Middle School and High School are the most pivotal times of formation in a young person’s life. Daily, they wrestle with questions: Who am I? Who am I not? Who will I become? Many youth are caught between answers to these questions and need safe space to find answers. The First Baptist Youth Family is that space! We believe that all youth deserve a relationship with Jesus Christ and can use God’s guidance as they work to answer questions of identity and purpose in their lives. We try to balance faith, fellowship, and fun as we learn how to "love none more than Christ, love others as ourselves, and strive to reflect God's love to all." We hope to empower our youth to be the hands and feet of Christ now and into the future. Our ministry is aimed at youth and their families as we walk together through a pivotal portion of their lives.
Youth have an incredible capacity to be leaders in the church. Jesus was found in deep conversation in the temple at a young age. Our youth ministry aims to provide experiences for youth to begin taking leadership within the church so that they have the experience and the understanding necessary to lead now and in the future.
Looking to get connected? The best way to get involved is to just show up! You can contact Daniel, our Minister of Youth, at (919) 210-5765. You can email the youth group at FBC YOUTH or connect with us on social media: Facebook: @FirstBaptistColumbusYouth or Instagram: @fbc_columbus_youth.
Take a Look At a Week in Youth Ministry
Primary youth activities (during the school year) happen at the following times. The Youth and Activities Building (YAB) is across 3rd Avenue from the main building:
Wednesday Night Live!: Wednesday Night - 6:00pm-8:00pm - Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is a time of worship, Bible study, fellowship, and fun that is specifically catered to the unique stage of life in which our youth live. Meet us in the YAB!
Prayer Breakfast: Friday Morning - 7:00am-8:30am - We gather at Chick-fil-a on Wynnton Road for a moment of prayer and fellowship as our youth head to school.
Sunday Morning: 8:30am-12:00pm - On Sunday mornings, we participate in the larger church schedule with worship and Bible Study. These moments are pivotal as the youth continue to form community in Bible Study, with each other, and in worship, with the larger church family and those who came before us. We appreciate the opportunity to gather with folks of all ages in worship and the chance to sit in the front three rows!
Sunday Evening - 5:00pm-8:00pm - Our activities on Sunday nights vary depending on the larger church and school calendars. Generally, we have youth choir practice - an awesome time for our youth to engage in leading worship for First Baptist - and a group gathering afterwards.
Senior Night - What does it mean to be a graduating 12th grader? What lies ahead? How do families manage this transition? We gather once a month to talk about the changes that come at the end of high school and how having a faith-based perspective can aide us in that transition.
FBC Youth In the House - It takes a village to raise our youth. So, while the oldest students are at Senior Night, the rest of the group gathers at the home of a church member to hear their story and to draw fellowship with mentors from the larger church family.
Small Groups - Life is full of ups and downs. So, we gather in small groups based on age and gender (Middle School Girls, High School Girls, Middle School Boys, and High School Boys) to connect with others in a similar stage of life. Further, mentors help shape conversations around a book, topic, or life lesson that would prove useful for our youth. This event is all about building community with peers that will help youth feel supported and empowered by their friends.
Large Group Activities - Sometimes, we just need to have fun. We may play Ultimate Frisbee in the park, go bowling, see a movie, or just spend time hanging out at the YAB. Our large group activities are directly aimed at having fun and forming community.
Retreats - The youth group has two or more retreats each year. Retreats can range from a beach or ski trip to a mission trip! In all of our events, we strive to use time together to grow relationships with each other and with God.
Serving Others- Each year, the youth take mission trips. This year, they enjoyed serving in Colombia, South America.