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A Caring Community for Children and Youth
bullet point Children's Ministry (ages 0 to 5th grade)
bullet point Sunday Morning Children’s Programs
bullet point Thursday Night Children's Programs
bullet point Mustard Seed Tutorial Center
bullet point Family Ministries

YOUTH MINISTRIES (6th to 12th grade)
Middle- and high school youth at FBCR are not only cared for by their leaders but are also well connected with the congregation at large. This provides our teenagers with diverse models of Christians who are following Jesus for the long haul.

For current events and activities please contact Pastor Deena for more information.

What do we do?
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Youth leaders plan weekly activities, retreats, mission trips, outings, Bible studies, and are involved in the lives of our youth in order that they may personally experience Jesus’ love and come to freely choose to follow him.
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We keep things simple by looking at Jesus from the Gospels and undertaking opportunities for our youth to apply what they are learning.
bullet point We partner with parents to provide youth with a good foundation for a life-long journey of becoming a faithful and teachable servant leader.
The Youth Ministry of The First Baptist Church of Redlands seeks to provide middle- and high school youth with the opportunities to:

in their love for God and people near and far.

with people of all ages and a relationship with Jesus that will help them experience God’s abiding love.
from the Bible and others who are following Jesus to help them grow in their faith journey.
in the ministries of the church to reach out and care for people in our community and world.
All events and programs are open for youth in 6th through 12th grade. In addition to our weekly programs, beach trips, hiking outings, dances, parties, trips to amusement parks, and other activities are planned throughout the year.

Jr. High and High School Sunday School
(September through June)

9:00-10:00 a.m. Connect Grow & Serve on Sunday mornings.Through discussion and bible study, students interact over a variety of topics and learn more about their own faith. Students in the 6th-12th grades will begin together in the BYF Youth Room (downstairs in the basement).

BYF Program and
Drum Circle
(September through June)

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please contact Pastor Deena for more information. BYF is a valuable time where our youth have the opportunity to connect with each other as well as with other "older" friends from the church. Families host our youth for dinner at their homes every month. Other weeks are spent learning to connect through our Drum Circle sessions. Different rhythm, patterns, and African drumming techniques are taught where they are able to participate in leading our Sunday morning service. Drums are provided.

Thursday Night
Youth Program
(September through June)

6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Start off with a home cooked dinner with the church family. After dinner our youth will focus on preparing for Sunday worship through activities that will help deepen their understanding of the concepts behind communal worship experiences and their important role in the church body. BYF Youth Room

Youth participate in multi-age, group, and individual service projects and ongoing efforts to be peacemakers and bridge builders in our community and beyond. Youth are able to work with various local agencies (such as Youth Hope and Family Service Association), national organizations (such as World Vision and National Ministries), and other home-grown endeavors that are helping usher in God's love to the world.
Camps and Retreats
A few times throughout the year, youth get out of town for a night or two, sometimes as a part of the annual all church retreat, and other times for big yearly youth gatherings such as our Annual Regional Winter Youth Retreat in the San Bernardino mountains, or for the 30 Hour Famine. Retreats are a time for youth to learn more about each other, the adults who brave nights in sleeping bags in order to help guide our young people as they grow, and the God who always finds us, even when we're away from home.

Sometimes you just need to peg someone else in the leg with a water balloon, or paint your toenails neon green. Fortunately, our God, in addition to being powerful, merciful, and gracious, also appreciates our deeply human need to unwind and get goofy. So, in addition to the regular weekly opportunities for silliness, we also schedule some times just to be together with no other agenda. In the past this has come in the form of things like pool parties, separate gender sleepovers, and trips into Los Angeles.

Youth Scholarships
Through various fundraising opportunities and youth scholarships, the question of “how will our family afford this?” is easier to answer. Students have helped in a variety of ways to raise money for scholarships by supporting various causes in our church, neighborhoods, and abroad. Retreat and activity fees are subsidized through the generosity of friends and members of FBCR.

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