Visiting any church, no matter what size, for the very first time can be a tough experience. Well, we want to put you at ease. Your first visit to Newton Baptist will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family. We want you to experience inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and “at home”! Here are a few answers to your questions and what you might expect on your first visit.
What time are services?
LIFEGroups starts at 10:00 AM and is available for all ages.
Our morning worship service starts at 11:00 AM.
We also have an evening service at 6:00 PM.
How do I get to Newton Baptist Church?
We are located at 720 Jack Neely Road, Covington, GA. Click here to see a detailed map or get directions.
What should I wear?
When you come to one of our services, you will find people dressed in a wide variety of styles from as casual as jeans, to as formal as suits and dresses. Of course, all are welcome no matter what the attire, we do ask that people dress modestly, in a way that does not draw attention to themselves. We think that what you wear to church should not detract from the worship experience of others around you. We want all of the attention to go to Jesus Christ.
Where can I park?
We have special guest parking available right in front of our auditorium, as well as other parking spaces around the property. If you are visiting with us, please park up front in our special guest spaces.
What are the accommodations for the disabled?
Newton Baptist Church is handicap accessible. Handicap-accessible parking is available near the main entrance. Our ushers can also assist with any special needs that you may have.
What is available for infants and toddlers?
We have a well-equipped nursery to care for your babies and toddlers from infants up through 2 years old.
What children’s programs are available?
During LIFEGroups, we have classes for children from birth to 5th grade.
Our 11:00 AM Worship Service, we have a 3 year old Children’s Church, a 4-5 year old Children’s Church, and our main Children’s Church for 1st – 5th grade boys and girls. On Wednesday nights, we offer Children’s Clubs for ages 3 and up.
What small groups or Sunday School classes are available?
A variety of LIFEGroups are available at 10:00 AM. Check the Ministries Page for more information.
What happens when I get to church?
As you walk into the main entrance, you will be greeted by one of our members who will give you a bulletin and assist you in getting to your class or into the service. Our greeters are trained and informed. They will get you and your children to a suitable LIFEGroup.
What do I do before the service starts?
If you arrive before the service starts, you will notice that our auditorium is filled with plenty of comfortable seats. There are no reserved seats, so you may sit anywhere. Many people will be greeting one another during this time.
What are the services like?
Services generally last about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Our worship services are a time of joyful worship and praise, with a variety of traditional songs provided by our choir and special groups.
How will I know when to stand?
The Pastor or the Music Director will ask the congregation to stand or sit. Generally we stand while singing and during times of public prayer.
What is the Pastor’s message like?
Pastor Tony Howeth gives Bible-based messages lasting 30-35 minutes. His messages are biblical and apply to our daily lives.
Do you give public invitations at the end of the service? What are they like?
At the end of his message, Pastor Tony invites anyone who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to put their faith in Him. This is also a time for personal prayer with God over changes we may need to make in our lives. Counseling is also available for spiritual needs.
Do I need to donate money when I visit?
Newton Baptist Church does believe giving is a Biblical principle and we do encourage it. However, our guests should not feel under any obligation to participate. As our guest, we would request that you would fill out a Guest Information card and we would ask you to drop it in the offering plate.
Loving God requires a relationship with God. Our personal walk with the Father means taking time to be with Him; in prayer, in His Word, and just being alone with our Savior. As we learn to pray, as we learn God’s Word, we learn to walk with and to love God; we begin to be able to put love in action! We bring our love for God from our house to His house. We continue to strengthen our love for God through Sunday School, Men and Ladies Bible studies, Worship Services and the many other ministries at Newton Baptist Church. Our love for God leads us to the next step of action; putting others first.
Time and time again we look to our Lord, and we see His example of putting others first. From washing the disciples’ feet to taking our place on the cross may we never forget that Jesus put us first, and here at Newton Baptist Church it is our desire to follow His example by putting others first. The greatest commandment we have been given is to love our neighbor as ourselves, and may we always have a heart to serve, may we always have a love for people.
Vision for the World
At Newton Baptist Church, our vision for the world begins next door. From inviting neighbors in our community to church, supporting missionaries on the foreign field, to training, equipping and sending people from our church unto the uttermost parts of the earth, let us have a heartbeat and vision for the world. Our love for God moves us to put others first and in doing so our vision changes from an inward focus to an outward focus on reaching the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we share a vision for the world we are no longer confined to a geographic location, but have a greater desire to share the gospel to every tribe and tongue worldwide.
Life is something to be enjoyed by the believer! As we learn to love God, we see that love for Him moves us to action by placing others first; our focus changes from ourselves to a vision for the world and without even trying, the Lord brings us to a place of contentment and service, and we then can truly begin to enjoy life. Our relationships become sweeter, our fellowships become deeper, and our serving one another becomes the evidence of our love for God and that itself brings such great joy within our lives!