A BEA­CON OF HOPE

The Covington News - - RELIGION - RASHEERA DOP­SON-ROBIN­SON news@cov­news.com

First Bap­tist Church of Cov­ing­ton — this 190-year-old es­tab­lish­ment has been in ex­is­tence since 1823. Lo­cated on the Square in down­town Cov­ing­ton, this church is a bea­con of hope to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Pro­vid­ing var­i­ous aux­il­iary ser­vices to the young and the old, First Bap­tist would be best de­scribed as a cut­ting-edge pro­gres­sive min­istry. With a mem­ber­ship of 1,200 peo­ple, First Bap­tist has ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. Known through­out the com­mu­nity for the di­verse min­istries, they have a roster of events that one can get in­volved in.

With ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from chil­dren’s and adult choir to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mis­sion trips, this min­istry is al­ways de­vel­op­ing new and ground break­ing ideas. Re­cently the min­istry just ended an in­ten­sive se­ries called “Project Gospel.” This se­ries was geared to­ward equip­ping Chris­tians with sound teach­ing on scrip­tures through­out the Bi­ble.

Not only is this church striv­ing to reach the young at heart but there are also min­istries in place for the ma­ture and el­derly mem­bers. On ev­ery 2nd and 4th Satur­day they have game day where the el­derly can come and play games in their fel­low­ship hall. Along with game day, ev­ery Tues­day a group of the el­derly mem­bers go to the lo­cal mid­dle and high schools to cook and pray with the youth. In speak­ing with head wor­ship Pas­tor Tim Barnes, he states “our min­istry is very in­ten­tional in min­is­ter­ing to all in ev­ery age group.”

Con­sis­tently en­gag­ing in the com­mu­nity, they also of­fer events and ser­vices through­out the week. One min­istry in par­tic­u­lar that reaches out to the com­mu­nity is the quilt min­istry. This min­istry do­nates a quilt to in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity who have can­cer. They have a laun­dry min­istry where once a month you can also see them at lo­cal laun­dry mats of­fer­ing to help oth­ers in need with their laun­dry. They also have their very own school — First Bap­tist Academy is ac­cept­ing stu­dents from pre-K to 5th grade.

Hold­ing mul­ti­ple ser­vices on Sun­day., at 8:15, 10:30 and 10:45 a.m., First Bap­tist gives one the op­tion of se­lect­ing their per­sonal wor­ship choice. They have a con­tem­po­rary ser­vice held in their fel­low­ship hall, and they have a more tra­di­tional ser­vice that is held in their main sanc­tu­ary. All ser­vices are wel­comed to any­one who will join.

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