In 1906, the First Baptist Church was constituted as Kite Baptist Church after the land the church was located on was purchased and given by Shadrack J. Kight, Jr in 1863. The church first started out meeting in a schoolhouse located in Kite by eight members who became the charter members. Then, a small church was built on Montgomery and Peacock streets.
In 1915, the church burned down, and the next church was built on Hatcher Street and had its first service in their new building in May 1919. Due to a growing congregation, the church outgrew their building and built their next church on Kight Street, which is now Georgia Highway 57.
The now pastorium was built in 1963 following the fellowship hall in 1974. In 1969 the church changed its name to Kite First Baptist Church.
Currently, the church is home to 100 active members, 15 inactive members who are homebound, and 25 who attend regularly that are not members.
Kite FBC is a church where God reigns over all church activities. The members of the church show their love of God through prayer that is spoken, unspoken, and addressed at all services.
To avoid singling members out, Kite First Baptist asked the quoted spokesperson not be identified throughout this story. In regard to the fellowship between congregants, that person said, “We members love and care about one another; we stay in touch between services and have set up a phone text system through which we can request immediate prayer if a need is felt. We’re a missionary-minded church, and local ministry efforts are always a priority with us.”
For the homebound members, you can watch service Sunday morning on Facebook. This means the church caters to all members of their congregation. “Our church people love each other and are attentive to the needs of each other. We welcome the members to use their gifts in the church, and the church is appreciative. Our church loves the Kite community. We pray for each other. Our church loves children, and we have the privilege of including many young adults and young families within the church. Most importantly, our church is growing.”
Leadership in the church is varied. Leadership roles include their pastor, deacons, W.M.U., Vacation Bible School, music, Sunday school, and its youth directors. Different people volunteer to make this church special to its congregation.
Kite FBC is also very active in the community. “Our church has offered meals to children in the community provided by the school district. Members cook for each other when there is a family sickness or death in our church family or community. We have a place for families to gather for funerals. We provide children’s programs on Wednesday. We have an active youth group. We offer a Christmas play and a live nativity, and we have special music at
the holidays. We have women’s programs, and we have wonderful youth group leaders.”
“Through God’s love, our body of believers come together and act as one unit of love for each other. We pray not to be concerned with self, desiring only what is God’s will for us
church and individual families within the church.”
If you are interested in attending Kite FBC, all are welcomed and their service times are below.
Coffee & Conversation — 9:30 a.m.
Sunday school — 10 a.m.
Worship service — 11 a.m.
Youth group, first through 12th grades — 6 p.m.