“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Instead, set an example…”

1 Timothy 4:12 CEB

Youth Education

Many articles, blogs, and books have been and are devoted to studying the question, “Why are young people leaving the church?”

This question weighs on the minds and hearts of parents, grandparents, church members, and church leaders alike. Studies show that two key things tend to influence the faith transmission to teenagers more than others: 1) the genuine faith practice of their parents, & 2) knowing (and trusting) five adults in a church community (who are not their parents). While other factors certainly weigh in, at First Baptist we approach student ministry with those factors in mind.

Our student ministry is designed around a discipleship model.

We are geared toward really getting to know a small group of students and walking them through the journey of middle school and high school and helping them navigate what following Jesus looks like in their lives. Throughout the year, we also do a few special activities and trips designed to deepen our student’s faith and their connection to other adults who will love them, cheer them on, and walk with them on this journey of life and faith. Our motto in FBC Student Ministry is to “Love God, Love People.” This is what we strive to learn better each and every time we gather.

The Christian formation and education of middle and high school students is important to us, and it’s something we do well.

Rev. Kristy Bay, Chair of the Student Ministry Committee, and a team of adult volunteers lead a discipleship-based program for grades 6-12.

Youth Small Group, Monthly on a Sunday Night

Revs. Zach and Kristy Bay host a small group for church youth (grades 6-12) from 5-7 PM monthly. Sometimes its pizza and Bible study at their home. Sometimes its bowling at Hillcrest Lanes in Harrogate. For more information, email Zach Bay.