From the minute your mates step off the plane onto Australian soil, they will find themselves on a trip they’ll never forget! The day begins at the Aussie Assembly, the thrilling opening complete with entertaining welcomes, “aus-some” songs, a mission moment, and prayer. We then launch into our rotations - from Hoppin' Good Games, Land Down Under Lessons, Top Koala-ty Treats, to Turtle-y Terrific Science & Crafts - there is so much to take in and to keep you connected to the basic truth - The Value of Life!
Join us for this down-under adventure with God's Word!
We are pleased to finally be able to announce a restart to our Spring Bible Conferences with a special opportunity to grow in our study and understanding of God's Word. In conjunction with Christian
Steve Burchett, CCW Worldwide
Communicators Worldwide, we will be hosting a Bible Intensive with Steve Burchett and his wife Patty for Friday evening and Saturday as we engage in what, for many, will be a somewhat different method for studying and engaging with God's Word! All materials will be provided, leave your study Bible at home, and come learn to draw the meaning of the Bible directly from the pages in their context!
Come discover that you CAN study and UNDERSTAND the Bible. Gain skills to help you be far more confident in your studies, and maybe even uncover that hidden scholar just waiting to be unearthed! At the end of our time on Saturday, you will know more about a chapter of God's Word than many pastors! But more importantly, you will be blessed as only the intentional study of the Bible can bring.
The schedule for the March 4 & 5:
Friday: 6-9PM (Supper included). Saturday: 9AM-1:30PM (Breakfast available at 8:30AM and Lunch Included). There is no cost to attend, although you may contribute to offset the costs by clicking HERE and designate it for Conference costs, or contribute at the event.
First Baptist Church is excited to again host our annual Chili Cook-Off! This fun, family-friendly event will see a wide range of chilis, from traditional no-beans and with beans, white, red, brown, and we have even had green before! Heat ranges will be from none to extreme (will be clearly labeled).
And YOU are the judge! Everyone who samples chili gets to vote for their favorite!
This event is open to the public – but if you plan to enter your chili, please have it here by 5:45PM to give time to get registered and set up for tasting!
This is a FREE event – but we will also have a dessert auction after the chili tasting is done! So if you want to bring your favorite baked item or dessert for the auction, then bring that too! But most importantly – come have fun and enjoy the fellowship while trying a variety of chilis.
Saturday, October 9, we will have our annual Lifeword Walk 4 The World at Cave Springs City Park (392 E Johnson Ave, Cave Springs) beginning at 9AM. Each year, churches of the BMA observe “Lifeword Sunday” – a special emphasis of prayer and giving for the ministry of Lifeword Media Ministries, one of our most effective missions efforts as a church association – Lifeword reaches up to 2 billion people a day through radio, TV, the internet. Help them expand broadcasts to reach the remaining 5 billion with the Good News. #LifewordSunday #WeTellTheStory https://lifeword.org/lifeword-sunday/
Walk 4 The World on Saturday, October 9 will take place at Cave Springs City Park – where where we who can, will walk the walking trail to total up to 3 miles. Some have gotten pledges for miles (or laps) walked. Others simply make donations specified for this particular ministry, all to be submitted on Lifeword Sunday, October 24.
We have Lotts of fund and fellowship – while bringing attention to this incredible ministry. While we all cannot be physical missionaries around the world, and to language groups we may have never even heard of – Lifeword does through broadcast and digital media – and you can be a part of that!
If you cannot be there at 9AM, that’s ok – we should be their until about 1PM. And if you cannot walk – come and encourage those who will and enjoy the outdoors and fellowship time.
Here is a video reminder of what Lifeword is all about…
First Baptist Church is excited to announce our first one-day youth rally:
Featuring Worship led by our friends of Trinitas (Shreveport, LA and Tyler, TX), and teaching by Micah Powell.
Fear can do a lot more than cause us to shake or want to hide. For some, it causes us to become angry, fearful- and it can destroy families, friendships - and chase us from the very things in life that matter. F.U.D. - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt... After the last year and a half, we all should be very familiar with these terms. Fear overtook many, changed lives - Uncertainty cause paralysis and government officials to make decisions that will long be questioned, and of course Doubt - or even pessimism that comes naturally with fear and uncertainty - and all three of these things are tools that Satan uses to try to stop, squash, and destroy lives that could otherwise be joy-filled testimonies.
Trinitas is a trio consisting of Chanin & Mandy Barker (Shreveport, LA), plus Keith Copley (Tyler, TX), who bring an energy and excitement fueled by a genuine passion for Christ and the Saving Grace poured out through the Gospel. The music styles in the library of Trinitas is across the spectrum - from Southern Gospel to Contemporary Christian and Praise - We are glad to have Trinitas as a part of this important event!
Micah Powell, and his wife of 12 years Rachel, is currently a student at Midwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and has served as a worship pastor, youth pastor, family pastor, and frequent camp + youth speaking engagements. Micah is an engaging speaker, compassionate soul, and absolutely a spaz for the redeeming work of Jesus Christ - with a passion and energy for equipping folks for life and ministrythrough discipleship. His background speaks very clearly and loudly to the subject of battling fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and there is absolutely no chance that you listen to Micah without coming away strengthened and very likely changed.
WHO CAN COME?
This event is open to all, though primarily geared towards Junior High- College aged students. We will have opportunity for questions, prayer, and of course - worship! We do ask that all participants PRE-REGISTER so we can plan food for the LUNCH that we will provide. Registration/tickets are $1 (which simply covers the cost of registration) and guarantees you a spot. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11 at Noon.
It’s happening! After the COVID insanity of 2020, we are back and ready for action for VBS 2021! June 7-11, with a special closing celebration on Sunday evening, June 13 – where we will give away major prizes!Come one, come all on an island adventure of intrigue, fun, games and much more as we seek out the One True God!
2 years old through 8th Grade – we have an adventure for you!
Adults… we have plenty for you as well, as we need all hands on deck for this great search! (*All volunteers need to complete a background check prior to the start of VBS!).
Join us for our celebration of 140 years of ministry in Cave Springs! Saturday’s schedule includes speakers, memories, and music! – all beginning SATURDAY, October 3 at 1PM! There will be several special guests and some surprises too!
SUNDAY, October 4, will conclude our celebration with a meal in Hayden Hall! Come help us celebrate, as we also look forward to serving and ministering until the Lord Jesus returns (or He calls us all home)!
While we never shut down or locked the doors to in-person worship and classes, most chose the prudent step of remaining home, with many watching the teaching and preaching from their homes. As of two weeks ago, we began actively encouraging members and visitors to return. We must remember that there is never a 100% safe scenario, with or without a virus such as SARS-CoV-2 (otherwise known as Coronavirus or COVID-19, which is the sickness it produces). But, in an effort to provide as safe an environment as we can, we have taken some additional steps beyond our usual cleaning routine to try to alleviate some degree of the worry experienced by some. These steps include (but are not limited to):
Additional effort in cleaning and sanitizing often-touched surfaces.
Provision of hand sanitizer at the main most-used entrances
A limited number of disposable face masks have been made available and are stationed at these same entrances, or you may bring/wear your own.
Fogging of the entire facility with a certified disinfectant/sanitizing product (Fresh15). This will be reapplied as-necessary to those spaces which have been utilized during the week.
We also ask:
If you are sick, or exhibiting signs of ANY contagious disease, please stay home, for your sake as well as that of our brothers and sisters.
If you are under a suggested or mandatory quarantine, please follow those guidelines.
While we won’t “enforce” a 6ft. social distancing rule, we do ask that you respectfully maintain a reasonable distance from those who are not in your immediate household or family unless specifically invited by others.
We are a “Hugging Church”, meaning we are not shy in loving others with an embrace. While this is much appreciated and perfectly acceptable, many who are at highest risk from this or any significant illness may prefer to maintain distance. So – before you hug someobody, or shake their hand – be sure its “ok” with them.
Please practice diligent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.
Weather permitting, we will still have our Easter Sunrise service on Sunday, April 12 @7AM! We will, of course, practice safe distancing between family/household groups. We also encourage everyone who can come, to practice judicious hand washing and you are welcome to wear a face mask or respirator if you feel led.
Our service will be set up on the hill, with seating in the parking lot.