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Whether you're seeking God, curious about our fellowship, or attend our worship regularly, there's something for you here. Our church exists to minister to the real needs of people with the authentic love of Jesus Christ! We invite you to experience the genuine worship, encouraging messages, friendly people and enjoyable atmosphere that are a part of our community. We hope you will come to worship study and celebrate with us often. And, if you do not have a church home, we would be honored to have you consider becoming a part of our fellowship. If you're already a member of our church, we hope you'll take advantage of some of the resources and tools available to you. In addition, information about ministries, worship times and community events can also be found here. Our hope is that our website will be one of many ways you stay connected to our church community. .
We're so glad that you've taken time to visit our website and hope you'll take the next step and become personally acquainted with our church family. We invite you to visit us at Hwy 174, Edisto Island, SC and consider attending a worship. If you have any questions or need help in any way, please feel free to contact us through E-mail or our contact form. We look forward to seeing you soon .
The Reverend Albert “Chick” Morrison, Jr. is a native of Edisto Island, South Carolina. He was licensed to preach the gospel in 1992 and became the pastor of the New First Missionary Baptist church in 1998. God saw fit to render unto us a disciple that would walk in the ways of God with dignity, honor and righteousness, someone that would be a leader of his people and nurture his flock here on earth .
Rev. Morrison was not always a pastor, but he has always been a child of the king. He has not always been a leader, but God chose him to lead this flock, he has not always been adventurous, but God chose him to seek higher heights, he has not always ventured far from home, but God gave him a vision and the ability to lead his people. Rev. Morrison is known by the fruits of his labor and to know him is to love him. One cannot find a more devoted pastor, father, son, brother, family member or friend.
Rev. Morrison received his religious education from Cummings Theological Seminary, Summerville, SC and Morris College School of Religious Studies in Sumter. SC. He is a community activist, serving as past president of the Edisto Island Community Association and the Edisto Island Ministerial Alliance. He is currently a member of the Edisto Island Land Trust, Safe and Orderly School Board, Sea Island Cultural Arts Festival and serves on the Board of the Rural Mission on Johns Island.
His love for God, seniors and young people, has led him to add new disciples and a variety of new ministries designed to strengthen families and develop youths in their Christian walk. Our church ministry has expanded under the leadership of Rev. Morrison. Souls have been saved, ministries have been implemented, deacons and a minister have been ordained. And we are reaping many rewards from the fruits of his labor. He is the parent of two sons; Curtis and Kelvin, Daughter-in-laws; Karen and Kimberly, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Deacon Samuel Simmons, Chairman of Deacons.
Originating from Edisto Island, Dea.Simmons moved to New York and married his high school sweetheart, Annie. They settled with their family and joined Greater Central Baptist Church. They were baptized together. As his faith in Christ grew, he became more involved in the church. Becoming a member of the brotherhood ministry, a choir director, advisor to the youth ministry, Sunday school teacher and superintendent. Later in 1988 was ordained as a deacon and in 2011 served as the Vice Chairman of the deacon board.
After retiring and with much prayer, he along with his wife, relocated back to Edisto and joined the New First Missionary Baptist Church. He currently attends bible study, is a member of the male chorus and in June of 2016 became chairman of the deacon board.
Dea.Simmons has a passion for singing but loves the word of God. His favorite bible scripture is Psalms 34:1, "I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth".
Deacons are the spiritual leaders of the Church under the direction of the Pastor. They are servants of the congregation and are required to preserve the unity of spirit and bonds of love and peace among members of the congregation. They should seek to establish and maintain spiritual relationships with all members. Deacons should assist and cooperate with the pastor in all matters relating to the church and its members. They should visit the sick, needy and distressed members of the congregation. With the Pastor, the deacon board formulates plans for constant progress in saving souls and developing Christians, making recommendations in matters pertaining to the work and progress of the church business, offering spiritual and other concerns of the congregation. Deacons are also responsible for assisting the Pastor in observance of church ordinances, conduct devotional meetings and attend prayer services, Bible study and Sunday school classes.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek to salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our department; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word
Who Are Willing Workers….We are women and men of all ages who want to serve God and our church with gladness. Any member of New First Missionary Baptist Church can join our group.
What We Do……We meet together once a month to discover ways to serve our church and think of ways to do fund raising to address a need we see the church has. We also look for resources from the community to serve our church population (e.g. our involvement with DHEC to address health issues that is prevalent to our community, stroke, diabetes, breast cancer). Currently we are trying to raise money for an AED UNIT for our church. This unit is a defibrillator that would be extremely valuable if anyone in the church had a heart attack (heaven forbid!). We also organize an annual walk in April of every year as a health benefit and fund raiser.
When Do We Meet…..We meet the third Sunday directly after church, usually in the dining area.
Who Should Attend?.....Anyone who wants to join, wants to work, has good ideas and is willing to implement them.
Most Importantly……Support our church mission!!
The Ushers are the gatekeepers of the church, playing an important role in welcoming people to the service. The church usher keeps order in the sanctuary, keeps track of church attendance, distributes and collects bulletins, service programs and surveys, seat people during service and is the point of conduct for emergencies. The usher also collects tithes and offering during service.
Music is an essential part of our ministry. The Psalms often refer to God’s people singing a “new song” or the “Lord’s song.” At New First Baptist, we emphasize the importance of music as an act of worship, bringing the Lord a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving each week as we gather in His presence. Our goal is to provide music that is vibrant, purpose-driven and focused, so that God’s people might be appropriately led in worship in the house of the Lord.
The church school is the greatest mission given to man to deliver God’s word through biblical principles and godly living at every age and stage of life. Sunday school plants knowledge reaffirms belief, and establishes faith based on fact. Church school is an essential teaching strategy of the church.
Mission work is the greatest command of Christ and every Christian has a mission to make disciples. A missionary is commissioned to spread God’s word to all man. They are followers of Christ, sharing the message of His death and resurrection. Christians at home should be missionaries in their own communities, doing personal evangelism. Christian missionaries go in obedience to God’s call. A Christian missionary is an ambassador of Christ. Each one must be yielded to the Lord, loving Him with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength. Specifically, a missionary is one whom God sends through the support of the Church to the unreached. All Christians, however, are called to be missionaries of the Gospel. The Lord works through them to rescue the lost.