Our earnest desire at First Baptist Church Huntersville is to see today’s youth experience the risen savior, fall in love with Jesus and have this relationship impact their lives and the lives they influence. We do this by loving teenagers throughout their discovery of God and helping them find their own unique way of living out their faiths. Ministries include weekly small groups, Sunday Morning Celebration (SMC), Bible Study, Youth Choir, Youth Praise Band; plus mission trips, retreats, summer camps, choir tours, home fellowships, and more. The youth ministry includes 6th grade to 12th grade students.
WEEKLY YOUTH SCHEDULE DURING SCHOOL YEAR
8:45-9:45am – Contemporary Worship Service (DC Auditorium) ***
10:00am – Sunday Morning Celebration (DC Auditorium)
10:25am – Youth Bible Study (DC rooms 204-210)
11:15am – Traditional Worship (Sanctuary) ***
5:00pm – One Voice Choir (Sanctuary)
6:15pm – Youth Hand Bells (S-201)
6:00–7:30 pm – Youth Huddle/Small Groups (DC rooms 204-205)
7:30-8:30 pm – Youth Praise Band (DC Auditorium)
*** Youth have the option to attend either worship service
All adult volunteers have a heart for ministry to youth. They have attended
FBC-H for at least 6 months & submitted to background checks.
Small Group – During the school year youth meet on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm for Small Group for the purpose of developing caring relationships in Christ and supporting each other. Youth gather briefly in the youth room located upstairs in the Discipleship Center at 6:00pm for announcements, icebreakers, and prayer, before breaking out into Small Groups from 6:30 to 7:30pm where they share about their week, have topical discussions, reflect on how they’re applying Sunday’s Bible lesson, be accountable and pray together. These groups are divided by gender and middle and high school.
Fellowships /Retreats – Throughout the year youth are provided an array of experiences with the goal of deepening their fellowship with each other in Christ through activities such as D.Now Weekend, Blast Retreat, summer home fellowships, camping trips, and more.
BIBLICAL LITERACY & SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Bible Study - Every Sunday morning students 6th grade to 12th grade participate in Bible Study groups after large group Sunday Morning Celebration (SMC) in the Discipleship Auditorium. SMC are student gatherings that kick-off Bible Study together using various mediums – music, videos, activities, games & fellowship. SMC is 10:00-10:20am with Bible Study running from 10:25-11:00am. The Bible Study groups are located upstairs in the Discipleship Center. Each classroom has two adults at all times. The current Bible study curriculum may be found on www.faithelement.net. Groups are divided into middle and high school and are co-ed.
One Voice Choir (OVC) – Youth may participate in choir on Sunday afternoons from 5:00-6:00pm during the school year. OVC sings in various Sunday morning worship services throughout the school year, as well as, at special events such as World Hunger Day, and Banquets. They go on choir tours every other year and participate in music festivals annually. OVC’s weekly practices are in the sanctuary.
Youth Praise Band – Youth trained in musical instruments and/or vocally are welcome to participate in the youth praise band which leads worship at various times such as Sunday Morning Celebrations (SMC), World Hunger Day, youth retreats, church worship services and other special events. Band practice is on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30pm in the Discipleship Center Auditorium during the school year.
SHARING GOD’S LOVE
Mission Trips - Students have opportunities to participate in mission trips during their youth ministry involvement where they experience sharing in God’s love in a variety of ways. Middle school students have traveled to Birmingham, Alabama or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina cleaning debris and painting homes for the elderly and disabled and served the homeless at soup kitchens. High school students have traveled to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and this year Jamaica with Praying Pelican Missions, to encourage others toward a redeeming relationship with Jesus Christ. Collaborative mission trips and camps for the youth group as a whole have been to Webster Springs, West Virginia where they offered block parties, served in clothing & food pantries, as well as Caswell Youth Week where they have been challenged to discover what it means when Jesus says, “Go…and make disciples of all nations...”
The Youth of FBCH have many different ways to be a presence in this community and abroad to show God cares for people’s basic needs. Students serve in the ministries of Lydia’s Loft, a free clothing closet; World Hunger Day, FBC’s annual yard sale that goes towards fighting hunger in Huntersville & Haiti; Prom Closet, free dresses for girls in need; and Caterpillar Ministries, a non-profit which cares for the children and their families living in the impoverished area of Lake Norman.