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The Well in Hixson welcomes people to a new worship experience

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The Well Band from left are drummer Jordan Lanum, of Soddy-Daisy, singer Tracy Pierson, of Soddy-Daisy, guitarist and singer Timmy Millsaps, of Hixson, lead vocals and guitarist Kyle Cashen, of Hixson, electric guitarist Casey Bryant, of Hixson, and bass guitarist and keyboard player Richard Jacobs, of Hixson. The band plays contemporary Christian music inside the sanctuary of Hixson First Baptist Church Wednesday nights. Photo by Katie Ward

Hixson First Baptist Church’s newly renovated sanctuary sets the scene for a concert style environment as the new Well service takes the stage every Wednesday with a full band and unique lighting and sound.

Nov. 9, guest worship leader Chris Moerman, of Atlanta, will lead the Well Band beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“The Well has a worship band that plays lively worship music with a high energy modern worship time,” said HFBC pastor Myron Wilkins. “There’s a relevant preaching and Bible teaching and sermon relevant to life today. During a time of the service, a prayer room is open where people can go and ask questions or be prayed for.”

Made up of a drummer, singers, guitarists and a pianist, the band brings the crowd alive to clap and sway to the music in preparation for a message of hope to be delivered.

“We had a Wednesday prayer meeting and singing in the past geared toward people already at the church,” he said. “We thought those not inclined to come on Sunday might be OK with coming on a Wednesday. It is for people that have not yet visited, but are a part of our community.”

Wilkins said the Well itself is a four-part ministry endeavor with prayer, a service, worship and small groups. He said the Bible verse that the Well name comes from is John chapter 4:13-14 where Jesus answers the woman at the well by saying “those that drink from my well ... it produces eternal life.”

“The idea of the Well is to create a place for people seeking answers about life and God,” he said. “We wanted them to connect and grow and have a safe place to ask questions about who is God and ‘what’s my purpose.’”

Wilkins said HFBC student pastor Justin Deweese, Student Venture Chattanooga City Director Hung Thach and deacon Matt Stelzman assist him with the ministry.

“Our church has been going through a transition from being internally focused to externally focused,” he said. “We want to reach people beyond our walls. We built a team of folks committed to make it happen.”

The Well service welcomes many teenagers and young adults, but some senior citizens also attend. Concluding the service, those gathered migrate to the church’s new gymnasium for refreshments.

Hixson First Baptist Church, at 5800 Grubb Road, can be reached at 877-2467 for more information. To learn more send an email to hfbc@hixsonfirstbaptist.org. The Well service is Wednesdays at Hixson First Baptist Church from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

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