The Bereavement Meals Ministry of First Baptist serves to provide a meal for the family of a First Baptist Church member who has passed away. All active women of First Baptist Church participate in the Meals for the Bereaved Ministry Team.
The Children’s Ministry of First Baptist seeks to lead children birth through 5th grade into a life-long faith journey and to partner with families in this endeavor. Children learn about the Bible and how to live as followers of Christ through rotational Sunday School learning the Bible through art, drama, computers, and cinema. Children are also discipled through Sunday evening Missions and Music, and through participation in worship. Families are given resources and opportunities to grow in their faith and to serve together through church and local missions projects.
Circles of Care
The Circles of Care Ministry of First Baptist supports Wilkes Circles of Care, whose stated mission is, “To end poverty in our region in our lifetime by providing education to aid their journey out of poverty.” Wilkes Circles of Care hosts meetings throughout the week on Thursday evenings, where the Circle leaders receive community and support while ministering to their community.
The Homebound Ministry of First Baptist serves members who are in nursing homes or are no longer able to leave their homes. This important ministry serves to help continue the connections of our homebound members to the church family.
The FBC Library Team's focus is to provide Christian media/resources for our church family, for all ages. We have over 2,000 books and media that provide inspiration, education and motivation in our daily walk with Christ. The library has fiction and non-fiction books for children, DVD's, devotional literature and books for enriching your growth in Bible study and research. The library team is also responsible for our "Little Free Library" located at the corner of 5th and D. Streets. Volunteers curate used books and also take donations of used children's books in good condition, which are used to fill our Little Free Library. These books are for anyone in the community who would like one!
Men of the Church
The Men of the Church is a ministry dedicated to building relationships between the men of FBC and providing opportunities for service. For example, every year, Men of the Church participates in and helps organize FBC's "Make A Difference Day," sending church members into the community to perform household- and community-oriented services. Men of the Church also periodically hosts a churchwide breakfast, bringing in speakers to inform church members about the ministries and programs FBC supports.
The Music Ministry is an integral part of First Baptist Church and seeks to glorify God through music and song and to lead others in worshiping the Lord. Ministry opportunities include:
Chancel Choir – Our Chancel Choir leads us in worship each Sunday and in special services through a variety of choral music.
Orchestra – The Orchestra is made up of brass, string, percussion, and woodwind musicians who provide accompaniment to our music on Sunday mornings and for special services.
Adult Handbells – The Handbell Choir plays occasionally for worship services and for holiday services. Each year they attend the NC Baptist Adult Handbell Festival to build skills and perform with other choirs.
Adult Ensemble – The Adult Ensemble, a smaller group from the Chancel Choir, provides special music at various times of the year in worship services and in the community.
Children’s Choir – The children participate in “PraiseKids” every other Sunday evening. They sing periodically during Sunday morning worship and on Children’s Sunday. They also enjoy singing at local nursing homes.
*Anyone who wants to use his or her musical gifts for the Lord should contact Larisa Leapley at email@example.com.
The Outreach Team is a group of members dedicated to the retention of new congregants. This Team secures the names, addresses, and other information from Guest Cards and the Guest Registry that first-time guests are encouraged to complete. Team members say that they are committed because they truly enjoy meeting and visiting with new guests to our church.
Guests who provide their information receive a visit from one of the Outreach Team members, who can answer any questions they have. The member will leave the new guest with information about First Baptist and a small gift, including a hand-knit dish washing cloth made by the church’s Knitting Team.
The Outreach Team also coordinates outreach from Sunday School classes, encouraging them to contact and invite new congregants to Sunday morning Bible Study.
Wednesday Night Meals
Every Wednesday night during the school year, members of FBCNW gather for a meal and fellowship before Bible study. The food is prepared by our experienced kitchen staff and served in the Wayland Fellowship Hall.
Women of the Church
Women of the Church Ministry (WOC) is comprised of women from the congregation dedicating themselves to service in the church and community.
Women of the church has a mission focus each year, we hope to get back to our BBQ lunch fundraiser for Hospitality House of Boone.
Along with missions, the WOC also provide discipleship training opportunities for women at First Baptist Church through guest speakers and retreats.
WOC would like to emphasize that any and all women are welcome to serve and participate as they are able!
The WOC is partnered with "adopted school" C.C. Wright Elementary School! By doing this, the WOC are able to provide offer staff support for teachers and faculty, and provide school supplies to students in need.
The youth meet twice a week to have a fellowship meal, Bible Study, and relationship-building activities.
Every year, the youth of the church participate in PASSPORTmissions, a week-long summer Bible camp that focuses on community missions. The youth use this time to fellowship, grow closer to God, and put their faith in action through meaningful mission projects.
Nathan & Alison Atwood
Nathan is the son of one of our church members, Janet Atwood. He and his wife Alison are missionaries with Go To Nations. They currently live and serve in Jacksonville, Florida. Please view their missionary profile to learn more about what their mission work!