“Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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 once attended church, but don't anymore—and invite them to return for a special Sunday. Back to Church Sunday was launched four years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the United States. Results showed a personal invitation from a family member would prompt 67 percent of Americans to visit a church, and 63 percent said an invitation from a friend or neighbor would cause them to attend a service.
“We are excited to be a part of such an amazing Sunday that desires to see God’s Kingdom grow. We are going to kick of the morning with breakfast at 9 a.m., Bible study at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. We are looking forward to celebrating God’s goodness and worshipping together with our community,” said Tique Hamilton, Minister to Students.
Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participants have invited more than five million family members, friends and neighbors to their churches.
About 20,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than two million visitors.
The American Religious Identification Survey showed that 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. In contrast, another survey by the Barna Group indicated only about 20 percent of Americans attends church on any given Sunday. Back to Church Sunday’s goal is to invite or re-invite America to rediscover church.
“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 at BacktoChurch.com/find_a_church.
First Baptist Church is located at 213 East 3rd Street in Sweetwater. For more information, go to www.fbcsweetwater.org  or call 325-236-6348.