Everybody is Welcomed at Sweet Magnolia.
For over 100 years, Magnolia has served as a Progressive Witness of Jesus Christ in the Statesboro and Bulloch County. At Magnolia, you find yourself in a warm and welcoming environment that will allow you to experience real folks abiding in community loving each other and God. We have convenient parking located near the front entrance for our first-time guests. Our Magnolia Ambassadors and Ushers will be glad to help you find a Christian Education class or simply find a seat for the worship service.
Beyond hospitality, Magnolia is committed to being Christian stewards of love. As such, we practice love, build the beloved community and pursue social justice. We believe the overwhelming message of the Bible, in story after story, is that of God's radical love and welcome. Every time we think we know who's in and who's out, God does something to challenge those assumptions, to unbind our hearts and minds from old ways of understanding, and to draw the circle ever wider.
Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Together, we are striving to become a place where there's relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care. So whether you are a spiritual seeker who is just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home here at Sweet Magnolia!
At Sweet Magnolia, all our resources are utilized to provide a Christ-centered setting where people in this community can be redeemed to a personal relationship with Christ, reconciled to God and his people, restored to wholeness, to well being, and revived for a full life involved in service to others.
At Sweet Magnolia, you can be redeemed, reconciled, restored, and revived. Lets go!
Stop wasting money on junk that does not satisfy. Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best. Isaiah 55:2
THROUGH WORSHIP | Sunday services are at 10:00 am on First, Second, and Third Sundays.
THROUGH STUDY | Sunday School for all ages is Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. Additionally, there is a Morning Devotion every Wednesday at 6:30 am. Just dial 712.775.7200 and use Passcode 1065315# to participate. Pastor Johnson leads an enriching Bible Study known as Hour of Power every Wednesday at 6:30 pm.
THROUGH SERVICE | One of the most important values of Magnolia is our mission to the Statesboro community. Magnolia's members are involved in a variety of church-based ministries and community partnerships. Feel free to contact our church office at (912) 587-5432 with further questions.
Building on a Legacy
POETRY CORNER | We bet when you think of black poets, you probably think of just Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Those two made it on our list, of course, but we also have 23 others that you should get to know (if you don’t already).
These black poets were not all famous. They were not all celebrated. Sweet Magnolia proudly acknowledges their contributions. Resource: Sign up for A Poem A Day.
CLOSING THE GAP | Every Month the Sweet Magnolia family supports the Statesboro Area Foodbank and other programs to responde to the problem of food insecurity confronting our Community.
Additionally, members serve through Feeding Statesboro, a hot lunch project, every 3rd Tuesday with our partners, Statesboro UUFS. Support Now!
MORNING DEVOTION | Spend time each day reading and reflecting on God. Magnolia uses Our Daily Bread, a daily online and printed devotional.
Join our weekly Early Morning Devotional at 6:30 am by dialing 712.775.7200 and code 1065315#.
Stay Connected at Magnolia's Facebook.
For the Culture
BLACK LIVES MATTER | The deaths of Amhaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, and George Floyd has captured the world's attention to the plight of Black people and the criminal justice system. Although this fight has long been a part of the ethos of Sweet Magnolia; together we are seeking to faithfully respond to the challenges of the day. Above. Pastor Francys Johnson shoulders the 30 foot Cross along with other leaders to demonstrate the weight of sin that is police brutality. Resources: Article, Video, More on JustGeorgia, and the M4BL.
Health and Wellness
AWARENESS | Sweet Magnolia is committed to empowering the community to achieve and maintain health and wellness.
As the faith community, we have a special responsibility to care for our fellow congregants and communities. When we are prepared, we are in a better position to help others. We have a special responsibility to get the facts and restate them accurately, and to check in frequently with our fellow congregants. Learn More.
Dig Deeper Commentary
MONEY MATTERS | Sweet Magnolia is committed to empowering the community to achieve and maintain financial security. Learn More.
Here are some resources that may help:
CDC COVID-19 resources
THE BLACK CHURCH | In this intimate four-hour series from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., we trace how this came to be in the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and endurance, grace and resilience, thriving and testifying, freedom and independence, solidarity and speaking truth to power.
It reveals how Black people have worshipped, and through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.
Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church is well served by the Reverend Dr. Francys Johnson. The pulpit of Sweet Magnolia has long provided community-wide leadership.
Over the last 22 years, Dr. Johnson has also exemplified the values of Christian service with humility before the Mount Moriah Baptist Church congregation of Pembroke. First Lady Meca Williams-Johnson’s particular success in youth programming and academic mentoring are assets to ministries of Magnolia. Further, they are ambassadors of our faith community to the region and nation.