Forever Young Ministries
These ministries are for adults between the ages of 55 and 105. As Baby Boomers retire, there will be an increasing number of senior adults in the United States. The Forever Young Ministries are designed to challenge and nurture this age group through a variety of intentional offerings, by, with, and for senior adults to help them “Love God, Grow Together, and Reach Out.” In early 2015, we conducted a survey of our Boomers & Beyond and the summary analysis of the survey and tabular data are available for you to read.
If you would like more information about any other ministries listed below of find out how you can get involved please contact Rev. Misti McCreary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Forever Young Fellowship – An entertaining program followed by lunch that meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.
- Roots and Shoots – The Kingsport District organization of senior adults that meets twice a year for fellowship, study, and entertainment.
- Jubilation – The Holston Conference organization sponsors a yearly event, usually in April, for Forever Young age group which is filled with fun, inspiration, and education.
- Home Visitation – Volunteers become a “caring Friend” to someone who can no longer attend church. This usually involves a bi-monthly visit, phone call, deliver an Upper Room Devotional quarterly, or mail an appropriate card.
- Senior Spiritually – Short-term Bible studies, book studies on various topics, Dream Group, retreats, and seminars are provided to deepen the spirituality of senior adults.
- Over 70 Luncheon – This special annual event takes place on the fourth Tuesday in October and is designed to celebrate and appreciate FBS’s members who are 70 years of age and older. A program of entertainment or inspiration plus a delicious meal are “gifted” to the honored guests.
- Forever Young Council – This is the governing body of all the Forever Young Ministries and it meets bi-annually for planning and evaluation.
- FBS Health and Wellness – Informative seminars, provided by our Parish Nurse, are usually scheduled prior to the Forever Young Fellowship gatherings or before the Wednesday Nighter weekly meetings. Ongoing bi-weekly yoga classes are also offered to Forever Young Members at no cost. Call 224-1500 for more information.
- Live Wires – This is a teleconferencing Church School Class for those of our membership who can no longer are able to attend Church or Sunday School. By dialing a toll-free telephone number, all participants are connected by phone and are able to interact with the teacher and other class members. These sessions occur every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
- FBS Golfers – For those of our membership who enjoy golf regardless of age or gender, a golf outing is organized once a month from April through September. Transportation can be arranged.
- FBS Travelers –Day trips and short over-night excursions to see plays and musicals or just to sightsee are randomly offered three or four times a year.
- Church Circle Round-up – This is a fellowship and entertainment event that takes place each August and the location is rotated between the churches on the Church Circle.
- Silver Bells – This group is designed for Forever Young persons to ring handbells for recreation and performance. They meet on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. under the direction of Bob Garver and participate in worship services and church handbell “rings.”
- Sounds of Joy – This is a choral group of Forever Young age members who participate in worship once a month at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service. They sometimes provide special music for the Wednesday Nighter, Forever Young Fellowship gatherings, and retirement/nursing homes in the area. They usually meet to practice on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. under the direction of Bob Garver.
- Forever Young Volunteers – There are many opportunities to serve in various ministries in the church:
- Landscaping at the Bloomingdale Retreat Center or the Church grounds
- Sponsoring children to Buffalo Mountain Summer Camps
- Collecting food for the Food Pantry
- Participating in Vacation Bible School
- Reading or tutoring elementary students
- Mentoring youth and young adults
- Serving as table parents for Art and Soul on Wednesday nights
Single Vision meets weekly on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. for a meal followed by a 7:15 p.m. special program of interest (usually in the church Fellowship Hall). Other off-site activities occur frequently, such as putt-putt, picnics at local recreational spots, and walks on the Greenbelt, as well as trips to local restaurants. For news about upcoming events with Single Vision, please email email@example.com or click the link for the appropriate newsletter below:
Mission Update – Shades of Grace – Drop into Shades of Grace anytime between 9am – 3pm to help if needed or visit and talk with the people Shades of Grace serves. Food donations are needed and can be taken to Shades of Grace between 9am – 3pm weekdays. They can use bread, sandwich fixings (such as sliced meat, cheese, peanut butter and jelly), packaged snack foods, pudding and fruit cups, canned meat and crackers, and non-perishable items that do not require heating or a can opener. They would also like to have fresh fruit and vegetables to provide proper nutrition.
Safe House – They are always grateful to receive all donations. Items needed are clothing for adult women, infants and children to age 10, socks and underwear; personal care items; bedding for single beds and cribs; paper products, etc.
Locked Door Policy – The church has implemented a new policy relative to the church being locked after the staff leaves. All doors will be locked at 6pm except on Sunday and Wednesday. This is a security and staff issue. When we meet in the Fellowship Hall, come to the doors at the Fellowship Hall and knock. Someone will let you in.
Meal Policy – Just a reminder – meal reservations are binding and unless someone is available to take your reservation, you will be expected to pay. To cancel, please call the reservation line (423-224-1502) BY 8:30 AM Monday morning. If you learn after 8:30 that you cannot attend, call the church office (423-224-1500). If we know you will not be there after the deadline for cancellation, it will be easier to fill your slot if someone comes without a reservation. We will make every effort to fill your spot, but we are charged for the number of reservations made. Single Vision cannot afford to pay for these meals. Thanks for your understanding.
** Please notify a Single Vision contact to update your address and phone number, email, or to be removed from our mailing list. Contact Jane Adams (423-246-1727) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.