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Roswell Street Baptist Church: Bringing the Marietta Community Together

By Elisha Neubauer

The Roswell Street Baptist Church, located in Marietta, Georgia, strives to offer a variety of worship services and events within its walls. Aimed at joining the community as a whole, these unique services are designed to accommodate Marietta's diverse resident base.

"Our Blended Service holds to our traditions while introducing fresh approaches; our Connections Service has a modern approach that is highly relational and authentic," explains Reverend Joe Buckner, Worship Pastor at Roswell. The church also offers Brazilian Fellowship, Korean Fellowship, Laotian Fellowship, and Hispanic Sunday School groups in order to reach a broad cross-section of the Marietta population.

Blended Service

In order to make faith accessible to younger church-goers, there is an on-site Children's Church for kids in kindergarten through second grade. And new programs are being added constantly. "We are continuing to find new ways to meet the spiritual needs within our community," says Buckner.

Sunday Services are not the only way that Roswell reaches out to the community. "On Wednesday evenings, we hold a Fellowship Dinner from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Vision Center," Buckner states. "And every other month on Sunday evenings, our church provides a church-wide fellowship meal and entertainment to foster community." Roswell Street also provides a morning Small Groups hour where attendees can connect with fellow church members within their own life stage.

Community Christmas Celebration

Holiday services and events connect the church and the broader Marietta community. "Within our church, we host a Community Christmas Celebration, Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, Good Friday Service, Easter Services, God & Country Celebration, and so much more!" says Buckner. A recent Community Christmas Celebration included a partnership with local groups such as the Harrison High School marching band drumline, the Beth Hallel Messianic Jewish Dance Troupe, dancers from two area dance studios, and many other neighborhood participants.

God & Country Celebration

Additionally, Roswell is host to the Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Christian-based community athletic program for kids in January & February, the annual Vacation Bible School in June, and a Fall Block Party. "Our Fall Block Party was attended by 1500 guests this past October," says Buckner.

The church's latest initiative, Mission Marietta, works to reach communities within a five mile radius through on-site events for the residents. Buckner exudes great pride in this program. "Mission Marietta continues to engage people with fellowship events, life classes, Bible studies, community meals and much more."

Easter Sunday

Roswell Street Baptist Church is located at 774 Roswell Street in Marietta, GA.

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