National Back to Church Sunday

by Van Welton
This Sunday, September 16 is National Back to Church Sunday.  It is a national campaign to encourage church attendance.  According to the national website, last year “7600 churches participated from 34 denominations and together gave millions of invitations to church. Churches responding to a post-event survey welcomed an average of 34 new visitors and increase of 25.4 percent in attendance. Survey results also show that 96% of participating churches would take part in Back to Church Sunday again.”  
Participating churches may be discovered at .
Locally, Apple Valley Baptist is participating in the campaign.  It has coordinated the Annual Church Homecoming to coincide with the national campaign.  Those attending the homecoming worship service are invited to enjoy a free Fried Chicken meal at the Clarke County Fair Grounds immediately following the service.  Apple Valley Baptist meets at D.G. Cooley Elementary School on Sundays at 10 am for its Family Worship Celebration.  All are welcome.
Van Welton is the pastor of Apple Valley Baptist, a Southern Baptist Convention church plant meeting at D.G. Cooley Elementary.  Information about the church and National Back to Church may be found at