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What is Mission Jax?

June 8th-13th, 2015

“A City Not Forsaken” -Isaiah 62:12

Mission Jax is where middle and high school students spend a week (Monday-Saturday) on mission to meet needs of people and organizations within the community. Each day, teams of students and leaders provide the resources necessary to complete projects in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities,

Over the years the infrastructure behind serving the city has been modeled after Acts 1:8.  At the beginning of the week, the focus is on the things on or closest to church campuses in Fruit Cove, FL.  Work on church grounds, widows and the elderly within the community become the focus of the first few days.  After this we extend out to the city of Jacksonville.  Over the years we have developed relationships with Trinity Rescue, Sulzbacher Center, Duval Police, Murray Hill Theater, Ronald McDonald House, Quigley House, Home Again St. Johns, and many more.  This rewarding service combined with the impactful worship and organic teaching (combination of youth pastors) in the evenings each day has proven to have a lasting impact on our students and their Christian worldview. The potential impact of Christ on this city is limitless.

Please contact Switzerland Community Church at or Fruit Cove Baptist Church at  on how to get involved or potential community job projects.

2015 Car Show Announcement

Dear Church Family and Car Show Community,

You may have heard by now that a decision has been made to cancel the Car Show this year.  Several mitigating factors beyond our control have informed this decision.  It has been shared with several leadership groups in the church, and each have affirmed the decision to cancel the show this year.

I know this is disappointing to many, and we would like to ask you to continue monitoring our website for an announcement about a car show at a partner church on the Westside of Jacksonville on April 11.  This would be a show largely sponsored by Fruit Cove but to benefit a different community and church.  We will make an announcement about this as soon as a date is confirmed.  Thank you again for your faithful support of this ministry in years past, and we will look forward to our next show together.


Dr Tim Maynard

Jimmy Saffold

On December 16, our church and community was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic and unexpected death of Mr. Jimmy Saffold. Jimmy was a man of faith and family: he loved God and he loved his family. Jimmy didn’t stop there. He loved his faith-family – the people of Fruit Cove Baptist Church – as well. From driving the golf cart, to VBS preschool recreation, to RA’s and GA’s, Sunday School, Deacons and James Gang, Jimmy Saffold’s life served people of all generations.

Tonight and tomorrow, we’ll join his family in celebrating his life. There are so many stories of how Jimmy served others. We have created this post as a place for you to add you comments. How did Jimmy encourage you? How did he impact your life? Please use the comments below to reflect on his life of service and know that the family will find comfort in your words.

Christmas Eve Devotional

Hey Parents, Merry Christmas!! As we prepare to open gifts, enjoy meals, put up with in laws and watch Elf, we want to add one thing to your agenda this Christmas, specifically Christmas Eve. This year we have put together a devotion for families to do together. Technically we have written two; one for parents of teens and one for parents of children. These devotions are an opportunity for you as parents to be the spiritual leaders in your homes as God intended. See, ultimately the church should be secondary in our child’s spiritual development and home should be primary. So this Christmas we have made it easy for you, we have even included directions on how to lead theses devotions. Christmas is the perfect time for families to talk about Jesus at home. One note, don’t expect revival. A lot of parents get discouraged when leading family devotions or trying to lead at home spiritually. We often over- think leading spiritually, looking for life change immediately, not realizing that the Holy Spirit is the changing agent in all people, not man. Even in the ministry of Jesus, after He performed a miracle or preached a sermon, we have no reference point to say that revival broke out. Leading spiritually is more about obedience than about results.  Click here to download the devotion

So as you prepare to lead your family to Jesus this Christmas, allow me to say a few things…

  1.  They will get more out of how you live, than anything you will ever say
  2.  Emotions fade, but the truth remains.
  3.  Kids will be kids, let them talk, let them have fun, let them be loud, let them be silly… God made them this way. BUT, don’t think for a second they are NOT listening. They are!
  4. Have fun.


The greatest investment you can ever make in the lives of your children is the gospel. Share the gospel with your kids, and do it often. We can’t repeat the gospel to our children enough.

2 Corinthians 5:21 & Romans 5:8


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Ladies Retreat 2015

Make your plans to attend the 2015 Ladies Retreat!

September 25-27, 2015
Epworth by the Sea
St. Simon’s Island, GA

Registration Begins: Monday, January 5, 2015
Retreat Registration Cost:$40 (Non-Refundable but is Transferable)
Room Cost/Payment Options: Cost depends on room choice and number of roommates.
Cost Includes: 2 nights and 6 meals

Angie SmithGuest Speaker: Angie Smith

Women around the world feel as though they’re lifelong friends with Angie and most of them have never met her in person. They’ve come to know Angie through her transparent, warm, and witty blog, Bring the Rain. It began as the story of her fourth daughter Audrey’s brief life and became an opportunity to combine Angie’s two greatest passions: helping to heal people’s hearts and writing. Angie is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award-winning group, Selah) and best selling author of I Will Carry You, What Women Fear, Mended, Chasing God and two children’s books.

You don’t want to miss this fun retreat with praise and worship music, group breakout sessions, teaching, food, fun and girlfriend time!

For more information and to register stop by the Women’s Ministry table at Bldg. B on Sunday’s beginning January 11, 2015 or stop by or call the church office at 287-0996.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve your rooms as soon as possible!



Our Thanksgiving Weekend Service

Join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving

We will have our Celebrate! Wednesday morning service at 10am on November 26 in the Worship Center.  There will be no other activities on Wednesday and the office will close early.

Sunday, November 30, we will have Sunday School at 9:30am for our preschoolers while we gather as one family in the Worship Center for Sunday School led by Rick Wheeler from the Jacksonville Baptist Association.  The Lord’s Supper and Baptism will follow at 11:00am.

The office will be closed Thanksgiving Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.  We will reopen Monday, December 1.

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