Briarcliff Oaks 

FBC Decatur has a close relationship with both Clairmont Oaks and Briarcliff Oaks, which provide affordable housing to seniors. For information about Clairmont Oaks Inc. go here

Clairmont Oaks

Clairmont Oaks

For information about Briarcliff Oaks Inc., go here.

Briarcliff Oaks

Briarcliff Oaks

Get in Touch

Email Bob Williamson or call the church office at 404-373-1653.