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“Memorable Experience”

Maranatha Baptist Church
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Plains
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Owner description: Former President Jimmy Carter occasionally visits this church for Sunday services.
Reviewed March 8, 2014

We checked the church website to be sure President Carter would be teaching Sunday School. Stayed Saturday night in Americus, GA and got to the church by 7:45. Arrival at 8:15 would be fine as the line into church forms at 8:30. (Please read other reviews which accurately describe the preparations and instructions.) At 10:00 President Carter talked about the current world situation and taught a lesson on forgiveness, speaking for 45 minutes. We stayed for church which was over at noon. Be sure to have a camera as guests can have their pictures taken with President and Mrs. Carter. This was an experience we will never forget.

7  Thank hoosierhiker
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Very welcoming congregation and even the Secret Service folks were friendly. Having President Carter brief you on current events and then teach a lesson was really something to remember. Check for his schedule if you plan to go, and take your camera, too!

5  Thank Michigancritter
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were looking forward to this for months. We stayed in Americus and drove in the morning (about 20 minutes) to get to church. We were there by 8:15 AM. The line formed at 8:30. We got second row. Preparations and instructions before President Carter's arrival was meticulous and thorough. He spoke with knowledge, authority and wisdom that was captivating. This was followed by other speakers, who were excellent also. Overall, one of our most memorable experiences!. To top this off, we get to have a picture taken with President and Mrs. Carter.

Tips: Get in there before 8:30, and this guarantees a good seat. Take only minimum stuff with you when you enter the church. A small camera is a must. After service, another line is formed for photos, and they want you to keep everything (coats, bags etc) with you for the picture. Make sure camera battery is charged. Photos are taken by a church person for all visitors and this is very helpful.

6  Thank moksha51
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Every family with young children should take the time to make a weekend trip to Plains on a Sunday that President Carter is teaching Sunday School. Plan to get there at 8:30 AM (check the website for the dates he's teaching). You will enter via Secret Service search and then a remarkable woman ("Miss Jan") will orient you and give you the information you need to make the experience most meaningful and enjoyable. President Carter is a gentle, humble man with an amazing Biblical knowledge from his personal study and personal experience. We came away with encouragement from his teaching and with a new appreciation for his character. It's awe-inspiring to be sitting there under the teaching of an 89 year old former president! The chance to worship with the local congregation should not be passed up--and an extra benefit to staying for worship is the opportunity to have a photo made with President and Mrs. Carter after worship.

4  Thank Steven P
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We went to see President Jimmy Carter teach Sunday school. It was a great experience. I highly reccomend it. President Carter spoke to us after returning from his trip to Nepal. His combination of current events,living history, and bible teaching was something to behold. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it.

5  Thank shell s
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