Adult Ministry

Adult Ministry

Adult ministry seeks to provide opportunities for our members and for the community we serve to grow in faith, to find their place of mission, and to build community. Through engagement with Scripture, theological reflection, communal discernment, exploring our variety of gifts, spending time in prayer and meditation, and developing spiritual friendships, we seek to transform ourselves and our communities with the love of God made known to us in Jesus. Contact Tommy Bratton for more information.

Sunday Morning Bible Study

We have a variety of Sunday morning Bible study communities for adults, some defined by age or stage of life, while others are intergenerational communities exploring their faith together. Click here for a list of classes.

Thursday Men’s Morning Bible Study

Meets Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at City Bakery on Charlotte Street. If you need a small group to encourage you along the journey of faith, you are invited to come join with us as we explore scripture, share stories from our lives, and think about how our faith speaks truth to culture.

Affinity Groups

We have a variety of affinity groups at First Baptist Church of Asheville. These include Christian Crafters, hiking, yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, youth basketball league, men’s softball, Girls’ Night Out, and more.

Senior Adult / PrimeTime Ministry

Senior Adult/PrimeTime ministry is focused on meeting the needs of people who are 60 years or older. Activities center around building stronger relationships, enjoying activities that foster fellowship and fun, growing spiritually, and reaching out to serve others within our own congregation and in the wider community. Contact Leah Brown , Minister with Senior Adults, at 828.252.4781 for more information.

Sunday Morning Assembly and Bible Study
An opening assembly for all senior adults begins at 9:25 a.m. in MB119. This is a time to share prayer concerns and connect with others before moving into small group Bible study. We have a variety of Sunday morning Bible study communities for adults, some defined by age or stage of life, while others are intergenerational communities exploring their faith together.

Jubilee Luncheon
All senior adults are invited to join together on the third Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.  for fellowship, programs that inspire, entertain and inform, and a delicious meal. This meal is $3 per person and free for our first time guests.

  • November 20: Wayne Caldwell, Church Historian – Dining Room
    Wayne will review the work of the History Team and share an overlay map of what was on this site before our building was built in 1927. Don’t miss this exciting and informative hour of history!
  • December 18: Michael Lyles, piano (Meet in Crocker Auditorium)
    Michael is studying piano performance at UNC-Asheville. He will offer sounds of the season and other beautiful pieces during this special concert.

Individual Counseling
Short-term individual counseling is available by appointment.

Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministers are trained laypeople who are eager to provide one-to-one confidential care for people in our congregation who are experiencing difficulties in their lives (i.e. death of a loved one, a chronic or terminal illness, birth/adoption/miscarriage, separation/divorce, unemployment, or other stressful life events).

Mission Opportunities
Are you looking for ways to put your God-given gifts, talents, and experience to work?  Contact us to discuss mission opportunities that will allow you to grow in your faith while helping others. Click here for opportunities to serve.

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation relies on the activity of the Holy Spirit to mold lives into the likeness of Jesus Christ, exploring the connection between faith and everyday life. The Spirit works not only in the lives of individuals but also in the church, shaping it into the Body of Christ. We cooperate with this work of the Spirit through practices that make us more open and responsive to the Spirit’s guidance, disciplines such as in-depth Bible study, theological reflection, Sabbath keeping, spiritual direction, worship, hospitality, developing spiritual friendships, and spending time in prayer and contemplative silence. We also invite people to “come as they are,” recognizing that people are at different places along their spiritual journey, and that we all need to grow in our faith and practice.

Prayer

Spirituality without a prayer life is no spirituality at all, and it will not last beyond the first defeats. Prayer is an opening of the self so that the Word of God can break in and make us new. Prayer unmasks. Prayer converts. Prayer impels. Prayer sustains us on the way. Pray for the grace it will take to continue what you would like to quit. – Joan Chittister

 

Prayer is a vital part of how we seek God, connect with God, and care for one another. Sometimes we pray silently. Sometimes we pray out loud. Either way, God is listening.
Labyrinth

The labyrinth offers us a way of journeying, inviting us into a sacred and quiet place. It is a place where we can abandon the busyness of life. It invites us into the presence of the Holy and to reflect on our inner being. To walk the labyrinth is to make a pilgrimage to discover something about ourselves and God. The labyrinth is full of mystery and produces different results for everyone.  A person simply brings her or his personal thoughts, spiritual needs, or important questions to the journey.

The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds its way into the center. The person walking it uses the same path to return from the center and the entrance then becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows a person to be quiet and focus internally.

Pilgrimage

We have just developed a Pilgrimage Team to consider future trips to monasteries and other sacred places.

More information will be coming soon.

Contact Tommy Bratton for more information.

Recreation & Affinity Groups

Human beings are created by God to be in community with each other. As Christians, we thrive and mature as we live our lives in relationships with other Christians, including those outside our immediate families.

We have a variety of affinity groups at First Baptist Church of Asheville. These include Christian Crafters, hiking, yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, youth basketball league, men’s softball, Girls’ Night Out, and more.

We would love to help you get connected with one or more of them, whether you are interested in church “membership” or not. If you are interested in one of these groups or in beginning a group based on a common interest, please let us know. Contact Tommy Bratton for more information.