First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

Month: July 2013

Proud of Our Children and Youth

F irst Baptist Church Saint Simons is a truly special congregation. I always feel this way but Sunday was further evidence of this point. The youth and children shared their experiences of their mission trip and their kids’ camp trip in worship. It takes a lot of courage for them to stand up before a congregation and speak but they felt the love and support of everyone in the room. Following the 8:30 service senior adult and beloved member, Billie Gomez, shared how much she enjoyed the worship service. It is beautiful to see how our older members are so supportive of the smallest of members.

I was also so very proud of Lexi Alberson for walking down Sunday and making a profession of faith in Christ and expressing her desire to get baptized. It has been an honor to pray with her and to watch her grow in her faith. It feels like just yesterday when she was beginning kindergarten and being presented with a Bible on promotion Sunday.

This Monday, July 29, is our last Monday Mystery Trip for the summer. If you would like to attend you may signup online. Space is limited and chaperones are needed. Please let me know if you are interested.

Getting to Know the Youth

I have had a great time getting to know our youth over the last few days. We spent a meaningful time of worship this past Sunday night at The Gathering Place and we are fresh off the sand from the Youth Beach Olympics Tuesday afternoon. I’m also real excited about the activities we have planned in the coming days. This Thursday, July 25th, we have a mystery mission trip planned that will use the student’s creativity to touch the people of this community. On Saturday, July 27th, the youth will meet at the church at 7:00 a.m. We will be headed to Ichetucknee Springs for a time of tubing. Bring five dollars for tubing and enough money for a fast food meal. We will return to the church at 7:00 p.m. Finishing up the summer we will have a back to school swim bash at the home of Lon and Joy Lewis on July 28th. Meet at the church at 4:30 p.m. We will return to the church at 7:30 p.m. BREAKING NEWS… if you would like to go to the Gathering Place that night bring a change of clothes and we will head over to Epworth for a time of worship. This is the last Gathering Place worship of the summer, so I encourage you to come. We will return to the church at 10:30 p.m. I Hope to See you there!

Words From Our Children’s Ministry Interns

This summer has been a bit of a surprise to me. I think I may be enjoying all of the activities as much as the kids are.  I knew all of them before I took the internship but to be able to be with them this summer has been so much fun.  Thanks Rebekah for picking fantastic things for us to go do!—Abby

For the past year I have been working with the kindergarten and first grade Sunday school class. With this summer internship, I have gotten to work with all ages of the children’s ministry. I think my favorite part of the summer has been going on the mystery trips. It is fun to see the reaction of the children at the surprise adventure. Of course, VBS and choir camp have always been important to me because they minister to many nonmembers. —Ansleigh


For Youth, Summer is Still Packed with Activities

This past Sunday the youth had a cookout at Neptune Park. It was a great time of food, fellowship, games and discipleship. I would like to thank the youth parents for cooking and for teaching us the ins and outs of corn hole. This was just the first activity of many that we have scheduled for the rest of July before the students return to school.

Starting this Sunday July 21st, we will have five activities in eight days. The youth will meet here at 7:30 p.m. to head over to the Gathering Place for a time of worship in Brunswick, Ga. We will return to the church at 11:00 p.m. On July 23rd, the youth will meet at church at 10:00 a.m. and head over to the beach for The Beach Olympics. Students will need to bring a sack lunch and dress for activities in the sand and the water. On Thursday July 25th, we will have a youth mystery mission activity at the church. Students will need to bring money for lunch at McDonalds. For this activity youth will need to meet at the church at 12:00 p.m. and the event will end at 3:00 p.m. Then, on Saturday July 27th, the youth will meet at the church at 7:00 a.m. We will be headed to Gainesville for a time of tubing at Ichetucknee Springs. Bring five dollars for tubing and enough money for a fast food meal. We will return to the church at 7:00 p.m. finishing up the summer we will have a back to school swim bash at the home of Lon and Joy Lewis on July 28th. More details about this event in the next lifeline. Also don’t forget to check the youth Facebook page (FBCSSI Youth). Signup sheets for all of the above events will be available in the Epic Café starting this Sunday. I look forward to seeing each of you at these activities.


Summer Activities in Full Swing

Next Sunday, July 14, some of our third – fifth graders will be loading up on the bus and heading to Passportkids! Camp at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. From the very moment the children arrive, they enter into a world where their faith is nourished and fun and fellowship is experienced. It is an unforgettable time that we are able to share together as a church group. I will send pictures from Macon for next week’s lifeline so that you will be able to see some of the fun that they are having at camp. Please keep each child and chaperone in your prayers this week: Che Arbo, Kielyn Arbo, Beau Browning, Bowen Colquitt, Mattie Colquitt, Sally Ann Hanzalik, Allyson Jennings, Michael Jennings (Chaperone), Peyton Jennings, Joy Lewis (Chaperone), Holly Lewis, Austin Martin, Jacob Triplett and myself.

Our Monday Mystery Trips are an exciting time of fellowship. Children who have completed kindergarten – fifth grade are invited to come and participate. We leave the church every Monday in July (except for July 15) and load up on the church bus and head to a mystery location. Space is limited and we generally can only take 30 people. The last two mystery locations were Rebounderz (a trampoline arena in Jacksonville) and Frames N Games (Bowling, 4d movie, Laser Tag, Arcade in Pooler). We have had a blast. I am excited about our next two events! If you would like to attend I invite you to signup online. Pictures from our last two events are below. I would like to thank all of the chaperones who have made these trips possible!

Thank You For Your Help At VBS

Vacation Bible School Camp is probably our church’s biggest outreach event of the year. When I think of the adults and youth who volunteered their time to share the love of Christ with children from our church and community I am truly humbled. I invite you to look at the pictures located in the insert and pray for these children as they continue to learn and follow their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you, again, to everyone who made Vacation Bible School Camp possible!

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I’m lousy with goodbyes. It’s true. So I think I’ll just thank people and tell a story. How about that? First, let me on behalf of my family thank Nancy Bryson, Maxine Chambless, Allaine Ridenour, and Carolyn Still for their work in providing a wonderful reception for us. Also, thanks to all the kind words of encouragement and prayer all of you had for us as we conclude this chapter of ministry and begin another. Thank you to Susannah Mize and Cameron Anderson for presenting that awesome memory album that so many of the youth worked on. I was surprised and touched, truly.

Thanks to all the adults and parents who have made the trips, events, and lessons be as stellar as they are. Thank you to all the youth who not only tolerated me but accepted me to be a part of your lives. It has been an honor to be even a small part in the shaping of who God is calling you to be. Thank you to the church at large who provided such a home for us and who will continue to be like family to us. And now the story!

I had to leave a church in seminary and I had cut off my long hair (yeah, I had long hair then too). But I still wore a hair-tie around my wrist and when I took it off, there was still a dent where the tie throttled. It left a mark. I explained that this church left a mark on my heart. So, church, even though my time is almost over, know that I am marked for having been here. I wear that mark proudly and I believe I

Josh White, Interim Youth Minister

I am excited about the opportunity to serve FBC St. Simons as the interim youth minister. We have a wonderful group of kids, parents, and volunteers that are ready to continue to seek the will of God for their lives. On Monday July 8, we had a parent and youth volunteer meeting. During this meeting, we focused on the many ways we can share God’s love with the youth in our church and throughout the community. We also began to look at the addition of many fun filled and spiritual development focused trips and activities. Make sure you pay attention to the lifeline and other communications over the coming weeks to see what is in store for our youth!

This Sunday night the youth will be having a cookout at Neptune Park. We will meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. and return to the church at 7:00 p.m. This will be a time of food, games, and discipleship. I am looking forward to seeing all of you there!