COVID Ministry Update

In light of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in our community, First Student Ministry is postponing all regular programming until further notice. However, we are continuing to do ministry online with occasional special events that may allow for in-person gatherings within the bounds of our safety COVID-19 protocols. If you want to stay connected to our ministry and know what’s going on please click on our media channels below. Thank you.



First Student Ministry

Weekly Schedule – Cancelled until further notice

Sunday Mornings

9:00 am – Middle School & High School Sunday School (Main floor and basement level of 1420 Sumter Student Center)

10:30 am – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

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Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers meet Sunday mornings in the 1420 Sumter Student Center. After a time of worship, reflection, and prayer, students break off into groups for Bible study. Students are encouraged to bring a Bible and take notes, however if you do not own a Bible, please contact us and we will be glad to get one in your hands.

Sunday Evenings

4:15 – 5:00 pm – Student Choir

5:00 – 7:00 pm – The Gathering (Middle & High School worship and small groups)

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Middle School Choir meets on the 3rd Floor Sanctuary and is led by Associate Minister of Music, Keith Watson.

High School Choir meets in the Choir Room and is led by Minister of Music, Steve Phillips

Small groups are a great way for students to come together and fellowship with each other and experience deeper discipleship and teaching from our amazing small group leaders. All groups are divided by grade and gender.

  • 5:00 – 5:30 – Hangout
  • 5:30 – 6:15 – The Gathering (Games, Worship, Teaching)
  • 6:15 – 7:00 – Small Groups

  *Snack supper will be available in Hoolios starting at 6:45

Student Leadership University



A high value of Student Ministries is to develop student leaders.  Our student leaders are called “Student Leaders.” Being a part of our Student Leadership program is an opportunity for students to grow as leaders, to take ownership of the ministry, to be an example / mentor to younger students, and to receive the resources and support they need to make a difference on their school campus.  Student Leaders meet every other month for a time of training, accountability, planning, and encouragement.

Students who successfully meet the Student Leadership requirements are eligible to attend Student Leadership University.

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It is our desire to meet the needs of all students and families. Our Special Needs ministry exists to meet the spiritual, physical, and social needs of students with disabilities or unique learning styles. We believe that all students are wonderfully made by God for His glory and are an invaluable part of the body of Christ. We believe that all families deserve an equal opportunity to worship, learn, participate, and serve in our church, regardless of their abilities or learning style.

The Student Ministries’ staff, along with a core group of qualified teachers and peer “teammates”, actively seeks to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in church and Student Ministries’ events at large, while also having classes and events that target their specific needs.

If you have a student with special needs, we would love to meet them! For more information, please fill out this form below.


How can I stay informed?

e-Letter – A weekly e-mail update for parents and students highlighting the most current information. Click here to sign up for the e-letter.

Text Messages – We send out text messages with any important announcements.  To sign up, please email us.

Social Media

Facebook pages – Middle School parents and High School parents.  To become a group member, please email us.

Twitter – follow us @FirstSMColumbia.  

Instagram – follow us @firststudentministry

Is my child safe at your programs and events?

Your child’s emotional and physical safety is our highest priority.  We know that if a student does not feel safe, then our great programming is in vain and our messages will never be heard.  To provide a safe physical environment, we utilize both uniformed security, as well as undercover armed security, and trained volunteer staff.  Access points to our student center are limited and students are required to sign in at the manned Welcome Desk upon entering our facility.  The Student Center is fully equipped with digital video surveillance cameras which monitor and record all activity in and around the building.

FSM Safety and Security Practices booklets are available for all parents, which also include FSM’s Emergency Action Plan procedures and Discipline Policy.

What kinds of fundraising events do you do?

If a student wants to go on multiple trips, it can be very expensive.  Instead of doing dozens of small fund-raisers throughout the year, we focus all of our fundraising efforts on one BIG event each spring known as Camp Classic; a golf tournament. 

Each student has the opportunity  to raise all of the finances for their trips by working in the Camp Classic held in April.  Students raise funds by selling sponsorships for the Camp Classic.  For each sponsorship a student sells, the student gets a portion of the proceeds to pay for their trips.

To find out more about Camp Classic please email us.

Is scholarship money available for your camps and retreats?

Scholarship funds are available for select Student Ministries’ trips.  Students can apply for Quarter or Half scholarships.  To be considered for a scholarship, a student must complete an application and return it to the Student Ministries office by the camp registration deadline.  Applicants are responsible for paying for the trip deposit, and also any late registration fees for not signing up on time.

The Student Ministries Office will respond quickly to all applications that are submitted.  Scholarships are given out based on availability and need. 

What can I do to support First Student Ministries?

1)   Tithe faithfully to First Baptist Church.  (Most Student Ministries events are funded through church budget.  When people fail to tithe, resources are cut!)

2)   Pray for the ministry! (Pray for growth in numbers, depth, and leadership.)

3)   Make a financial contribution to Student Ministries. (After tithing.)

4)   Write an encouragement letter to a small group leader.

5)   Host an event at your house.

6)   Help sponsor a student to summer camp.

7)   Help promote FIRST Student Ministries events in the community.

8)   Host a leader appreciation dinner at your house.

9) Volunteer to chaperone an event.

10) Encourage other adults to get involved with Student Ministries.

11) Support the Camp Classic Golf Tournament.  (This is a benefit golf tournament held in the spring.  Proceeds benefit Student and Children’s Ministries.)  Click here for more details.

12) Inquire about leading a student small group.

13) Call a small group leader and ask how you can specifically pray for them.

14) Stay informed and connected!  This will enable you to be a huge cheerleader for us!

If you have questions  or would like to discuss anything listed above, please call the Student Ministries’ office at 803-343-8545


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