Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Ages 5 years through 6th Grade

$60 per child

Registration is underway for basketball and cheerleading. 

  In preparing for another great year of Upward, we are looking for volunteers who would like to help organize and/or oversee the different areas of Upward – coaches, assistant coaches, oversee practice night, concessions, security, half-time devotions, help with evaluations, etc. Begin now to ask God how He would have you help in this ministry to children and families. 

Evaluations: Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30 -7:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:00 am - Noon

Adult Discipleship

Beginning Sunday Evening, September 1st at 5:00, we will be offering a 12-session course on Church History using a 30-minute video followed by discussion and question and answer time. The participant’s book is well written, simplified and beautifully illustrated with charts and pictures. The study is focused on the great men and women of our Christian heritage. This study will be a fun time as well as educational and encouraging. If you did not sign up, please come anyways! The class meets in C-9.

Church-wide Thanksgiving Meal

Sunday, November 24

Following the morning Service

Make plans to join us for our annual church Thanksgiving Meal. The church will provide turkey, dressing, rolls and drinks. Please bring at least two side items: veggies, casseroles, salads and desserts.  

Monday, November 25 at 5:00 pm we will assist the Youth in delivering Thanksgiving Boxes of food to those in need. 

Community Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 26 at 7 pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Sponsored by the Dayton Ministerial Association

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child

It’s time to pack your shoebox!

Shoeboxes and brochures with instructions and gift suggestions are available in the church foyers. Boxes will be collected until Sunday, November 24 at First Baptist.

Again, this year the Shepherds for Christ Sunday School class will sponsor Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child and First Baptist will be a collection site. We have had great response to this in the past and we want to encourage everyone to get involved this year. It’s easy to pack a shoebox full of small gifts that a child will enjoy. (Brochures are available in the foyers.) If you have questions, please see Bennie Aikman, Tom Hudlow or any member of the Shepherds for Christ class.

How to pack your shoebox…

1. Shoebox: Use an empty cardboard or plastic box (average size). You can wrap the box and lid separately but wrapping is not required.

2. Boy or Girl: Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4; 5-9; or 10-14.

3. Fill with Gifts: Fill the box with a variety of quality gifts that will bring delight to a child. Suggestions: doll, stuffed animal, cars, musical instruments, puzzles, jump ropes, pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, coloring books, toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs, socks, hats, t-shirts, flip-flops, hair bands, sunglasses, etc.

4. Include $9 and a Shipping label: A donation of $9 per box is critical to transport your gift and deliver it into the hands of a child in need.

5. Pray: Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

6. Drop off: Place a rubber band around each shoebox and bring it to the Welcome Center foyer before Nov. 24, 2019.

“Every shoebox offers an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.” 

Our church packing party will be Wednesday, November 20, 6:15 pm.


It hurts to lose someone.  

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. 

Join us for GriefShare!

We meet Thursdays for 13 weeks,

Time: 10 AM - Noon

Room: 224

Cost: $20

Location: First Baptist Church, 231 Third Ave. Dayton, TN 37321

Contact Adele Larkins at (423) 413-2067 or the church office at (423) 775-0255 for more information.

  • Church Motto

    First......that all may know Jesus.

    This is the motto of First Baptist Dayton, TN

    taken from 1 Timothy 2:3-5.

     "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,"

  • From the Pastor

           I have asked our Minister of Education and Youth, Brother Derrick Russell to preach for us October 27 and December 1, while Judy and I take a couple of Sunday vacation days to be with our family members that live hundreds of miles away. You need the opportunity to hear him preach and to witness how the Lord has called this man to serve Him as a leader in His church. You have all had the chance to read the lessons he prepared during the summer as he led us in “Fuse” on Wednesday evenings. The material was excellent concerning “How to Pray.” If you did not read the take home material and use the activities suggested, you truly missed a blessing straight out of God’s Word. 

          Derrick and Deanna and their precious children have blessed us with their leadership and spiritual gifts since May of this year. I hope you have taken the time to talk with them extensively and have gotten to know their heart for God. I truly believe the Lord sent them to Dayton to serve with us here at First Baptist Church and obviously you do too, since we issued a unanimous call for them to join us.  

        I have enjoyed the heart to heart discussions Derrick and I have had over the last several months, discussing God’s Word and our unique perspectives of how we seek to live out our convictions. It is our hearts desire to know the will of God and to lead our church in following His Spirit and His Word. Pray for us and the Strategic Planning Committee that is working with us. We need to hear and know the heart of God for our church. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! Amen!


    Bro. Milton



9:00 a.m. ~ Sunday School for All Ages

10:15 a.m. ~ Worship Service

6:00 p.m. ~ Worship Service

6:00 p.m. ~ Children's Choir


6:30 p.m. ~ G.R.O.W. Outreach


6:15 p.m. ~ Prayer Meeting

6:15 p.m. ~ Children AWANA

6:30 p.m. ~ Discipleship Classes

6:15 p.m. ~ Youth: POWERHOUSE

6:30 p.m. ~ Adult Choir Practice