Worship Ministry

Worship through music and creative arts

Worship? What's that?

The word is derived from the Old English root word "weorþscipe", meaning to venerate, worship, or show honor to, and has been understood as "worthiness or worth-ship"—to give, at its simplest, worth to something.


When we speak of the worship of God, what we mean is this:


The inner essence of Christian worship is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, being satisfied with God above all earthly things. And then that deep, restful, joyful satisfaction in God overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.


In other words, we recognize who God is and that He is worthy of our worship, causing us to show honor to Him by singing, sharing the Gospel, and loving and serving others as He has called us to do!

Musical Worship at First Baptist

Our musical worship style is broad, ranging from hymns to modern worship. We truly believe that worship is more than artistic expression, it’s an attitude of the heart. We want to provide a heartfelt, meaningful worship experience for wherever you are in your walk with Christ. The FBC worship ministry is a thriving and diverse group of believers dedicated to serving God through the creative arts.


Our aim is to create worship environments that allow people to meet God and discover His personal message of grace through the use of music, drama, production technology, and other creative arts.

Interested in serving?

We are always seeking servant-hearted people to serve within the Worship Ministry to help us accomplish its mission. We encourage everyone to share their abilities with the church and community. We also encourage people to discover their abilities. Whether these abilities be singing, teaching, playing an instrument, acting, or working with production technology, there is a place for you here. If you have an interest in serving in one of these areas on Sunday mornings, we’d love to talk with you. For those not quite ready to jump into some of the more specific groups, we have a “come as you are choir” that rehearses on Wednesday evenings and help lead out in that service. We would love to have you!


If you would like more information about our Worship Ministry, please contact one of our Worship Ministers below!

Ed Lawrie

Minister of Music

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Ben Haywood

Minister of Contemporary Worship

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Worship Ministry Groups

Worship Choir

The Worship Choir’s primary responsibility is to lead in worship in our 11:00am Blended Service in the Worship Center on Sunday mornings. The choir also provides Christ-honoring music for the community through our annual Georgia Mountain Passion Play held on the weekend of Palm Sunday, our annual Christmas Cantata, and other programs during the year.  The choir is open to all high school students and adults. No audition is required to serve.

Rehearsals:  Wednesdays, 7:15pm – 8:30pm in the Choir Room

Celebration Choir

The Celebration Choir is a fellowship of singers ages 55 and up with a flexible mid-day schedule who meet to celebrate their faith in Christ as He has revealed Himself through the course of their lives. This group frequently shares its music in our 6:00pm service and presents an evening concert each fall.  Other opportunities for ministry include frequent singing in assisted living centers and participating in at least one choir festival per year. No audition is required.

Rehearsals:  Tuesdays, 11:00am – 12 noon in the Choir Room

Orchestra

The Exaltation Orchestra provides instrumentalists in our church the opportunity to use their talents in worship by providing accompaniment for our 11:00am Blended service and leading in worship through special musical selections. This group is also used for periodic outreach to the community. This group is open to all students and adults. A minimum of two years experience on an instrument is suggested.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:45pm – 7:30pm in the Worship Center

Contemporary Worship Team

The Worship Team’s primary responsibility is to lead in worship in our 11:00am Contemporary Service, "Worship In The Hall", that meets in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings. The worship team is band driven and is typically made up of vocalists, keyboards, guitars, and percussion. However, our team loves to branch out and involve other instruments so if you're interested in serving, get in touch with Ben, our Minister of Contemporary Worship. The worship team is open to Middle and High School students as well as adults.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Fellowship Hall

Student Worship Team

The Student Worship Team’s primary responsibility is to lead in worship in our 6:00pm Student Gatherings on Wednesdays. The worship team is band driven and is typically made up of vocalists, keyboards, guitars, and percussion. However, our team loves to branch out and involve other instruments so if you're interested in serving, get in touch with Ben, our Minister of Contemporary Worship. The student worship team is open to Middle and High School students.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 4:30pm – 5:45pm in the Student Ministry Building

Handbell Choir

The Resounding Praise Handbell Choir is a fellowship of Christian musicians who enjoy using handbells to bring glory to Christ. This group periodically shares music in worship services and represents First Baptist Church in the community as it performs at assisted living centers and for various community events. Ability to read music is a prerequisite. If you cannot commit to ring on a regular basis we welcome ringers to serve on our substitute ringer list.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 4:00 – 5:15pm (August - May) in the Rock Chapel

KidZ Choir

For children age 3 – grade 5. Our KIDZ choir ministry provides a variety of musical experiences including performance opportunities to teach children about musical concepts, worship, the Bible, and Christian character development. There are three choirs (ages 3-5, grades K-2, and grades 3-5) that meet during the school year, each led by least two adults who are well prepared and love teaching children.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5:45 – 6:40pm (August – May) in the Kids’ Ministry Building

Technical & performing arts media team

With all of these worship ministry groups, there's a lot going on behind the scenes as well. Our media team is full of people who love to serve in worship ministry but we don't often see them because they are not on stage. You'll find them serving in various areas including live sound, lighting, cameras, broadcast, and even stage management for many of our special events. And because there is so much going on with media in our worship services, we often need more team members than you'd think. We're always recruiting and training new members of our team so if you're someone who's interested in learning how you can be a part of the Technical & Performing Arts Media Team at First Baptist contact one of our two media directors below!

Wayne Blackmer

Technical Arts Media Director

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Joe Collins

Performing Arts Media Director

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