Wednesdays have long been called "Hump Day," meaning that it's often the most difficult day of the week, standing between the previous two days of work and the upcoming two days of work before the beloved weekend arrives. Wednesday is often the "hump" many people have to get over to coast into a work-free couple of days.
The middle of the week -- MDWK -- also provides an opportunity to get recharged and refreshed spiritually with your church family in a community of faith. That's the goal of MDWK at First. We want you to be able to get plugged into Bible study and fellowship with other believers as you seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus during the week! MDWK at First is a great opportunity to do just that!
Here's what's happening this fall at MDWK at First!
Grief Share | Wed @ 10 AM | First Cup
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.
Grief Share groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Groups are available for anyone who needs such support. Our team would love to come alongside you and walk with you through this valley.
MDWK Meal | Wed, 4:30 - 6 PM | Family Life Center
Our hospitality team, under the direction of Mrs. Debbie Bassett, prepares a delicious meal every Wednesday evening! The cost is $3.00 for kids 12 and under, $5.00 for those age 13 and older, with a family maximum of $21.00. First time guests to MDWK at First eat their first meal free!
DivorceCare | Wed @ 5:45 PM | Bamberg Chapel/Building A
Relationships can be great blessings, but they can also become burdens. Sometimes those relationships, as much as we try to make them work, simply stop working. Going through a separation or divorce is difficult. The good news is that you don’t have to go through it alone. Connecting with a DivorceCare group enables you to find caring people who understand the issues you face and practical counsel for decision-making and managing stress. If you need someone to take this journey with you, consider joining the DivorceCare ministry at First Baptist. We’ll meet for 13 weeks of support, prayer, and encouragement. Visit https://www.divorcecare.org/ for more information.
Kids at First | Wed @ 6 PM | Building B and The Zone
Kids Club Jr. is designed for children 3 years old through Kindergarten. They meet in Building B. Preschoolers will have fun learning how to explore the Bible in age-appropriate ways! Kids Club Jr. will use activities, games, and music to help preschoolers learn about God, the Bible, and worship. To help focus learning, we will rotate emphasizing Bible lessons one week and music / worship on the other week. Kids Club Jr. will help preschoolers start building their spiritual foundation and have a great time while doing it!
Kids Club is for kids in the 1st - 5th grade. They meet in The Zone. Check in begins at 5:30, when the game room opens! Kids Club is a place where boys and girls can make friends, have fun, and learn about God. In groups divided by gender, they will do fun hands-on activities and have a short devotional each week. Kids learn by doing, and for that reason Kids Club is designed for kids to create, discover, and imagine while also learning about the God who created them!
Students at First | Wed @ 6 PM | Family Life Center (upstairs)
The Student Ministry Midweek Gathering is a time where you can hang out, eat, and look at what God says in the Bible. The Youth Area opens at 5:15 on Wednesday evenings. You can play video games, card games, pool, ping pong, carpet ball, basketball, grab a snack, or just hang out. At 6:00, we start our Midweek Gathering for some games, laughs, and a time to learn what God teaches us about living life in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Young Adults at First | Wed @ 6 PM | First Cup
Our young adults do a variety of studies from topical to walking through a book of the Bible chapter by chapter. You can come any time and see what they are discussing. They are currently involved with a study called "Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgement, Isolation, and Fear."
We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it’s easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don’t mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital “friends,” we really don’t have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation.
Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Join us during this study as we lean into friendships that can enrich our lives!
Pastor's Bible Study | Wed @ 6 PM | Sanctuary
Our pastor will lead a Bible study for all ages and stages of life in the sanctuary. These verse-by-verse studies examine a book of the Bible in great detail, and careful attention is given to how the lessons from Scripture impact daily living. This group will study the book of Exodus to help attendees better understand the faithfulness of God as he watches over his people and meets their needs. The book of Exodus teaches us that our circumstances are not greater than our God, and that our walk with him demands complete dependence upon him. Join us as we journey through the book of Exodus and learn to lean upon our Deliverer!
Women at First | Wed @ 6 PM | Building E
We currently have two Bible studies for women.
Revelation: Extravagant Hope (Building E, Room 132) | Have you ever been a little hesitant when it comes to the book of Revelation? Bible teacher Margaret Feinberg can relate. With its bloody dragons, flying creatures, and mark of the beast, Revelation can be intimidating.
Do we really think God gives us the Scriptures only to scare us in the final chapter? That's not consistent with the character of God or the redemptive work of God throughout history. What if, instead, through the book of Revelation, God is saving the best for last?
Revelation is a survival guide for the suffering, a book of promises for the persecuted, a banner of hope for the beaten down. Not just for John in his time and his age, but for every church in every age, including you and me.
Better: A Study of Hebrews (Building E, Room 136) | In this 10-session, verse-by-verse study of the book of Hebrews, Jen Wilkin explores how God "provided something better for us" in the person of Jesus Christ (Heb. 11:40). Through stories of Old Testament heroes and practices, the author of Hebrews demonstrates how the new covenant is superior to the old and how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of every promise. Explore familiar verses in context of the entire Bible, learning how to place your hope and faith in Christ alone!
Men at First | Wed @ 6 PM | Building E (Room 138)
Your Time is Now | God has a purpose for you right now. You may think you're not ready to make a difference in God's Kingdom. But that's not what God thinks. At some point, you have to understand your own purpose and significance in the kingdom of God. How does God want to use you? This study uses the Old Testament leader Joshua as a model for stepping up to God's big calling. Before Joshua, Moses was the one who had spoken to God, performed miracles, and challenged Pharaoh. But at some point, Joshua had to come out to the front. So what did he do? How did he step up? And what steps can you take to seize "now" for yourself?
Now is your time. If you will be steadfast and unmovable, and always abound in what God is calling you to do, you'll see that it will not be in vain. He has a plan, a destiny for your life. Now means "not later." Now means "don't wait." God wants to do great things.
Celebration Choir and Orchestra Rehearsal | Wed @ 7:05 PM | Sanctuary
The Celebration Choir and Celebration Orchestra meet on Wednesdays to rehearse and prepare to lead in Morning Worship on Sundays. You can find out more about this part of the Music and Worship Ministry by clicking here: https://fbcmilton.org/worship.