Where students go to connect with God and one another!
Who We Are
SBC Student Ministry
Second Student Ministries seeks to engage students in opportunities for worship, discipleship, missions, and fellowship. Our vibrant and relevant ministry to next generations fosters a confident, life-long relationship with Jesus Christ. Through our regular rhythm of Sunday morning, Wednesday evenings, and Sunday Night Live, our students learn about God’s calling and purpose in their lives. We offer fall and spring retreats, and summer mission experiences to help students see God at work through service and relationships.
Ben Brown: Favorites
Get to know our Minister of Students, Reverend Ben Brown by a peek into a few of his favorites!
Favorite Verse: Micah 6:8
Concert: Ben Rector, Young the Giant
Book of the Bible: Mark
Movie: Don’t Think Twice, Forrest Gump
Foods: Pumpkin Pie, Coffee, and Chick-fil-A sandwiches
Coolest life experience: Driving cross country
Restaurants: Red Robin, Urban Farmhouse, and Sugar Shack Donuts
Vacation Destination: Newport, Rhode Island
Teams: VCU Rams, Houston Texans, Richmond Flying Squirrels and Atlanta Braves
Favorite Books: “Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller”, “Let Your Life Speak” by Parker J Palmer, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Favorite Nonprofit: Baptist Joint Committee, Habitat for Humanity
Favorite Ice Cream: anything in a waffle cone
Favorite Candy: peanut M&Ms
Sunday Night Live
Poetry and Psalms
From Shakespeare to pop music, poetry is all around us. The words, rhythms, and tunes of poetry and music help us give meaning to the many reactions and feelings of the teenage experience. The book of Psalms is a musical anthology of the emotions, songs, and hymns of David and other writers. In this study, students will engage with the psalmists’ emotions and feelings, and youth will have opportunities to engage with their own joys, fears, anxieties, and blessings.
Our young people become part of the Youth Ministry as they move to the Middle School, which usually happens in the sixth grade. At this age, they move into a Middle School Choir, further developing their part-singing skills that began in children’s choirs. This continues into the Senior High Youth Choir, continuing the progression of choral singing. Part of our experiences have taken the Senior High Choir on a mission trip, singing in churches and assisting churches with mission work.
The Sanctuary Choir takes primary responsibility for providing music for 11:00 a.m. worship. Additionally, our performances have taken us to present Christmas Concerts at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, as well as presenting Christmas and other seasonal concerts here at the church. In recent years, a Christmas Dinner Theater has become a tradition. Membership is open throughout the year.
A fully graded handbell choir ministry enables us to augment our music in worship. Training is available for our youth in the Middle School Handbell Choir and Senior High Handbell Choir. Generally, membership is open during the fall. If you are interested, please contact the church office.
This group is composed of mainly adults, but is also open to youth, middle school and up, who have at least two years of playing experience. They perform arrangements for worship as well as accompany choral groups and hymn-singing. We invite anyone to be a part of this ensemble who owns or has access to an orchestral instrument, and who wants to reshape those musical skills from years past.
How fortunate we are to have so many talented individuals, helping us to provide music in worship. Much of the music that takes place in the early, 8:45 a.m. service is provided by a small group, due to space restrictions. Organized select ensembles include JUBILATE (young adult), ONE SPIRIT (high school girls), BRETHREN (high school boys). Seasonally, an emphasis is made to utilize the talents of our college students. Traditionally, they sing for the 11:00 p.m. Candlelight service on Christmas eve and in worship during the summer.
College & Young Adults
College & Young Adults
Young adults are a vibrant part of the church and serve an important role within Second Baptist Church. College and Young Adult ministries at Second Baptist Church seek to continue a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ and to foster fellowship, discipleship, and engagement through missions. Life is vibrant for young adults, and we want to meet you where you are. We would encourage college students to inform the church office of their updated address to receive care packages and notes of encouragement. Local students and young adults, come and worship with us and dive deeper by connecting with our Sunday School class.
We are thankful to partner closely with the Kairos Initiative through the BGAV to help engage local young adults and college students on campuses throughout the commonwealth.
We offer shuttle transportation the University of Richmond that picks up students outside of Thomas Hall at 8:15am on Sunday mornings.
Contact UofR’s BCM Director, Ryan Goude at email@example.com for transportation assistance or to connect