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What to find in our Adult ministry.

We have various groups for adults throughout the week including Sunday school classes, Wednesday night small groups, and other small groups that meet monthly  or weekly. Please read below to learn more about our adult groups offered at First Baptist Church. 

Sunday Mornings--

We have several Sunday school classes that meet at 9 a.m. each sunday morning. The Berean-Faithbuilder class meets in Room 214 on the upper floor, you can enter through Door A by the offices to get to the room. They are facilitated by Marvin Terhune.The Maranatha class meets in Room 112 located on the lower level near our child care center rooms. This class is available in-person and also through zoom. If you are interested please call the office for the zoom details. It is facilitated by Rick Kready, who is also our choir director. The New Horizons class meets in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level near our gym. It is facilitated by Pam Defries and the class is also availble on zoom, please call the office for information. 

Wednesday Family Night--LAST SESSION IS APRIL 13TH

You can learn more about Wednesday Family night here. But during our spring session there are two classes available for adults starting at 6 p.m. L.I.F.T (Ladies in Faith Together) are exploring different stories of the Bible. There is no book or cost for this class. It will be facilitated by Beth Hanes, as different stories are chosen and discussed among a group of great ladies. You can read more about L.I.F.T below under 'Women's Groups'. The second option will be the small group on "The Person and Work of Jesus Christ." This group will be led by Rev. Ed O'Rear and will focus on Christ the person, the prophet, the Priest, and the King concluding with his humiliation and exaltation. There is no cost or book for this class.


Thursdays hold many opportunities for adults to come together. At 10:30 a.m. the Handbell choir meets in the sanctuary to practice. They offer special music on Sundays occasionally. They are directed by Pam Defries. At 12 p.m. TZL (Thursday Zoom Lunch) meets with Pastor Janet over zoom, to enjoy lunch, catch up with everyone, and have a short lesson. TZL is put of the senior ministry, but all are welcome to join. At 7:00 p.m. the Chancel Choir meets in the sanctuary to practice. They sing up front on Sundays and occasionally offer special music as well. They are directed by Rick Kready. If you're intersted in any of these please contact the office. 

Friday mornings--

R.O.M.E.Os (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meet every Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. at Perkins on Wanamaker Rd. They discuss life and religion among other things. This is a great time for our older men to come together and have a time of their own. Please contact Walter Schoemaker or the office for further information. 

Women's Groups

First Baptist Church is luckily to have a thriving community full of women and provided several groups for our women to attend. These groups usually meet weekly or monthly and have various events that take place throughout the year.

American Baptist Women

The American Baptist Women's Ministries is a Christ-centered minsitry with a commitment to encourage and empower women and girls to servce God. Their vision is that every American Baptist church has a vital women's ministry program to help women and girls develop as God's person, build God's faith community, and serve God's world. 

There are three groups at First Baptist Church-Topeka that are part of the AB Women's Ministry including the Esther-Jane Circle, Roseberry Circle, and White Cross. The Esther-Jane Circle meets the third Wednesday of each month.They meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. The leader for Esther-Jane is Joan Kerchner. The Roseberry Circle meets on the first Tuesday of each month, usually meeting at Johnyy's Tavern on 29th St. Because of the outside location please let Gayle Smith know ahead of time if you can attend. The Circle meets starting at 6:00 p.m. These two groups come together to discuss the ministry, current events, and how they can support American Baptist ministries. The White Cross is a group that comes together monthly, and works on various projects that help support both local, national, and international missions. Currently their projects include making quilts for the Topeka Rescue Mission and Hope Street Academy; making dresses and reusable sanitary pads for girls in the Congo, and also preparing health kit bags for the Rescue Mission. Other organizations they support are the Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kansas City and Murrow indian Chidlren's Home in Muskogee, OK. They are led by Theresa Hodges and meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 

If you are interested at all in these women's groups, all ages of women are welcome to join. The ladies are always wanting to grow to help more people and you'll find such a welcoming community here at FBC-Topeka. Please contact the office, or the leaders listed above for more information. 

L.I.F.T. - Ladies in Faith Together

L.I.F.T is a women's group that comes together for small groups and Wednesday Family Night. They are an intergenerational group and welcome all women to join. They sponsor different women's Bible studies and an annual retreat. They are led by Beth Hanes.