We’re First Baptist Church of Graham, a moderate Baptist church, conveniently located at 224 N. Main Street in Graham, NC.
Here at First Baptist Graham, we worship in a style that we like to call Classic Worship. We sing all the traditional hymns with the pipe organ, as well as some of the more contemporary hymns and choruses composed in the last couple of decades. Our Chancel Choir sings mostly contemporary anthems accompanied by the organ or piano.
Our staff and our laypeople share in leading parts of each service.
We welcome you to come dressed however you chose – either dresses and coats and ties, or polo shirts, khakis or jeans.
We have a great staff, headed up by our Senior Pastor, Rev. Travis Russell. Rev. Shannon Hall, is our Associate Pastor of Music & Family Ministries.
Our Sunday services are conducted at 11:00am. The services are broadcast live on radio stations 1200-AM or 104.5FM. We also have a mid-week Prayer Service/Bible Study on Wednesday nights starting at 6:30pm.
First Baptist Church Graham has weekly Prayer Service each Wednesday starting at 6:30pm. After the Prayer Service, we have Bible Study at 6:45pm, conducted by our Senior Pastor, Rev. Travis Russell and our Associate Pastor of Music & Family Ministries, Rev. Shannon Hall. These meetings are held in the Ministry Center, which is located to the left of the main sanctuary in a separate building. See the slide below. Come and join us each Wednesday night @ 6:30 in our Ministry Center. Dress casual, as this is a casual meeting with opportunities for participation.
After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
We are an “Easter people.” This is something I have heard my entire life, especially around this time of year. And yet, though I love its sentiment, I often find its application much more challenging. Like Jesus, we live in a world of suffering and death. We live in a world that seems to be overcome by evil.At times, it can be easy for us to feel outmatched and overwhelmed by the brokenness around us. It can seem as though we are fighting a losing battle, despite the hope and promise of Easter.
So how do we live as “Easter people”? How can we live in a way that reflects the hope, joy, and new life promised by Easter? For the women who first discovered the empty tomb, living as Easter people meant racing back to the disciples with the good news. It involved proclamation, as well as falling at their Savior’s feet and worshipping him. So what does it mean for us?
I am certain there are a number of ways to live as Easter people, but I wonder if one of the best ways to do that can be found in an old PBS television program that first aired 50 years ago. In 1968, shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr, a Presbyterian pastor named Fred Rogers launched the pilot episode of his new children’s program called “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Little did he know, this show would become a cultural icon that aired for over 30 years.
In that time, Mister Rogers taught both children and adults how to be a neighbor. With his calm and compassionate voice, pleasant and caring demeanor, creative and playful spirit, Mister Rogers demonstrated for the world what it looks like to love and care for each other. For a number of children, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was the only place where genuine, authentic love was found. It was a safe place of refuge; it was a place where kindness was renewed; it was a place where goodness was restored; it was a place where life was made new. Somehow, Mister Rogers accomplished this through one, simple invitation: “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
This year as we seek to be an “Easter people”—those who reflect the hope, joy, and new life of Easter—may we offer others a safe place to be heard and loved. May our words be filled with kindness, our actions and responses be laced with goodness. May our lives bring new life to the places of suffering, grief, and death that surround us. Out of all the ways this can be accomplished, maybe the best place to start is by offering each and every person we meet that same, simple invitation: “Won’t you be my neighbor?”