The core mission of the Recreation Ministry is to serve and reach out.

We use recreation to complement, support and strengthen the ministries and organizations of our church, as we seek to share Jesus Christ with others: reaching others for Christ by creating an environment that exists to provide quality sports, leisure activities, and other non-traditional means while emphasizing excellence, opportunities, and values; enlarging our ministries' territories as we meet the needs of people spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically; challenging the family of First Baptist Church to grow through new experiences in fellowship and discipleship while using our time and our talent to serve others and our Lord.

Ongoing Events

First Travelers Club

The First Travelers Club offers opportunities to visit interesting places in central Virginia and possibly beyond. How does one become a member of the First Travelers Club? Just sign up and go on one of the scheduled trips. That’s it! Enjoy sightseeing and fellowship. For more information, contact Ann Evans.

  • Henricus Park - Saturday, June 10, 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Hiking and attending reenactment and sightseeing. Organizing: Larry Gable 804-748-7087. RSVP by Sunday, June 4. Meet in Henricus Park Parking Lot. 5 mile hike starts at 8:00 a.m. and should take 2 1/2 hours. 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836. After the hike you may visit Henricus Historical Park. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children to age 12. The recreated 1611 Citie of Henricus, an outdoor living history museum with 12 recreated colonial structures, demonstrates history through hands-on encounters with period dressed historical interpreters. Park open to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Larry Gable or visit the signup table in the Boulevard Hallway on Sundays after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services.

  • Rafting Down the James River - Saturday, July 8, Time TBD.
    Organizing: David Culotta and Millie Barnes

  • August - no event organized due to summer break and annual church building cleanup.

American Red Cross Blood Drives

To schedule a blood drive appointment between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., please contact Mark Roane, 804-262-7057 or go to

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First Riders

First Riders are Christians and friends of Christians who ride motorcycles (sometimes follow in cars) in fellowship, who revel in God’s creation and who wish to praise Him as we enjoy His gifts. Rides are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month, April through November, weather permitting. Most rides are in the range of 150 miles, and take up to five hours, not including time at lunch and for breaks. Please contact: Carl Evans, (804) 513-5130.

  • June 17 - Lovingston: Routes 6, 288, 711, 522 and 60 through Cumberland C.H. and Rt. 60 through Buckingham C.H. to Rt. 56 and on to Rt. 29 to Lovingston for lunch. Routes 29, 6, 20 and 250 back to Richmond. Ride time 4:20, 215 miles. Home between 3:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m..

T'ai Chi

Zen Movement: Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in the Adams Room
Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Adams Room
Intermediate: Mondays 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Adams Room
$10 to drop in per class; the first class is free.
Call Jenny Barone at (804) 382-8103 to register.

Gentle Yoga

Beginner level yoga: Mondays 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in room 220
Suggested $5 donation per class; the first class is free


Come one, come all and play some volleyball – any skill level!  Drop-in play. Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Gym


(Sewers, Knitters, & Embroiderers Involved in Needlework & Service)
Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Suite 280C

Jam Session for Musicians

Come out for a jam session for musicians of all ages and abilities! Never been to a jam session? Now is the time to give it a try. Acoustic instruments only. Horns, drums, etc. welcome. Piano available. Meets every fourth Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in LL18. For more information, contact Ann Evans.

  • May 23, 2017
  • June 27, 2017
  • July 25, 2017
  • No Jam Session in August

Seasonal Events

Upward Stars Summer Basketball Camp

  • Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29
  • Camp: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • FBC Gym
  • Rising 1st through Rising 8th Graders (boys and girls)
  • $100 per participant
  • Please see the flyer.
  • Complete basketball skills camp teaching all the fundamentals of the game. Each camper will learn ball handling, passing, defense and court awareness. Every day will end with on court play using the skills learned during the camp.
  • Please note VBS is this week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Those attending VBS, please bring your lunch. We will have supervised lunch with the Basketball Camp to follow. Registration for VBS required.

Register for Upward Stars Basketball Camp   |  Register for VBS

United States Tennis Association
Teach, Grow, Achieve Summer Youth Tennis Camp

The TGA enrichment program intertwines skill development, life skills, physical fitness, academic subjects, rules and etiquette with history and STEM. TGA’s goals are to provide campers with an extraordinary experience and to ensure that every camper leaves with the knowledge and fundamentals necessary to play their best while learning the games’ rules and etiquette.

Please see the flyer.

What to Bring:

  • Water Bottle
  • Snack (devotions will be held during this time)
  • TGA will be providing all equipment materials for practice (campers are welcome to bring their own racquet)

Maximum 20 participants per session

Session #1:  Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13

  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Rising 1st through Rising 5th Graders (boys and girls)
  • $110/week/per participant

Session #2:  Monday, July 24 – Thursday, July 27

  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Rising 1st through Rising 5th Graders (boys and girls)
  • $110/week/per participant

For more information, please contact Laura Harris, Director of Recreation or Robin Hendricks, Recreation Ministry Administrative Support.