The Youth Ministry of First Baptist Church seeks to provide youth (grades 7-12) opportunities to know God’s love personally, to grow in their awareness of God in their everyday lives, to learn with their heads and their hearts what it means to follow Christ each day, to be encouraged and supported in their Christian journey, to share God’s love with others in a variety of ways, all in an atmosphere of fun and celebration.
Weekly Youth GatheringsSunday Morning Bible Study meets each Sunday at 10:00 am for fellowship and Bible Study. We are currently studying through Intersection Youth Pages.
Sunday evenings at 5:30 pm we gather for a time of music, including Youth Choir rehearsal. At 6:00 pm we share a meal together where we fellowship, followed by a time of conversation through a Christian perspective about current/real world issues. It is a time of sharing and growth for all involved.
Tuesday mornings before school at 7:30 am, our High School Students meet for breakfast at Bojangles near Watauga High School for a time of fellowship and feasting.
Wednesday evenings we join the rest of our church family for our weekly Fellowship Meal in the Fellowship Hall at 5:00 pm. Following the meal we gather for our regular youth time from 6:00-7:00 pm. During this time we concentrate on missions, Bible study, or sometimes just relaxing and having fun. It changes from week to week so there is always something interesting for the youth to do when they arrive.
Retreats and Camps/Mission Trips
Each summer our youth take part in Passport Camp, a camp that combines Bible study, worship, fellowship, and recreation with hands-on mission opportunities. Last summer we attended Passport Camp in Danville, Virginia where the theme was “Revolution”. It was an entire week devoted to missions and allowing God to start a revolution in our hearts and lives. We also take a Fall retreat to Camp Caswell for a relaxing weekend of fun and time with God and friends.
The Youth Ministry at First Baptist has also participated in summer mission trips as a way to help young people show their love for God by helping His children in need. Some of the past summer mission trips have included trips to Chicago, Alaska, and New York City. We are also involved in local missions, including volunteering at the Christian Outreach Center (local food distribution ministry housed at First Baptist Church, sponsored by the Three Forks Baptist Association), assisting senior adults who have needs, and volunteering at Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.