It has been a busy season for FBG’s College Ministry. By the time Christmas break arrives, most college students feel as if they have completed a marathon. Is there a better way to reward their hard work and to celebrate their arrival than with food? We met at Grill Marks near the beginning of their break for an afternoon of food and catching up. It is incredibly meaningful to watch old friends reunite after months apart and to hear all about the new adventures our younger students have begun, and that was just the beginning! A few days later, a large crowd of students gathered at the Girvin residence for our annual college Christmas party. Here, students were treated to food and fellowship and were able to spend hours recounting their semesters and trade stories about life. A lot happens over a semester, and our students can debrief and rediscover that they still have a family at First Baptist who cares about them very deeply.
During this time, The Bridge Class also began. This class is a combination of our college students and young adults here at First Baptist. The Bridge Class began with a lot of energy as college students gathered alongside young adults in their own unique space. This class will continue throughout the year and our college students are always welcome whenever they return home. Finally, our holiday events concluded with our annual Pasta & Fellowship. All our students came together to eat one last meal before saying their goodbyes and returning to their studies. While these events are happening, it feels like they span over months, but in reality, they come and go in a matter of weeks. As they depart, our church is left again reminded of how incredible each of our students is and all that they bring to First Baptist.
—Will Raybon

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