Our Wednesday evening activities focus our efforts on discipleship. Believing that Jesus was crystal clear when He gave his final instructions to go into all the world and make disciples, we have clarified the purpose of our Wednesday evening events to strategically focus on the task of Disciple making - or making missionary followers of Jesus.

Thursday is usually a school and work day! Being sensitive to your family's needs, we have scheduled these activities from 6-7:30 pm so you have the opportunity to experience Wednesdays at First and be able to get your family home earlier in the evening. All of our Wednesday evening activities are at our Kempsville Road Location unless otherwise noted.


Wednesdays at First Discipleship Classes | 6-7:30PM | See the entire adult class list
Worship Choir | 6-7:30PM, Choir Room
Orchestra | 6:30-8PM, Worship Center


Kempsville Location | Fellowship Hall | 4:30-6PM | Sign up here
Or call the church office at 461.3226. Reservations/cancellations by noon Wednesday. Payment required at dinner: $6 (12 & up), $4 (Children ages 4-11), $2.50 (Children 3 & under), $7.50 (Low fat option).

STUDENTS (Grades 6-12)

Student Worship | 6-7:30 PM | Room 300

Our mid-week worship gathering designed just for students. Join us for God-focused music, video, drama, prayer, and a relevant message. For more details on our Student Ministry activities, contact Debbie Hoffius, or 802.9517.


Check-in at the Preschool Desk on the First Floor | 6-7:30 PM


Team Kid: Catching Air | Kempsville Location | 6:30 PM

Catching Air is a word athletes use for leaping, jumping, or riding—soaring! TeamKID: Catching Air helps preschoolers learn to do their best by trusting in God! Details: or 802-9516.


Books of the Bible | Kempsville Location, Room 220 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Books of the Bible is a fun, high-energy Bible study that teaches kids the books of the Bible and what each book is about! Each week kids will enjoy a Bible lesson, crafts, scripture memory, games and much more! Questions: or 802-9516.


Parent Refuge | Kempsville Location

Parent Refuge meets on Wednesday Nights from 6-7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Looking for a moment to catch up on your emails? Or maybe a place to sit down and relax with your friends? Come by the Parent Refuge on Wednesday nights! It’s not a program … it’s a time and place … just for you! (Coffee, water bottles and the occasional yummy will be available!)


Each year in January we feature a Bible study with our pastor, Dr. Eric Thomas, as the discipleship opportunity for adults.

Bible Study with Pastor Thomas

January 8 - February 5
Chapel, Kempsville Location

We will be studying the book of Jeremiah. The prophet Jeremiah's ministry began around 627 BC when he was only 20 years old. His work was during the last days of the southern kingdom of Judah before it fell to Babylon. His words of God's judgment fell on the ears of people who had ignored God's commands even with the threat of outside powers.

How does this apply today? Jeremiah wrote clearly about the new covenant God would make with His people through Jesus. This new covenant is what restores us to God, allowing us to have a personal relationship with Him.

Jeremiah 31:31–34 (NLT):
"The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD. “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the LORD. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."


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First Baptist Norfolk

312 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, VA 23502

(757) 461-3226

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