Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry 

Why Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church of Asheville?

 Come and see for yourself. From those daunting days as a new seventh grader to those final moments as a high school senior, our youth group encourages thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a follower of Christ in a complex and divisive world. We embrace conversations that are open and respectful, ideas that are true to the identity and work of God, and lifestyles that show following Christ is a way of life, not just a system of belief.

Every youth who comes here has the potential to change the whole group, and God only knows what kind of difference that can make in our church and wider community. This is a unique place, gathering teens from public, private, charter, and home schools; unlike many groups that divide middle and high school students, we tend to keep the whole group together, knowing there is much to be gained from positive peer relationships and encouraging connections beyond one’s immediate grade.

All of our leaders and teachers within the youth ministry at First Baptist Church of Asheville uphold a covenantal approach based on the following six words: Authentic. Formative. Missional. Relational. Safe. Sustainable. Learn more about how our youth ministry is founded on these guiding words by reading the Youth Ministry Covenant.

 Each week, youth gather for Koinonia, Agape, and Bible Study. Each season, youth venture out of Asheville for special retreats and camps, such as Caswell, Awanita, and Unidiversity. Discover more about these weekly youth gatherings and seasonal retreats and begin to imagine how you or your youth can engage with this community.

Youth Gatherings

Sunday Koinonia Youth Group
Become fully connected to the youth group by making Koinonia a weekly experience. “Koinonia” is the Greek word used to describe the very first Christian communities in the New Testament. Koinonia happens at FBCA as we form small groups, share in activities, and wrestle with complex and critical issues of faith together.
Snack Social: 4:10-4:30 (Game Room)
Koinonia: 4:30-5:30 (4th Floor)

Wednesday Agape
Jesus teaches us that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our mind, heart, soul, and strength, and that is exactly how we structure our Wednesdays. Each week of the month offers a different experience: we use our minds through thoughtful discussions (week 1), our hearts through encounters & excursions with people outside our own community (week 2), our souls through creative projects and activities (week 3), and our strength through hands-on service projects (week 4).
6:00-7:00 p.m. (4th Floor)

Sunday Bible Study
Youth are searching for meaningful studies of the Bible that are insightful, conversational, and relevant. Come deepen your knowledge and application of the Bible with a group of peers, and don’t forget to bring your questions.

Grade-based classes are located on the 4th floor and meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Youth Music
Every Sunday, Youth have the opportunity to be a part of a larger ensemble for the purposes of creating sacred music together.
Youth Handbells: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Asheville Youth Choir: 3:00-4:10 p.m.

Seasonal Retreats

Awanita
Enjoy the beauty of fall at Awanita Valley, complete with hummer rides, zip lines, a mountaintop bonfire, and thematic worship sessions. Seventh graders will also be welcomed into the youth group through an encouraging rite of passage.

Ski Trip
Pack your snow gear, hop on the church bus, and head off to Winterplace, WV for a fun weekend in the snow! No experience is necessary in order to enjoy this fellowship-based retreat together.

Caswell
Celebrate the end of the year in the sand and the surf of Caswell Beach. We’ll enjoy thoughtful discussions, group games & challenges, and evening parties, as well as group affirmations and senior rites of passage.

Unidiversity Camp
Unidiversity is a unique camp set on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Youth choose from a list of creative electives and seminars, attend thought-provoking worship sessions, and enjoy free time and recreation on the campus. Prior to camp, our group will spend two challenging days repairing roofs in Knoxville.

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Summer Tuesday Night Hangouts

This summer we have enjoyed hanging out together most Tuesday evenings. The hangouts have been led by Laura Addis, summer youth ministry associate. This picture was taken at the hangout on August 7, when the group went to see the sunset at Bearwallow...

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Unidiversity Youth Camp 2018

Since 2015, our youth have made Knoxville, TN the home for our annual service trip and week-long youth camp. This summer, we were able to avoid the rainstorms, remove three layers of aging shingles, and replace one half of a roof in only two days. Following the...

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Awanta Fall Retreat

October 26-28, 2018 Marietta, SC Enjoy the beauty of fall at Awanita Valley, complete with hummer rides, zip lines, a mountaintop bonfire, and thematic worship sessions. Seventh graders will also be welcomed into the youth group through an encouraging Rite of Passage....

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Baccalaureate Sunday, June 10, 2018

On June 10, we recognized our high school graduates for our annual Baccalaureate Sunday. The Class of 2018 has made a profound impact on the life of our church and community, and as they go onward to pursue studies and vocational trade development, they will continue...

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