Students in grades 6-12 meet on Sunday mornings and afternoons and Wednesday nights.
9:45 – Sunday school
Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Our Sunday School is split by grade and scripture-driven. Youth study one book of the Bible at a time, covering the text as fully as possible. There is no separate youth worship at First Baptist; the 11:00 service is for all ages.
4:00 – Youth Handbells
5:00 – Middle school youth group/High school choir
6:00 – Supper
6:30 – High school youth group/Middle school choir
7:30 – End
Youth participate in handbells and choir during the school year, through which they perform at church and at a choir festival in Myrtle Beach. Youth group on Sunday nights is a year-round activity and consists of open discussion and fellowship, including games and spiritual development.
5:00 – Family Night Supper
5:45 – Backpack Buddies
6:15 – Middle school missions/High school Bible study
The Wednesday night youth program consists primarily of working with local mission organizations. In the past, our projects have included stocking shelves at the food bank and Urban Ministries, visiting homebound members, sorting clothes in our clothing ministry and preparing bags for the Wake County Backpack Buddies program. Our high schoolers alternate between service projects and a Bible study on Wednesday nights. Wednesday night activities take place during the traditional school year.
In addition to regular weekly activities, youth have special events regularly. These include:
Middle school retreat (typically in the fall)
Winter ski trip
High school retreat (typically in the spring)
Choir retreat (typically in the spring)
Lock-ins (typically both semesters)
In the summer, we take the following trips, in addition to numerous day trips and special activities:
Middle school mission trip
High school mission trip
Summer high school beach week
HS Senior trip
Summer rafting trip
Our mission trips emphasize serving others and learning about cultures and communities different from our own. They typically have an emphasis on rural poverty, urban poverty, or disaster relief. Past trip destinations have included the Appalachian Mountains; Birmingham, AL; Gulfport, MS; New Orleans, LA; New York; and Philadelphia.
The youth at First Baptist take part in a church basketball league that runs from December to February. Games are usually held on Friday nights, Saturday mornings and afternoons, and occasionally on Sunday afternoons. There are three boys’ teams: one for 4th-6th graders, one for 7th-9th graders, and one for 10th-12th graders. There are also three girls’ teams: two for 6th-8th graders and one for 9th-12th graders. All leagues require that youth participate in other church activities in order to be eligible for games. We hold a mini-camp in November.