Ministries

Benevolence

The Benevolence Ministry of First Baptist seeks to offer service to members of our community through a food pantry, which provides nonperishable emergency food items.  Applicants in need may come once every 3 months, and are given two brown bags of staple pantry items.  First Baptist also sends monetary donations monthly to both BROC and Wilkes Ministry of H.O.P.E.  (See more information on these two local ministries by clicking the links below)

Bereavement Meals

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. 

Children

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.

Forever Young

The Forever Young Ministry of First Baptist seeks to minister to the senior adults within our church and community. Forever Young actively participates in several events throughout the year such as day and weekend trips and fellowship meals.

Grief

The Grief Ministry of First Baptist serves members of our congregation and community who are experiencing grief.  The Grief Ministry offers a sense of community, support, and comfort during a family's time of need following a loss. 

Helping Hands

The Helping Hands Ministry of First Baptist serves by helping with home projects and other needs of the community. Helping Hands actively responds to needs by arranging travel for appointments, helping with home projects such as helping with works that members of the community cannot do themselves.

Homebound

The Homebound Ministry of First Baptist serves members who are in nursing homes or are no longer able to leave their homes. This ministry serves to help continue the connections of our homebound members to the church family.  

Knitting

The Knitting Ministry of First Baptist use their gifts to knit items for members of the church and of the community. They regularly knit prayer shawls, baby blankets, hats, and scarves. The Knitting team meets on Monday afternoons at 2pm to enjoy their time of fellowship and knitting.

Library

The FBC Library Team's focus is to provide Christan 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.  

 

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.

Music

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 larisafbc@gmail.com.

Outreach

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.

Each year, WOC selects a cause in the community to dedicate that year’s activities to.

In addition to its mission focus each year, WOC participates in an annual chili supper to benefit Habitat for Humanity. They 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 are excited to announce that they have partnered with C.C. Wright Elementary School! By doing this, the WOC are able to provide lunch buddies to students in Kindergarten through Third Grade, offer staff support for teachers and faculty, and provide school supplies to students in need. 

 

Youth

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.

 

Young Adults/College Students

The young adults and college students are a group that meet once a week during the Sunday school hour for fellowship and bible study. They meet periodically throughout the month to join in fellowship and activties out in the community. 

Nathan & Alison Atwood

Nathan is the son of one of our church members, Janet Atwood.  He and his wife Alison are missionaries in Honduras.  Please view their missionary profile to learn more about what they are doing in Honduras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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