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Our Wednesday night meetings are designed to be a time for students to learn and worship God, have a good time with their friends, and build relationships with our youth staff. We place a high value on teaching doctrine and theology to our students at FHBC and this is reflected in the types of studies and topics that we cover. Our Wednesday night meeting takes place every week from September through mid-May in the Commons and generally includes Bible study, a time of worship through music, small groups, activities, and an occasional snack. Our middle school and high school students begin the night together and then split up for separate Bible studies and small groups.
POLAWOG is a Sunday night activity that happens on the second Sunday of every month. It is hosted by other adults in the church either in their home or here at the church. The purpose of POLAWOG is to help our students interact with and get to know other adults in the church. We eat together and then the hosts spend a few minutes sharing their testimonies and life experiences with the students. The remaining time is spent playing games.
We want to see our students engaging in serving and ministering. One of the ways we do this is through a ministry in a local retirement / nursing home called Oxford Manor. On the fourth Sunday of every month our students plan and conduct the church service for the residents of this home. They do everything for the service: planning the order, picking the music, leading the music, testimonies, Scripture reading, and preaching. This has provided a great context for us to work with guys especially and help them develop skills in preaching / teaching.
One of the highlights of every year is heading up to Lake Ann camp and participating in a winter retreat called Freeze Out. Besides being a blast, this is also a great weekend for our staff to get to know our students better. There is always great preaching and worship. We have seen God use this weekend over the years to help in the process of transforming kids lives.
Every few years we take a group of senior high students to Recife, Brazil to minister at a youth camp called Camp Paradise. We do this in partnership with our missionaries Dan and Kelly Cook who our church has supported for years. This trip is for students who have demonstrated spiritual maturity and are serious about their walks with the Lord.
Each month we try to have other activities and service projects such as Bike and Beach, Widow Bit of Help, Broom Ball, Sports Nights, Scavenger Hunts, etc. In the summer, for our high school students, we run wilderness trips to Algonquin Park in Ontario and participate in a Teen Leadership Conference at Bible Baptist College in Pennsylvania (we do these on a rotating basis). We do a mini-retreat called Summer Splast for our middle-school aged students every August.