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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministers are First Baptist Church members who have received special training to provide individual Christian care to those who are experiencing life challenges such as death, grief, divorce, job loss, etc.  Stephen Ministers have been serving in this caring mission at First Baptist Church since 2002.

Stephen Ministry is confidential and free.

Stephen Ministries is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization founded in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri. It is named after the disciple Stephen (Acts 6) who was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. For more information on Stephen Ministries please visit their website at stephenministries.org or pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics.

Stephen Ministers are Greeters at both Contemporary and Traditional Services every second Sunday. It’s a great time to ask them any questions and get to know your Stephen Ministers.


“Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2


If you need help or would like more information about the Stephen Minstry, fill out the form below.

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vegetables

Hunger Garden

Each year the church plants a hunger garden. Our vegetable garden, located on the Shelburne side of our building, was started in 1992. In 2010, we opened the gardens up to our local community. Each gardener is responsible for their own plot and a portion of the weekly pickings will be delivered to the Heights Emergency Food Center located at Disciples Christian Church. A nice variety of herbs and vegetables are planted each year by members of the church and friends from the community. Some of the vegetables and herbs planted include Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Kale, Carrots, Summer Squashes, Lettuce, Peppers, Corn, Okra, Cabbage, Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Leeks, Onions, Bok Choy, Green Beans, Celery, Parsley, Eggplant, Basil, Sage, Cilantro, Marjoram, Tarragon and Fennel.

We donate hundreds of pounds of food to the Heights Emergency Food Center at Disciples Christian Church. We need volunteers to help plant, tend and cleanup the garden. If you are interested in helping out, contact Tobili Sam-Yellowe through the form below.

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Choir

Chancel Choir

If you would like to sing in the Chancel Choir led by Dr. Robert Schneider, they rehearse Thursdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary and in the Choir room.

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

If you would like to join or need more information about the Chancel Choir contact Dr. Robert Schneider through the form below.

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Praise Team

Praise Team

If you would like to sing with the Praise Team they rehearse at the church from Saturdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Check the calendar to verify dates and times.
If you would like to join or get more information about the Praise Team contact Dr. Bob Schneider through the form below.
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bells

Handbell Choir

BELL RINGERS NEEDED!

handbell choirThis spring we are bringing back the Bell Choir, one of Bob Schneider’s favorite music-making ensembles here at First Baptist!

But we can’t do bell ringing justice without bell ringers. For a variety of reasons the ranks of the Bell Choir have been reduced, so we are looking for dedicated individuals, preferably who can read music (although there are wonderful bell ringers who don’t read music) and who could dedicate time for a one hour rehearsal from 6 to 7 PM each Thursday evening, and perform in a Traditional Worship Service about once a month.

We have moved the rehearsals and performances downstairs from the balcony in the back of the Sanctuary, so if climbing stairs have been holding you back, that excuse is gone! Rehearsals, with a very congenial group of ringers, are enjoyable to be with, to say the least.

bell and musicSo give joining the Bell Choir some thought. In fact, don’t even think about it. Just come on out on a Thursday evening at 6 PM and give it a try. The 100th Psalm says in part, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!” That would be YOU playing bells! Give it a try. You won’t regret it!

Check the calendar to verify dates and times.

If you are interested in joining or need more information about the Handbell Choir contact Betty through the form below.

I am interested in the Handbell Choir

 

Basketball

Heads Up Basketball Program

Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Kregg F. Burris along with Rev. Judy Wismar Claycomb, Senior Pastor at Church of the Saviour are collaborating changing young people lives forever with the Heads Up Basketball Program!
Adult Facilitators Needed: Referees, Concessions, Mission (3), Facilities, Volunteer Teachers, Mentors
• Heads-up is a safe place, a spirit, an attitude, fun
• Heads-up can bring the help that can make the difference
• Heads-up can bring a new outlook with hope and new ideas
• Heads-up introduces you to faith and Christmas
• Tutoring Junior High, High School or College Prep
• Varying by age and need, from manners-that-matter to options after high school.
• Find a Friend to Mentor an ear, life counseling or referral those that can help. This can all lead to finding faith-levels: Junior High, Senior High School, College Prep
• Subjects: Math, Reading, English, Science
• One Hour/Week
• Number of Weeks TBD (based on needs)
• Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday
• Consistent Tutor/ Student match

To get involved contact the Director of Youth Ministries, Jae Williams through the form below.

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Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of AmericaThe Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

If you or your child would like to be a part of this group, Boy Scout Troop 179 meets at the church on Thursdays from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the Wheaton Center.

If you are interested in joining this troop or would like more information contact Steve Bopple through the form below.

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Opt in to Receive Text Announcements

Text-Message-iPhone-cropYou can now receive announcements by text message! In addition to our ability to send out phone messages to multiple people instantly, the church office can now send out text messages to your cell phone.  If you would prefer to receive text messages with announcements of upcoming events, schedule changes or emergency notifications, it’s easy … just text the keyword FBCGC to 80123 to opt in.  We promise we won’t flood you with unwanted messages, and you can opt out at any time.  This just offers you one more way to keep in touch with the good things happening at First Baptist Church.

If you are not currently receiving phone announcements and would like to, please email the church office with your name and phone number and we’ll add you to the list.