Sweet Springs First Baptist Church to participate in National Back to Church Sunday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Sweet Springs First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Everyone is welcome to attend. Following the worship service, members and guests will enjoy a delicious carry-in dinner with a short entertainment program.

National Back to Church Sunday (www.backtochurch.com) is an initiative that is "Inviting America Back to Church." It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" -- people who have never attended church, or who once attended church but don't go anymore -- and invite them to return on a special, designated Sunday.

In 2013, a Gallup survey stated that 87 percent of people believe in God, yet only 27 percent of those surveyed had attended church in the last seven days. In addition, 82 percent of people who don't attend church say they would if invited by a friend, yet only 2 percent of Christians ever invite someone to church.

Since its inception six years ago, those churches participating in National Back to Church Sunday have extended an estimated 8.5 million invitations to their churches. More than 30,000 churches representing 120 denominations are expected to invite more than 3 million people to church this year.

There are nearly 100 million Americans, including teens and children, who are presently un-churched as people increasingly move away from attending church and practicing religion. Back to Church Sunday is not just a day --it is a movement to empower church members to invite everyone to come to church. It is designed to help combat the decline of evangelism and church attendance by providing an easily implemented "invite-able" event that gives church members a reason to invite, and gives people a reason to try church again or for the first time.

Although it does not have to be the only day that church members are encouraged to invite their friends, family and neighbors, 84 percent of churches who participated in Back to Church Sunday last year recognize that having a designated day to invite people plays an important role in motivating members to reach out with an invitation. Back to Church Sunday is a spring-board to help churches become outreach-focused throughout the year.

Back to Church Sunday has an interactive Facebook page (www.facebook.com/backtochurch) and a roster of participating churches on the Back to Church website (www.backtochurch.com/find_a_church.)

The Sweet Springs First Baptist Church is part of the Missouri Heartland Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and is located at 104 Main Street. FBC offers a variety of programs for all ages and all people including FLASH after school ministry, the Clothes Closet, Firm Believers exercise groups, Ladies' Bible Study on Tuesday mornings, Grief Support Group, Step-Up, 5th Quarter, Senior Adults, Mission Trip, Vacation Bible School and much, much more. For more information, please contact the church office at 660-335-6919 on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon.