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A church of the community

Today, Good Hope Baptist Church is honoring Pastor E.J. Tomlinson and his dedication to the ministry for over 32 years. Coming into the ministry at the tender age of 25, Tomlinson says he was a young boy who has grown with this ministry. His long time wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their dear son, Cornelius, have stood by Pastor Tomlinson as he has watched the face of his congregation transform over the years. Tomlinson has been noted as the 3rd longest person to pastor over a single congregation in Newton County.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Changing lives: Grace United Methodist Church

Newly appointed Pastor George Lanier shares the rich history of Grace United Methodist Church. Grace Methodist has been a part of the Covington community for more than 150 years. A predominately African American church Grace United Methodist knows what it takes to survive in the 21st century church.

November 01, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Connexion Church is on the move

New on the scene and ready to impact the community of Newton County, Connexion Church is here to stay. Under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Covington, this progressive ministry is proud to announce that they are under a new roof. Kicking off its first service Nov. 9, Connexion church is building a legacy.

October 25, 2014 | | RELIGION


Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Continuing a Legacy

Serving in the community for more than 150 years, First Presbyterian Church of Covington is still standing strong. Established in 1827, originally as a garden, this ministry has always made its mark in the community. The roots of this ministry go so deep into the community; one of its forefathers, Dr. Hayes, was one of the very first pastors of the church, and still has living family members who are active in the ministry.

October 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Like a Rock

Established in 1989 on the outskirts of Covington Ga, Solid Rock Baptist Church is preparing to celebrate their 25th year anniversary. Under the leadership of Pastor Mike Franklin, Solid Rock strives to "meet needs, share Jesus and to love people."

October 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


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Watkins family appeals across many genres

The acoustic music of the Watkins Family will thrill audiences in Rutledge on Nov. 1.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Turn Around Ministries

Covington native Cory Stevenson, Founder of Turn Around Ministries Inc. is preparing to bring Jesus to the people in trailer parks, subdivisions, or wherever he is invited to come. God has placed a calling on his life to turn the world around, one community at a time. Turn Around Ministries Inc. is non-denominational and its mission statement reads, "To bring purpose based on the promises of God through his provision."

October 23, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Covington First United Methodist Church shares some love

When local firefighters, EMTs and policemen receive a 911 call, they are usually responding to moments of crisis, fear, injury and heartache. Many times those calls involve small children. As these men and women try to comfort these children, they sometimes hand them a stuffed bear to hold onto and hug.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stories From the Well

The Social Circle Theater's production, "Stories from the Well: Let it Shine" will open tonight and run through October 25. The non-profit community theater was founded in 2000 by Bob and Mabel Standridge in an effort to unify the community through live local theater.

October 15, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Life skills in a Christian manner

Terry Stutes is the minister of music and director of Petra Foundations Inc. at Solid Rock Baptist Church. The PETRA House exists to reach out to the homeless and alcoholic men in our community and lead them to Jesus Christ. On campus, they are provided with temporary housing, meals and mentors who teach them life skills through biblical principles so they can live productive lives. With the help and direction of God, SRBC believes that The PETRA House will become a place of encouragement, trust and acceptance.

"My mentor and pastor, Mike Franklin is teaching me how to love people ...

October 09, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Church expansion ‘a dream come true’

Founded in 1897, the historic New Hope Baptist Church located on the corner of Brown and Ivy streets has been a beacon of hope, love, compassion and faith. The church was planted by a group of people from Bethlehem Baptist Church who felt there was a need for a church in the Harristown Community. Today, it continues to be a ministry that is not about religion, but about a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In recent years, the appearance and location of New Hope Baptist Church caught the eyes of movie producers. The church, pastor and choir members were featured in ...

October 02, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Jersey Community Church sponsors fund raisers for Wade Jones

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Jersey Community Church will sponsor two fundraisers to help the family of JCC youth pastor Wade Jones, who recently suffered a stroke.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Everybody needs spiritual renewal

We live in an imperfect world where life is tough on everyone. Admittedly, we've all blown it at one time or the other and made mistakes. For too long, people have been passing down unhealthy behavior from one generation to the next. Eastridge Community Church believes this can be stopped by teaching life-giving choices.

September 25, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Kingdomwood Film Festival opens at the Mall at Stonecrest

The inaugural Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival will be held Oct. 9 – Oct. 11 at Stonecrest Mall. Under the conference theme, "Reach, Teach and Inspire," weekend activities will include screenings of shorts, features and documentaries with faith and inspirational themes, a preview of an upcoming documentary on the Rev. A.D. King - Martin Luther King Jr.'s brother - and his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as well as gospel concerts spotlighting rising talent from the church community.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A new home for Living Way Worship

Living Way Worship Center International is celebrating their one-year anniversary at their new location on 4051 Highway 81 south and invites the community to join in the special activities this weekend. The festivities begin with a free Christian rock concert featuring Builders None. The concert begins at 7 p.m. - doors open at 6 p.m. Autographs, CDs and T-shirts will be available. Sunday morning will include a celebratory time of praise and worship with Builders None and a time of reflection as they thank God for giving them an opportunity to reach lost souls for Christ.

September 18, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


There’s always something you can do

At age 91, Covington resident Lovic Cyril Warren Jr. says in retrospect that his greatest accomplishment was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. After his wife passed in 2003, Warren began to seek God's purpose for his golden years. When his eyesight weakened due to Macular Degeneration, Warren discontinued preaching and teaching Sunday School. He prayed this prayer, "Lord, I can't hear much better than I can see and I can't drive an automobile. You know how old I am - there must be something I can do for you."

September 11, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Former Senate Chaplain to visit First Baptist

This Sunday, former chaplain of the United States Senate Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie will be preaching at First Baptist Church in Covington. He served as Senate Chaplain from 1995-2003 and is a beloved figure in Washington and throughout the world.

September 11, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Eastridge Community Church launches Life’s Healing Choices campaign

Eastridge Community Church will launch Life's Healing Choices, an eight-week campaign, on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Grace notes: Don’t ask what, ask why

"What is it?"

September 04, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


‘There is a lot of love in this church’

Next month will mark the 129th anniversary of Sims Chapel Baptist Church. In the early years, the brush harbor ministry was known as Series Baptist Church. The Sims family donated property on Highway 142 in Covington and the name changed to Sims Chapel. The church has survived and thrived over the years as its people gave sacrificially.

September 04, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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