'Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth...' - Ecclesiastes 12:1
The teen ministry of Fellowship Baptist Church aims to 'make disciples' of our young people. We want to see the youth of our church develop their own Biblical convictions that will keep them serving the Lord with all their talents and abilities throughout their lives. Entertainment is not a focus of our teen ministry but there is no harm in having fun while we serve God!
'Skills for Life' is a practical, as well as biblical, discipleship program that aims to take the skills of the older generation in church and teach them to the youth along with all the vital, life-changing truths of God's Word. This discipleship program has taught our teens basic skills; such as how to do oil changes on a car, basic first aid, self defense and cooking; along with the A to Z of Biblical truths.
Once a year during school term 3 the 'Skills for Life' is merged with a competition that lasts the duration of the school term. Teens earn points for attendance, memory verses, sermon notes, quizzes, acts of initiative and service and inviting friends. This competition is becoming more hotly contested as each year passes with the winner receiving a quality study Bible and an adventure of a lifetime!
Every year in April we join an inter-church teen camp at Forest Lakes camp near Otaki. A full week of solid preaching, team games, memory verses, individual challenges and dorm room devotions leaves our youth spiritually refreshed and challenged for the year ahead.
To be a follower of Christ involves being a 'fisher of men'. Our young people learn this through downtown evangelism using gospel tracts and teen activities for other youth to attend and hear the gospel while having good clean fun!