Voices of Faith Church has announced that it will usher in the New Year with a renewed mission to attract new members at its Stone Mountain and Conyers, GA campuses.
Bishop Gary Hawkins, Sr., who founded Voices of Faith 28 years ago, said the church is rebranding itself with a new logo and new worship services. The changes will become effective on Jan. 1, 2023.
“The year 2023 will be a year of resurgence for Voices of Faith Church,” said Bishop Hawkins. “We have remodeled our sanctuary and we have new service times that will allow us to attract those who want to worship early, those who want to worship mid-morning and those who prefer the traditional worship hour, in addition to those who want to worship online.”
Bishop Hawkins said the Stone Mountain campus, 2500 Rockbridge Road S.W., will offer Sunday worship services at 8 a.m., and will kick off a brand new, in-person service that also will be live-streamed on Facebook at 10 a.m.
At the Conyers campus, 1290 Sigman Road, the Sunday worship service will be held at a new time: 11:30 a.m.
Bible study will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook on Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Voices of Faith’s resurgence comes after the pandemic prompted a halt on a variety of in-person activities, including worship, in Georgia and around the nation in 2020. As multitudes of churches shifted their worship services exclusively online, a growing number of people welcomed the opportunity to worship from the comfort of their homes and remained online, even after state and federal officials lifted mandatory bans on in-person activities.
Bishop Hawkins said that while Voices of Faith would continue to offer worship online, he and his wife, Lady Pamela Hawkins, are excited about welcoming worshippers in-person into the House of the Lord
“We’ve been giving cyber hugs and will continue to do so. But the bible says that it is critical that we do not forsake the assemblying of God’s people so that we are strengthened as one body as we spread the gospel of Jesus, said Bishop Hawkins.
The bishop said that he has spent the past several weeks preparing church leaders for the changes in 2023.
“We have rediscovered our “why.” Our why is to reach and disciple the unchurched with love and simplicity. God has called us to reach those who are hurting, misjudged, and misunderstood,” said Bishop Hawkins. “We are called to reach those who have been outcasted. The world judges, we embrace. We will accept you and love on you just the way you are.”
Voices of Faith also is focusing on growing its Merge Youth Ministry under the leadership of Pastor G.J. Hawkins and Elder Shanna Hawkins, Bishop Hawkins’ oldest son and daughter-in-law. The young couple is inviting families to bring their kids to Voices of Faith’s youth worship services through a new campaign, “OUR CHURCH IS A VIBE!”
Bishop Hawkins said he is looking forward to the families who want to grow with Voices of Faith. The church is planning several free events to meet and engage with the public, he said.
“The new year is a great time for change. It’s a great time to try something you have not done before, experience something that you have never experienced,” Bishop Hawkins said. “It’s a fresh start for many. Let us leave bad decisions, hurt and pain in our rear-view mirror. Let us embrace something new. I promise you that we will not judge you, but we will shower you with love, warmth and care.”