Grow TOGETHER in Community Groups
Growing together in Community Groups is the next step. At FBCOcala we believe that spiritual growth is important. For that reason, we challenge every person to belong to a Community Group. In a Community Group you will discover an environment where you will feel welcomed and accepted, encounter Christ and His Word, and Grow Together.
The primary goal of our adult ministry at First Baptist Church of Ocala is to see men and women come into a saving relationship with Christ and to disciple believers to have a growing and vital relationship with Jesus. We strive to accomplish this through a variety of ministries and programs, but the primary way is through our small groups on Sunday mornings. The corporate study of God’s Word is vital to the growth of our relationship with Christ. It is equally vital to our ability to establish loving and nurturing relationships with others in a more intimate setting, while building Christian fellowship. We know that we have a place for you. In addition to small groups, we also provide adult discipleship opportunities on Wednesday evenings and at other times.
Sundays | 9:15 to 10:15 am | Education Building
Community groups meet in the Education Building, the two story stucco building north of the Sanctuary. Enter any of the glass doors except the preschool canopy entrance, and the hallways will lead you to the CrossRoads Cafe. You will find an Information Center staffed by people ready to help you and your family find your groups!
See a current list of Small Groups for adults.
Map of Classroom Assignments
Community Bible Study for Men
Mondays 7:00—9:00 pm | Room 226/228 | Recommended donation: $30 for 15 weeks | Contact: John Batsch 732-5245 | More Information
Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast
Meets Tuesday mornings at The Egg and I (303 SE 17th Street) from 6:30 to 8:00 am | Join us on Tuesday mornings for Bible study and breakfast.
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for Women
Thursdays | 9:20—11:20 am | Choir Room | Cost: No Cost | Leader: Karen McGinnis | More Information
There is no cost for the classes but there is a collection taken each week to help offset the materials.
Participating in a weekly BSF’s daytime class allows women the opportunity to have a meaningful connection with God and other women on an ongoing basis. The weekly gathering allows women the opportunity to gain insights from one another in discussion groups, as well as from the teaching leader’s compelling lecture. In addition to the regular weekly class, BSF provides the structure to
encourage women to read and study the Bible daily.
Moms with infants, toddlers or preschoolers receive the added benefit of a high-level preschool program for children under age six during their BSF class.
Start Your Own Small Group
As believers, we are all called to make disciples. Maybe it’s time for you to consider starting a small group in your home, neighborhood, workplace or wherever works best for your schedule. If you would like a DVD or book based study, a vast assortment of great studies now exist. Just be wise in whom you trust. Lifeway.com is a good place to start.
Another really great way to study the Bible is to pick a passage, read it several times or tell the
passage like a story. Then ask the three questions of the text:
What does this tell me about God?
What does this tell me about people?
What changes should I make?
If you would like more information on the “storying” method, please contact our Church Office.
Small Groups for Women
Join us each Wednesday night for a study of God’s Word.
Current Community Group Studies for Women
Studying God’s Word together is one of the great privileges we have access to. Several opportunities exist during the week to join women in studying God’s Word either in a general or topical study.
On Wednesday evenings, there will be childcare and activities for infant through middle school children – no preregistration required.
Women of the Word
Sundays 9:45 am | Room 207
If you as a woman find yourself alone for Community Groups, please come join us!
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)
Thursday Mornings | 9:15 – 11:15 am | Choir Room | Leader: Karen McGinnis | Dates: Ongoing | No Cost
Wednesday evenings | 6:15-7:15 | Room 206 | Leader: Amanda Williams | No cost.
Facebook Bible Study Group
led by Amanda Williams – Papa’s Girls Studying
Mothers of Preschoolers
Click here to learn more about this group.
If you have any questions about any of the above or other stuff, please contact us and we will strive to answer you promptly! Looking forward to meeting you!
Philosophy of the Adults 60+ Ministry: The purpose of this ministry is to provide our adults, age 60 and older, with opportunities for leadership and service in our church and the local community and to involve adults in this age group in outreach and mission ministries.
Call Ed Johnson, Pastor to Senior Adults for more information.
Phone #(352) 629-5683, extension 123.
Weekly or Annual Events
Community Groups – Every Sunday morning @ 9:15 am
Handyman Team – Mondays @ 7:30 am
Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study – Tues., @ 6:30 am
Prayer & Praise Meeting – Wednesdays @ 4:15 pm
Bible Studies (various topics) – Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Orchestra rehearsal – Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Choir rehearsal – Wednesdays @ 7:15 pm
“…He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners …” (Isaiah 61:1b)
We as a church body believe that we have the responsibility and the privilege to minister to many of those who are hurting. Our support groups and ministries include DivorceCare and GriefShare.
Are you struggling in your marriage, even considering separation or divorce? Are you separated from your spouse? You don’t have to go through it alone
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before.
DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. First Baptist Church is honored to be a place where you can find Christ-centered support for this special need.
Each DivorceCare session has two distinct elements:
A Seminar with Experts
During the first 30–40 minutes of the meeting, each DivorceCare group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies and on-location video.
A Support Group with Focus
After viewing the video, DivorceCare group participants spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.
Classes meet each Thursday at 6:00 pm at
First Baptist Church of Ocala, in Conference Room
For more information, please contact Beverly at 629-5683 ext. 145, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here vimeo.com/109053608 to see what DivorceCare’s all about.
GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss.
At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. GriefShare group meets Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the FBC Conference Room. For more information, please call the church office at 629-5683, extension 145 or email@example.com or click on the video link, below.
Learn to Speak English! – Free classes will resume in the Fall
Classes meet on Wednesdays from 6:00—8:00 pm in Room 202/204 (2nd floor of the Education Bldg)
Are you interested in practicing your English skills or know someone who would be interested in practicing? These classes will give ESL students an opportunity to practice their English in a friendly atmosphere. The classes are free. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please call the church office at 629-5683 x 145
Child Care: Child care is free for infants to 4 year olds. Free Pre-K to 8th grade activities are also offered during this time.
For More Information Call: 352-629-5683
Our ministry with the deaf and hearing impaired of our community continues to grow! FBC Ocala’s ministry with the deaf and hearing impaired includes:
- A Sunday morning Bible Study class for deaf adults that meets at 9:45 AM led by a very qualified and knowledgeable deaf man (Steven Rhodes)
- ASL Interpreted worship at the Sunday Contemporary Worship at 10:30 AM
Special services, dramas, musicals, etc. interpreted
- Special studies for the deaf (in homes)
- Regular fellowship opportunities (meals, trips, involvement with the Florida Baptist Conference of the Deaf, etc.)
We will try to meet the needs of deaf children & youth in regular Sunday School classes with their hearing peers (we will provide an interpreter whenever possible).
For additional information please call the church office at 629-5683
Wednesday Night Bible Study | C12 | “30 Life Principals” | 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Phone 629.5683 x146
Hours of operation
Sundays: Sunday 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Tuesdays: 9:30 am – 12 noon
Wednesdays: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
(Open after 1st Wednesday Service until 8:00 p.m.)
Thursdays: 9:30 am – 12 noon
Church library staff
Jan Moye, Director
Yvonne Hinson, Circulation Clerk
Visual Promotion (Bulletin Board): Mary Lambert
Volunteer Library Assistants: Audrey Osborne, Doreen McRae
- The church library director (or co-directors) is/are elected by the church leadership. Volunteers are approved by the director(s) and trained by the director(s) to perform various library duties.
- All circulating library materials may be checked out both to church members and non-church members.
- Adults and high school age students may check out up to five (5) items at one time. Elementary and middle school students may check out up to three (3) items at one time. Kindergarten age children may check out two (2) items at one time. New items will not be checked out to anyone who has overdue materials.
- Books are checked out for a period of two (2) weeks at a time. All a-v items, such as videos and DVDs are checked out for one (1) week at a time. All items may be renewed one time without bringing in the item for re-checking.
- Patrons may request an item to be put on hold for them, and once the item is returned, it will be held for one (1) week before re-shelving.
- All patrons are responsible for the prompt return of all materials. Patrons will be asked to pay for the replacement of all damaged and lost items
- Selected and approved by the church library staff
- Be morally sound and promote Christian standards
- Be of good literary quality
- Be doctrinally sound
- Be accurate in fact and current in representation of history, research, science, geography
- Provide materials which meet the needs of a wide range of readers, i.e. all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, learning styles, etc.
- Be in good condition
- The church library staff will accept donations of books, videos, CDs, DVDs, etc. provided the item(s) meets the standards of all the Selection Policy statements. When there is unnecessary duplication of donated materials, materials will be returned to the donor or, if the donor so requests, will be made available as free items for church members to pick up, or donated to another church library or ministry.
- Monetary donations to the church library budget will be graciously accepted. Donations may be given in memory or in honor of a loved one. Books will be purchased by the library staff and added to the collection with a bookplate in the book bearing the names of the donor and the person in whose memory/honor the donation is made.
- to provide resources to undergird and support the efforts of both paid staff members and volunteer leaders in all organizations of the church
- to provide good reading materials for all ages, pre-school through adults
- to provide an area for study, quiet reading, and discussion of books which our readers are reading
- to aid in combating illiteracy by establishing reading programs for both children and adults in a Christian setting
We provide Christian books, videos, DVDs, CDs, etc. to help our patrons in worship, to equip them as disciples, and to help them know how to embrace our culture with the love of God.
Volunteers are needed and welcomed to
- prepare bulletin boards and other displays
- assist with processing new books and other library materials
- read and straighten library shelves regularly
- assist with inventory
- prepare overdue notices
- assist at the circulation desk
- assist library users in locating materials, etc
“Serving Parents. Strengthening Families.”
Welcome to the NextGen Ministry of FBC Ocala! This is where you will find details about all NextGen ministries, birth-college.
NextGen Ministry is a strategic discipleship initiative for children and students. We at FBC believe that the years children spend with their parents are formative and will shape them into who they are for the rest of their life). Understanding that, this ministry exists to equip parents to fulfill their role of being the primary disciplers of their children. Our prayer is that this would be accomplished through both investing and equipping: investing in children and students through intentional relationships and strategic teaching, while equipping parents to train their children to live a Christ-honoring, God-glorifying life.
Our primary goal within the NextGen Ministry is to partner with families to develop worshippers who are fully devoted to Christ and His Church. Our prayer is that the children and students who come through our NextGen Ministry will be passionate, sacrificial, and missional worshippers of Jesus Christ.
We believe that we are created to worship — not the created, but the Creator. We seek to teach our students that in a world full of distraction and pursuit of self, only Christ can truly satisfy and is worthy of a lifetime of worship.
We accomplish this by providing Christ-honoring and gospel-centered opportunities for students to:
Know God through His Word in corporate worship services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at The SIX.
Grow Together through Sunday morning community groups and in small group discussion (SIX Groups) on Wednesday evenings.
Change the World through love and service by providing regular missions opportunities.
Colossians 3:10 “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.” NLT
The primary purpose of our NextGen Preschool and Kids Ministry is to partner with parents to lay a biblical foundation of salvation and a lifetime of growth in Jesus Christ.
We fulfill this vision by organizing activities and worship experiences both weekly and annually. Our desire is for our children to:
Know God by worshipping together on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. We model worship in the following four ways: learning His Word, singing together, giving, and prayer.
Grow Together in Sunday morning community groups and Wednesday night discipleship groups.
Change the World by emphasizing missions weekly in Kids Worship and providing missions opportunities in our activates throughout the year.