We call our youth ministry the “Youth Family” because we strive to create a safe space for students to be who they are while discovering and forming new pieces of their identities.
Just like a family, we see the good and the not so good within each other but we continue to share our lives with one another. We love discipleship, fellowship and social activities like mission trips, youth camps, annual retreats, choir, fun activities, events, and meals.
Our Youth Family is made up of students from grades 6 through 12, adult volunteers, college volunteers and staff. If you are looking for a place to belong, come give the Youth Family at First Baptist Church Greenville a shot!
Youth Family Schedule
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Hang Time (AYMC)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Fellowship Around The Table (AYMC)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Youth Bible Study (AYMC)
9:15 am Youth Sunday School (AYMC)
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Middle School Bible Study (AYMC) & High School Games (AYMC Gym)
5:50 pm – 6:10 pm Snack Supper (AYMC)
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm High School Bible Study (AYMC) & Middle School Games (AYMC Gym)
Youth Trips & Retreats
Spending an extended time with peers will help to create unique memories, which are vital parts of forming more authentic and long-lasting friendships.
Youth retreats have become a central feature of most youth ministries. The reason for this is simple: they are effective! Studies have shown—and I have personally witnessed—that one of the greatest indicators of a youth’s serious involvement in anything is the relationships they enjoy within that context. Meaning, if a teenager knows and enjoys being around their youth minister, Sunday school teacher(s) and peers in their youth group, they will pursue Christ in the context of church more passionately and with more dedication.
Retreats, or trips with an overnight stay, provide youth the opportunity to develop more substantial relationships. Experiencing different environments and new challenges along with spending an extended time with their peers will help to create unique memories, which are vital parts of forming more authentic and long-lasting friendships. Our lives are hugely impacted by the friends we keep: with whom do you want your children to be closest?
Retreats, or extended periods of time, provide opportunities to delve deeper into a topic, which enhances impact and memorability. While the sometimes short-lived “spiritual high” of a retreat may fade, youth were provided with an opportunity to learn how to pursue God on their own in personal devotion time as well as recognize God in their every day circumstances and life. While we are away, our youth are surrounded with mentors and adults who provide an atmosphere of love that extends the experience of the love of Christ among the group. This will help your child grow to love and find comfort in the church and the people in it more and more.
Quite simply: youth who attend and participate in retreats experience God in ways impossible to convey in a couple hours a week in a church building. They are also much more likely to enjoy and be excited about being a part of the youth group and Sunday school.
Join us for all of our retreats this year!
Youth Winter Retreat, Cataloochee, NC: January 24-25
College Winter Retreat, Montreat, NC: February 7-9
Middle School Mission Trip, Asheville, NC: March 27-29
High School Mission Trip, Wilmington, NC: June 20-27
Unidiversity Youth Camp, Maryville College: July 20-25
MS Merge Retreat (for rising 6th graders): August 14-16
All Youth Fall Kickoff Event: September 4-6
Contact Sarah Carter to signup.
Latest Youth News
“Rockmont” looked a little different this year. Given our current circumstances, the youth staff opted to create a “Rockmont-esque” retreat right here at home. The Youth Family gathered on the fields behind the AYMC on Labor Day weekend and were able to enjoy an...
A small portion of the Youth Family was finally able to gather approximately a week ago. After months of dreaming and planning, the youth staff were successfully able to host and lead our annual Merge retreat. Merge is a special retreat because it is for rising sixth...
For the first time in its nearly three decades of ministry, Unidiversity Youth Camp went virtual. As the pandemic began to worsen this past April, the family of youth ministers that work together every year to create camp met and decided to suspend meeting in person....