Our desire is to teach and train the hearts of our students to love God, and to love others as they see opportunities to be the very presence of Jesus at home, school and at play!  We are passionate about helping students to grow in their faith through relationships – with God, caring adults, and with their peers.

Our Youth Ministry (6th-12th grade) offers a variety of opportunities each week for students in middle and high school to become involved and get connected. We have food, hang time, great worship, and strong messages about real life issues.

We want to help students discover the unique gifts and opportunities that God has given them for loving and serving the world in Jesus’ name.


Worship – 8:50 am or 11:00 am  |  FBC Downtown
Let’s worship God together at either 8:50 (Modern) or 11:00 (Traditional) in the sanctuary downtown!

Sunday School – 10:00 am  |  FBC Downtown
On Sunday mornings we have two Bible study groups, middle school and high school. Students are encouraged and challenged as they navigate the journey of being teenagers and followers of Jesus Christ.

Youth Band – 4:30 pm  |  FBC Activities Center
Do you sing or play an instrument? Are you interested in learning what it means to lead others in worship? Come use your gifts in the Youth Band leading others in worship during Sunday night Youth Group!  Rehearsals are Sundays at 4:30 pm.  Contact John Kimbrough for more information.

Youth Group – 5:30 – 7:30 pm  |  FBC Activities Center
Sunday nights we meet in The Cove for a snack supper, fun games, worship led by our Youth Band and Bible study. Come and hang out with friends (or meet new ones) as together we learn how to love God more and to love others better.

Youth Group is the place to be!

“The First Baptist Youth program and leadership have been transformative in the lives of our children and their walk with Christ. Based on their exposure to God’s mission, we have witnessed growth in their lives from believers in Jesus Christ to His disciples, putting faith into action.” David


CrossTraining – 6:15 – 7:15 pm  |  FBC Activities Center
CrossTraining small groups on Wednesday nights are the heart of our Student Ministry.  Led by committed and caring adults, in small groups students experience spiritual growth in authentic community that makes them feel known and loved. Groups are divided by gender and grade.

Wednesdays: September–November & January–April 

Special Events & Missions

We have fun …
There are so many fun opportunities throughout the year to get plugged in! Activities for middle school and high school separately, and also combined fun as a large group. A few highlights during the year are DNOW Fall retreat, recreation fun, mission projects, concerts, movie nights, retreats, mission trips, and Edge of Adventure; gatherings designed especially for graduating seniors to help them prepare for life after high school.

We serve …
Being called to model Jesus’ example to SERVE others, all youth are invited on Tuesdays at 6 pm for our Feeding the Hungry Ministry downtown. Students can join the Student Leadership Team, or share their gift of music in the Youth Band.

We believe our mission field is not only the special mission trips during the year, but perhaps more importantly, we are called to show the love of Jesus and help others in the classroom, on the sports field and when hanging out with friends.


Youth Mission Trip

JUNE 30 – JULY 6 | Cost $395

This will be the best week of your summer, spending time with friends while serving our brothers and sisters in Florida who were affected by Hurricane Michael last fall.

We will work hard and play hard! YOU DON”T WANT TO MISS THIS!

Middle School Student Life Camp

JULY 29 – AUGUST 2  | Cost $360

Student Life Camp is our summer camp for rising 7th and 8th graders (current 6th and 7th graders) at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in the mountains of NC. A week of amazing worship, high-energy recreation, Bible study time, and late night activities will make for a great week that you do not want to miss! VIEW VIDEO

Come ready to get crazy while competing for your Squad and growing closer to your  group. Rec Camp is all about helping students connect with each other through amazing worship, high energy games, bible study time, and late night activities! You don’t want to miss week of summer at SLC!


Frequently Asked Questions

How can one participate?

There are three specific ways you can fully participate in 40 Days of Purpose:

  1. Commit to attend Worship each week
  2. Take time for daily devotions and prayer
  3. Join a small group
Where/How do I get a study book?
Pick up a free devotional book, 40 DAYS OF PURPOSE : WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?, by Rick Warren on Sunday mornings, August 25, September 1 & September 8.  There will be distribution tables set up in the Upper & Lower Connector entrances, 5th Street entrance, and the Narthex entrance to the Sanctuary.
Prayer Focus

Throughout the 40 Days of Purpose we will also focus on prayer and encourage you to seek the will of God through prayer.  Daily prayer thoughts will be emailed to guide your prayer during this time.

“If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14

Share a Story

We invite you to share a story of something you experience during our 40 Days of Purpose.