Adolescence is rapidly changing and it is no secret that our youth ministry models of the past 30 years are proving to be less than effective. Instead of creating massive programs that focus youth’s attention away from the church body, our goal at First Baptist is to connect our students to the larger life of the church through inter-generational relationships, creative participation, encouragement, and commitment to Christ and to the Church. We do this by intentionally working to involve our students in worship, by creating an adult network of support and care, by equipping and empowering parents to shape their student’s faith, by helping students grow in their faith, and by showing our youth that they are not just the Church of tomorrow, but that they are very much a part of the Church today.
Sunday Morning Small Group
Youth are welcome to attend service on Sunday morning and join together at 10:15 a.m. for Sunday Morning Bible Study. During this time, students in grades 6-12 meet in the Youth Suite to grab a donut, catch up with friends and dive deeper into God’s word.
Youth are encouraged to share their musical talents through special performances, by joining the Awakening Band, or becoming a part of the Sanctuary Choir. Students are regularly asked to lead in our worship services, participate on our Tech Teams, and help with the elements of worship.
The Calling- Mid-Week Gathering
Wednesday nights from 6:00- 7:15pm p.m. youth, grades 6-12, come together in the Youth Suite to build relationships, explore their faith, and discuss how the Bible helps shape and guide their lives. Community and connection are central to our time together and, of course, snacks : )
Important Upcoming Events
Saturday, Sept 22nd- Serve at the Festival of Sharing
Each your we work at the Festival of Sharing to help pack donated items and prepare disaster relief kits to share with ministries across Missouri. We usually leave in the morning and arrive back in the afternoon.
Sunday, Oct 14th- Frightfest at 6 Flags in St Louis
We will leave after the Awakening service to head to St. Louis for an afternoon of fright and fun as we test what we have learned in our Unafraid series : ) Cost of the trip is just $25.
Sunday, Oct 21st- 3:00- dusk- Afternoon at the Farm- This is a great get together with food, fun, games, cute kids in costumes, and CANDY! It is First Baptist’s spin on Trunk or Treat and it is a blast.
Wednesday, Oct 31st- 5:00- 9:00pm- As Halloween falls on a Wednesday night this year, students are invited to use what they learn at Frightfest at the McEntyre’s house as we “greet” kids and hand out candy. For all those who wish to come, we will eat dinner at 5:00pm and wrap up around 9:00pm. We will decorate the house and yard with some festive fun (think T-rex costumes and talking pumpkins). It will be a scream.
Wednesday, Dec 19th- Youth Christmas Party- Our annual Christmas event that you won't want to miss. Great way to celebrate the season and the end of the semester.
Looking Ahead to 2019
Spring Break Ski Trip- Winter Park CO