The overall goal of our Sunday School/Small Group ministry is to Reach, Teach, and Minister to people for Jesus. These are done through a 6 pronged approach:
To promote family devotions and study, our Bible curriculum is formatted from a family friendly perspective. Each class has a weekly lesson centered around the same Biblical topic from the children’s classes to adults. This format allows for continued conversation between each member of your family.
We encourage all church members and attendees to get plugged in to one of our many small groups/Sunday school classes.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Small Groups / Sunday School
Unless otherwise noted, the below groups meet on Sundays at 9:15a.
First Steps Nursery (birth – 2) – Room 110
First Steps Nursery Program is an all-inclusive guide for establishing and maintaining a teaching nursery ministry in the local church. The program materials provide helps for setting up a nursery, selecting equipment, recruiting and training staff, teaching toddlers, encouraging parents, and so much more. One highlight is an emphasis on prayer and Scripture encouragement ideas for the parents and teachers of babies.
Square 1 (2-3 yr old) – Room 111
Square 1 offers the necessary tools and atmosphere to most effectively shape the spiritual lives of our 2-3-year olds. In Square 1 we try to make an impact on the hearts of children in the time of their life when their hearts are most impressionable.
Sunbeam (4-5 yr old) – Room 215
Sunbeam offers the necessary tools and information to most effectively shape the spiritual lives of 4- and 5-year olds. In Sunbeam we build upon Square 1 and take children deeper into the Bible through age appropriate lessons and crafts.
Adventurers (grades K-1) – Room 210
Adventurers makes early elementary students (grades K-1) an easy, exciting, and effective Bible class. Adventurers is packed with the necessary items to capture and retain the attention of students and help them grow spiritually.
Explorers (grades 4-6) – Room 112
Explorers is the next step for our kids as they learn more about the Bible, Christ, and the Church. This is an important time for kids as they are beginning new journeys soon. We strive to prepare them in an exciting and engaging time.
Velocity (grades 7-12) – Room 211
Velocity is a group for teens that strives to assist students in knowing God through the study of His Word and to launch them on the lifelong adventure of living in His grace.
The Brink (18-25 yr.) – Room 224
The Brink provides a Biblical map to navigate through the your new journey in life. Life can get tough and we will be here to provide the tools to help you on your way.
Fusion (26-35 yr.) – Room 311
FUSION provides young adults and parents ages 26-35 with an engaging study of the story of the Bible. Sometimes life gets tough as young adult or parent and you just need to talk. Through group discussion and a solid Bible study, Fusion equips you for this stage of your life.
Foundations (36-54 yr.) – Room FLC 300
For adults 46-54 years of age, Foundations provides a casual environment that encourages dialogue relating to the rapidly changing culture in which Christians find themselves living. The Bible study time teaches how to apply God’s word to our everyday life and be a light in a dark world.
Pathways (55-older) – Room Sancutuary
Life can be extra hard on those who are in their “silver” years. What a blessing it is to know that there is a place where our Senior Saints can be encouraged by fellow believers and the truth of Gods word!
Hope (Ladies of all ages) – Room 113
Ladies of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of this intimate time of fellowship in Gods word. Younger ladies can be mentored by the older, and the older can be strengthened by the younger!
Genesis (New Converts/New Members) – Room 122
Genesis is a class specifically designed for new converts and new members. When sessions are going on, the class is every Sunday at 9:15 am, our Sunday School hour, and it is taught by Lead Pastor Todd Parrish. The curriculum typically spans 6 weeks, and helps students of the Word to better understand salvation, from the basic Gospel message to the single tenet of faith through grace. Members will also learn why it is we believe what we believe, as Christians first, then free will baptists.
Rooted Discipleship – Room 311
Rooted is aimed at discipling those that want to sink their roots deeper into God’s word. The fellowship time is held on Friday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 and is open to all ages. It is also targeted to those who may be struggling with addictions and is, therefore, a safe and friendly place to spend time with people that will love you, not judge you.
River Trace Bible Study
Rivertrace is an extension of the ministry of First Church. Meeting at 10:30 on the 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month, at Rivertrace care home, here in Washington. It is an exciting worship service filled with uplifting songs and powerful Bible teaching.