Our Youth Ministry philosophy is to encourage personal and spiritual growth, build faithful discipleship, build relationships with peer believers, and emphasize service to others- specifically the least of these.
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July 17th we had the privilege of traveling to Campbell University to see one of our own, Gracie, sing in the NC Baptist All-State Youth Choir. The concert was wonderful and left us in awe of the talent of Baptist youth from all across the state!
July 28-August 2 our youth traveled to Palm Beach Atlantic University for Student Life Mission Camp. Our youth spent the week painting houses for low-income and elderly residents in Palm Beach County. This was a week of recognizing how our simple offering- an afternoon of painting- can have a profound return in seeing the faces of the happy, gracious homeowners. Our youth truly embodied our Acts 1:8 call of going, sharing, and loving! While their Kayla Moats professed her faith and was baptized in a fountain in front of girls' dorms by Pastor Nick Person!
We welcomed September with a High School Ministry Back-to-School Sleepover, immediately followed by Hurricane Dorian! Dorian threw us off a week but we caught right back up to prep and serve supper at Good Shepherd Shelter on Thursday, September 12th, and then welcome Officer Kristy DeMello (Oak Island PD) and Cary Ramsay (A Safe Place, Wilmington) for a Human Trafficking Education workshop on Wednesday, September 18th. Students were taught what trafficking is, how to spot a possible victim, and what to do if they believe someone is a victim. Education is essential to ending this modern-day slave trade and our youth are now prepared to combat it here in our community and schools.
August began in West Palm Beach, FL and ended with a Welcome Home party for our rising seventh-graders (the addition of middle school ministry nearly doubled our numbers!)! August 11th we had a goodbye luncheon for our college freshmen and a beach day to rest from all of our traveling and general summer-ing! It was a good month to take in the warmth of summer before diving back into school!
June was BUSY with VBS, Krispy Kreme Bible Study, and a drop off at Good Shepherd of Birthday Blessing Bags! We also started Summer in the Psalms on Sundays and Chip Ingram's Culture Shock on Wednesdays.
May was 2019 Youth Month for Island Youth! We started the month with a trip to Planet Fun, had a service night, Youth Weekend, Youth Sunday, graduate recognition, a BBQ fundraiser, and a kayak trip! Not a lot of downtime for photos but packed with service and fellowship!
Friday, April 12th
Our youth spent Friday night reading Scripture from all four Gospels leading into Holy Week, singing some of their favorite worship songs, fellowshipping, and smores making! This was a wonderful night of preparation and reflection, combined with joyful fellowship!
Sunday, March 3rd
Youth Ministry volunteers helped our Royal Ambassadors at the Pinewood Derby race at Mt Olive Baptist Church! Our students weighed cars, adjusted weights, encouraged our young men during their races, and then shared a meal with them to end the evening!
Tuesday, March 7th
Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Easter study kickoff!
Youth Council Leadership Retreat in Pinehurst, NC. Our youth learned the history of the Baptist Church, studied the differences in Christian denominations, got well-acquainted with the Baptist Faith & Message, and opened the door to personal and leadership development!
Friday, February 15th
Valentine's Date Night Out
We had 17 children- ages 3 to 13-for an evening of crafts, games, pizza, and a movie while parents enjoyed a night out!
Friday, January 11th
Chili Cook-off and Church-wide Game Night
The youth hosted a chili cook-off and tasting to raise money for Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington, followed by an evening of minute-to-win-it games! We had a wonderful turn out of 28!
Saturday, January 12th
Our youth went shopping and were able to purchase $303 worth of underwear and socks, in all sizes, for Good Shepherd Center from the funds raised the night before at the Chili Cook-off! Students picked out and purchased the clothing items, and then visited the center to drop off and witness check-in in action.
Monday, January 21st
Martin Luther King, Jr. Roundtable Breakfast
FBCOI Youth Council were honored to attend the annual breakfast, uniting the community in conversation and remembrance of MLK, Jr. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.