We believe that the most important decision anyone will ever make is what they believe about Jesus. We believe that Jesus Christ provides the only way through which we can have peace with God. If you are undecided about Christ, please take a few minutes to carefully consider the information here.
Our basic biblical beliefs are explained in The Baptist Faith and Message, adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on June 14, 2000. View the current edition of The Baptist Faith & Message.
At Fruit Cove, we’re actively pursuing what we refer to as our “E3 Strategy.” We believe that this church exists to Equip the people with God’s Word, Engage the culture with God’s Truth, and Embrace the world with God’s Love.
While we live in a wonderful part of the world, we believe that people living out a worldview based on God’s eternal truth can and will contribute to making it an even better place to live, work and play. We express our responsibility through three words: transformation, contextualization and multiplication.
As we come to know and understand God’s Word, the way we think, feel and act changes. We live not for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others as an act of worship.
If the people who participate in our church’s ministry are truly equipped with God’s Word – and experience a transformation in the way we think, feel and act- we will live out the Gospel and lead others in our circle of influence to do the same.
We invite you to join us as we teach God’s Word through worship and relational groups that help equip us to think, feel and act as would Jesus if he lived in Fruit Cove today.
As we come to know and understand the cultural context in which God has placed us, we recognize that we face challenges individually and as a community. These challenges impact our relationships with our families and friends with whom we live, work and play.
If the people who participate in our church’s ministry are engaging our culture with God’s Truth – with an understanding of our unique context – we will recognize how His truth can enrich and strengthen the relationships that are most important to us.
We invite you to join us as we create and serve in ministries that confront the culture with the love of God.
As we come to know and understand what it is to embrace the world with God’s love, we find that His love really does change the way we all think, feel and act. So, wherever we go -from Jacksonville to the world – we seek to live in a way that demonstrates His love to all people.
If the people who participate in our church’s ministry are embracing the world with God’s love, we will be people on mission and find that others will join us on our journey.
We invite you to join us as we embrace our responsibility to love others as God has loved us.
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Fruit Cove Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. But what does that mean to you? One of the most important things is that 10% of every dollar given to our Budget goes to the Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program was created in 1925 to fund the common goal of Southern Baptist to share the gospel with every person on the planet. Funding through the Cooperative Program supports Children’s Homes, Missionaries, New church starts, Children’s camps, Disaster Relief, Six Seminaries. Through the Cooperative Program, we support 5,100 missionaries working with more than 1,170 different people groups in the world, 5,153 missionaries are working in North America to start new churches, 7 locations of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, 3rd largest Disaster Relief provider in the nation, AIDS victims in Africa since 1980s. By giving to the budget fund of the Fruit Cove Baptist Church, you too are having a part in the work of Southern Baptist everywhere.
It also means that we have adopted the beliefs of the Southern Baptist Convention as it relates to Scripture and its authority, the purpose of the church, how a person becomes a Christian, and who Jesus is; fully God and fully man. Click here to see a copy of the Baptist Faith and Message which outlines these and other beliefs and gives supporting scripture references.
What you wear is entirely up to you. You will see people dressed in shorts and others in suits and ties. If we had to generalize, most wear “resort casual.” But come what you are comfortable in!
Visitor and handicap parking is located along Building A (1-story building) as you enter on the north side of the campus next to Burger King. Visitor, handicap and expectant mother parking is available on the south side of the ROC (3-story building). Parking is available in front of the Annex (behind Burger King, next to office). Click here to see a map of the campus.
We have Bible studies for all ages of children at both worship times. Click here to see a map of the campus.
We have 2 identical services; one at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. The services are a blended style of traditional (hymns) and contemporary (praise choruses) music.
There is no difference in the 2 services. They are identical. We went to offering two morning services to have enough variety of small group Bible studies and to accommodate the growing number of people coming to worship.
Worship or corporate worship takes place in the large auditorium on the main campus called the Worship Center (clever!). Dr. Maynard teaches the congregation and we join in the worship by singing praise songs and hymns. But there are small group Bible studies happening as well. These are traditionally called Sunday School. We have small groups for young adults through senior adults, college students, preschoolers, elementary kids, middle school and high school students. The best place to start to find a small group for you on Sundays is at the Welcome Center outside the Worship Center.
Dr. Maynard may reference several different Bible translations when he is preaching but primarily uses the ESV (English Standard Version). For our Adult Bible Study classes, it is the decision of the teacher although most use the Holman Christian Standard, English Standard or New King James versions.
At the end of each service a public invitation is given at which you can become a member of our church family in one of the following ways…
The basis of authentic church membership comes through trusting Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior. If you would like to know more about the Christian life or if you have any other questions regarding church membership, please feel free to e-mail our pastoral staff.
The office is located behind Burger King. The front door is off the street that runs between the main church campus and Burger King. All the staff offices are located in this building. The office hours are Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 5:00 pm; Fridays 8:30 – 1:00 pm.
In 1978, when a small group of Baptists began meeting in homes in the Fruit Cove area, State Road 13 was a quiet, scenic, two-lane highway. As State Road 13 has changed, so has the church which grew from the original band of believers.
Members who were a part of that first fellowship group fondly remember meeting in the Switzerland Volunteer Fire Department, after the group outgrew its members’ homes. “It was a spiritually growing experience, but we had some hardships as well,” acknowledged charter member Sue Bailey. “I remember that we froze in the winter and fried in the summer; and rain on the tin roof overpowered any preacher’s voice.”
The growing fellowship became Fruit Cove Baptist Mission under the sponsorship of Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The mission formally constituted as a church in March 1983, and called its first full-time pastor, Archer Thorpe. The congregation also bought nine acres of land along State Road 13.
The church’s first building was completed in 1982, and an educational building was added three years later. The 15,000-square-foot-fan-shaped worship center was dedicated April 6, 1997, the 19th anniversary of the first meeting in the Switzerland fire station.
On the occasion of the dedication of the worship center, Pastor Tim Maynard stated that the occasion was “a great day for us. But there will be many more. We do not see this building as an end product. We are at the beginning, not the end.”
The “great days” of Fruit Cove Baptist Church continue. On July 20, 2003, the church dedicated our ROC (Reaching Our Community) Family Life Building. This 18,000-square-foot building accommodates our preschool, youth, and some adult Sunday School classrooms. The gym is used by the Upward Sports program as well as the community during our open gym times. During the week, our Weekday Preschool uses the first floor facilities.
Renovations were completed in October on our Children’s Building. And the building continues. In May of 2005, the church will begin its next phase of construction with expansion to our Worship Center and parking lots.
As the community of Fruit Cove grows, the church is committed to growing to meet its needs. The congregation of more than 2,100 is following God’s leadership in fulfilling its stated purpose: Fruit Cove Baptist Church exists equip the people, engage the culture, and embrace the world