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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!

Esther – McDaniel Room
Teacher: Rotational Leadership
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.

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
Mission: Individual acts of love
This lecture-style class uses Explore the Bible quarterlies and is committed to living out their faith as shown through acts of love.

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 and Team
Class Mission: Compassion MInistry Items
A facilitated large group discussion. This class studies different biblical books and thrives on group input and application.

LAMBS – 244
Teacher: Martha Williard and Team
Class Mission: Compassion Ministry Items
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 helpful members of God’s family.

College-age – 230B
Teacher: Daniel Hocutt
Class Mission: Learning to intersect faith and community life through leadership roles.
Students come together to form a faith community as they connect to the larger congregation through Bible study, service, and worship.

Young Adults – 230 C
Teacher: Rotational Leadership
Class Mission: Adopted two college students
Comprised of young adults without children in their mid 20’s-30’s. This conversational group focuses on cultivating an atmosphere of acceptance while they explore how scriptures influence their faith and impact their lives.

S.A.L.T. – 230 D
Facilitator: Jay Styles & Michael Lipford
Class Mission: Charlotte Acres Garden
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.

Sojourners – 240 A
Teacher: John Kim
Recognizing that everyone is on a journey and we don’t travel alone, this group focuses on deep Biblical discussions with practical life applications as they share their experiences and where they intersect with God’s word each week.

Sessions – 240 B
Teachers: Ken Storey & Stephanie Ransome
Class Mission: Bridging RVA – Christmas Day meals
Named for the Sessions series bible study they follow, this small laid-back group enjoys creating a safe space for discussing differing opinions and interpretations through intimate conversations and applying the biblical text to current events and our personal lives.

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

DEAF COUPLES CLASS – 240 C
Facilitator: Dirk Hill
Deaf class for couples. This group uses American Sign Language as they study God’s word.

DISCIPLES – 240 D
Teachers: John Ingram
Class Mission: Compassion Ministry Items
Zoom-enabled and full of warm and welcoming people, Disciples offers an in-person and virtual opportunity to anyone interested in robust study and discussion of scripture selected from the weekly lectionary readings.

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

BUILDERS – 280 C
Teacher: Gwen Smith & Laura Hedrick
Class Mission: Youth Fall & Spring Retreat support
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.

Living faith – 280 D
Teachers: Devra Powers & Kathy Thompson
Class Mission: Women’s support projects
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.

Logos (The Word) – 280 F
Teacher: Charlotte Evans
Class Mission: Community Missions
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
Class Mission: Financial assistance to service projects
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
Class Mission: Collaborative support of each person’s ministry passions
Unique lessons each week are grounded in scripture and participants are encouraged to ask difficult questions.

MUSTARD SEED – 280 J
Facilitators: Lewis & Toni Myers
Class Mission: Lottie Moon donations, prayer for youth
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
Class Mission: Compassion Ministry Donations
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 and enjoys lively discussion.

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.  

Monday:  
RFBC Women’s Ministry – Adams Room (Zoom available) | 9:30 a.m.

  • Teacher: Kathy Thompson
  • Starting on November 13, join this group in person or via Zoom. Join this group as they read “God of Creation” by Jen Wilkin. Rediscover Genesis 1-11 as we go verse by verse and watch Him bring light after darkness, order after chaos, and rest after toil – all through the power of His word. There will be a few books available for purchase in the church office. Contact Kathy Thompson with questions: kathyhalethompson50@hotmail.com

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

  • Teachers: Gail Markham and Diane Dinsmore
  • Will resume meeting October 3

Wednesday:

Women in the Word – Suite 280 D | 6:15 p.m.

  • Teacher: Kathy Allen
  • April & May
  • This small group meets on Wednesdays to explore the scriptures together with ‘ears to hear’ what God is saying. Bring a Bible and join us for study and discussion as we focus this session on “Questions God Asks Us.”

Thursday:

Winter Book Club – Adams Room | 7 p.m.

  • Facilitator: Kathy Thompson
  • January 25: Eye for an Eye by Steve Blanchard We will talk about Steve Blanchard’s book Eye for an Eye, a suspenseful novel that begins in church on a random Sunday morning.  Events unfold quickly. Join us for a great conversation
  • February 22: Settler’s Passion by Deborah Hocutt Settler’s Passion by our own Deborah Hocutt is set in Jamestown just a few years after the colonists arrived.  And now…it’s barely hanging on. Join us for an exciting discussion about the events that unfold.

Friday: 
Acts of Friendship – Conference Call | 9:30 a.m.
Class Mission: DNow, Missionaries, Oregon Hill

  • Teachers: Joyce Clemmons and Truman Smith
  • 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.

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!