First Baptist Church is fortunate to include adults of all ages. A balance of younger and older adults continuously energizes and enriches the congregation with creativity and energy. Opportunities for Bible study, enrichment, and fellowship invite individuals and groups to seek the heart of Christ. For information on adult ministries contact Tamara Smathers. For information on Senior Adult activities contact Keith Reeves.
Everyone can find a place in Sunday Bible study! First Baptist Church offers the very best options for preschoolers, children, teenagers, and adults. Join us Sunday mornings at 9:45 for the class of your choice. Ask a greeter at any entrance to help you find your way.
A co-ed group of young adults characterized by lively conversation, fellowship, and a desire to grow in faith and participate in ministry projects. Jordan Fannin, Robert Hortman, Jim Poyner and Ryan Weldon teach this group. Meets in Room 304 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.
A co-ed class primarily in their late early 40's and 50's who enjoy being together, supporting each other, and learning how the Bible applies to their lives in the 21st century. Steve Conrad and Stephanie Lewis teach this class in Room 302 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.
YAGO (Young Adults Getting Older)
This co-ed class has met together since many were young adults and now are in their late 50's and 60's. They appreciate spirited discussions about Scripture and life. Vicki Gee, Roger Goss, John McClellan and Jana Weidemann rotate teaching this class in Room 308 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.
Dean's List Class
A co-ed group of adults who are attentive to serious Bible study and respectful discussion and are quick to respond to community needs. Joe Baskin teaches this class in Room 309 of the Education Building.
The Conundrum Class is for adults in "life's second half" of age, transition, and exploration where Scripture is taken seriously, but without taking themselves too seriously. Brian Inman as well as Bill Davies teach this group in Room 303 on the 3rd Floor of the Education Building.
The Choir Room Class
The Choir Room Class meets in the Choir Suite (just behind the Sanctuary). It is the perfect class for those who need to be in places of leadership early. Larry Atwell teaches this class.
O.M. Cates Class
The O.M. Cates Class appreciates the scholarly yet humorous teaching of Hugh Peacock and Joe Walton. These mostly-retired men meet in the Church Conference Room on the Ground Floor of the Office Building.
This women's Bible Study is characterized by culturally relevant conversations about faith and culture. It meets in the Community Room on the Ground Floor and is easily accessible. Tara Inman and Nancy Ratcliffe teach this group of women in their 70's and 80's.
Fidelis Class/Scrap Iron Class
The Fidelis Class/Scrap Iron Class is characterized by faithfulness. Some have been members of this class since the 1930's and are STILL gaining insight into Scripture. Teachers include Dianne Dobson, Miriam Peterson, and Earl Tillman and they meet in Room 240 on the 2nd Floor of the Office Building.
The Chapel Class meets in the Chapel. It includes many newcomers to the church and is an excellent place to get started in Bible Study. Tamara Smathers, John Uldrick, Bob Hortman and Holly Amerman rotate teaching. Class begins at 10:00 a.m.
The College Class includes young women and men that are college students in town and out of town. Teachers are Hilary Reaves, Chris Cook, and Jennie Cook and the class meets in Room 242 on the 2nd Floor of the Office Building--easily reached from the First Street entrance.
Scrap Iron Bible Study Class Radio Broadcast
The Scrap Iron Bible Class Radio Broadcast can be heard every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. on WLAQ 1410. Continuing a tradition of over 75 years, this radio broadcast presents a 30 minute lesson each week.
First Baptist Church offers a variety of seminars for adults of all ages. These meet on a rotating schedule, primarily on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Most seminars will last five weeks. Some have fees attached to cover the cost of materials. Please contact Tamara Tillman Smathers, Minister of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
Monday Morning Women’s Bible Study
Tamara Smathers leads this Bible Study for women in our church as well as the community.
Join us each Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the Dining Room and invite someone to come with you.
First Baptist Church provides printed devotional materials for its church family. For a printed version of Upper Room’s Disciplines, contact Rev. Tamara Tillman Smathers.
The Upper Room Disciplines
Discover God’s hope and purpose for you life and allow God’s Word to speak to you through the powerful daily meditations in Disciplines. If you need support establishing a daily practice of Bible study and prayer, you’ll find valuable and gentle help in this annual best seller. Please reserve your copy of the Disciplines devotional guide by calling the church office or sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
D365 provides daily devotional with teenagers and young adults in mind.
Upper Room Ministries provides on-line daily devotionals to enrich and encourage your walk with Christ.
Faith Informing Life
“Seeking His Heart, Being His Hands…To Save His Creation”
Notes from Lee Ann Head’s All Adult Faith Talks Gathering on Sunday, April 30
The Prayer Room offers a quiet and comfortable place for individuals and small groups to gather for solitude and prayer. It is adorned with beautiful artwork and resources to guide your prayer time.
When you visit the Prayer Room, you may choose to record prayer concerns, answers to prayer, or poetic words of reflection in the prayer journal.
The prayer journal serves as a reminder of God’s presence and grace in times of difficulty and celebration. It also encourages those who visit the Prayer Room to intercede on behalf of others.
For more information on ways to use the Prayer Room, or to reserve it for a particular time, please contact the church office.
First Choices for Wednesday Nights
Make First Baptist your First Choice on Wednesday nights for great food, Bible Study, enrichment, and learning:
5:00-5:55 Buffet served in Fellowship Hall
5:45-6:30 Children’s and Preschool Choirs*
6:30-7:15 FBC.com (Children on Missions)
5:45 Youth Gathering (Youth Room)
6:00 Prayer Time in the Fellowship Hall
6:15 Youth Worship (Youth Room)
6:20 Adult Choices
6:45 Sanctuary Choir
*Children and Preschoolers will be led by their choir leaders from the Fellowship Hall