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What To Expect

Sunday School 10:00 AM

Morning Worship 11:00 AM

Evening Service 6:00 PM

Whether in business casual attire or jeans, you’ll feel right at home at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, so dress as you feel appropriately comfortable. The first face you’ll encounter as you enter will be that of one of our friendly greeters, ready to shake your hand warmly, answer any questions you may initially have, and help you find a seat most accommodating to your needs.  Little ones under three? Feel free to introduce them to the trained volunteer staff in our secure nursery room adjacent to the sanctuary. Older children and teens are encouraged to join their parents in worship. If this is your first time visiting with us, please do take a moment to complete a new visitor card located in the hymnal rack on the back of each pew. Music is an integral part of our worship, and you are sure to enjoy both traditional hymns sung congregationally as well as contemporary pieces offered by soloist members. Our pastor brings messages of comfort and encouragement, always scripture based, always led by the Holy Spirit, and always with the wisdom and conviction of many years of labor for the Lord. The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is practiced during certain services; notifications can be found in the events calendar. During the end of our services, an invitation is offered to all; If you feel Spirit led to profess your faith in Jesus Christ, to approach the alter for prayer support, or to join in membership with our church, know that we welcome you to this place and to God’s family. We are genuinely blessed by your presence. At service end, please feel free to linger and be greeted by our pastor and others eager to welcome you!

 

Our Story

Hickory Grove Baptist Church stands as a monument to our forefathers, a handful of people dedicated to their faith in God and resolute in their vision of the great commission.

On July 13, 1906, a group of 33 gathered on this spot in the gently rolling hills of the Green Creek community, on land graciously donated by William Barnett McSwain, descendent of George Hans Hamrick, who left his native Germany for his new homeland in America in 1730 to practice his chosen religion. There, they constructed a simple temporary place of worship, a traditional brush arbor shelter so common for the era.

In due time, those parishioners, sturdy, hard-working men and women of God, using milled timber also donated by Mr. McSwain, labored faithfully to construct a modest one-room church which included a speaker’s platform, a pulpit and hand-hewn benches. To serve the needs of this small community, a one-room school was also erected on the property. During the course of its operation throughout the early 1930’s, the school was eventually expanded to two rooms and housed grades one through seven.

On the night of July 17, 1933, the original wooden structure was destroyed by fire. Once again, parishioners fashioned a brush arbor structure in which to worship, then set about rebuilding the permanent structure still standing today. Over time, buildings and furnishings have been lovingly refreshed and a family life center has been added.

Spanning six generations, many members today are the direct descendants of those founding fathers. The present congregation of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, many connected by heritage, all connected by brotherhood in the Spirit, are many parts of one Body. As our community grows in numbers and in diversity, we welcome our neighbors to share the spirit of joy that is our birthright in Him. He is Father to us all.

 

 

 

 

Our Beliefs

The Bible. We believe the Bible, consisting of 66 books, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

God. We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has always been and will always be the only God. There were none before Him and shall be none after him.

The Father. We believe that the Father created all things in heaven and on earth. He created human beings out of a love for us and desires a personal relationship with each of us.

Jesus. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Furthermore, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven.

Holy Spirit. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, making them aware of their sin and the salvation available through Jesus. He regenerates, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for godly living and service.

Man. We believe that man was created in the image of God and sinless, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and subject to judgment. There is nothing man can do to save himself from this judgment, but he can accept the death of Jesus as punishment in place of his own eternal death by acknowledging God, confessing his sin and accepting the free gift of salvation.

Salvation. We believe that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ provides the only way of justification and salvation for all who believe. Any who attach additional works of man as a requirement for salvation are false in that they infer Jesus’ death is insufficient in and of itself to save and that human beings somehow have the capability to save themselves.

Accepting the Sinner, Denouncing the Sin. We believe that no sin is too big for God to forgive. Therefore, as Christians we should be open and eager to share the Gospel with everyone regardless of their sin or affliction. However, making Jesus Lord of our lives means striving towards holiness and turning from our sinful ways. Therefore, while being open to all sinners, Christians ought not accept, ignore, or promote any sin as permissible.

 

Our Staff

Pastor
Pastor
Pete Sports, Music Director
Pete Sports, Music Director
Pat Flynn, Musician
Pat Flynn, Musician