O'Brien Baptist Church Ministries
We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Our Brotherhood and Women on Mission ministries endeavor to serve our community, as well as our domestic and foreign missions.
Emergency Food Pantry
O'Brien Baptist Church's Emergency Food Pantry, has been open since January, 2011, and has been serving the needs of our community ever since. We are open to the public every 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10 AM until 1 PM. We will under certain conditions, open at any time to those in desperate need of food. Just call the church at 935-1503 and leave a message or click "Contact Us" link below and we will make arrangements to meet you at the Food Bank and help with your needs. We are currently serving on the average, 150 families on that 3rd Tuesday each month. We thank God for the resources that He provides for this important ministry.
OBC Baptist Men
The OBC Baptist Men's group is a community oriented group of men, united in Christ which ministers to the Community. Our community ministries include V. A. Hospital Visitation Ministry, roadside beautification with the "Adopt a Highway" program with Suwannee County, as well as sponsoring the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Valentine's Banquet annually. We endeavor to provide support for our church & community, helping those in need with minor repairs or building wheel chair ramps, as our budget permits. Please come join us the first Saturday of each month at the OBC Fellowship Hall at 8 AM
OBC Women on Mission
The Women on Mission (W.O.M.) is a group of mission-minded women believers in Jesus Christ. We study about missions and missionaries. We particpate in mission projects, most of which are local, often donating school supplies to Branford Elementary School and funds to Florida Baptist Children's Home Tallahassee campus. We have baby showers for the Pregnancy Care Center in Live Oak. We seek to help and encourage our community through work produced by love, faith and prayer. All women are invited to meet with us on the Monday after the first Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the OBC Fellowship Hall.
Seniors Fellowship Ministry
We are a group of OBC Senior Christians, (age 29 to 99) that like to get together to enjoy one another's company and fellowship. We meet every 2nd Thursday each month.. We have been together over five years and have enjoyed trips to many museums, zoos, the State Capitol and other points of interest such as St. Augustine Historic Section, Cross Creek, Gainesville, Cedar Key, Valdosta and others. We always have lunch either at church or out of town. We have enjoyed movies and many discussions on many topics, spiritual, serious & humorous, in other words.... We have a good time together ! We hope that you will came and join us !
Children & Youth Ministries
The Youth ministry at O'Brien Baptist Church is a fun oriented kid's group often participating in many events such as movie day, Game Day and many other special and fun event geared toward youth while always honoring and learning about Jesus Christ. All of our Youth events are adult supervised at all times by our Youth Leaders Duane, Ruth and Aurora Hapmton.
Wacky Wednesday is offered to all children and youth to teach them practical life lessons (like cooking and sewing) as well as bible study each Wednesday and a family meal for everyone!
Sunday School for all ages is every Sunday morning at 10 AM. The classes generally follows the established suggested line of study as presented by the Sounthern Baptist Convention, although frequently we digress into special study topics & materials .
Children's Church is offered to the young children presented by Debbie Jones, every Sunday morning & Wednesday evening during services. Children's worship includes songs, lessons at their level, and a craft along with a snack.
Vacation Bible School is held each summer and brings in children from all over the Suwannee Valley area due to our unique approach and latest in dynamic and exciting VBS programs.
In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God. Biblically speaking, God is a personal being. This is critical to prayer because it means that God is a person we can interact with, that He has a will and that we are able to relate to Him on a meaningful level. If He were impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful. If He were personal, but uncaring and distant, prayer wouldn't serve a purpose.
Not only is God personal, He is also loving (1 John 4:8, 16; John 3:16). This is also important in relation to prayer. If God were personal, but uncaring or unkind, then prayer might do us more harm than good! But God is not only loving, He is all loving (omnibenevolent). In relation to prayer, this means that God always desires the best for us because He loves us.
God is also all powerful (omnipotent), meaning that no prayer is beyond His ability to answer, "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37). If God were less than all powerful, then we would have no assurance that He could answer or even hear our prayers.
The fact that God is all-knowing (omniscient) is also significant to the concept of prayer. If God were limited, then He would not know all that is happening in His creation. If this were the case, He might overlook our prayers because they might be beyond His knowledge. Fortunately, the Bible is clear that God knows everything (see, for instance, Psalm 139:2-4; 147: 4-5; Isaiah 46:10). In relation to God's omniscience, Jesus said, "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him" (Matthew 6:8).