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Sunday School 9:30AM

Sunday Service 10:30AM


Tuesday Prayer 6:30PM

Wednesday Night 7:00PM

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Sun 9:30AM, Wed 7PM | Ages 2-11

The heart of our children’s ministry is to teach kids about God in creative & memorable ways. Our kids love their close-knit classes & engaging teachers. They love kids choir & prayer class. They really love our fun days & parties! We make church a place your kids can’t wait to get to! Our goal is to create fun & safe spaces where kids truly experience God every time we meet. We’re excited to partner with parents to lead our children to a relationship with Jesus.


Sun 9:30AM, Wed 7PM | Ages 12-18

The Direction Students is the youth ministry of First Church. We truly believe that our middle & high school students are world changers in the making. We work hard to create an environment that engages students in conversations about God, encouraging them to search out answers & truly learn to follow His leading in their lives. Of course they’re gonna have a little fun while they’re at it!


Wed 7PM | Ages 18-30 (single)

Our Hyphen ministry is geared towards those who have graduated from high school & are entering the workforce or college. We understand that this time can be challenging. First Church aims to encourage our young adults to be rooted in their faith while finding a place to serve in the Kingdom. We facilitate connections that foster growth during this season. Hyphen meets for a variety of events such as Bible studies & game nights.


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Sunday 9:30AM

STEP is the discipleship ministry of First Church. We want every person at First Church to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. This is achieved through studying & living out His Word. Whether you’re a new convert or a seasoned saint, STEP is sure to enrich your walk with God.


Born into Christ

Growing in Christ

Working with Christ

Victory in Christ

Spanish STEP


Statistics tell us that men have a HUGE impact on their families, thus impacting society as a whole. At First Church, we strive to equip our men to discover their purpose, power, & place in the Kingdom of God. Our men sharpen & encourage not only one another, but the church as a whole. Taking on the “heavy lifting,” they work hard to lead us all in the path God has set before us.


The mission of First Church Ladies Ministry is to encourage & ready our ladies for service in the kingdom of God. Our ladies desire to maintain & pass down our wonderful heritage to the present & future generations. Each month on the first Thursday at 10:30AM, the ladies hold a powerful prayer meeting where we cover our families, our church, & our world in fervent prayer unto God. Ladies Breakfast is every month on the last Saturday at 8AM where women of all ages come together to eat, laugh, & talk.



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Sundays 9:30am

Ages 18 & up

No matter what stage of the journey you’re on, our STEP classes will lay a strong Biblical foundation and help sustain you as you grow in Christ.

Jesus commissioned His followers, “Go into all the world, & preach the gospel to every creature.” That is the purpose of Global Missions. We want every tribe & nation to know the name of Jesus. Though not all of us are called to physically go abroad, we can all go by giving. First Church strongly believes in supporting our missionaries across the globe through our giving & prayers.


Born into Christ

Growing in Christ

Working with Christ

Victory in Christ

Spanish STEP




Sundays 9:30am, Wednesdays 7pm

Ages 3-11

First Church Kids is a thriving children’s ministry that meets each week for Sunday School and Wednesday night class and kids choir. In addition to weekly classes, we offer children various fun activities, parties, special services, field trips, camp, and community projects. First Church is a safe and happy place for your children!

¡Gloria a Dios! First Church están encantados de adorar con creyentes hispanos de todas las edades. Tenemos clases de escuela dominical en español a las 9:30 a.m. y ofrecemos traducción durante todos nuestros servicios.

Glory to God! First Church is thrilled to worship with a growing number of Spanish-speaking believers of all ages. We have a Spanish Sunday School class at 9:30AM & we offer translation during all of our services.

The direction students

Sundays 9:30am, Wednesdays 7pm

Ages 12-18

The Direction Students is the youth ministry of First Church. They meet weekly for Sunday School and Wednesday youth class. They also have various fun activities, special services, parties, trips, camp, convention, music lessons, and community projects. Our students work throughout the year to raise funds for Move The Mission which supports several worthy causes around the globe.


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First Church Food Bank Ministry services the community each month on the last Saturday from 10-11AM. Our food bank also partners with Beyond Blessed, a local organization that serves homeless individuals. We hold coat drives, blankets drives, & water drives to help those in need.



We love our town! We look for many ways to serve our neighbors & win people to Christ. Want to get involved? Here are a few of our projects:

Backpack Giveaway

Spring Fling

Trunk or Treat

Friends & Family Day Service/Picnic

Athens Christmas Parade

Prayer Walks

Drive-Thru Prayer

Home Bible Studies

Nursing Home

First Church Nursing Home Ministry seeks to meet the spiritual needs of the residents & staff at the nursing home facilities in Athens & Ardmore. Visitation & church services are held at the following:

•Athens Health & Rehab-

1st Sunday each month at 2PM

•Limestone Nursing Home & Rehab-

1st Wednesday each month at 2PM

•Elk River Health & Nursing Center-

Wednesdays at 10AM

Jail Ministry

First Church Jail Ministry was created to minister to the incarcerated individuals in our county. We currently hold weekly meetings in the men’s & women’s dorms at Limestone County Jail where we have seen many lives touched by the prayer, encouragement, love, & teaching they receive at these meetings. Since November 2022, over 75 inmates have been baptized in Jesus Name.

We Believe

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

II Timothy 3:16

We believe that there is one true and living God.

Ephesians 4:5, Deuteronomy 6:4

We believe that the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in Jesus bodily. Colossians 2:9

We believe salvation comes by repentance, water baptism in Jesus Name, and Holy Ghost infilling. Acts 2:38

We believe in the necessity of Jesus Name baptism.

Acts 8:16, Acts 19:5

We believe that the evidence of Holy Ghost infilling is speaking in tongues. Acts 10:45-46

We believe that every believer is given power to live a victorious, overcoming life. John 5:4-5

We believe in the operation of the Gifts of The Spirit.

I Corinthians 12:1-28

We believe that divine healing through the redemptive work of Christ is available for every believer.

James 5:14, I Peter 2:24

We Worship

We Pray Together Out Loud

because in the Bible we read: “they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…” Acts 4:24

We Lift Our Hands In Praise

because in the Bible we read: “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.” Psalm 134:2

We Sing With All Of Our Hearts

because in the Bible we read: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalm 98:4

We Play Musical Instruments

because in the Bible we read: “…and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments…” II Samuel 6:5

We Clap And Shout Unto God

because in the Bible we read: “O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 47:1

We Dance In The Spirit

because in the Bible we read: “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.” Psalm 150:4

We Anoint With Oil For Divine Healing

because in the Bible we read: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14

Meet Our Pastor

Welcome to First Church Athens! We hope you find the info you need to get connected with our community of believers & that you visit us soon. First Church is a place where people from all walks of life come together to worship, learn, & grow in their faith. We are committed to helping everyone discover & fulfill their God-given purpose. If you would like to learn more about our church, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you today.

Pastor Bruce & Nina Johnson

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There’s a family here waiting for

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