Swainsboro FBC celebrates 130 years

by | February 23, 2005 12:00 am

First Baptist Church of Swainsboro, constituted on Jan. 1, 1875, is celebrating its 130th anniversary with a series of special events.

Kickoff of the celebration was held Sunday, Feb. 13. A skit, written by Dr. Jean B. Bridges entitled “In the Beginning,” featured actors Jack McLeod, Cherie McLeod, Judy Wommack and Fred Wommack. The play described the early years of the church, its original building (now Primitive Baptist Church) on West Main and Lewis streets.

The first pastor, Rev. George Washington Smith, was a former Confederate soldier from Washington County. He served the church for eight years and wrote the constitution.

Mattie Moring brought her portable organ to the services and played. The organ will be on display on the day of Homecoming, May 22.

On Feb. 22, 1875, the church was given the deed to its building and property by George W. Moring. The name on the deed was Baptist Church of Christ at Swainsboro. In 1900, the congregation moved to a site by the Settlers Cemetery. On Feb. 20 this year, Jimmy Morgan, a member of the church since the 1940s, gave a detailed history of the church with visuals.

On March 6, the congregation will visit each of the sites and commemorate each site with prayer and song. On March 27, the church will celebrate its 130th Easter service.

On April 10, an appreciation service dinner will be held to honor community agencies that make life richer for its church members. In the week following, church members will express appreciation to public schools, teachers, principals and the Superintendent and his staff.

On April 23-24, there will be a revival with Good News Co. They will sing April 24 at 11 a.m. and will be directed by Tom Durden, director and organizer of the youth choir.

On May 15, the Missionettes in Concert choral ensemble will present a concert. On May 22, Homecoming will be celebrated. Rev. Bob Blankenship will speak All former pastors and members of the church staff will come together for a dinner and slide show. Choir Director Rev. Gilbert Westberry will present special music.

The Communications Committee of the church are Jean Morgan, Julian Sconyers, Mark Williams, Greg Barwick and Dr. Bridges, chair. Dr. Blankenship and Dr. Westberry are ex-officio members.

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