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Sunday School - 9:00 a.m.
Junior Bible Quiz - 9:00 a.m.
Morning Worship - 10:00 a.m.
Children's Church - 10:00 a.m.
Choir & Band Practice - 4:00 p.m.
Evening Worship - 6:00 p.m.
Bonifay Nursing Home - 6:30 p.m.
(1st & 3rd Monday Nights)
Holmes County Jail - 6:00 p.m.
(Men - Every Monday Night; Ladies - 3rd Monday Night)
All Services - 6:30 p.m.
Royal Rangers & Aspire Girls
Zone 56
Crossroads Youth Service
Transitions Young Adult Service
Single Adult Ministry
Adult Bible Study

Visitors FAQ

How long has Carmel been around?

Carmel was established in 1893.  The church was founded as a Methodist church.  Around the turn of 20th century, founding pastor Rev. Elijah Buttram experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit.  After this experience, the church operated as an independent holiness church for a season.  Shortly thereafter, Carmel joined the newly formed General Council of the Assemblies of God, which it has been a part of ever since.

How many people does the church minister to on a weekly basis?

Carmel ministers to approximately 700 people on a weekly basis in our services.  

To what do you attribute the growth of the church over the last several years?

We attribute the growth of the church to God's Spirit being able to move as He sees fit.  He alone deserves the glory for what He is doing in this congregation.  The Spirit of God is given precedence for the direction of the church as well as in every service. The people that make up the church have "bought in" to the vision of the Great Commission.  The mission of reaching the world for Christ is our primary goal, since it is the heartbeat of God.  We believe that this "missions focus" is the reason God has continued to bless this church.

Where in the world is Bonifay?

Many people wonder just where the church is located.  Bonifay is a small city located off of Interstate 10 between Tallahassee and Pensacola. However, the church is not located in Bonifay.  We are in a very rural area in a community called Bethlehem about 12 miles north of the city of Bonifay.  Carmel is frequently referred to as "the cathedral in the swamp."

Do you offer childcare for your services?

Yes.  Nursery is provided for all of our services on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Our nursery is for children from birth to three years old.  All of our nursery workers have completed abuse awareness training.  In addition, a background check is performed on all volunteers who work with children.  We take every possible precaution to ensure your child's safety.

What makes you a Pentecostal church?

The primary distinction is the belief that the Book of Acts experience is for the church today.  We preach, teach and practice this full-gospel experience.  As the Spirit of God fills believers with His presence, the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) are able to be manifested in the church.  Our Pentecostal distinctive is the belief in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:1-4).  We believe this experience is available for all believers.  The main purpose for this baptism is to be able to be a powerful witness for Christ (Acts 1:8).

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