using your gifts at fbc

The Gospel of John's thirteenth chapter relates one of the most profound episodes in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Gathered with His disciples in the upper room mere hours before His death, Jesus rises from the meal, removes His outer garment, wraps a towel arounds His waist, and with a basin and a towel, shows the disciples what it means to serve.  The greatest person in the room makes Himself least.  He takes on the posture of the lowest servant.  He washes His disciples' feet, and then He tells them something remarkable:  "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.  Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them" (John 13:13-17). 


The culture in which you and I live does not require that we wash one another's feet as an act of hospitality, but the parable lived out before the disciples that evening still speaks in our world.  We have been called to follow our Lord, and our Lord "came not to be served, but to serve" (Matthew 20:28).  He calls us to surrender ourselves to serve others in the same humility He demonstrated in that upper room.


You and I have been given gifts and talents that are to be used for God's glory and the good of the world.  On this page, you will be presented a vast array of opportunities for you to use what the Lord has given you through the ministries of First Baptist Church.  Your ministerial staff stands ready to answer any questions you have and to provide the training you need.  We invite you to take this first step toward the service to which Almighty God is calling you at First Baptist Church, and we look forward to celebrating what God does through us as we obey Him together!


In Christ,

Pastor Jeff Reynolds

Outreach Ministries

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Celebration Cakes

Convey Christ's blessings and compassion to children and their families by showing each individual that someone cares about them through the giving of one of our Celebration Cakes.  Bake cakes, decorate cakes, donate items from a suggested donation list, and pray for the ministry.


Churches United in Christ Help Ministry (CUICHM)

CUICHM is a joint effort of five downtown churches to provide financial assistance with utility bills, gasoline for doctor visits, medicine, or transportation.  You can help by greeting and/or interviewing clients.


Helping Hands (Food Pantry) Team

Provide food and spiritual nourishment to those in need.  Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to meet and assist people in their time of need.  


Meal, Inc. (Meal Delivery) Team

FBC is responsible for this ministry every 13 weeks.  This requires the help of approximately 38 volunteers each time.  Help pack and/or deliver hot meals to ministry clients for the weekend.  


Media Team

Assist the ministerial staff in using the television ministry to its fullest capacity while maintaining and updating equipment as needed and keeping broadcast agreements current.


Missions Team

Plan, implement, and evaluate mission activities conducted by FBC.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knit or crochet prayer shawls that will be delivered to individuals in their time of need to show them the love of Christ in a practical way.  Meets the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the FBC parlor.


Recovery Ministry Team

Support various aspects of the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at FBC.  Prepare and/or serve the weekly meal, set-up or clean-up, greet guests, provide support for the worship service, etc.


Recreation Outreach Center Desk Volunteer

Volunteer to serve as a desk volunteer once a week or month.  Duties include answering the phone, greeting clients, directing people through the facility, and providing general information.  


Room in the Inn Ministry

Assist with the set-up, food preparation and service, supervision, and clean-up after FBC hosts the homeless during the winter months.  


Upward Basketball

Work Saturday games at the score table, referee, greet, work the concession stand, or serve as a prayer warrior during the Upward Basketball season.  


Worship & Welcome

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Baptismal Team

Meet and greet individuals being baptized before the baptismal service.  Secure needed baptismal gowns and towels from supply area, and place them in dressing rooms.  Following the baptismal service, place gowns, towels, etc. in bag for laundry.


Church Archives Team

Collect, describe, and make available to researchers primary sources and oral histories, including a webpage within the church website for church members to submit their testimonies, photographs, and documents concerning church participation and events.


Bicentennial Celebration Team

Plan events, reunions, and announcements for the bicentennial year which will inform the members, community, and world and celebrate the church's 200-year testimony to the goodness of God.


Flower & Decorating Team

Assist in coordinating the pulpit flowers for worship services, assist in seasonal semi-permanent foyer flowers, and assist in the decoration of the Sanctuary and Narthex for seasonal celebrations.


Hospitality Team

Assist in serving food at various FBC functions.


Library Team

Work with the Church Librarian in staffing the library circulation desk, offer suggestions for FBC library materials, shelve books, and greet guests.


Lord's Supper Team

Assist in the preparation of elements used to serve the Lord's Supper.


Offering / Collection Team

Assist with preparing offerings to be taken to the bank for deposit following worship services.


Parking Team

Greet people as they drive onto the FBC parking lots, give direction, and maintain safety on the parking lots before various worship services/events at FBC.


Usher / Greeter Team

Greet people as they arrive at FBC.  When requested, distribute worship bulletins/programs.


Women's Ministry Team

Plan, promote, and evaluate events for women of all ages that will foster Christian growth.  


Deaf Ministry Team

Share the Good News of the gospel with deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing individuals through American Sign Language. 

Music Ministry

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Sanctuary Choir

Rehearses each Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and childcare is provided upon request.  The Sanctuary Choir sings almost every Sunday morning worship service.  


Sanctuary Choir Child Sitter

There are times when young parents in our choir and ensembles may need someone to sit with their children during worship services.  Requires criminal background check.


Youth Choir (Grades 7-12)

Rehearses each Wednesday from 5:45-6:15 p.m. and performs in worship every 5-6 weeks.


Children's Choirs (Age 3 - Grade 6)

All Children's Choirs meet on Wednesdays during the school year at 6:00 p.m. and are followed by missions activities that dismiss at 7:15 p.m.


Children's Choir Workers

Our Children's Choir ministry is led by our Children's Choir Coordinator.  Each Director is assisted by willing and capable workers who lead small groups and assist the director in student management.  Requires criminal background check.


Handbell Choirs

Two handbell choirs meet for one-hour rehearsals on Sunday afternoons.  Sanctuary Bells (advanced players) meet at 4 p.m. and Chapel Bells (intermediate players) meet at 5 p.m.


Orchestra

The orchestra meets as needed and includes orchestral instruments found in orchestras and concert bands.  Players are expected to have at least two years playing experience.


Rhythm Section

We occasionally and intentionally use a rhythm section for accompaniment of congregational singing, ensembles, and soloists.  Music is a mixture of traditional music notation, chord charts, and lead sheets.  Audition required.


Worship Technical Support Team

Worship at FBC requires a great deal of technical assistance from a large team of volunteers.  These teams are led by our Technical Director and Television Director.  We are always looking to train men and women for camera operation, lighting operation, projection operation, sound assistance, and stage management.

Children & students

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Basic Assumptions

All Children & Youth Ministry service positions include provided training and curriculum, and all positions require a criminal background check.  


Children's Sunday School Leader / Assistant

Teach and lead children on Sundays from 9:45-10:45 a.m.  


Extended Session Leader / Assistant

Teach and lead children during the worship hour on a rotating basis. 


Children's Missions

Teach and lead children on Wednesday nights from 6:45-7:15 p.m.  


Children's Church

Teach and lead children age 4 - grade 3 during the worship hour.  


Bible Drill

Help 1st-6th graders learn Bible verses, key passages, and find books of the Bible in preparation for church, associational, and statewide Bible drills.


Special Event Volunteers

Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, Trunk or Treat


Emmanuel Preschool Ministry Team

Serve alongside the Emmanuel Daycare Director helping to support ministry needs of the Daycare.


FBC Child Development Team

Serve alongside the CDC Director helping to support ministry needs of the CDC.  


Trail Life USA Team

Assist Trail Life leaders in teaching life skills such as woodworking, outdoor survival skills, etc.  


Student Encouragement Team

Commit to praying for and providing encouragement to students.


Student Life Team

Assist the Minister of Students as advisor and assistant in planning, evaluating, and discussing ministry events and needs.


Student Ministry Storytellers

Help open the truths of the Bible by telling Scripture's stories and helping students find spiritual observations and applications.

Care Ministries

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Bereavement Team

When contacted, prepare a dish for a meal that will be served to a family following a love one's memorial service.


Ministry of Encouragement Team

Seek ways to offer encouragement to others as they deal with various life issues.  


Prayer Team

Along with others, staff the FBC Prayer Line during the morning worship service.  Answer phones, talk, and pray with those who call.  Training is provided.


Wednesday Evening Meal Delivery Team

Sunday School classes and individuals are organized to contact meal recipients to determine availability on the day before the meal is served.  Two or three class members deliver meals with a copy of the Wednesday Night Prayer Sheet and pray with those receiving the meal.

Service Ministries

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Landscape Beautification Team

In consultation with the Trustees, assist in keeping the FBC landscape islands beautiful.


Public Affairs Team

Remain aware and suggest information to the ministerial staff liaison to keep the FBC Family aware of social/current events and how Christians might implement their Christian beliefs/influence.


Risk Management / Safety Team

Plan with others to survey, observe, and implement policies to keep those who attend FBC safe and secure while here.


Transportation Team

Work with others to maintain/service church owned vehicles.


Handicap Ramp Building Team

Work in the community to build ramps for those in need.  Anyone at any skill level is needed to help build.  These ramps provide individuals an avenue for increased mobility and independent living.