In the display case next to the elevator, you will see photos and newspaper clippings about various youth groups FBC has sponsored over the years. The earliest mention of a youth group is from 1895 where the congregation learned that 80 youth were a part of the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor. Over the years it turned into the Young People Union with 100 members in 1902. Most of us remember the Baptist Youth Fellowship and the church supported several youths to attend various Baptist World Youth Conferences in Beirut, Lebanon; Berne, Switzerland; Portland Oregon; and Washington D.C. Sunday Night Youth Fellowship combined FBC and the Normal Baptist Church. After we moved to our current location, we started the LOGOS program and have sent youth to Estes Park, Colorado and Wheeling, West Virginia for the LOGOS Summit. FBC has hosted several Great Rivers Region youth rallies most recently in 2004 when Rachel Strack was ABY president and again in 2015 when Allision Benton was ABY president.
Scouts have been a part of history as well. FBC has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 8 and later Troop 41. In the 2000s, FBC hosted a Girl Scout Troop.
Athletic teams have also been a large part of FBC’s youth programming. FBC has several trophies currently displayed in the lower-level stairwell in the Paul Loidolt Memorial Case. These are from tournaments run by the Interchurch League in the 1940s and 50s. In the mid 1990’s to early 2000’s FBC sponsored volleyball and basketball teams which were mostly composed of older youth and young adults.
For more details, please refer to the chapter called Accent on Youth starting on page 93 in Journey in Faith a History of FBC.