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  • Morning ZUMBAMorning ZUMBA - 10/17/2018 - 8:00 AM to 9:00 AMDitch the workout...Join the PARTY!  Join us for ZUMBA every Monday and Wednesday morning from 8-9:00am!  Cost is $4. Led by Tiffani Long.
  • MOJO FitnessMOJO Fitness - 10/17/2018 - 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMJoey Grubbs is not only a fitness instructor/trainer, but also a life coach and ordained minister. His class, MOJO Fitness, meets every Monday and Wednesday at 8:30am and every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15am. MOJO Fitness is a cardio/weight training class and is adaptable to any fitness level.  Class is $5.00.  Joey is also available for one-on-one personal training sessions.  
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten classesPre-K and Kindergarten classes - 10/17/2018 - 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Preschool classesPreschool classes - 10/17/2018 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Spanish ConversationSpanish Conversation - 10/17/2018 - 10:00 AMLearn Spanish!  Class is free!  
  • That the World May KnowThat the World May Know - 10/17/2018 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMled by Bruce Mason For more information contact Debby Stikes,
  • After School Guitar LessonsAfter School Guitar Lessons - 10/17/2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMCall 678-688-3858 today to set up your appointment!  Lessons led by local singer and songwriter, Anne Stansell.
  • Wednesday Night SupperWednesday Night Supper - 10/17/2018 - 5:45 PM to 6:30 PMAdults: $5.00 Children ages 3-Sixth Grade: $3.00 2 and under: Fee Reservations are required. Call the church office at 770.228.3020 to RSVP.
  • ARISE!ARISE! - 10/17/2018 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study: The Epic of EdenBible Study: The Epic of Eden - 10/17/2018 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  The Old Testament of the Bible can feel like a junk drawer – a disorganized collection of important stuff we don’t want to lose yet don’t know what to do with.  From the Pentateuch to patriarchs and from kings to prophets, it can feel like a puzzle we’ve tried to put together but wind up putting it back in the box because it’s too complicated.  This twelve-week study will explore the Old Testament which will lead to fresh New Testament faith.  Debby Stikes will lead this study.  It will begin Wednesday, September 5, and will end Wednesday, December 5.  (6:30 p.m., Stephen Ministry room)  A donation of $20 would be accepted.  
  • Chase the Lion: Stepping Confidently Into the UnknownChase the Lion: Stepping Confidently Into the Unknown - 10/17/2018 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  Chase the Lion:  Stepping Confidently Into the Unknown   Inspired by a fearless warrior named Benaiah (2 Samuel 23:20) who changed the course of his future by winning a battle with a real lion, this eight-week study examines biblical and modern-day examples of people who were willing to put everything on the line, take risks, seize opportunities, face fears, embrace uncertainty, and look foolish when it comes to chasing after God-given opportunities.  Our current Christian culture doesn’t usually encourage sensible people to chase after risky opportunities and dreams.  We want to believe that if it’s a good decision, it will always feel safe because that’s the way God wants life to be.  But what if you discovered that the fulfilling life God wants for you is hiding behind a present problem, a past failure, or a lifelong fear?  Rev. Andrew Covington will lead this study.  It will begin Wednesday, August 22, and end Wednesday, October 24.  (6:30 p.m., Journey Classroom)  A $10 donation would be accepted.  
  • Chancel Choir RehearsalChancel Choir Rehearsal - 10/17/2018 - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Brief History

delGFUMC, circa 1960

Established in the tradition of John Wesley, Griffin’s First Methodist Episcopal Church was organized as part of a circuit in 1841 in a warehouse near the intersection of Hill and Broad Streets downtown, but also held meeting in various homes.

In 1842, a small, single-room wooden building was erected on the southeast corner of Hill and Solomon Streets on land granted by General Lawrence Griffin, founder of the city of Griffin in 1840. In 1846, Griffin became a station charge with a full-time pastor, the Rev. W. D. Martin. The first report on the Griffin church in 1847 showed 140 white and 40 black members.

A brick building consisting of a sanctuary with a basement was erected in 1855 and was remodeled and enlarged over the years. In 1859, the Griffin District was created the same year that the Civil War broke out. The Rev. Charles Jewett became the first District Superintendent and the black members of the church became a separate charge although served by the same pastor, the Rev. Arminius Wright.

Here, in 1875, Bishop Warren A. Candler was licensed to preach and returned 50 years later to preach his golden Anniversary sermon. Rev. James E. Dickey, in 1922 was elected Bishop while serving here. Among prominent members have been Judge James S. Boynton, Governor (1883), and Judge Robert T. Daniel, Grand Sire I.O.O.F. and Great Incononee I.O.R.M. On a national level The United Methodist Church was created when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church merged at the General Conference in Dallas, Texas on April 23, 1968, now this congregation becoming the Griffin First United Methodist Church.

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Some of the walls of that first brick building survived until the property was sold in 1961 when the congregation moved to its present location at 1401 Maple Drive. In 1967, the Chapel, the Fellowship Hall, and Bell Tower were added.

The Bell Tower replaced the church steeple in concept. It houses the original church bell and a set of chimes. It pealed a joyous sound at the end of World Wars I & II downtown. It is cast of bronze and weights more than 500 pounds. The bell was refurbished to move to the new church grounds and is equipped with electronic fixtures that allow it to be rung by pushing a button, no longer having to pull a rope attached to the bell. It is thought to be the oldest bell to hang in the bell tower of any local church.

Other reminders of the old church downtown that were moved to Maple Drive were the two large holly trees in front of the sanctuary, moved from the yard on Hill Street and the marble baptismal in the chapel. The beautiful stained glass windows at the four corners of the sanctuary were moved from downtown along with two windows that are featured in the chapel.

In June 2000 the congregation celebrated the grand opening of the Christian Enrichment Center housing a gym, built for physical and spiritual development, along with an office expansion and new music suite.

For more pictures of the current campus, see our image galleries.