The purpose of our ministry is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. This is a weekly ministry that meets September through April, reaching children preschool through middle school, and teaching them to memorize God’s Word. Awana is on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Children's Church Ministry
To create a safe place for children, birth through 5th grade, where they can experience the love of God. Our desire is that each child that comes into our care would understand that not only does God care about them, but there are also people who care about them as well. We teach life application from the Word of God - the Bible. Our purpose is not to be the spiritual educators of the children, but to partner with parents and assist them in being the spiritual educators that God has called them to be. Children’s Church takes place during the 11:00 a.m. worship hour every Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. Small Group Leaders known as “Shepherds” meet with the same small group of children each week. The goal of these groups is to build a relationship with each child as well as teach the Bible truth of the week. There is “Large Group” time between an “opening” and “closing” small group time. This is our actual worship part of the service in which the children partake in worship songs, offering, object lessons, and the Bible story presented in a creative way. “Shepherds” are scheduled on an every other month rotation. Contact: Eric Clem
The purpose of the Children’s Music Ministry is to teach children how to worship and praise God through the gift of music. The Children’s Music Ministry is comprised of teams that serve in the areas of Preschool and Children’s choirs. Teachers are given the opportunity to serve in the areas to which they feel called. Teachers should feel comfortable in the areas of leading large/small group lessons, playing musical instruments, singing, reading and creating music and music theory. We meet at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Children’s Wing.
The purpose of the Children’s Sunday School Ministry is to present the gospel so that each child has the opportunity to accept Jesus as his/her Savior and Lord. Activities are also provided for each child to grow in his/her relationship with the Lord. The Children’s Sunday School ministers to children in grades 1-5. Classes are grouped by school grade level. We read, memorize, and study the Bible, and practice how to apply what we learn. We use various activities to provide opportunities for children to develop relationships with each other and use the Christian principles they have learned. We want each child to experience the love of Christ as we strive to meet each individual’s needs. All children are welcome. Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Contact: Kerry Poland
The purpose of MDO (Mothers Day Out) is to offer Moms in our community childcare for their preschoolers. In doing so, we get the privilege of meeting, ministering, and hopefully sharing the gospel with families of preschoolers. Our purpose with the preschoolers is to give them a basic foundation of biblical principles and an academic jumpstart. Teachers are responsible for planning and leading a classroom. We always have 2 teachers in a classroom who equally share the responsibilities. Our teachers can work two or four days. Curriculum is provided. This is a paid position in the church. We are open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday. We have children ages 9 months – five years, and eight different classrooms.
The purpose of the Upward Sports Ministry is to introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports. Upward is an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for K-5 through 8th grade boys and girls. Upward Sports seeks to develop the self-esteem of each participant while teaching respect for authority, sportsmanship, character, and athletic skills of the sport. Upward Sports are unique in that 1) Scripture-based devotions are shared during each practice and at games, 2) time commitment is limited to a one-hour practice and one hour game each week, and 3) all players get equal playing time. FBCW’s Upward Sports Ministry has boys and girls basketball and cheerleading for children K-8th grade. Volunteers from all walks of life can be meaningfully involved with opportunities to coach a team, referee a game, share a devotion, or pray for the needs of the program. Contact: Jason Meinershagen
The purpose of Vacation Bible School is to teach children and preschoolers about God and His love for them. This program benefits children who are in church as well as those who do not attend church. VBS provides fun, learning and various activities, and lets children know that Jesus loves them and died for them. This is a ministry to preschoolers, children and teens to teach them the love of God through fun themes and activities. We go all out to make this one week a week filled with singing, crafts, Bible stories and activities. We have a carnival on the last evening which is an event for the entire family to enjoy. VBS runs for one week in the summer, volunteers are welcome.
To partner with and equip parents to raise godly young men and women while evangelizing and discipling students, encouraging relationships with godly men and women, developing spiritual disciplines, and providing opportunities for challenging spiritual experiences. The Youth Ministry uses programs as tools to accomplish the purposes mentioned above. Opportunities include retreats, camps, mission trips, community outreach events, fun relationship building events, and family building events. Leaders seek to develop relationship bridges with students that can bear the weight of God's Truth. Leadership in this ministry requires a desire to invest time and resources in the lives of students and families in an effort to see them grow in their relationship with Christ! We meet at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.
“55 Plus” Ministry
Everyone 55 or older is invited to join in with our group for fellowship, worship, new experiences, and fun. We take several trips each year to local events or places of interest. For example, we have taken many trips to Branson,
we've visited Kimswick, Hannibal, Moline, Springfield, Memphis, Nashville, Gatlinberg, Eureka Springs, etc. We
have gone to "Senior Day" ballgames at Busch Stadium, we've seen plays, gone on riverboat cruises, checked out
Heartland Dairy in northern Missouri, Covered Bridges in Indiana, etc. Of course, we love to eat and talk, so we have
quarterly dinners. You will find us to be friendly and supportive. You need not be a church member to participate in
our activites. We now have a couple additional ministries for people in our age group below; the 55 Plus Lunch Bunch and the CPR ministries. Below you will find links to our calendar and to a photo page of recent activities.
The purpose of this ministry is to establish a Christ-centered grief support group to meet the needs of those who have suffered loss. This ministry will be a support group to help those experiencing grief. We meet at church on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Karen Gibbs
C.R.O.S.S (Young Adult Ministry)
The purpose of our ministry is to glorify God by growing spiritually mature individuals, marriages and families through fellowship, discipleship and outreach. A joint effort of Adult I (young married couples Bible Study classes) to provide outreach, discipleship and fellowship opportunities for young married couples in their twenty or thirty somethings. CROSS sponsored events and studies provide opportunities for couples to connect with other couples who are striving to have a God centered marriage and family. Our newsletter is available monthly and we will be adding a web site soon. Our Bible Study class meets at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in Room #201 of the Worship Center.
The purpose of our ministry is to follow the Lord's leading in bringing Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Our Ministry gives Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals the chance to "hear" the salvation of Jesus through Sign Language. With the Lord's assistance we want to reach the hearts of many people and build lasting friendships with them. We invite you to attend our Sunday School class for Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 9:30am Sunday mornings. Also, Interpreted Sunday morning Worship service is at 11:00am. Interpreted Wednesday night Adult Bible Study is at 6:30pm. We look forward to meeting you! For more information please contact: Micki Augustus.
Funeral Luncheon Ministry
The purpose of the Funeral Luncheon Ministry is to provide lunch to family and friends following a funeral. The Funeral Luncheon Ministry organizes luncheons for bereaving families after the funeral service . Members of FBCW who have volunteered to serve in this ministry are called and asked to prepare food and bring it to the church, to help set up the fellowship hall for the meals, to help serve the meals, and help with the clean-up after the meals. Volunteers are needed and welcomed. Contact: Esther Huse or Joanne Lockard.
Furnishings and Decoration Ministry
The purpose of this ministry is to decorate the church for weekly services and special events. This ministry makes flower arrange-ments for the sanctuary and foyer. We also do special decorations for Christmas and Easter, and help with decorations for the Sister to Sister ministry. We are available to any other ministry that needs our help. Contact: Esther Huse or Joanne Lockard
The purpose of the Greeters Ministry is to welcome everyone to First Baptist Church with a smile and a warm handshake. A warm greeting to visitors and attendees alike helps to prepare hearts to worship God. Greeters assist and greet first-time visitors and make them feel comfortable and welcome as they arrive at church. To greet and serve the multitude of regular attendees and members so as to prepare them for worship with a great smile, a warm handshake and a loving hello. Each greeter serves at a worship service and is rotated to a variety of locations to make sure all get a warm welcome to First Baptist Church. Contact: Vance Poland
The purpose of Hope Ministry is to meet the needs of many members of our community. These needs include (but are not limited to) food, cleaning supplies, personal care items, baby items, and school supplies. We are also available for assistance for household items and clothing. We are volunteers for our community. We strive to help those in need with food, shelter and other life survival needs. We work with St. Charles County Support Groups, including LINC @ Hidden Valley Estates, as a local mission outreach. Join us to help change our world one life at a time. Time of Public Serving: Wed 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Fri 10:00 – 12:00. Phone: 636-327-8696, opt. 3, opt. 2. Contact: Kathy Thompson
Host and Hostess Ministry
The purpose of the Host/Hostess Ministry is to warmly welcome visitors and to attend to their needs as well as warmly welcoming everyone to church. The Host/Hostess take over from the Greeter Ministry and assist visitors by determining which Sunday School classes they should attend, taking them to the class and introducing them to the teacher, handling nursery needs if necessary, helping them with their coats, showing them rest room locations, answering their questions, and handling any of their concerns. Time: Before Sunday School and before Worship Service begins on Sunday mornings. Contact: Vance Poland.
Koinonia (Home Educators)
The purpose of the Koinonia ministry is to love God and love people through fellowship opportunities that will provide support, encouragement, and information to Home Schooling Families. Koinonia is a Greek word meaning “fellowship; sharing in common; communion.” With that definition in mind, this ministry seeks to provide monthly meetings where moms can be mentored and equipped to successfully educate their children. Fellowship is also attained through the monthly field trips arranged for the family. Through these two outlets, the ministry of Koinonia can provide opportunities for support, encouragement, and fellowship for Home Schooling Families.. Information about Koinonia activities can be obtained from our church web site at fbcwentzville.com. Meetings for moms are scheduled for the 3rd Monday of the month at the church at 7:00 p.m. Each meeting will feature a guest speaker and time of fellowship. Field trips in and around the St. Louis area are scheduled for the 3rd Friday of the month. Contact: Tracy Smith or Laurie Bieber
The purpose of our ministry is to provide support and encouragement to deployed Christian military personnel to help them grow spiritually while they are away from their families and churches. Care boxes containing at least one LifeWay Magazine and other appropriate items are sent out to deployed military personnel to encourage and inspire them in their walk with Christ. Life boxes must be requested by the receiving individual or by an individual on their behalf. Collections and shipment are scheduled for once a year. Contact: Laura Barclay
Light Bearers Ministry
The purpose of our ministry is to let people who are in institutions know they are not forgotten. We now go to Wentzville Park Care Center monthly to fellowship with the patients. We sing, pray, and laugh with them, and let them know we care about them. We always try to have little gifts for all. We would also like to highlight one patient monthly to give all a feeling of self worth. We hope to expand to other homes soon. We meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Contact: Jill McClelland
Media Resource Ministry
The purpose of our ministry is to provide members and guests the opportunity to hear previous sermons they have missed. The Media Resource Ministry is available weekly at the Welcome Center desk after Sunday morning services for orders for copies of that day’s sermon. Copies are $1.00 each to help recover a portion of our costs. Members serving in other ministries during the worship service can receive a copy at no charge. We currently tape Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night services. Sermons dating back to 2001 are available on request. Order forms are available at the Welcome Center desk. Contact: Jason Meinershagen
To engage and equip men to glorify Christ by becoming the men God wants them to be in their homes and in our church. To provide a time of fellowship and a place of support. We get men involved in fellowship with one another through Bible Study, sports, helping hands (caring) and to reach out to others. Monday Night Football Fellowship – Monday; Bible Study – Tuesday Morning; Golf League – Thursday; Softball – Friday; Special Events (i.e. Wild Game Night)
The Missions Ministry Team seeks to share the gospel in the greater metropolitan area, across the United States, and the world. We follow the admonition of Christ in Matthew 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” The Missions Team consists of people of all ages who have a passion for sharing the word with others from all parts of the world who do not know Jesus Christ. Our goal is to send out mission team members on missions works here and around the world. We want to sponsor and bring in missionaries to share their experiences with our fellowship to assist our own spiritual growth and maturity. Opportunities for YOU! Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong offerings and other missions opportunities need willing team mates.
M.O.P.S. (Mothers Of Preschoolers)
The purpose of FBCW MOPS is to encourage, equip and develop every mother of a preschooler to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. MOPS is for mothers who have children ages birth through kindergarten. MOPS meetings are a place where mothers can be refreshed, hear Christian speakers, and participate in creative activities and discussion groups. Our MOPPETS program for the children features Bible-based learning activities. MOPS meetings are once a month September through May. Our group meets on the 3rd Friday 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., contact: Cindy Jenkins or Ginger Herin.
To develop fellowship among fellow bikers, to support one another in our walk with Christ, and to reach out to the community with our bikes. Organized Saturday and/or Sunday after-noon group rides. Biblical evangelism training available to participants. Support existing FBCW ministries, i.e., Hope Ministry, VBS, youth events, and represent Christ at other community / bike events. Contact: Mike Swaringim
Our purpose is to EXALT the Lord Jesus Christ through worship, to EQUIP our congregation to develop lifestyles of worship, and to EVANGELIZE our world through a passionate commitment to worshipping the living God! The music ministry of FBCW is driven by a vibrant Christ centered worship ministry. Our worship services are blended with musical styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. We employ a variety of musical elements in our worship services such as choirs, praise teams, drama teams, small ensembles, instrumentalists and our praise band. Our choral ministry teams are: Adult Choir Team, Youth Choir Team (grades 6 – 12), and Children’s Choir Team (ages 3 – 5th grade) It is very evident God is actively moving through the music ministry of FBCW. Come and use your gifts to lift up the name of Jesus.
The purpose of the Newsletter is to share informative, inspirational, and timely information with members of First Baptist Church of Wentzville. The Newsletter is a monthly publication distributed to all members of our church family and others on our mailing list. It includes articles from the Pastor, staff, and other FBCW members; testimonies; announcements/special events; write-ups of special events; book reviews; and other informative information. Input to the Newsletter is due on the second Sunday of each month. Contributions and suggestions from FBCW members are strongly encouraged and most welcome. Time: Articles due 2 Sunday of each month; Distributed: Monthly. Contact: Dee Schneider or Joanne Brower
The purpose of the Orphan Ministry is to bring orphans and their families to Christ through building the awareness of foster care and adoption. This ministry will focus on bringing children and their families who are in the foster care system to Christ. We will help current families who have foster/adoptive families and create a support network to help others who want to become licensed or volunteer to help our congregation. Fostering Faith Families is a NEW program that brought six (6) faith-based agencies together to share Christ with orphans. We are starting this ministry in our church to help build the awareness and support for our children and congregation. Contact: Tonia Shepard
Practical Shooting Sport Ministry
The purpose of this ministry is to: Reach non-Christians; Have fellowship with believers in Christ; Encourage others through shooting activities; Lead people to Christ and FBCW membership; and Firearms safety and use. People reaching out to others through the sport of practical shooting. This ministry will bring Christian and non-Christian men, women, and youth to FBCW shooters dedicated to Love Christ and Love Others. Practical shooting includes pistol/revolver, rifle, shotgun, and black-powder sport shooting, utilizing NRA and USPSA safety training and oversight. There will be opportunities to shoot in a competitive setting (accuracy against time) which enhance the events, but allow for new as well as experienced shooters to participate in the sport. USPSA/Steel Challenge pistol shooting: Individual: Pistol (9mm or larger) or revolver (38 Sp) Holster that covers the trigger; Extra magazines (semi-auto) or speed loaders (revolvers); safety glasses and ear protection required; Ammunition, amount necessary for events. Experience adrenaline pumping gun shooting for all levels of shooters from “newbie” to “expert” using “out of the box” production equipment, or “open” guns that are all “tricked-out”.
Prayer Chain Ministry
The purpose of the Prayer Chain Ministry is to provide prayer support for those in our church family who are facing emergency situations. Members volunteer to pray for emergency needs that come about in our church family. They are called with the prayer need, and they begin praying for that specific need.The chairman of this ministry is called and given the prayer need. They then call the 6 captains who, in turn, call the 7 or 8 people on their list. We have 51 volunteers.
It is our desire to: 1) meet every child’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs – birth through Kindergarten while in our care; 2) provide a safe and loving environment in which preschoolers can easily learn; 3) teach pre-schoolers basic Bible stories and principles; 4) teach preschoolers about God’s love for them by demonstrating it through the teacher/student relationship; and 5) allow adults an opportunity to attend Sunday School and Worship knowing that each preschooler left In our care will be unconditionally cared for and loved. The Preschool Ministry provides Bible learning activities, games, and music during all Adult Bible Study and Worship on Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday evening. Preschool Ministries has opportunities for service in the following areas: Sunday School Care during Worship Services Wednesday Evening Bible Study Awana - 3’s & older - Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. Paid Child Care during choir rehearsals Paid Child Care during Women’s Bible Study
The purpose of FBCW Pro-Life Ministry is to 1) promote God’s message of love and live; 2) to stand against abortion; 3) to educate our church about pro-life issues; 4) to help supply the PRC and Hope Closet with infant items, and 5) to encourage young women to keep and love their babies. The newly formed pro-life committee has 3 or 4 seasonal events: January – Sanctity of Human Life Week; May – Walk for Life; October – Life chain and “baby shower” benefiting the Pregnancy Resource Center and Hope Closet. We also try to keep the church informed about legislation and petitions concerning pro-life issues. Contact: Versy Wies
To reach the lost and unchurched in our community through a common interest in memory preservation and card crafting. Team members minister to the community through fellowship, prayer, testimony, providing Bibles, tracts, etc. and witnessing during fun and productive work sessions. “Remembrance” meets on 3rd Fridays from 7:00-11:00pm in the FBCW Fellowship Hall. Contact: Doris May
The purpose of the security team is to provide a safe and secure environment for all church functions. The men on the security team monitor the building whenever there is a worship service or children/youth event in the church. Other functions may be monitored at the request of a Ministry Team Leader. One to two Security Team members are scheduled to monitor the building for each worship service and other events as needed. Background checks are required for Security Team Members. Contact: Kevin Dickherber
Sister 2 Sister Women's Ministry
The mission of the Sister 2 Sister Ministry is to give glory to God by equipping, discipling, and building mentoring relationships among women of all ages. The primary purpose of this ministry is to provide opportunities for relationships to grow. The Sister 2 Sister Ministry takes its charter from Titus 2:3-5. S2S equips women to grow in their faith and to apply God’s word to their daily lives through structured Bible Studies covering a wide variety of topics and class times. S2S disciples women through an awesome mentoring program that involves training, accountability and the kind of relationships you’ve always looked for with other women. S2S also schedules frequent social events for fun and refreshment and to provide additional opportunities to build relationships with each other. At least once each year, S2S hosts a major event or conference as an outreach to women in the neighboring communities. The S2S leadership team meets the first Monday of each month. New Bible Studies begin in January, June and September.
Sports World Outreach Ministry
Our mission is to send Professional Athletes to share personal life experiences with students, helping them to recognize the consequences of their choices while challenging them with the Message of Hope. Former professional athletes are brought into the Saint Charles County area to speak in assemblies In our local schools. They share their life experiences as Well as their testimony of how God changed their lives.
Sunday School Ministry
Build genuine relationships in a small group setting to enhance spiritual growth. Classes for all ages from birth to glory. All classes are open and everyone is encouraged to attend and get connected. Classes are structured to foster regular interaction between participants. Opportunities to participate: Sunday – 8:00 am (adult only); Sunday – 9:30 am (everyone); Sunday – 11:00 am (everyone).
The purpose of the Usher Ministry is to provide those services that will support the proper functioning of the church worship service. An Usher’s duties include: distributing church bulletins, welcoming visitors and members, offertory prayer, taking the offering, handling late arrivals and people exiting and reentering, dealing with disturbances or interruptions, handling emergencies and security issues, distributing material at meetings, assisting nursery personnel to find a parent, and acting at the prompting of the pastor. Time: All services; Day: Sunday; Location: Church foyer, sanctuary entrances and interior. Contact: Vance Poland
The purpose of the Wednesday Night Supper ministry is to provide an opportunity for members and visitors to enjoy a prepared meal and fellowship together in a friendly, relaxed environment. Wednesday Night Suppers are prepared by three teams, A, B and C. These teams are made up of 5 volunteers who assist in planning, preparation, and serving of the meals. These teams also do the clean up after the meal is over. New volunteers are most welcome and should be willing to work at least every third week or more if possible. Meals are prepared in our kitchen, September through May. Location: Fellowship Hall. Contact: Diane Locklear
2:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Food Preparation
5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Dining Times for Those with Reservations [see link below to place a reservation]
5:45 p.m. - Dining Times for Walk-Ins ($6.00/person, until we run out of food. No family cap.)
6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Clean-up
Young Adult Ministry
The purpose of our ministry is to build relationships with God and others through Bible study and evangelism. As an extension of our Bible Study Class, the Young Adults group seeks to nurture relationships and evangelize through Sunday and Thursday Bible studies, monthly activities, events, and summer mission trips. Meet us in AD104 for Sunday A.M. Bible study. Contact: Chad Yost
Financial Peace University
The Financial Peace Ministry (FPU) teaches Biblical principles concerning money to reduce debt, build wealth and giving. Subject areas include: Saving, Cash flow planning, God’s view of money, Reducing debt, Understanding investing, Insurance, Real Estate & Mortgages, Retirement & College planning, and Giving. FPU is a 13 week, biblically-based, video-driven small group study that teaches families to beat debt, build wealth, and give like never before!