Welcome to Sweet Magnolia

What a Fellowship at Sweet Magnolia!

Welcome to the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church (“Magnolia”) known throughout the community as “A Progressive Witness of Jesus Christ in the beautiful Statesboro and Magnolia Midlands of Southeast Georgia.” 
For 100 years our church has been doing great ministry. When you are 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.
What to Expect when you Visit:
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.  During our worship service, we will welcome you and present you with a special visitor’s packet and gift to say thank you for visiting The Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church.  We pray you will find a personal blessing in our worship services.  Sunday services are at 11:15 am on First and Third Sundays in our Sanctuary.  Sunday School for all ages is each Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Feel free to contact our church office at  (912) 587-5432  with further questions.
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.  During our worship service, we will welcome you and present you with a special visitor’s packet and gift to say thank you for visiting The Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church.  We pray you will find a personal blessing in our worship services.  Sunday services are at 11:15 am on First and Third Sundays in our Sanctuary.  Sunday School for all ages is each Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Feel free to contact our church office at  (912) 587-5432  with further questions.
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A Year of Remembrance and Reconnection

In the Hebrew tradition, families reconnect with their ancient ancestors and remember their collective history as recorded in the Book of Exodus when they participate in a ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover at the Passover seder meal.  The best-known quote from the Haggadah (the book read during the Passover seder meal) is, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This scripted question is usually asked by the youngest person at the table, and is meant to express the child’s confusion at the difference between typical elements of an everyday or holiday meal and the unusual features of the Passover meal.

In response to the child’s scripted inquiry, the family participates in various ritual acts around the meal table including the recitation of blessings, the washing of hands, the stylized consumption of symbolic foods, the saying of grace, the singing of songs of praise, and the benediction. At a pivotal point in the meal, the young child poses four questions, which highlight the differences between that meal and all the others they have consumed. An integral part of the Passover seder meal is the group’s collective reflection upon the history of the Jewish people as detailed in the Exodus narrative.

What the Hebrew people may know, and, I suggest, many who worship in our African American churches understand, is that it is critically important to set aside time to remember and reconnect with our collective history. In many African American churches, that special time of remembrance and reconnection is the celebration of the annual church anniversary.
Our 100th Church Anniversary is, indeed, special. This day in the life of Magnolia is ‘different from all other’ Sundays for those of the African American church tradition. At its best, the annual church anniversary is special because, borrowing from Aristotle’s Rhetoric, meaningful and persuasive elements of the annual church anniversary stir participants’ convictions about 1) their personal and their church’s shared values and collective character (ethos), 2) their emotional connection to the place, the experiences, and the people of the church (pathos), and 3) their central argument or missional purpose as a church (logos).

As a result of their sheer existence, African American churches such Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church have robust histories. Magnolia belongs to an Association of Churches that played critical roles in the collective struggle of and against slavery, challenges of Reconstruction, triumphs of the Civil Rights movement, and the celebration of the election of this country’s first African American President.

Learn more about the rich history of ‘Sweet’ Magnolia.

Our Vision – Come Join Us Today

We will utilize all our resources 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. In this church you can be redeemed, reconciled, restored, and revived.

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