What We Offer
The youth ministry of Ardmore Baptist Church seeks to honor God in all we do. The Youth Division is actually made up of three departments:
- Pre-Teens (grade 6)
- Middle School Youth (grades 7-8)
- High School Youth (grades 9-12)
Each department focuses on providing solid footing for faith development at each stage of the teenage years through education, recreation, fellowship, and missions opportunities.
Church Calendar (choose Youth from Interest Groups)
Each Sunday morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m., all youth, grades 7 through 12, meet in the Youth Place (located on the third floor of the Education Building). Sunday Bible Study classes are grouped by grade level and led by coed teaching teams. Our sixth graders meet on the third floor as well and study a curriculum entitled "Everything You Need to Know to Be a Teenager" throughout the year. Breakfast is provided, normally on the first Sunday morning of each month.
On Sunday afternoons during the school year, youth have the opportunity to participate in Youth Handbell Choir and/or Youth Choir. Handbells begin at 4:00 p.m. and the choir rehearses at 4:45 p.m. Several times each semester, we have an extended time together for Ignite Youth! At 5:30 p.m. the youth gather for a light supper, followed by music and a guest speaker. The evening ends by 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday evenings at Ardmore Baptist Church are devoted to Missions Education. The Youth Place opens at 5:00 p.m. in order for youth to gather, eat their dinner, do homework. At 5:40 p.m. they meet in the Youth Place for a devotional, and move out into various projects by 5:50 p.m. Each year we adopt several projects that youth may volunteer for on a monthly basis. These projects include helping at a free medical clinic at Shalom Project, Hunger2Health Ministry (packing backpacks of food for Ashley Elementary students), Youth Handicrafters, and serving dinner at the Shalom Project soup kitchen, among other local ministries. Our Youth Sign Team (more information coming) practices 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Youth also lead our KidNection worship services for children twice a month. They meet on Wednesday evenings to plan those services.
Our missions program is not just a Wednesday evening activity, though. It aims for a lifetime of involvement and service. Our hope is to share the love of Christ with the community around us through meeting the needs of our neighbors.
Finally, each summer our group provides several additional opportunities to do missions on a much larger scale. Every other year, our juniors and seniors participate in an international missions trip.
Friday Morning Bible Study
Begins September 19. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Bojangles on Lewisville-Clemmons Road. Study is led by DeNeal Fowler and Betty Wright.
Something that we keep in mind at Ardmore is that the teenage years need to be fun, and we do that well. We schedule frequent camping, snow-skiing, water-skiing, whitewater rafting, mountain-biking, and hiking trips, as well as day trips to local amusement parks, Wake Forest University athletic events, and Christian concerts as they take place in our area. We also have middle school, high school, and girls basketball teams in the winter and a spring softball team whenever we can find leagues in which to play.
Teaching Targets for Youth
Our Leadership Team has set the following targets for our youth during their teenage years:
- Authentic Faith – What it means to have a real and personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Cultivating a meaningful prayer life and daily quiet time.
- Healthy Relationships – Discovering what they look like, the kind of commitment they take, and the Biblical principles behind them.
- Moral Boundaries – Living within the freedom of Biblical guidelines for morality. Knowing the dangers and consequences of moving outside God’s protection.
- Others First – Showing the love of God to others through our words and actions.
The 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Team
Steve Bissette, Beth Gardin, Karen Brown, Kit Browning, Clark Cothran, Donna Cothran, Gene Crouse, Dan Driscoll, DeNeal Fowler, James Fowler, Tracy Gardner, Beth Hahn, LeAnne Kennedy, Jeff McIntyre, Mary Newcomb, Kirsten Oakes, Dick Pegg, Jason Snipes, Tamara Snipes, Brad Smith, David Todd, Margaret Todd & Betty Wright.
College Ministry provides fellowship and nurture for students attending the following colleges:
- Wake Forest University
- Salem College
- Forsyth Technical Community College
- Winston Salem State University
- Piedmont Bible College
- High Point University