Small Groups & Classes

Sundays

Kick off your Sunday at First Baptist with a class of your choosing.  As Christians, we are always becoming and transforming into the person that God wants us to be. If we listen closely, God will use our head, heart, and hands to live like Him and shape each of us to live like Jesus. Involvement in small groups and classes is a perfect way to explore your faith. We’d love to help you connect with a Bible study group at First Baptist!

College age – LL 18
Teacher: Daniel Hocutt & Susan Blanchard
Students who come together to form a faith community as they connect to the larger congregation through Bible study, service, and worship.

Parents with Young Children – 230 B
Teacher: Andy & Heather Rose
Parents with small children (birth-preschool) are invited to join this new group as they explore scriptures and find unity, and build community through support, prayer and study.

Young Adults – 230 C
Teacher: Emma Tilley & Mikayla Haefele
Comprised of young adults without children. This conversational group focused on cultivating an atmosphere of acceptance while they explore how scriptures influence their faith and impact their lives.

S.A.L.T. – 230 D
Facilitators: Clint & Sally Ann Smith
This group is composed of adults with young children and follows the lectionary readings with discussion-based questions that align with the scriptures in worship each week.

Harmony – 213
Teacher: Lisa Byerly
Middle Adults enjoy fellowship and laughter as they study God’s word, reading through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and reflecting on the weekly passages together.

BIBLE EXPLORERS – 214
Teacher: Dwight Ross
This lecture-style class uses Explore the Bible quarterlies and is committed to living out their faith as shown through acts of love.

Living faith – 280 D
Teachers: Devra Powers & Kathy Thompson
This is a class designed for women of all ages in our church who long for both community and Bible study with other women of faith.

SELAH – 216
Teachers: Tommy Pusser & Shearer Pettigrew
Selah is a dialogical class using the lectionary each week to inspire conversations and explore the meaning of scripture.

Hamilton – 220
Facilitator: Carolyn Powers
A facilitated large group discussion. This class studies different biblical books and thrives on group input and application.

LAMBS – 244
Teacher: Martha Williard
A group of young men and women with special needs. Dedicated teachers share simple concepts and invite each person to discover how they can be a helpful member of God’s family.

Sessions – 240 B
Teachers: Ken Storey & Stephanie Ransome
Named for the Sessions Bible studies they follow, this diverse group enjoys intimate conversations and working through scriptures at their own pace.

Sojourners – 240 C
Teacher: John Kim
Travelers on the journey together, this group of individuals comes eager to stretch their faith, walk together through the ups and downs of life, and grow in both word and deed.

DISCIPLES – 240 D
Teachers: Michael Lipford & John Ingram
A diverse group of ages and backgrounds, this group studies from the Connections quarterly and embraces warm hospitality reaching individuals that Zoom in from around the world.

Imprint Book Study – 240 J
Teachers: Dee Dee Simmons and Mary Eldredge
A mix of ages and genders, this group enjoys robust discussion based on theological books and Christian authors.

Jesus Our Friend – 280 B
Teacher: Mary Ramsey
Deaf adults using American Sign Language as they study God’s word and dive deep into scripture.

BUILDERS – 280 C
Teacher: Gwen Smith & Laura Hedrick
Building up each other and the kingdom of God, these ladies and gentlemen enjoy reading and praying together for the needs of the world. This group uses study guides to walk through one book of the Bible at a time.

Esther – 215
Teacher: Katherine Bobbit
Women 70+ that love each other and love the Lord. This group works from the Connections quarterly and finds great joy in God’s word and in caring for each other.

Logos (The Word) – 280 F
Teacher: Charlotte Evans
This group of all ages studies one book of the Bible at a time and enjoys the outline of a study guide while engaging in lively discussions.

Adams and Fellowship – 280 G
Teachers: Paul Burkwall & Carl Evans
Follows the Explore the Bible Lessons in an informal lecture/discussion format. Each week they include hymn singing, prayer time, and a mission emphasis.

STUDIO – 280 H
Teacher: Todd Ball
Unique lessons each week are grounded in scripture and participants are encouraged to ask the difficult questions.

MUSTARD SEED – 280 J
Facilitators: Lewis & Toni Myers
Combining a love of missions and scripture, this class seeks to make God’s word accessible and applicable to every participant and uses Explore the Bible curriculum.

ROUND TABLE – 280 K
Facilitator: Susan Grant
Following the Explore the Bible quarterly and hearing from a current rotation of teachers, this group is eager to learn more about God’s word each week.

Weekdays

Whether you start your morning with a Biblical perspective or end your day at one of our wonderful Wednesday night classes, weekdays at FBC are a great way to fellowship with your neighbors in Christ.  

Mornings

Monday:  
FBC Women’s Ministry – Zoom| 9:30 a.m.

  • Teacher: Kathy Thompson
  • Begins January 9, 2023.
  • “The Gospel on the Ground” by Kristi McLelland.
  • Come along with the biblical culturalist Kristi McLelland as she unpacks the life of the early church in the book of Acts and shows us that the kingdom of God is always on the move, always looking outward to bring meaning and joy to a world searching for true fulfillment and hope. Explore the call of Jesus to His disciples then and to us today. See how God’s Word can sustain us even in the most difficult of times and embrace the transformative grace we experience as children of God in His kingdom of celebration.
  • Contact Lori Humrich if you would like to buy a book.

Tuesday: 
Compass Bible Study – Suite 220 | 10-11:30 a.m.

  • Teachers: Gail Markham and Diane Dinsmore
  • Begins on January 10 in person.
  • Ladies in their 60’s-80’s that are currently studying “Questions God Asks Us” by Trevor Hudson, this group meets to study God’s word and dive deep into its truths.

Friday: 
Acts of Friendship – Conference Call | 9:30 a.m.

  • Teachers: Joyce Clemmons, Judy Jarrett, and Truman Smith
  • Walking through the Bible book by book, this dedicated group of retired men and women enjoy time to catch up and pray together, study the scriptures, and share personal reflections from the comfort of their homes. They also gather once a quarter for a lunch and in-person program at church to stay connected.

Winter Women’s Book Club

Join us in the Adams Room from 7 – 8:30 p.m. one Thursday a month for a thought-provoking discussion and wonderful fellowship. Snacks and coffee are provided. Contact Lori Humrich if you would like to purchase the book of the month.

January 26 | Sally Ann Smith, facilitator, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

February 23 | Susan Hughes, facilitator, Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Seasonal Offerings

We have evening events that rotate throughout the year.  We change these offerings seasonally.  Wednesday night events can be found here.  It is also good to check our calendar and subscribe to First Family News so you don’t miss a thing!