The Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church is a dynamic community of students, grades 6-12. Along with adult leaders, the youth endeavor to serve God and neighbor through discipleship and study, mission and ministry, fellowship and friendship.
DISCIPLESHIP & STUDY
The Youth meet twice a week for Bible Study and fellowship:
•9:45 am Youth Sunday School Opening (downstairs in the 301 House)
•10:00-10:45 am Youth Sunday School
•Middle School Boys (grades 6-8): Upstairs Classroom in the 301 House
•Middle School Girls (grades 6-8): Upstairs Classroom in the 301 House
•High School (grades 9-12): Downstairs Classroom in the 301 House
•5:45 pm Dinner (We eat in the CEB with our church family every week.)
•6:15-7:30 pm Youth Group in the 301 House
Scholarship Applications for graduating FBC seniors who have been accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning are available in the Church Office. The application deadline is May 1 of each year.
During the school year, the youth also hold a Winter Retreat at Hunting Ridge Retreat that focuses on topics as varied as parables, friendship, listening for God’s voice, and Jesus in Film. We also hold a break-out Sunday school class in the spring about the importance and significance of believer’s baptism. In the summer, the youth hold a Summer Retreat at Hunting Ridge Retreat that focuses on our work as Christians in the world.
MISSION & MINISTRY:
The Youth are committed to serving God by serving our church family, our community, and our world. The following are a few of the ways we serve:
The youth work with the Jubilee Kitchen ministry of First Presbyterian Church routinely, serving hot lunches on Saturday afternoons to members of our community.
The youth work with the Volunteer Farm in Woodstock, VA to harvest food for local food banks and other hunger relief projects.
Habitat for Humanity:
High Schoolers partner with our local Habitat for Humanity to help with construction needs.
The youth also support and work with: Highland Food Pantry, Bread for the World, the Laurel Center, and CCAP.
The youth are available to serve our church family by caring for the grounds around the 301 house, mowing lawns, and helping with service projects for church members in need.
The youth attend Passport Camp every summer, a mission and discipleship camp located in various areas of the country. During camp the youth have worked on construction projects, visited in nursing homes, helped with children’s programs, and served at other mission sites. The camp also provides an important time for spiritual growth and discipleship as the youth participate in worship services, devotional times, and Bible study groups.
FELLOWSHIP & FRIENDSHIP:
At every youth event, we hope to build friendships. We play games, discuss scripture in small groups, and work with one another on projects. There are some activities that are particularly designed as fellowship events such as Game Nights at Youth Group, Middle School Nights, Camping Trips, Pool Parties, Hiking Trips, and trips to amusement parks and other fun places. Each trip and event is intentional as we build friendships we hope will last a lifetime!
We hope you will join us for Sunday school, Youth Group and all the exciting events planned for the youth each month at First Baptist Church. Please do not hesitate to call if you have concerns or questions.
Kristin Whitesides: Associate Pastor and Minister to Youth
Phone: 540-662-5367 (voicemail box 3)
Here you can download several of the important forms you may need.
View the latest news on the Youth News Blog.
For a list of all church events please visit our church calendar.