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 GatheringsDIVE Sunday Morning Bible Study meets each Sunday at 10:00 am for fellowship and Bible study. It is our goal to create a space to learn, grow, ask, seek, wrestle, and discover.
Sunday nights at 6:00 pm, the youth gather ENGAGE where we have a time of fellowship and relational growth and enjoy some good food! We try to keep things interesting so some Sunday evenings we will meet at 6:00 pm at church and then head out to a church member’s house, bowling, movies, etc.
Tuesday Mornings our High School Students meet at 7:30 am at Bojangles on Blowing Rock Road for breakfast and fellowship.
Wednesday nights we join with our church family for a meal at 5:00 pm. Then at 6:00 pm we come together for INVEST where we explore ways to invest in ourselves, our church, our friends, our neighbors, our community, our world, and most importantly our God. Our theme is “Where you INVEST your love, you INVEST your life.
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.