Ministries

Sunday Morning Bible Study & Kid's Worship

Each Sunday morning, Friendship Baptist Church partners with families to impart the Christian faith to the next generation. The Scriptures teach in Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…” Our goal is to offer age-graded Bible study with an emphasis on life application.

Bible study begins at 9:00 A.M. Children ages 2 through 5th grade meet with their peers and learn from God’s Word. In Bible study, students learn about great Bible heroes, history, and God’s wonderful plan of salvation. Time is also provided for Bible verses to be memorized and friendships to begin.

Kid’s Worship is provided during the 10:15 AM worship service and is designed for children ages 4 – 3rd grade. Children worship with their families in the sanctuary during the first segment of the service and then are dismissed to Kid’s Worship. Through the Kid’s Worship ministry, children participate in an activity based curriculum complete with active worship songs, Bible stories, and various projects designed to reinforce the Biblical truths presented.

For more information, please contact the church office at: 270-534-1900.

AWANA

AWANA ministry is offered each Sunday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. August through May.  Children ages two through students in fifth grade meet in the fellowship hall.

For nearly sixty years, AWANA has been an organization committed to helping churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children who faithfully follow Jesus Christ.  Our programs offer a proven approach for evangelizing and teaching children in the church and community.  The unusual name comes from 2 Timothy 2:15:  Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.  Currently, churches from one hundred different denominations utilize AWANA curriculum to effectively communicate God’s Word to children.

At Friendship Baptist Church, children are divided into four groups:

Puggles (2-3 Year Olds)
Cubbies (Preschoolers)
Sparks (Kindergarten – Grade 2)
T&T (Grade 3 – Grade 5)

PUGGLES:  Puggles recognizes the learning ability of 2- and 3-year olds by introducing biblical precepts at church and equipping parents to teach them at home. Children are welcomed each week with play time, songs and simple crafts and activities. Leaders present age-appropriate lessons using large, colorful teaching cards, finger puppet plays and more. Lessons teach and reinforce four basic biblical precepts: 1) God made everything; 2) God saw that it was good; 3) God is love; and 4) Give thanks. Special take-home cards that correspond to each week’s lesson help parents nurture their child’s faith at home. Participating in Puggles will give your child a head start on the path to loving and following God for life.

CUBBIES:  The material provided for Cubbies is based on two premises:  1) Young children can and should receive spiritual training; and 2) Home is the primary place for spiritual training.  The Cubbies manual is a wonderful tool for parents’ use with their preschooler during the week.  As the child comes to weekly meetings at church, they will experience “fun with a purpose” as leaders teach them about Jesus.  Through the use of games, puppets, crafts, and awards, preschoolers will enjoy this lively weekly meeting as they grow in the knowledge of Christ.

SPARKS:  Kindergarten through second grade children will experience a sequential walk through Scripture that includes a clear and consistent presentation of the gospel message.  Upon completion of three years as a Spark, children will learn and review over sixty-five Bible verses, establishing a strong Biblical basis for their faith.  Weekly meetings consist of Bible based lessons including the message of salvation, worship, awards, and age appropriate games.

T&T (TRUTH  & TRAINING):   Third through fifth grade girls and boys will experience training in the truth of God’s word. Four handbooks teach children that life’s true adventure is a personal relationship with Jesus.  Each week, children study their Bibles, memorize verses, achieve awards, play team-oriented games, and participate in mission projects.  Students who complete this curriculum will have learned and reviewed over 310 Bible verses!   Moreover, they will begin to ask the question, “How does God want me to live my life?”
For more information, please use the contact form or contact the church office at (270) 534-1900.

Nursery


In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Our nurseries are staffed by individuals eager to interact with your child in a loving and safe environment. Nursery is provided for children from birth to three years old. Nursery facilities are available for all Sunday and Wednesday services.

Choir


The psalmist declared, “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” Each Wednesday evening, from 6:30-7:30, children in kindergarten through grade 5 meet in Room C205 for Children’s Choir while younger children, ages 3 through pre-kindergarten, meet in Room C202 for Pre-school Choir. Music provides a great medium to teach children the truths of God’s Word. Our children’s choir includes a weekly Bible lesson, as well as introducing music that is presented by the children occasionally during Sunday worship. Each Christmas, the children participate in a musical performed for the church and community.

Camp

This summer, join Friendship Baptist’s 3rd through 5th graders at Centri-kid 2018. Campers will explore God’s design for us and who we are in Christ. We will learn how we are His workmanship and how we are created in His image. God’s blueprint shows us that we are truly loved, completely forgiven, and prepared for a purpose to share the Gospel.

Our key verse for the summer will be Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” Each day, we’ll focus on how we are God’s design and how we can learn more about who we are in Jesus.

Centri-kid Camp takes place July 2-6, 2018 at Shocco Springs in Taladega, Alabama. All children in 3rd through 5th grade are invited to experience this five day, four night camp where they will learn more about Jesus Christ! Staffed by seminary and college students, children will participate in Bible study, worship, track times, and games. Total cost of camp is $375.

Sign up for Centri-kid today!

V.B.S.

Vacation Bible School is July 15-19, 2018. Our evening Vacation Bible School is open to preschoolers through children who are entering Grade 5. Children will study the Bible, learn amazing new worship songs, play games, and enjoy snacks, all centered around an engaging and adventurous theme. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together with friends and family to learn more about God and His wonderful plan for our lives.

VBS 2018 invites kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On!

Everything that happens during VBS grows out of the biblical content. Kids can connect to God’s Word in a creative setting where the Gospel message can speak into their hearts. Our goal with Vacation Bible School is to clearly present the Gospel of Jesus Christ while having as much fun as humanly possible.

Our Values

Worship

The students at Friendship Baptist Church are passionate about following God and discovering more about Him. They are excited to worship God and that excitement comes out in their weekly meetings. At Catalyst, the praise band leads worship as students focus on God and worship Him.

Connect

Friendship Students are also a group that is connected with each other. They are friends who support each other, encourage each other, and challenge each other.

Serve

Friendship Students love to serve others. We challenge them to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their community.

Fun

Being a Christian isn’t a boring thing (even though some people try to make it that way). Seeking God is a priority at Friendship, but we have a lot of fun along the way. You may not get messy every week that you come to church, but it always is a possibility.

Worship


Catalyst

Wednesday Nights 6:30-7:30*
A catalyst is an agent of change. On Wednesday nights Friendship Students gather together to meet God and learn how He can be an agent of change in their lives. Students are also challenged to be a part of changing the world around them in positive ways.

A typical Wednesday night consists of students arriving to play games and hang out together. After a time of singing led by our worship band, a time of teaching follows. The teaching time normally consists of a game or activity to help students have a little fun and also grasp the deep truths of the Bible.

Sunday School*
Sunday Mornings 9:00

Sunday School at Friendship is more than the name implies. It is a vibrant small group discussion time where students are led by caring adults to study God’s Word and figure out answers to life’s difficult questions. It is a time to build deep relationships with other students and to be mentored by loving adults.

All Sunday School students start out in the youth building for an opening assembly before breaking into discussion and learning groups based on your age and gender.

Sunday Night Bible Study*
Sunday Nights 6:00-7:00

Sunday nights are an opportunity for students to engage in deeper Bibles studies. The focus of our study and who leads this time changes over the course of the year, but the goal of helping students answer life’s biggest questions is the same no matter what we are studying.

* All weekly meetings are held in the modular units across the parking lot from the church. After walking up the ramp, students meet in the building on your right (it is normally the loud one).

Connect

Two Girls at M-FugeFriendship Students have numerous opportunities to connect with God and serve others outside of their normal weekly meetings.

Summer Camp (M-Fuge)

Camp provides students with an opportunity to get away from their regular routines and spend an extended time as a group with other churches in worship, service, and Bible study. Students participate in M-Fuge put on by Lifeway Camps. Check out this link for more information. Camp focuses on mission opportunities through organized mission projects in participation with church youth groups from across the country. Developing a heart for serving others as well as interaction with peers to accomplish a mission are just two of the valuable lessons gleaned from the camp experience.

Retreats

Two major annual retreats give students a time to unplug from the tech world. Leaving their computers, phones, and all other tech devices behind students enter into a time of deliberate focus on Bible study, worship, and fellowship within the youth group.

DNOW Weekend: In Early March

Students stay in the homes of church members in small groups by age and gender. These small groups have a deliberate focus on Bible study and Christian character development. All students come together for worship and large group Bible study.

Winter Retreat: After Christmas

Students travel to a retreat site to experience group Bible study as well as individual times of reflection. Corporate Bible study and praise and worship are also included as students learn to apply Biblical principles to everyday situations.

Serving Others

The Bible teaches that whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward (Mark 9:42). Friendship Students develop a heart for serving God with involvement in a variety of community service opportunities such as monthly visits to a local nursing home and helping out in community projects throughout the year. Students experience the satisfaction of loving others as they minister to the community around them. They are also fully involved in serving the Lord through their own church with church-wide projects such as Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox Ministry, Christmas caroling to shut-ins/nursing homes, as well as being volunteers for the church nursery and other projects around the church. Labor For Your Neighbor is a community outreach ministry coordinated through our Sunday morning small groups at Friendship. Students participate in these outreach endeavors by raking yards for shut-ins, helping out at local service organization, or doing other light work projects that help those in need.

Connect With Us

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures, videos, and random information.

www.facebook.com/friendshipyouth

Shane Yancey is our Youth and Children’s pastor. Here are a few ways that you can find him.

Twitter: @shaneyancey

Instagram: @shaneyancey

email: shane@friendshiponthenet.org

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Sunday Mornings

It seems that whatever age adults happen to be becomes their favorite age. The ministry at Friendship seeks to celebrate those passages in life and the milestones in your walk with the Lord. Our church family includes young adults as well as couples celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss as well as every age group in between. Each life stage has distinct characteristics and a personality all its own, but all are serious about building a relationship with God and the body of Christ, serving others, and having fun. Relationships make a church a family. At Friendship, you can find friends with whom you can share the joy of belonging.

55+ Joy Club


Our senior adults are among the most active members of our church. Opportunities for fellowship and ministry are planned year-round for the JOY Club. Recent activities include a visit to the Creation Museum in Ohio and to Brooksie’s Barn in Jackson, Tennessee.  We invite you to become part of this dynamic group if you’re searching for meaningful and fun activity. The JOY Club meets the first Tuesday of each month. Senior adult news and happenings are published regularly in our newsletter, the LINK.

Women

Our Women’s Ministry seeks to meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of women at Friendship and within our community. We encourage women to grow in their faith in Christ, to develop and strengthen intimate friendships with other women, and to provide opportunities to serve and reach our community for Christ.

Please check back for details concerning upcoming Bible studies.

Men


At Friendship, we want to help our men become strong and courageous as they seek to serve their families, their church, and in their workplaces. Our Men’s Ministry is a place to join and reach other men in their journey toward Christ-centeredness through the study of God’s Word, sharing life experiences, and serving others. We provide spiritual development opportunities throughout the year, focusing on service and study.

Men’s Prayer Group:

  • Tuesday at 6:30 am