Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
This Church is an essential part of the faith community of those in the Statesboro - Bulloch County Area. For more than 100 years, the community has counted on Sweet Magnolia's impact to meet their needs. The Mission of "serving this present age" remains at the core of Sweet Magnolia's identity.
We offer the following member services:
We believe that all of God’s people should be baptized after accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4) Believers are not saved through baptism. Baptism is simply an outward symbol of an inward commitment to Christ.
You are considered a candidate for baptism when you:
have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and have never been fully submerged in baptism; or
Join Sweet Magnolia as a Member.
If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian's permission. Baptism is for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, infants and children aged 4 years and younger can participate in Baby Dedication, where parents can dedicate them to the Lord.
Baby Dedication is an opportunity for parents to publicly proclaim their faith in Christ and their commitment to pass their faith on to their children. Baby dedication is based upon Hannah’s presentation of Samuel to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1: 19-28.
Baby dedication does not guarantee salvation for your child. Your child will have to personally accept Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior when old enough to understand the Gospel and the need for forgiveness.
Parents, Grandparents, Godparents, and foster parents who are members of Magnolia Baptist Church and designated by the court as the legal guardian of the child or children may request to participate in the baby's dedication.
This Church supports its members by providing counseling services at no cost.
Pre-marital Counseling - This Church is committed to providing prospective couples with the necessary tools to have a successful marriage. Pre-marital counseling and certification for marriage in the State of Georgia are available.
Marriage and Relationship Counseling - Members who are overwhelmed with the issues related to maintaining a healthy relationship with their significant other may seek help from our counseling services.
Anxiety, Depression, and Mental Health Counseling - Members experiencing extreme feelings of sadness or anxiety and need to discuss strategies to cope with how to move past these feelings, our services will equip you with tools to find joy in your life.
Youth Counseling - For our members, we provide caring and confidential counseling in a haven that allows your child to develop spiritually and socially in a trauma-informed environment.
Financial Counseling - For our members, we provide financial literacy education and other practical support to allow our families to improve their quality of life.
Referral Services - This Church provides confidential referrals to other qualified mental health and counseling professionals at no cost as part of a comprehensive spiritual plan of support.
This Church supports its members through the emergency needs that are a part of life. Specifically, the Church can provide resources through our extended network of partners for high-quality food, safe temporary shelter, warm and dry clothing, and other basic needs. Every situation is different and therefore each response must be tailored to the particular emergency. Please notify the Church immediately for emergency services.
This Church supports its members through the grief of losing a loved one and understands the difficulty of respectfully providing grief support and homegoing services.
Please notify the Church immediately upon the death of a member of your family.
This Church supports its members through life's joys and sorrows by making its facilities available to members for weddings, funerals, and other appropriate activities.
The Sanctuary can accommodate 250 people and is available to members and their extended families for weddings, funerals, and other appropriate services at no cost. All services must be preapproved to conform to the decorum of worship.
The Fellowship Hall can accommodate 50 to 75 people depending on the setup and is available to members and their extended families for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Fellowships along with Receptions and Repasts at no cost.
Food Services are available to members and their extended families upon request at market rates. All outside vendors or caterers must be preapproved by the Kitchen Committee.
The Magnolia Cemetery is well-maintained and accessible from dawn to dusk every day. All burials must be preapproved by the Cemetery Committee.
Members - Burial space is available to members at no cost.
Extended Family Members - Burial space is available for the extended families of members upon request with a perpetual care fee.
General Public - Limited Burial space is available for the general public upon request with a perpetual care fee.
Pastor Francys Johnson has served in ministry for more than 25 years. He along with the ministerial staff are available for prayer, to officiate services, and render pastoral care to all members at no cost as their schedule permits.