Students

"The goal is to make disciples." Our ministry to youth and their families exists to help transform them into the likeness of Christ. Will we have fun? Will there be food? Will the music be on point? Absolutely. But rest assured, that isn’t the goal.

Serving students 7th-12th grade and their families, the youth ministry of FBC Searcy is dedicated to this transformative goal of seeing Christ realized in the lives of those we minister to, with a love that transcends even our own abilities. We would relish the opportunity to partner with your student and your family in this journey towards the things of God in our lives. The local church was created by Christ for Christ and we continue to cling to this purpose here at FBC Searcy.

We have a variety of weekly activities and events designed with both your student and your family in mind. Check out some of the details below and our weekly schedule at the bottom of this page. Many of our weekly Youth activities take place on the Youth Floor which is the 3rd floor of the Family Education Building. You can find the youth floor by taking the elevator or the stairs nearest to the church office by the welcome center. Welcome to youth ministry!

*The introductory quote is from Steven Patty’s book entitled Impact: Student Ministry That Will Transform A Generation.

Weekly Schedule

Sundays

Life Groups - 9:15-10:30 AM (Youth Floor)
Bible Study - 4:45-6:00 PM (Youth Floor)
S.N.A.C. - 7:15-9:00 PM (Various Locations/Dates)

Wednesdays

Anthem Student Choir - 5:30-6:15 PM (Choir Room)
Student Worship - 6:15-7:30 PM (Youth Floor)

Thursdays

Oasis [Girl's Fellowship] - 5:00-7:00 PM (Youth Minister's Home)
Guy's Fellowship [Basketball] - 7:30-9:00 PM (Family Ministry Center)

Anthem Student Choir

As a part of our desire to raise up a generation of worshipers, our youth have opportunity to participate in a student choir led by our Minister of Music/Worship, Taylor Keenen. They regularly lead our church in worship through song, travel to other churches to help lead, and minister to others in our community with their voices. They meet in the Choir Room on the 2nd floor of the Sanctuary building from 5:30 to 6:15 PM on Wednesday nights.

Bible Study

Sunday from 4:45-6:00 PM on the youth floor, our Minister to Students, Michael George, leads youth in a time of topical Bible Study. The goal is to help students address questions and issues they are dealing with on a daily basis with sound, biblical answers. This is our deep dive into God’s word.

Life Groups

Each Sunday morning, youth leaders gather with students, open the Word of God, and share discussion with youth about the passage(s) for that day. Our goal is not only to help youth understand God’s Word and draw closer to the Lord, but also to help foster an environment of inclusion and family...a life group! We meet from 9:15-10:15 AM on the youth floor, and breakfast is provided each week.

Oasis

This ladies fellowship led by our Minister to Student’s wife, Christina George, is also a fun and engaging Bible study time. Each week on Thursday nights from 5:00-7:00 PM, youth girls gather in the George’s home to enjoy one another’s company and dive into God’s Word. Oasis is so named because we desire for it to be a home away from home, especially for those in need of rest and support.

S.N.A.C.

S.N.A.C. (Sunday Night After Church) is a fellowship opportunity that seeks to connect youth at the dinner table and through exciting activities. This event is held every other Sunday following evening worship and meets in a variety of locations. See Michael or Teresa for more detailed information about upcoming event dates.

Student Worship

Each week we gather on the youth floor for a time of worship and teaching from the Bible. Youth gather and fellowship on the front and back end of this service time that spans from 6:15-7:30 PM on Wednesday nights. With a more youth oriented atmosphere and focus, Youth Service is an impactful combination of fun, fellowship, worship, and discipleship intended to propel youth past the midweek hump and into meaningful, purposeful living.

Other Student Events and Activities

Each summer we travel to youth camp for a time of intense discipleship, worship, and revival. Recently, our group has been attending Centrifuge camps at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, which is where we’ll be going again this year. All students are encouraged to join us for this experience and to bring their friends. At youth camp, lost are saved, weary hearts are rekindled, and the faithful are encouraged to the glory of God. FBC Students will be attending youth camp the week of June 17-22 this year. See Michael or Teresa for more detailed information or to sign up to go with us.

Also known by its abbreviation DNow, Disciple Now is a weekend youth retreat we host on the first weekend in January. Students engage in focused times of worship, fellowship, Bible study, small groups, and discipleship led by college students. This is often a time when lasting memories are made and important life change takes place. It’s a great way to get the New Year started right!

We know from the passage at the end of Matthew 28 that service and sharing the Good News with others is essential to living out God’s plan for our lives. Youth have a variety of opportunities to serve others throughout the year, whether it’s as a volunteer in a ministry area of the church, through Upward Sports ministry, at the Good Samaritan food bank, or with one of our national or international missions teams. We are always looking for more ways to make Him known and share His love with the world!

Praiseworks is a worship arts camp held each summer at Ouachita Baptist University which was created to help train youth in a variety of ways related to the arts in worship. From sound and lighting, to dance and guitar, youth who attend Praiseworks are taught to use their imaginations and skills to both worship and help lead others in worship to God. Check out the Arkansas Baptist State Convention website for more info!

May of each year presents our church family with a difficult yet cherished time where we celebrate and send off our graduating class of Seniors. Each year we invite senior youth and their families to attend a banquet in their honor. We also celebrate them in our worship service on a Sunday morning together with the whole church. And lastly, we sponsor and facilitate a Senior Trip in conjunction with camp to share one last youth trip with them. This year’s trip will be to Atlanta, GA!

We love to support our local schools and the youth who participate in them. Every football season, we host several tailgates and 5th Quarters to share our support with the community. Any one is welcome to participate! We serve food, play tailgating games, listen to music, and give away door prizes. It’s a fun way to get out and love on our community.