Category: Life at First

Volunteer for the Christmas Pageant

Volunteer for the Christmas Pageant

We’re looking for volunteers!

The Columbia Christmas Pageant takes an entire village of people to pull off. What you see on the stage is only a small part of it too. It takes people managing costumes and props, loading in the stage, loading out after the production, audio, video, lights, etc. There’s something for everyone (sounds like the body of Christ) to do to make this gift to our community come together. There are specific times to volunteer and there are flexible times. Please click the button below to view opportunities and to sign up.

Celebrate Women’s Ministry

Celebrate Women’s Ministry

This past Saturday, over 200 women, college-age up to senior adults, gathered together to “Celebrate Women’s Ministry.” Not only was it an opportunity for our ladies to hear from our new pastor’s wife, Rachel Church, about her life and ministry, but also an opportunity to learn about what First Women’s Ministry “DOES” and respond to the call to get involved.

If you’re a woman at First Baptist, you’re a part of First Women’s Ministry,” said Rene White, who has recently taken the role of First Women’s Ministry Chair. “You have gifts to share and we need you,” added Rachel.

One of the priorities of First Women’s Ministry is facilitating women serving our church, community and even beyond. In that vein, the event also included a service project for Operation Christmas Child. Women chatted around their tables as they assembled sewing kits for teenage girls, an often overlooked demographic of shoe box recipients.

Alex Hipkins, a young professional who recently joined the church, said, “As a new member at First Baptist, I found the event to be a great way to meet women of all ages! It was an opportunity to put names to the faces I see every week and meet new people.”

Interested in learning about all that First Women’s Ministry does, getting involved, and/or serving on a FWM team? Click here to submit an interest form.

(Browse through the pictures from Saturday’s Event)

Celebrate Women's Ministry

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Are you ready for an exciting season of Operation Christmas Child? We certainly hope so! This is a church wide missions project and we need all hands on “decking the halls.”

This year our goal is to collect over 1000 shoeboxes! To accomplish this we need a full scale effort with everybody participating. We need buyers, we need packers, we need prayers, we need givers, but most importantly we need YOU! So come and join the fun. Be a part of the greatest operation leading up to Christmas.

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

We can barely contain our excitement for our annual end of October celebration on Sunday, Oct. 28th from 5 – 7:30 pm in the Washington Street parking lot.

There will be rides, games, entertainment, and food. We’ll have music, a cake walk, clogging, and more. Rumor has it you can even enter a contest to “Pie-A-Pastor.” And don’t forget to show off your creative and colorful costumes in the Costume Parade!

With so much to do at the Fall Festival, your family will have a blast and make some precious memories. We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

**All food and drinks are $1. $1 for 1 Ticket – 11 Tickets for $10**

For more information please call 803-256-4251 or email firstkids@fbccola.com

Extravagant Love

Extravagant Love

Welcome to the First Seniors blog. I am so honored to help shepherd and minister to the senior adults at First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC. Our senior adults have so much energy and enthusiasm. It is hard to keep up with them. I am always impressed with the great extravagant love they have for one another. In John 13:35 it says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Continue reading →

Good News Club

Good News Club

The Good News Clubs is an after school program focused on reaching kids with the gospel. It’s designed for kids and makes learning about the bible fun!

Children who have received parental permission come to the club after school is dismissed and separate into different rooms based on grade level. They are split again into smaller groups whereby they grab a snack and begin going over bible verses with their small group leaders. Sometimes they may sing a song or listen to a story but the goal is to learn about the bible. When small group time is up all groups converge in the gym for some worship, stories, and bible lesson.

Good News Club helps provide a safe and loving environment for kids while sharing the love of Jesus. It is a program that reaches children of all backgrounds and gives an opportunity for children that don’t go to church to learn about Jesus.

Are you interested in Volunteering? Good News Club is happening now and we need your help! Fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch with you. Thank you!

Good News Club

Meeting Place: Meadowfield Elementary School

Time & Day:  Thursdays @ 2:15 pm (Begins the 1st Thursday in October)

Address: 525 Galway Ln, Columbia, SC 29209

If you come on your own be sure to check in at the front desk and get a pass. Ask them to direct you which room to go to for the club.

Open Eyes and Hard Love

Open Eyes and Hard Love

I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t know before. I knew that it would be weird. I knew that it would be dark. I knew that my heart would break. But knowing and experiencing are two different things. As I stood in Temple Square surrounded by beautiful flowers and impressive buildings, the phrase “whitewashed tombs” kept coming to mind. Salt Lake City, Utah is Latter Day-Saints (LDS) headquarters. On the surface, the religion looks a lot like Christianity. Get into a conversation with a LDS (I did, more than once) and they will likely speak reverently about Jesus. They’ll probably tell you that salvation comes through Jesus. They might even tell you that LDS are Christians too. After all, LDS theology does include the Bible. Get a little deeper though and you’ll find that it involves three other books, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. The official English Bible of the LDS church is the KJV and includes footnotes to interpret the passages to coincide with LDS doctrine.
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When The Dead Come To Life

When The Dead Come To Life

The Believers gathered to worship like Christians do. As songs to Jesus were lifted up, one fell out on the ground and then another until four women were out on the ground, possessed by demons. It’s not something that most Baptists are used to seeing during a worship service in the United States, but on Beth Greer’s latest trip to Tanzania, this scene, albeit intense, was not completely unordinary. On Kome Island off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland in Lake Victoria, six out of ten inhabitants are demon possessed. Beth spent part of her trip on the island, sleeping in a tent, using a ziplock bag as a restroom at night, and telling the residents about Jesus using a stick and the dirt on the ground.

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First College Welcome Week 2018

First College Welcome Week 2018

Welcome Week, or some form of it, has been going on this week at the University of South Carolina and other midlands colleges. This mission field of over 40,000 students is just a few city blocks away from us. Be in prayer for our students as they get into their regular school routines and build relationships with other students in their classes, residence halls, and apartments. If you have a college student that you would like to send our way or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer with First College Ministry, please e-mail Rob Nicholes.

See what’s been going on in this video below.