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.
YOUTH SUNDAY MORNING SMALL GROUPS MEET IN PERSON AT 10:15AM EACH WEEK IN THE YOUTH ROOM.
Students can also join us live by Zoom if you can’t make it in person.
THE CALLING (OUR WEEKLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT GATHERINGS DURING THE SEMESTER) WILL BEGIN AGAIN AUGUST 25
July 22- 24, 2021 - Youth Summer Getaway to Lake of the Ozarks
Students (incoming 6th graders- 2021 graduates) are invited to join us July 22 through July 24 for a trip down to Lake of the Ozarks for a mini-retreat. The cost of the event is $45. We will leave Thursday at 11:00am from the church parking lot. Students can ride the church bus, or parents can arrange transportation (please let Michael know of your plans). We will be staying together at a house on the lake. On Friday, we will spend most of the day on the water (weather permitting) as we will be renting a boat for cruising and tubing as well as enjoying swimming and activities from the dock. If students have their own life jackets, they are encouraged to bring them, otherwise one will be provided (life jackets must be worn at all times while in the water). On Saturday, we will check out and head to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to explore and hike around before returning to Columbia late afternoon. Over the course of the weekend we will be getting to know one another again, talking about what it means to be in ministry together this coming year, and connecting back to our Sunday Morning Small Group focus on the story of the Good Samaritan and our lessons about friendship.