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YAMS

Young And Married Saints (YAMS) is a fellowship group within Calvary Baptist Church, designed for married couples whose combined ages are 80 and under. At Calvary Baptist Church, we have a vibrant community of young married couples, some with children, some without, who are learning to balance the demands of marriage, family and career.  Married life brings new challenges and it’s helpful to adjust to those challenges with the help of other couples, which is why this group was created. 

YAMS events include engaging activities that stimulate godly fellowship, as well as exciting opportunities to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by serving others. These events will be announced on the YAMS bulletin board located by the staff offices. The events include stimulating godly fellowship,as well as exciting opportunities to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by serving others.  Through Sunday School and social activities, these couples are learning together, supporting each other and growing in their faith.  Come be a part of YAMS and discover the joy God has for your marriage.


Q & A:

Do we have to  attend Sunday School to be apart of YAMS?

No, but we highly recommend that you and your spouse get involved in a Sunday School class.
Attending Sunday School will only enrich your spiritual walk with the Lord, and create a need to know
Him more. Please visit the Sunday School bulletin board to determine which Sunday School class would be best for you and your spouse.

Are there any ministries that YAMS are a part of?

Yes. There are currently two ministries: 

1. Visitor Outreach. When a young married couple attends Calvary a copy of their visit will be given
to a member of YAMS. An email or phone call will be made to the visitors thanking them for visiting
CBC. After that time it will be up to the visitors if they would like a scheduled visit from Calvary. Kevin & Christina Helmick are the team leaders for this ministry.

2. Meals on Wheels. This ministry is designed for YAMS to help one another within the activity group.
When a person is very ill, recovering from a hospital procedure, etc., YAMS will organize meals for these families in need. We should all be a blessing to those who are burdened.

How often are activities planned?

Activities are planned every two to three months depending on holidays. Young marrieds are typically very active with family, work and church ministries. Activities are designed not to overwhelm couples, but to be spaced out to work with everyone’s busy schedule. Babysitting will be available at the church for non-family activities.

 

T.E.A.M.

The Youth Ministry of Calvary Baptist Church

Why “T.E.A.M?”

Ministry has been defined as, “Being Christ centered and people related.” The thrust of our ministry is to get teens to be excited about their relationship with Christ and in turn help them develop a love for people. Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. In our T.E.A.M. meetings on Wednesday nights, our main emphasis will be teaching teens to love God and love others. We want to create an environment where teens truly are excited about ministry.

How do we relate to the family?

We exist to be a support and a help to the family unit. God has ordained that the authority of the teens be there parents. We are there to assist the parents as needed. We will constantly push parents as the heroes. It is our desire to “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.”

How do we relate to the church?

We are a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. We are not a separate ministry. Our pastor has a vision and burden for the youth ministry. He has seen fit to appoint a youth pastor as an extension of his ministry. It is our responsibility to line with his direction and leadership concerning this ministry. We should never undermine the God given authority of our pastor. We should constantly honor, obey and promote our pastor before the teens.

How do we relate to Calvary Baptist Academy?

We work very hard to keep a clear distinction between the academy and the youth group. We do not want to limit the potential of ministry by being an academy youth group as opposed to a church youth group. We work hard to minister to all of our teens regardless of where they attend school, as well as evangelizing the lost of our community.

Parents

The parents of each of our teens have deposited to us a sacred trust. We have been given a partnership in helping reinforce their efforts at home. It is important that we realize that we have a responsibility never to criticize a parent to a teen. We want to encourage and support that God-ordained relationship in any way possible. It is totally appropriate and encouraged that our youth staff member’s talk with the parents of teens that they are burdened or concerned about. We also want to strongly encourage our teens to seek their parents first. The Parents need to know that our loyalty lies toward them and that we are on their side.

What is our Philosophy of Ministry?

  • Philosophy can be defined as, “why you do what you do.” Our philosophy of ministry can be summarized and fulfilled in four ways.

    • The Glory of God

      • 1Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

      • We will work toward having a Christ centered ministry. Whether it is eating, an activity, or a teen service, the goal is to direct their attention toward Christ.

      • As Youth Leaders, we must show the teens how to glorify God in these activities through our attitudes and actions. When it ceases to be about God’s glory, we have ceased to fulfill our philosophy.

    • The Growth of Believers

      • 1Peter 2:2 - 3 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

      • The Test of Success in youth ministry is spiritual growth. It is our job as youth workers to create an environment of growth. In order to help the teens to grow, we must be growing ourselves.

      • The primary tool of growth is the Word of God. We should take every opportunity possible to give our teens the Word of God.

    • The Getting of the Lost

      • Proverbs 11:30 ¶ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

      • While numbers are NEVER an indicator of success, we do not want to lose our burden or vision for the lost. The winning of the lost is the reason that God did not take us straight to heaven after we received Christ as savior.

      • If we want our teens to be soul-conscious, we must be also. We should actively be handing out gospel tracts and having evangelistic activities.

    • The Gaining of Servant Leaders

      • Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

      • The Bible says that we are not to focus on our own things, but on the things of others. We live in a self-centered world. We must constantly demonstrate a servant’s heart before our teens and show them that true joy comes from serving others rather than self.

      • Purposely inconvenience yourself in order to minister to others. We must provide opportunities for them to be able to serve.

CHAOS

The CHAOS group (Christ Has All Our Solutions) is made up of those too old for  the young marrieds’ group, but not old enough  to be in the GEMS group. Typically, the age group is approximately from 35-55.   This group encourages those in the other groups to attend, as there tends to be some overlap based on need and activity. We want to make sure folks understand that this is not a couples-only group, and single adults are more than welcome and encouraged to participate.

Just to recap our name, I think if we are honest ,we would find that most of us are at that point in our life where CHAOS is part of the everyday way of life (i.e. kids in school, after-school activities, teenagers learning to drive, children in college, some even newly married, and even some having our first grandchildren). Yes, chaos is definitely a valid description, and not necessarily a bad thing. Additionally, as we decided when we named the group, the answer to this “chaos,” is clearly in the acrostic of the name,  Christ Has All Our Solutions.

Our goal is to have activities with our group, to spend that time with each other getting to know one another better, lay aside all the distractions with some fun trips and activities, and most importantly, pray for, support each other, and learn as a group how to live our lives with Christ as our resource while dealing with the chaos all around us. We try to have a mix of adult -only  activities on some occasions, and all-family activities on others to keep the balance. We typically have one activity per month, and try to keep folks updated with e-mails and on the bulletin board.

Church library is for all agesOur church library began as a vision to provide quality, acceptable reading and research material for every member of the family.  The library has grown from one book in 1961 to over 3,700 volumes in 2011.  The volunteer staff is energetic and very aggressive in getting new material and keeping the facility up to date.  The church provided a new room to house books and materials in 2011.  During the time of construction, the old library was shut down to make it computerized.

If you are looking for excellent materials and literature to assist you in the study of God’s Word, and wholesome reading for the entire family, our church library has them.  Subjects range from Biblical studies, missions, devotions, biographies, finances, U.S. History and more. Should you be in want of a DVD for the family or a child, you will find it in our library. 

Sunday School and Academy teachers have found the library very helpful in their research and presentations.

A computerized catalog is dedicated for patrons to use in their research of available library materials.

Checking out a DVD

We are fortunate to have a reading room, which contains church history and precious, old volumes that may be used, but must remain in the room.

Eileen Bergman,church librarian, says the library workers really enjoy working together in adding material and constantly making improvements.  What they really enjoy is seeing the library used! 

The church library is open on Sundays from 9 - 9:25 a.m., and one half hour or more, if needed, after the morning service;  as well as 5:30 - 5:55 p.m., and one half hour or more, if needed, after the evening service.  Wednesday hours are 6:30 -6:55 p.m., and one half hour after the service.

Schedule of Services

Sunday School

» 9:30 A.M.

Morning Worship

» 10:30 A.M.

Evening Worship

» 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday Prayer Service

» 7:00 P.M.