2020 has been a strange year. But! Read these, the words of Jesus:
All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
His Spirit is with us always, and he has not abandoned us.
Therefore, we echo Paul in the one thing we do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, we press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Press on with us. Join a group.
Our groups begin (or restart) on the week of September 13.
Adult Sunday school On-Campus at 9:30 am
Your class may have moved, or may have not chosen to meet on campus. We have a livestream option, too!
Adult 201: The College & Career Class | Teacher: Dale Fields | Room: 276
Adult 301: The Journey Class | Teacher: Larry Miles | Room: 184
Adult 501: The Ward Class | Teacher: Chuck Ward | Room: 181
Adult 502: The Empty Nesters Class | Teacher: Ronnie Bradshaw | Room: 281
Adult 601: The Apostles Class | Teacher: Dan McCreight | Room: 271
Adult 701: The Fellowship Class | Teacher: Dean Harris | Room: 209
Adult 702: The Seniors Class | Teacher: Ray Strickland | Room: 290 (Choir Room)*
*This class will be livestreamed at 9:30am
Tuesdays: Senior Adult Bible Study
Tuesday afternoons at 1:5 pm in person or online
Join us every Tuesday at 1:15 pm in the FBC Fellowship Hall or via Livestream for the Senior Adult Bible Study. Led by Pastor Rob and Pastor Dale, in the fall of 2020 we will be studying the life of Moses. You don’t need to buy the book, but if you want to get a copy you can find it here. We will provide blank notebooks.
In a change from our normal practice, we will not be providing refreshments before or during the study. We look forward to resuming our normal pattern soon!
Tuesdays: Women's Precept Study
Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 am via Zoom
Genesis, Precept by Precept: An ongoing, multi-part study of the Book of Genesis
Tuesdays: Women's Book Club
Tuesdays from 8-9:15 pm
Join other moms in a virtual book club with And The Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity by Danna Gresh
Moms Hannah Fields and Nancy Ryalls invite you to attend this webinar where you will listen to a discussion about this book. At times, they will be joined by Hannah’s teenaged daughter, Gracie. You’ll have guest speakers, and conversation that will spur conversation with your teen. Don’t have a teen yet? Come join to be prepared to share hope of the gospel with a future teen in your life.
“Dannah challenges young women to say ‘yes’ to what the white wedding dress represents. in a warm, easy-to-read style, she counters the message of this sex-crazed culture with priceless pearls of truth.”
Wednesdays: Pastor's Book Study
Wednesday nights from 6-7 PM in person or online
Meeting in the FBC fellowship hall, Pastor Rob leads a study based on applying the truths of Scripture in the areas of our life. This fall, he tackles the vital yet misunderstood topic of Spiritual Warfare. The outline of the class will follow Chuck Lawless’s book Spiritual Warfare in the Storyline of Scripture. You don’t need to buy the book, but if you want to get a copy you can find it here. We will provide blank notebooks.
The group is co-ed, meeting from 6-7pm in the fellowship hall and open to all.
Thursdays: Moms In Prayer
EVERY OTHER THURSDAY FROM 7-8 PM
Join moms of all stages as we come together for prayer, in person or livestreamed. Whether you are a mom with kids in home school, public school, private school, preschool, or not-yet-in school, all moms are welcome. Learn how to pray conversationally with Scripture.
Nancy Ryalls, Director of Women and Children’s ministry will direct the group. Every other Thursday evening, from 7-8 pm in the FBC fellowship hall, no childcare. $5 per mom and begins September 17.
Anytime: Six for Supper
Six for Supper is a small groups of six (or so) people who commit to sharing one meal per month together for three months. We’ll group you by geographic location (i.e. where do you live) and intentionally mix life stages to create groups that will, hopefully, provide an opportunity for genuine friendships and spiritual growth to occur.
Six for Supper provides the opportunity to sit across a table, share your heart and experiences, and discover – perhaps for the first time – the power of relationships in your spiritual maturity. Your group can choose where & when to meet each month. If you are ready to re-engage with relationships outside of your home, then register below.
Youth Sunday school On-Campus at 9:30 am
Sunday mornings in the Youth Worship Center at 9:30 AM
Our youth ministry hosts two large group Bible studies for grades 7-12 on Sunday mornings. Led by Pastor Ben and other Sunday School teachers, our students will journey through the bible together on a weekly basis unpacking solid gospel truths for their daily lives.
Wednesdays: Student Ministry
What will Wednesday nights look like? The time will be filled with three primary things: Engaging Worship led by our PSYM Worship Team, Gospel lessons taught by Pastor Ben and strong student fellowship, while maintaining health and safety protocols in this unique time.
In the Youth Worship Area. No registration required. The hour will livestream on Facebook.
FIRSTkids Sunday school On-Campus 9:30 am
SUNDAYS AT 9:30 am
FIRSTkids loves to care for your kids in a safe, prepared, and trustworthy way. This fall, it will look a bit different:
- Preschool Sunday School is not meeting
- Elementary Sunday School (Kindergarten through 6th grades) meet at 9:30 am.
To make sure we’re prepared, we’re asking everyone to register their kids beforehand. We’ll then get you all the details:
Extended Teaching Care for Preschoolers at 10:45 am
SUNDAYS AT 10:45 am
FIRSTkids loves to care for your littlest kids in a safe, prepared, and trustworthy way while you worship. We call it ETC (Extended Teaching Care). ETC is for:
- Crawlers through K (kindergarteners may stay if needed).
- Infants & elementary kids stay with their parents.
To make sure we’re prepared, we’re asking everyone to register their kids beforehand, below. We will follow up with all the details:
Wednesdays: American Heritage Girls
Wednesday nights from 6-7 pm
American Heritage Girls (AHG) is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. All biological girls of any color, creed, race, national origin and socioeconomic status who agree to live according to the standards of the AHG Oath and the AHG Creed are invited to be members of American Heritage Girls Troop VA0735 right here at FBC on Wednesday nights between 6-7 pm.
It’s an all-girl structure + outdoor adventure!
Our program emphasizes six key components to achieve the mission of building women of integrity known as the AHG Program Emphases which includes programming, experiences, and resources geared for girls. Girls who complete the program will be Christ-following servant leaders who are honoring, relational, anchored in Christ, and competent.
Wednesdays: Trail Life for Boys
Wednesday nights from 6-7 PM
Trail Life USA is a Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy. Established on timeless values derived from the Bible and set in the context of outdoor adventure, boys from Kindergarten through 6th grade are engaged in a Troop setting by male mentors where they are challenged to grow in character, understand their purpose, serve their community, and develop practical leadership skills to carry out the mission for which they were created. Our Troop VA0725 meets Wednesday Nights from 6-7 pm.
Too many boys are turning to virtual worlds of television, video games, digital media, and the internet to find realms they can conquer and areas where they can excel. The result of this virtual conquest is often apathy, apparent rebellion, or outright resistance to real-world challenge.
Trail Life USA is an environment where boys thrive! Adults are equipped to lead a program in a structured outdoor environment where boys are engaged in real-world challenge and experience camping, hiking, and fishing; they develop skills in in riflery, archery, and canoeing; and learn character and leadership in a practical hands-on manner that is naturally engaging.
In the outdoors, the experience of adults is never obsolete, boys find mentors, fathers and sons connect, important relationships are fostered, and boys find opportunity to achieve significant accomplishment.
Wednesdays: Mission Friends for Preschoolers
Wednesday nights from 6-7 PM
At FBC, we know one one encourages others like kids do. So we encourage kids with lots of fun & games & crafts for a purpose: Preschoolers will learn about missionaries, pastors, and servants of the church…and we then write notes, cards, and drawings to encourage those serving in ministry through those offices.
AWANA has three groups meeting VIRTUALLY for fall of 2020:
- Cubbies for children who are 3 and 4 years old (3 by 30 September)
- Sparks who are in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
- T&T (Truth & Training) for children in 3rd through 6th grade
Parents can expect children to have fun memorizing God’s Word and learning the truth of the Gospel. Children get the most out of AWANA when they work on their verses with their parents at home during the week! In AWANA, we seek to walk along side parents to assist in discipling their children! Our FBC leaders are background checked adults with teen helpers (Leaders in Training)
To help our club operate, we ask for a donation of $25 per child (no more than $75 per family) for the entire academic year (September through May). This is truly a donation — please don’t let this prevent you from coming to AWANA. Just click the “request a scholarship” button in the registration form.