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.

Seasonal Events

Christmas Break USTA/TGA Youth Tennis Camp

  • 1st - 5th Grade (any skill level)
  • Monday, December 18 - Thursday December 21, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • $110 per participant (Limited to 20 participants)
  • Gymnasium (indoor camp!)

United States Tennis Association (USTA) brings Teach, Grow, Achieve (TGA) Tennis Camp to Richmond! TGA is an extension of the classroom that teaches through a five-step curriculum model - Engage, Educate, Explore, Embrace and Empower. The TGA enrichment program intertwines skill development, life skills, physical fitness, academic subjects, rules and etiquette, history and STEM! Our goal is to provide a great experience and ensure everyone leaves with the knowledge and fundamentals to play their best while learning the games’ rules and etiquette. Our coaches are USPTA/USPTR Certified.

What to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Snack
  • Racquet (if you have one)

TGA will provide all equipment materials for practice.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Richmond’s First Baptist Church hosts Upward Basketball for boys and girls grades 1-6, and Upward Cheerleading for girls, kindergarten through grade 6. Upward is designed to give children and their families a positive sports experience using athletics to develop physical skills, character, self-worth and spiritual growth. The season incorporates practice, games, devotions, and a celebration event at the end of the season.

  • Registration is now closed for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading. We do have some spots available in some divisions. Please contact Laura Harris at 804-358-5458 x168 to see about any openings.

  • Practices Begin: Week of January 8. 2018 (Practice Nights TBD)

  • Game Dates, First Baptist Church Gymnasium
    • January 20 and 27
    • February 3 and 1 (no games February 17)
    • February 24
    • March 3, 10 and 17
  • Year End Celebration - Sunday, March 18, 2017 4:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary

Rim Rattlers Basketball

  • Saturday, February 24 - March 17, 2018
  • Gym
  • 4 years through K
  • 25 spots available

Rim Rattlers is an exciting introductory basketball program for boys and girls 4 years old through kindergarten. Rim Rattlers teaches the FUNdamentals of basketball with a Christian influence. The four sessions begin Saturday mornings prior to Upward games from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Participants will also take part in the Upward League Award Night on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.!

To register, please print this brochure and email Laura Harris or call 355-8637 x168.

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.

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, January 2, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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, remember we keep our rides at a pace so that all can ride in their comfort zone and if the lead gets ahead at some point we will find a safe place to wait and let others catch up and not be left behind. Lunch is at rider’s expense. Please contact: Carl Evans, (804) 513-5130.

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.

  • There will be no Jam Session in November or December 2017
  • January 2018 TBD

For more information, please contact Laura Harris, Director of Recreation.