Help the Bible become more than stories
The Bible is central to the Christian faith. It's where we read the story of God interacting with the world, promising redemption, and conquering sin and death in the person of Jesus Christ. But the the people and attitudes we find in the Bible often seem alien to us, and when we tell the stories to others they may seem like nothing more than another set of "fairy tales." People have to learn to engage the Bible deeply if they want to embrace it's transformative truth, but how do we accomplish this?
For decades a favorite introduction has been through Vacation Bible School. These programs have the potential to bring the Bible to life for children through song, skit, craft, and celebration. When churches invest their time into one both adults and children can learn that people in "Biblical times" really were a lot like us. We also find reassurance in knowing the God who poured compassion out in times past is the same God who saves us in Jesus Christ today.
Running a successful VBS can be a daunting task, however, so ABCNJ would like to help get the ball rolling.
Registration is free, but we do need to know how many people are coming, so tap or click on the button below to register through Eventbrite today!
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- Continental Breakfast
- A VBS participant bag, containing catalogs and VBS samples.
- The option to order a VBS package with free shipping the day of the open house.
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- 8:30 AM – Registration & Breakfast
- 9:00 AM – Opening Icebreakers
- 9:20 AM – Core Presentation
- 11:00 AM – VBS "Best Ideas" round-table
- Noon – Departure
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On Friday November 14, 2014 the First Baptist Church of Mount Holly opened it's doors to host Fused, an event for Middle and High School students.. About seventy youth and youth leaders from First Baptist Church- Westfield, First Asian Church of Haddonfield, Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, First Baptist Church of Collingswood and First Baptist of Bordentown responded to the invitation. Praise and worship, led by Mount Holly's teen praise team, kicked off the evening. Pastor Scott Warren of Mount Holly then spoke a message of encouragement to the crowd, encouraging all to be "conquerors" in their daily lives. Rev. Marella Holmes, ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for Youth Ministry, built upon the conqueror theme through a group exercise which called to teamwork to be brave for Jesus in daily life.
After such a packed program you'd think those in attendance would have been exhausted, but they weren't! Food and more fun capped off the evening as teens and youth leaders made connections with one another.
Come out and join youth groups from all over ABCNJ as we get together and have a blast! Food, games, food, praise and worship, small groups, food, and food are all part of the agenda - but you never know what else is in store!
This event is for young people ages 12-18.
When and where
FUSED will be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Mount Holly:1341 Woodlane Road Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Friday, November 14 7PM - 10PM
This is a free event! Register today!
How to Register
To register your group, call First Baptist Church at (609)267-1841
Imani Baptist Church of Christ, Inc. 113-115 Elmwood Avenue, East Orange, New Jersey 07018
Tel: 973.678.7222 Fax: 973.678.1919
Youth Minister - Job Description
To direct, create and lead programming for teens and young Adults; the Youth Minister shall encourage growth in our Christian community through the building of relationships with our young people that strengthen their commitment to the church and growth in their faith for Jesus Christ.
Subject to review and oversight of the Senior Pastor and the Board of Christian Education, the Youth Minister shall.
- 1. Provide leadership for and function as the primary staff person relating to the Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
- 2. Oversee the recruitment and training of adult volunteers to work with the different age groups.
- 3. Plan and implement age appropriate activities for youth that promote community through fellowship, fun and faith development. Such activities might include; musicals and dramatic presentations, small group Bible study, retreats, etc.
- 4. Coordinate fund-raising activities that support special youth activities and trips.
- 5. Promote Christian service through age appropriate service projects.
IN CARRYING OUT THESE RESPONSIBILITIES THE YOUTH MINISTER SHALL:
- • Attend staff meetings when required, including meetings of the Board of Christian Education
- • Coordinate youth activities with other ministries of the congregation when required.
- • Provide a timely and accurate schedule of Youth activities. Keep the congregation informed of youth events by coordinating the publicity for youth activities through the appropriate vehicles provided by the church, (special mailings, posters, bulletin announcements, web page, etc.)
- • Provide monthly reports for the Board of Christian Education and for the quarterly Official Ministry and quarterly church meetings.
- • Manage the disbursement of budgeted funds for Youth Ministry within the guidelines of the approved budget and in adherence with the purchasing policies of the church.
- • Provide for the keeping of administrative records of the Youth Ministry.
- • Participate in worship services and officiate when requested
- • Encourage our young people to participate in all facets of the life of the community of faith, including worship, choirs, educational opportunities, youth activities, Bible studies, vacation Bible School and service projects, etc.
- • Refer prospective families for membership and unusual circumstances where follow-up is desirable to the pastor.
- • Assist the Pastor and Confirmation Ministry in confirmation instructions as requested.
- • Attend Sunday school, worship services, and other events of church.
- • Continue growth and development through conferences, reading, and exchanges of ideas with others.
- • Maintain some regularly scheduled hours in order to be accessible to youth, parents, staff and the leadership of the congregation.
- • Notify the staff prior to all unforeseen and untimely absences from regularly scheduled events, and provide a suitable substitute (if necessary) in the case of anticipated absence.
- • In the case of extended time away from the office arrange to receive messages.
- • Be familiar with and operate within the guidelines set forth in the church’s Constitution & By-Laws.
- • Office, phone, computer, voice mail, email, Internet services, duplicating and secretarial support will be provided by the church for work related to this position.
- • Senior Pastor and Board of Christian Education must approve continuing education.
Since the Youth Minister plays a major role in the faith development of the younger members of the church, both as a leader, and as an example, Imani Baptist Church seeks a professional leader who has a solid understanding of the foundations of the Christian faith, Baptist tradition and who has a strong desire to nurture young people in the Christian faith. We seek a person who will generate new ideas and programs as well as a person who values a team concept of ministry. Therefore the following qualifications are desirable.
- • Must be a seminary student or at least, a student with college credits in Theology, Christian Education, or Youth Ministry. A thorough understanding of Bible is essential.
- • The ability to work with adults of other Ministries.
- • Good organizational skills.
- • Experience preferred in an established successful youth program.
- • Must be sensitive to needs and pressures of young adults and teens
- • Must be able to teach, train, and disciple young adults and teens.
- • Must be able to exercise initiative and judgment as an independent worker.
- • Must be able to respond to changing needs throughout the daily and weekly schedule
- • Meeting the 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5 qualifications for church leaders
ABCNJ’s Senior High youth conference was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Camp Lebanon. Sixty five youth and youth leaders from the region gathered to share and reflect on the theme “Special Agents for Jesus Christ: Preparing Youth for Service" based on Ephesians 1:1-4. The day was filled with praise and worship, speakers, panel and small group discussions. Rev. Erin Phillips, Associate Regional Pastor, welcomed the group and shared the region’s excitement about involving the youth in varies ways throughout the region. Rev. Marella Holmes, Associate Regional Pastor for Youth Ministry, shared a motivating and inspiring word from God. She challenged to youth to accept their assignment from Jesus Christ as an agent to serve the people of God.
Four youth from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Newark led the panel discussion about their experience at IMMERSE 2012 conference. They spoke about service projects they participated in while attending the conference. The youth shared how the service projects made a difference in the lives of the people they helped; it changed their worldview and strengthened their faith in God. One of the panelist shared how she gave her life to Christ as a result of the service projects during the IMMERSE 2012 conference.
Ms. Denise Gratzel, ABCNJ Disaster Response Coordinator, shared opportunities in which the youth could serve in the region this summer at work camps in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in areas destroyed by Super Storm Sandy.
Rev. Tamara Davis, ABCNJ “Sacred Safe Spaces” Special Project Coordinator, presented ways in which youth can serve as a Christian example of a healthy relationship with peers in school, the community and church. The conference ended with prayerful reflections and affirmations that we are special agents for Jesus Christ in the Green Cathedral at Camp Lebanon.
Overall the youth and youth leaders were inspired and encouraged to be special agents for Jesus Christ by serving others in their communities, schools churches and ABCNJ region. Everyone had a great time.
"Special Agent for Jesus Christ"
First annual senior high youth conference
Date – Saturday, April 27
Location – Baptist Camp Lebanon
Cost – $20 (meals included)
The deadline for Mail-In Registration is April 21, 2013!
Download this flyer to promote the conference at your church!
Here are some of the keynote speakers, and discussion leaders you can look forward to encountering this year!