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.


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."


Grief and Loss Group

Leader: Janice Garris, LPC, LSATP | Room 306 * Meets from 4:30-6 PM

Grief is a natural response to a loss. You may experience many difficult and overwhelming emotions that will seem to never end. Grief and Loss Support Group is a group where you can share your feelings, listen to the experience of others, and learn how to heal with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior at your side. Please feel free to come anytime during the session.


Leaders: Steve & Jeanette Stallings | Room 321/322 * Meetings began January 8

After the funeral, when the cards and flowers have stopped coming, most people around you return to their normal lives. But your grief continues and you often feel alone. GriefShare is led by caring people who have experienced grief. They’ve been in the same place and will walk with you on the journey through grief towards healing and hope for the future. Book Cost: $15

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Leader: Brad Moore | Room 307

Most people slip by in this life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. Don’t get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. Learn how you can live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, learn to live for Christ, and don’t waste your life! Book Cost: $10

Optimizing Your Health with Optimal Nutrition and Life Style Changes

Leader: Denise Rhoad | Room 311

Come discover how optimizing your nutrition can improve your health. Our topics will include: Understanding the 7 pillars of heath • How does food affect our health? • Basic metabolism • Where is food sourced? • How to navigate the grocery store to make the best nutritional choices • Debunking food industry myths • Breaking up with sugar • How to properly fuel your body with the nutrients it needs • Open nutrition/health forum

Women’s Bible Study (for Women)

Trustworthy: Overcoming Our Greatest Struggles to Trust God by Lysa TerKeurst
Room 317-319

When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should follow, we’re much more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. It’s then that we begin to press into our ways and our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own god, but so many of us try. In this 6-session study of 1 & 2 Kings, join Lysa TerKeurst in Israel as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply personal applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Book Cost: $16

The Power of Together by Jim Putnam (for Men)

Leader: Phillip Herring | Room 308

Men of all ages - you’re invited to join us! In this study, we’ll look at what discipleship really means, how love is a mark of spiritual maturity, what kills healthy relationships, how to get along despite differences of opinions and cultures, how to use your gifts within the body of Christ, and much more!


Leader: Jeannine Gonzalez | Room 310

Apologetics - from the Greek word, “apologetics bolsters our faith and confronts people’s misconceptions about Christianity. 1 Peter says “…always be ready to make a defense to anyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you…”

First Norfolk Men (for Men)

Leaders: Darryl Meincke and Chuck Brady | Cross Roads Center, Suite 109

First Norfolk Men gathers weekly for Bible studies that are of particular interest to men of our community. These studies are geared to enhance and help men be more like Christ. All men are welcome and invited to join us!

Homeschool Mothers Encouragement Group

Leader: Gretchen Gray | Room 320

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Come meet with other homeschooling moms for a fun and enjoyable time of encouragement, fellowship, and community.

Book of Romans (continuing)

Leader: Hilton Oliver | Room 323/324

This chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse study of the letter to the church at Rome will provide a great foundation for growing in your understanding of foundational Christian doctrines that will serve you well throughout your Christian life. With salvation at the heart of Paul’s message, the Apostle Paul makes clear that this great gift of God to mankind is by faith alone, in Christ alone. Handouts will be provided.


why am I here? why do I need God?


First Baptist Norfolk

312 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, VA 23502

(757) 461-3226

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