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.

  • Train Trip to Washington D.C. - Tuesday, May 2, 6:45 a.m. to 8:06 p.m., Washington D.C.
    Organizing: Barbara Hodge, cell: 804-337-4620. NEW: Not meeting at the Church to take Church Bus. Meet the Amtrak Station on Staples Mill Rd., by 6:45 a.m. at the station. Each passenger needs to book their own train tickets on-line prior to May 2 for the following trains:
    • Round Trip RVR to WAS
    • 174 Northeast Regional to Union Station, Washington, DC @ 7:00 a.m., arriving at 9:33 a.m. to Washington, D.C.
    • 93 Northeast Regional to Richmond @ 5:50 p.m., arriving at 8:06 p.m. to Richmond
    Roundtrip Saver tickets for adults are $54, if available, or $61.20 if booked later. You may park at the train station, but carpooling may be favorable. Plan to arrive with your boarding pass in hand by 6:45 a.m.

    Barbara Hodge, trip leader, guides the group willing to walk from Union Station to the Smithsonian Castle and Information Center, a 1.4-mile, 28-minute walk. We will tour this historic landmark, and then make our way .4 mile, a 7-minute walk, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Museum tickets are free, but none are available for May. A limited number of walk-up passes are available on weekdays at 1:00 p.m. There is no guarantee of entrance, but if we don’t get in, the Smithsonian Museum of American History is next door. Finally, we can wind our way back to Union Station by the Capitol. Union Station is a beautiful, historic building filled with shops and restaurants, plenty to do until our 5:50 p.m. train arrives to return to Richmond. There are other museums on the National Mall, if anyone prefers a different tour. The Air and Space Museum is only 1.1 miles from Union Station, a 22-minute walk.

    RSVP by Sunday, April 30.
  • Virginia Capital Trail - Saturday May 13, Varina, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Bike, run or walk from Varina Library at 10:00 a.m. Organizing: Ann Evans at 804-795-1545. Meet in the new Varina Library (1875 New Market Road, Henrico, VA) parking lot at 10:00 a.m. and bike/run/walk heading east. Paved trail with easy inclines. Eat Lunch at Ronnie's Barbecue/ Subway or Portabella Ristorante at your convenience. You must sign a sheet before we leave the library and when we return to the library to make sure everyone is accounted for. RSVP by Sunday May 7.

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.

  • May 20 - Blackstone: Rt. 6 & Rt. 45 through Farmville, Rt. 696 to Green Bay, Rt. 360 & Rt. 460 to Blackstone for lunch. Rt. 460 & Rt.1 to Richmond. Ride time 4:00, 175 miles. Home between 2:30 & 3:00.
  • 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

Beginner: 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.

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

Run for God

A Bible study curriculum that prepares people "to be better witnesses for Christ... Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually."

Seasonal Events

FBC Night at the Flying Squirrels

Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • 6:05 p.m. game
  • Emma Potts will sing National Anthem
  • Fireworks after game
  • $8.00 discounted tickets for reserved seating for FBC Terrance Level
  • Tickets available for sale in the Boulevard Hallway on Wednesday Nights and Sundays after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services from April 19 - May 3, 2017 (Tickets are also available weekdays 9-5 from Robin Hendricks.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • 6:05 p.m. game
  • Fireworks after game
  • $8.00 discounted tickets for reserved seating for FBC Terrance Level
  • Tickets available for sale in the Boulevard Hallway on Wednesday Nights and Sundays after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services from August 2 – August 16, 2017 (Tickets are also available weekdays 9-5 from Robin Hendricks.)

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 14 – 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.