"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:115
The mission of the Christian Education Ministry at First Baptist Church Morganton is to guide individuals toward faith in Christ, to teach the Biblical story, to impart Christian heritage, to encourage deeper spirituality in members, and to nurture this faith community in being the people of God. This mission is advanced through a strong Sunday School program for all ages, Center for Spiritual Formation courses, special programs such as Vacation Bible School, collaborative learning opportunities with near-by institutions of higher education, and a media-library of print and video resources.
The Center for Spiritual Formation
The Center for Spiritual Formation was created to deepen spiritual formation through unique small group studies and large group events such as conferences and retreats. These learning experiences:
- Relate Biblical truth to daily concerns, personal challenges and important issues of our times;
- Meet the life-issue needs of church members, challenge them to a more dynamic spirituality, and equip them for more effective ministry, and
- Reach out to the community with the good news of Jesus Christ and to offer loving help and wise counsel for those who hurt, seek, and struggle.
The intention of The Center for Spiritual Formation is summed up in an adaptation of the classical definition of theology, "Faith Seeking Understanding," to "Faith Energized By Understanding." Throughout the year, the Christian Education Committee offers a variety of courses in the following areas:
- Practical Theology and Ministry
- Personal Growth
- Marriage and Family Enrichment
- Church History
- Faith and the Arts
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is an annual Christian Education highlight of the summer. Children age 3 through rising 6th graders enjoy this five-evening event. The Christian Education ministry secures innovative materials from a variety of publishing sources. Vacation Bible School has a central theme (examples include “Under Construction,” “Kingdom of the Son Prayer Safari”). Creative Bible study is elaborated through Bible teaching games, recreation, crafts, cooking, drama, music and other age appropriate activities. One unique theme that is re-visited regularly is the “Jerusalem Marketplace.” This concept groups the children in “tribes” named after the Biblical patriarchs. They rotate through various learning centers modeled after activities or occupations during the time of Jesus. This and other Vacation Bible School experiences are delightful Bible-learning and memory-making opportunities for the children of First Baptist and community.
Church Media Center/Library
The Church Media Center is located on the main floor across the hall from the church office.
The Media Center’s reference section includes books available for use only in the Media Center room. They include archives of our church’s publications, church history, a variety of Biblical translations, commentaries, and other resources to enhance Bible study, discipleship, and ministries.
The Media-Library’s lending library section includes audio, video, and print media, both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. These items are available on loan and serve as sources of devotional inspiration and wholesome Christian entertainment.
The Media Center/Library accepts donations of books (fiction and non-fiction,) audio, and video media, but reserves the right to decide which items are appropriate for a church library. Monetary gifts given in honor or memory are greatly appreciated.
The Media Center also serves as an important conference area. Those who want to use the room for church committee meetings or other church functions are asked to reserve the space by contacting the Church’s Administrative Associate, Kayleigh Corey, at 828-437-2544 ext. 110 or at [email protected].