What Is 'Back to Church Sunday'?

JC FWB will participate in National Back to Church Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Back to Church Sunday is the largest annual community-based church outreach effort in the nation. The campaign empowers churches and church members with the tools they need to welcome their neighbors, friends and loved ones back to church, while providing an easy way for everyone in the community to find a welcoming church.

Back to Church Sunday began in 2009 in response to survey research that indicated 82% of people said they would attend church if someone they knew invited them, but only 2% of church members were inviting people to come with them to their church.

This powerful movement has now seen over 31,000 churches participate by inspiring and empowering church members to invite people to a special Sunday service designed just for welcoming those who may not regularly attend or who have never attended church.

This year’s theme, A Place to Belong, encourages people to seek out their local church as a place for fellowship, community, sanctuary, and respite. It also encourages churches to re-envision themselves as beacons of light in the community, and a place where friends and neighbors come together in times of joy, challenge, and struggle—a place for everyone to belong.


New Children’s SS Class Begins Sept. 10

Sunday School Is CoolSarah Fletcher will begin a children’s Sunday school class, September 10, 9:30 am. This class will be for children of all ages, but especially for students in fourth through sixth grades (junior church age). After September 10, we will continue to offer children’s church during morning worship for students up to third grade, but older students should sit with a parent or other responsible adult through the worship service.

Did We Change Our Name?

Have you noticed we’ve been dropping the word “First” from our church’s name? We’ve been Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church since 1950, but years ago a former pastor thought we should be “First” and the legal name was established as “First Free Will Baptist Church.” A few years ago, God gave us a deeper burden for our community (our little “City”). We designed a new logo that at first glance reads “J City Church – Free Will Baptist.” Of course, the “J” one can assume stands for “Johnston,” but you could also say J stands for Jesus.

We’ve begun the long, sometimes expensive and complicated process of rebranding (or re-establishing) ourselves as Johnston City Free Will Baptist Church, or “J.City Church” for short. The word first won’t be in our name and you can let our denominational name take its rightful place at the bottom of the logo if you wish. You’ve already seen that logo on our community mailings, our church bus, one of our signs, our church bulletins, and recently on our letterhead. You’ll be seeing more of it as we raise funds for new signage and continue to spread the word of our ministries for our “city.”

The bottom line is we’d rather put Christ and our community FIRST than ourselves. You’ll still hear us called “First Free Will Baptist Church” and that’s what’s presently on our legal documents, but I hope you understand that we really don’t want that position. We’re a church that primarily seeks to lift up Christ in our city.

—Pastor Keith Fletcher