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 school meets each Sunday at 10:00 am for fellowship and Bible study/discussion about topics relative to the lives of young people today.
Sunday nights at 6:30 pm, the youth gather at the church for Recreation and Discipleship discussions on various topics. Over the summer we try to gather at the homes of church members on Sunday nights for supper and a time of fellowship, recreation, and discussions about the Christian life. We call this time Sunday Night Live.
Wednesday nights we join with our church family for a meal at 5:00 pm. Then at 6:00 pm we come together for a time of recreation and games, Bible study, and sharing our faith in practical ways through local mission involvement.
Retreats and Camps/Mission Trips
We also attend a number of retreats and camps during the year to help us further know God and experience God’s presence in our journey as Christians. These retreats have included a Winter Ski Retreat to Snowshoe, West Virginia, a Spring weekend retreat to Lake James, and a week-long retreat this summer to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in Passport camp – a camp that combines Bible study, worship, fellowship, and recreation with hand-on mission opportunities.
The youth ministry at First Baptist also has participated in summer mission trips as a way to help young people show their love for God by helping God’s children in need. Some of the past summer mission trips have included a trip to Chicago, Alaska, and New York City. We have also been involved in various local mission opportunities, among which include helping at the Christian Outreach Center (local food distribution ministry), having an Easter Egg Hunt for children at a local housing development, doing yard work for senior adults, collecting food for a local food bank, and helping lead a children’s carnival.