First Baptist Church offers many educational opportunities for people of all ages to learn about God’s love, to grow in their Christian faith and learn how to live that faith in their everyday lives.
Nursery Child Care: Sunday nursery care provides support and guidance for families with infants and children up to 3 years of age, begins at 9:30 am and is available till noon. A caregiver is on duty each Sunday to meet the needs of our youngest church family members and guests. Parents are also welcome to stay with their children as necessary since the church service is “piped into” the nursery space. Our aim is to fulfill the promise made at the dedication of each baby, to teach each child about God, through word, deed and example.
Sunday School: Classes are offered for children aged preschool up to middle school. Children aged 3-9 use the “Deep Blue” curriculum; the older children (10 and above) use a lectionary-based curriculum called “Seasons of the Spirit.” We have a dedicated team of caring teachers. Music instruction is part of the curriculum and the children become the Children’s Choir for periodic participation in the main worship service.
Youth Education: We are currently seeking a qualified person to lead this ministry.
College Students: Our church financially supports and is involved with the Campus Christian Ministry (CCM) organization at UVM. We rejoice when students join us for their college years in Burlington. We have had students visit and get involved from St. Michael’s College and Champlain College as well. The Board of Christian Education provides scholarship support for college students who are part of the FBC family and have done so for many years. The Heim Scholarship, named for long-time Pastor David J. Heim, has provided financial support for theological studies by at least four students from the congregation since it was established in the late 1980’s.
Adult Christian Education: First Baptist Church offers a variety of opportunities for adult Christian Education. Guest speakers and leaders of the church provide topics of interest after worship at least once a month. Each fall and each spring the Pastor leads a Book Discussion on several evenings, which provides for the attendees to read the book first and then discuss it together. Examples have been “The Hobbit,” “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road,” “The Great Divorce,” “The Book of Joy”, and “Learning to Walk in the Dark.” During the regular “church year” (Sept.-May) there is a weekly Bible Study at lunch time. Pastor Karen Mendes is a real scholar of the Bible and really illuminates the background and historical context of obscure and familiar passages. We have studied several of the Gospels, the Book of Isaiah and even the challenging Book of Revelation.
YMCA Day Care: Though unrelated to our education program per se, it is important to note that we do host a day care facility staffed by the Greater Burlington YMCA. We are happy to be able to extend some of our space to this 5-day a week community program supporting parents and children and to share the year-round presence of about 20 toddlers and their dedicated teachers.