for a place to just be you? You’ve found it. First Baptist's youth ministry
is a place where you are free to ask questions and seek answers. We
don't just allow it, we encourage it. After all, it’s easy to
find people today who want to give you their answers to your questions.
But Jesus taught by getting others to ask the right questions.
Here at First Baptist, we want to be more like Jesus. So, we are all
about helping you figure out how to ask the right questions in your
search for truth.
the wonders of God's love starts on Sunday morning, with Biblical classes
designed to help you understand the importance of God in your life. First
Baptist is lucky to have some dedicated individuals, from certified teachers
to long-time volunteers, willing to teach and share God's abiding love with
our youth each week. Sunday School is offered for children and youth from
preschool to 12th grade. Our pre-teens and teenagers assist the younger
children during opening exercises on the third floor, as we begin with prayer
and songs. Then we start digging into God's Word, with middle and high schoolers
splitting into two smaller groups.
the Children's Story is held during the worship service, pre-teens head
off with the children for the "second hour" of the kid's worship,
while teenagers remain in the Sanctuary with their families or assist
the Second Hour leaders. Occasionally, they join the rest of the congregation
to listen to the message. This gradual introducation into an adult worship
setting marks the start of conversations about how Baptists make a commitment
of faith to Jesus Christ. Youth in our congregation typically get baptized
during their teenage years. Like getting a driver's license when you
turn 16 or registering to vote at age 18, as a teenager at First Baptist,
you learn that becoming a member of the church also holds responsibilies.
It is one of the first steps you will make on your road toward adulthood.
Our church is a close-knit family of believers helping to guide our
youth along that path. To learn more about baptism and membership, go
At First Baptist, we believe that everyone has a gift to share. For
many of our youth, that gift is through music and performance. Middle
and high schoolers are encouraged to join our bell
choir, and high schoolers have the additional option of becoming
a member of the adult choir. These weekly commitments to learning and
practicing music are awesome opportunities not just to take part in
the worship service, but also to do something you love. Often, older
children and teenagers who take either vocal or instrumental lessons,
like the piano or the guitar, coordinate with our organist to perform
a special piece of music for the church service, either during the offertory
or as part of our preperation for worship. Our exploration of the Bible
also takes the form of skits and musical performances. These presentations,
from short songs to the large annual Christmas play, are typically performed
during the the worship service for the congregation, with our teens
leading the younger children in song and speech.
First Baptist's youth ministry is founded on three main principles —
Faith, Fellowship and Service. Our love for God is the most important
part of youth group, and our Faith in Him is the reason we gather together
each month. The relationships that develop between the youth, the leaders
and the congregation are the reason that we have Fellowship with one
another. Often, life-long friendships are formed at youth group. With
Service, we take the skills and gifts that God has given us and use
them to help others. Our youth group is open to students from 6th grade
through high school. We have one large youth group because we believe
that mixing older students in with younger students fulfills an essential
role model position. Together, we are a community of young people on
a quest for truth and in search of living a life like Jesus modeled
for us. To learn more about when youth group meets and what activities
we have planned, get in touch with us here.
From rock concerts to paintball extravaganzas, there is always something
wacky and wild going on at First Baptist. Creation Festival, the largest
Christian rock concert in the nation, is held every year in Mt. Union,
Pa. Our youth and youth leaders head out there to experience the wonders
of God's beautiful mountain region and rock out together to awesome,
upllifting music from the best Christian bands around the world! Once
or twice a year we also take a Saturday afternoon to get into our scrungiest
clothes and head out to the paintball fields. Not only do we have tons
of fun, we learn exactly what it means to become soldiers for God. We
hold weekend retreats for our youth group at Camp Agapé in Hickory,
Pa., a 250-acre retreat and camp facility among rolling hills, fields
and forests. This beautiful, rustic site provides an opportunity to
bond, experience living in a simple environment and help each other
grow in Christ. Of course, there are always things going on, from movie
nights at the church to attending Wild Things baseball games or going
white water rafting together.
Service work is a big part of being a Christian. Your actions of love
must match your passions of faith to learn how to be a follower of Christ.
From taking an afternoon to clean up Main Street to helping out at the
City Mission's soup kitchen, giving back to those less fortunate is
one of the most important things we can do in God's name. Not only do
the youth assist around the area, they also do service for the church
as well. They help out with programs like Vacation Bible School and
the semi-annual Work Days that the church holds, and they also act as
ushers during Youth Sunday events. From greeting congregation members,
handing out bulletins, directing people to pews, lighting candles, opening
and shutting windows and doors, and collecting the offertory, service
like this gives our youth an opportunity to see just how much that is
unseen needs to be done to make sure each Sunday service flows smoothly.
What better way is there to see God then through enjoying His creation?
Camp Carmel, a local Baptist-run summer camp in Dunbar, Pennsylvania,
gets teens outside where there is no doubt about the awesome nature
of our Lord. While the campers are exploring all that He has given us
they are guided by Christian counselors who demonstrate God's love for
them through the relationships they build during the week. Camp Carmel
focuses on leading youth to a relationship with Christ or strengthening
the relationships they already have with Him while participating in
exciting activities like rock climbing, hiking, swimming, kickball games
and even waterfall jumping! Open to kids and youth from 1st through
12th grades, the camp's sessions are divided into "junior"
and "senior" camps, which each last one week. Our youth hold
a fundraiser during the course of the year, ranging from spaghetti dinners
to boxed lunches and bake sales, to help them earn their way to camp.
hold special get-togethers for the children and youth of the church during
the course of the year. Sponsored by the Board of Chistian Education, these
outings are opportunities not only for the youth to hang out, but also a
chance for kids of all ages to spend time together, learning about Christ
from each other. Every fall we have our annual Hayride & Bonfire out
in the country on a church member's farm. There is nothing quite like reaching
the top of a quiet hill, looking down at the dusk settling into the valleys
below, and seeing God's gentle hand in the world. Come winter there is sled-riding
followed by hot cocoa, a crackling fire and the warnth of fellowship. In
the spring, the excitement of new baptisms in God's name is augmented by
the joy of Christ's resurrection. And with summer comes field trips and
retreats, as well as church-wide activities like our annual church picnic.