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First Baptist Church Yarmouth

Church Profile 2017

346 Main St, Yarmouth, ME 04096 T: 207 846 5814 www.firstbaptistyarmouth.org


Table of Contents Letter from the Pastor Search Team ................................................................................................................................ 3 Who We Are ‌ ................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Our Staff......................................................................................................................................................................... 6 Affiliations ................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Channels of Communication Within the Church Body .......................................................................................... 9 Our Heritage..................................................................................................................................................................... 10 First Baptist Church Yarmouth Covenant ....................................................................................................................... 11 Worship ............................................................................................................................................................................ 12 Sunday Morning Service ............................................................................................................................................. 12 Sunday morning involves: ...................................................................................................................................... 12 Music Ministry ............................................................................................................................................................. 13 Missions and Outreach.................................................................................................................................................... 15 Missions Programs and Activities............................................................................................................................... 15 2017 Mission Events: .................................................................................................................................................. 15 Additional/Varying events projected for 2018:.................................................................................................... 16 Spiritual Foundations....................................................................................................................................................... 18 Children’s Ministry ...................................................................................................................................................... 18 Youth Ministry ............................................................................................................................................................. 18 Small Groups ................................................................................................................................................................ 19 Men's and Women's Ministry .................................................................................................................................... 19 Specialized Classes ...................................................................................................................................................... 19 Fellowship and Hospitality .............................................................................................................................................. 21 Our Community................................................................................................................................................................ 23 Yarmouth Clam Festival ......................................................................................................................................... 24 FBCY in Numbers.............................................................................................................................................................. 25 Membership and Attendance..................................................................................................................................... 25 Daily Devotions ....................................................................................................................................................... 26 Tithing...................................................................................................................................................................... 26 346 Main St, Yarmouth, Me 04096 T 207 846 5814 www.firstbaptistyarmouth.org

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Letter from the Pastor Search Team December 2017

Dear Candidate, Thank you for taking the time to read through our church's profile. It has been our desire as the Search Committee of the Frist Baptist Church of Yarmouth to capture and present an accurate representation of our faith community. We have wrestled with words to attempt to explain what shared experiences and relationship have provided our church family for years. We look forward to talking with you to answer questions and expound on any areas of our structure, ministries, traditions or fellowship that draw out your curiosity or need further clarification. FBCY has experienced various changes and transitions over the past 18 months. Our previous pastor of 25 years, Ric Ochsner, resigned in order pursue his calling to mentor local pastors. Our interim Pastor, Randy Reynolds, is currently serving along with our Ministry Board to lead and guide the church during this season of change. It has been a time that has drawn us to explore many aspects our church and assess what the future of our congregation may be. We are looking to the same Provider that so many other believers have looked to over ages past to lead us to the one He is calling to fill the mantle of leadership as our Pastor. Our church has existed for over 200 years and it is our desire that we serve our role in our LORD's kingdom well as we pass it on to generations to come. We trust the Spirit will speak to you as you review these pages in pursuit of where our shared Savior is guiding you. Know that we are praying for you and seeking to walk in the same faith that will guide us to God's good, acceptable and perfect will.

Catherine Lyden, Chair Christine Hilton, Deacon Michael Shorey, Youth Pastor Valerie Taylor, Elder

Nathan Ochsner, Co-chair John Muehleisen, Elder Ross Taylor, Deacon

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Who We Are … We are a group of people who believe in the Biblically defined Jesus and are endeavoring to live life according to His teachings. We believe in: 

One God of three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for all sins, His bodily resurrection and imminent return.

Salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord.

The Bible as the inspired Word of God and final authority in matters of faith and practice. (copied from Church Constitution)

First Baptist Church (FBCY) has a rich history dating back to the original charter which was granted in 1797. The church’s history is marked with times of growth both physically and spiritually. Numerous additions & building projects have been completed over the years. Commitments of individuals have been numerous and effectual in the work of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ both locally and around the world. For over 220 years FBCY has been serving the local area of Yarmouth, Maine which is a residential community with a population of approximately 9,000 people. Yarmouth is located 12 miles north of Portland. Our congregation gathers from a number of the surrounding communities. FBCY has approximately 100 active members with an average worship attendance of about 90 on Sunday mornings. Most recently our pastor of 25 years resigned for another calling. Since February of 2017, FBCY is being led by a lay pastor in conjunction with the ministry board. FBCY has a congregational style of government. In this structure the church body affirms, encourages and supports its leaders. The Ministry Board is the recognized leadership of the church. While administrative oversight is spread out among the leadership of the church, pastors provides spiritual oversight. The emphasis is on shared responsibility and mutual trust. We have included a diagram of the church's leadership structure within this section for reference. Our church Constitution defines: our purpose, statement of faith, membership, leadership, officers, committees and meetings. It also includes our statement on human sexuality and communication covenant.

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FBCY members are missions minded with many members participating both past & present in the mission field and in outreach to our neighbors. We are a generous church helping in action as well as financially when needs arise.

Some of our congregation on a Sunday morning, November 2017.

The congregation has expressed their priorities in the desired strengths that would be key attributes of our new pastor. They range in importance & include: a pastor who is a gifted preacher and teacher, being a strong and sincere spiritual leader, having a heart for people, and a good communicator with a warm, open personality.

It is not to be presumed that this church, in the past hundred years of its history, has done all that it could or should, but … it may be said, with truthfulness, that the First Baptist Church of Yarmouth has accomplished a good and important service for the moral and spiritual welfare of this community, and also for the regions beyond, in our state and land, and throughout the world” “And now, as we look into the future, let it be our prayer and our endeavor to make that future worthy of the past, in which lie such history and such inspirations.” (From the Centennial Discourse on June 16,1897 by Reverend J. J. Barrows)

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Our Staff Pastor Randy Reynolds Interim Pastor

Randy is currently supporting FBCY as the Interim pastor and has been since January 2017. Randy has been serving the Lord as an evangelist, Bible teacher, interim pastor, and elder for over 40 years. After his retirement from Corporate America in 2015, Randy became an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Randy is married to his wife Sally for 46 years. They have four adult children and 8 grandchildren. If Randy is not busy serving in the church, his casual activities include outdoor recreational life, including; golfing, fishing, and bow hunting. His favorite teachers are Bill Hybels, Max Lucado, and Charles Stanley, his favorite music is traditional, with a splash of contemporary, and his favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb.

Michael Shorey Youth Pastor

Mike is originally from New Hampshire, but has now resided in Maine for the past ten years with his wife Megan and their three boys. Prior to his time at First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, Mike spent a number of years involved in Christian camp ministries which helped develop a greater passion for working with youth and their families. In 2008, Mike graduated from New England Bible College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Christian Ministries, married his wife Megan, and began as the Youth Director at FBCY. In the last couple years, Mike has returned to school to complete a Master’s Degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the purpose of becoming better equipped for the work of ministry. Among other things, Mike currently directs the youth ministry (grades 4-12), coordinates the bi-yearly mission’s trips to Nicaragua, coordinates music for Sunday Worship, and facilitates new membership.

Valerie Taylor Elder and Office Manager

Val was born and raised in Ohio, attended Malone University earning a BA in Social Studies and have taught in high schools in Ohio and Maine. Val has also been a bookkeeper/registrar for community education, a home educator of our two children (now adults), and a secretary. She has been a member of FBCY since 2004. Working with students, parents and administrators in public, private and homeschool settings, working in several different office settings, and my experience with a wide variety of personality types in myriad situations has given me a wealth of experience and, hopefully, wisdom upon which to draw in my roles in this body of believers.

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Christine Hilton Deacon of Caring

Dan Meyaard Elder

John Muehleisen Elder

Chris R. Hilton was born and raised north of Boston. She attended Mass college of Art when she met her husband, Richard who was attending Emerson College. She taught in a suburb of Boston after college for 6 years. They have two sons, Craig born in 1977 and Brad, born in 1983, with two Grandchildren. Richard and Chris built a business and life together for 42 years. Richard died in Nov 2011. They both lead Bible studies as a couple and individually in men and woman’s studies. Chris was an active member of BSF for over 7 years and a BSF leader. She has served as chair on the Mission Team, CAV-Central Africa Vision, and other outreach organizations. Chris currently serves on the Ministry Board as Deacon of Caring, and is a member of the Pastoral Search Committee. She enjoys outdoor activities, art projects, Museums, Travel and highly values time with family and friends. Serving the Lord is a focus and blessing that encompasses her life daily.

Dan was born and raised in Western Michigan. Dan’s religious base was formed as he grew up in the Christian Reformed Church and Calvinist tradition. Dan’s career caused him and his family to move around the world. As a result, Dan was an active member in a number of church denominations. Dan has been a member of First Baptist Church for 8 years. Dan is married to Ann Marie. Their family include a daughter, son-in-law and 2-year-old grandson in MN; a son, daughter-in-law and 1-year-old grandson in ID; and a son who is currently attending Ohio Wesleyan College in Ohio. Dan has been in senior management roles for many years in Life Sciences. Dan has worked with many people and cultures around the world. This experience with diverse groups of people is helpful as an elder at First Baptist Church.

Originally from Henderson, Nevada, John grew up in Nebraska. His career in the US Navy provided the opportunity to experience life in a number of locations in the United States as well as in other countries. To compliment his Navy assignments, he continued his education and graduated from National University in San Diego with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Writing. John and his wife Candace have been members of First Baptist Church, Yarmouth since 1998. John and his wife have two sons a daughter and five grandchildren. Keeping up with their family and church activities fills the majority of their free time.

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Michael Ruetty Deacon of Stewardship

Ross Taylor Deacon of Worship

John Willard Deacon of Discipleship

Mike was born and raised in Columbus Ohio. He has lived in Maine for 30 years and has been a member of FBCY 26 years. He has been married almost 31 years to Becky, with 3 grown children. Mike has worked as a Dentist for 34 years. He enjoys coaching volleyball, which he has done for the past 10 years. For the last 6 years he has been working as a Vintner. He also gets out to enjoy all that great outdoors of Maine has to offer, being found seasonally hunting, fishing or skiing. Mike is the Deacon of Stewardship.

Ross is originally from Kittery, Maine and raised in a Christian home. The youngest of eight children his family attended the First Baptist Church in Kittery point ME. He attended Gordon College with a degree in Economics and Business. He moved to Yarmouth in 1990 and has attended The First Baptist Church of Yarmouth to the present time. He has been married to Tanya Taylor for 27 years and they have three children Breanna (18), Storm (16) and Ryan(11). Ross has served in the church in many areas and held positions of Usher, Youth Leader, Teacher, worship leader and Deacon of Worship. Over the last several years Ross has joined Adios Ministries on Missions trips to Nicaragua with youth and adults from FBCY. Ross enjoys all sports, hunting, fishing and boating.

John is originally from Scarborough, Maine. In February 13,1984, he received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. He attended and graduated from GordonConwell Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of three churches in Maine. He has a passion for church growth and renewal; with the heart of a disciple-maker. For the past 12 years he has worked as a Correctional Officer at the Maine Correctional Center. John has two beautiful daughters. Katie is 17 and Rachel is 15, God led him to First Baptist Church several years ago. He is currently leading a men's Bible study, using his gifts and experience to help make disciples at FBCY. He enjoys the great outdoors, spending time camping, skiing, hunting and fishing. He is also looking forward to his upcoming nuptials to an amazing woman, Tracey Taylor.

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Affiliations FBCY is an American Baptist Church and is affiliated with the following associations: American Baptist Churches USA/ABCOM.

Channels of Communication Within the Church Body

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Our Heritage In the late 1700’s Baptist missionaries traveled to North Yarmouth bringing the Gospel in a new and charismatic style, which differed from the rigid style that was then being practiced. At the same time although the revolutionary war had ended, widespread poverty and violence continued and the local population were spiritually starving. Reverend Hezekiah Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts is the first named Baptist missionary to preach according to the Baptist faith. He brought many people to Christ, who were then baptized. In 1795 the Baptist Society of North Yarmouth and Freeport was formed. At that time meetings occurred in homes, barns and schools to study the word. In 1796 a meeting house was erected on ‘Byram’s hill’. At the same time Elder Thomas Green was elected their Pastor. Initially there was intolerance and antipathy from the local religious groups including abuse and slander. The church became incorporated under the name of “The Baptist Religious Society of North Yarmouth and Freeport” which ended the abuse. In 1811, 24 local churches formed the Cumberland Association. Within two years the church had begun what would be a long missionary history by sending out individuals “to places where the gospel had not yet been preached”. Over the years’ missionaries were sent to Burma, among the Indians and locally to Cousins Island. Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise, which allowed Missouri to enter the union as a slave state and Maine as a free state. In May 1889 the current church building was built. It took until 1915 for the first pipe organ to be installed. Ongoing work continued as a Christian education building was built, and in 1947 renovation of the basement into a dining room to accommodate up to 250 individuals for church suppers. Work continued, in 1996 a ‘dugout’ was built for the youth to use as a meeting and activity space. Over the past 20 years the church library, fellowship hall and dining area have all been updated to allow better use of the space. Since 1797, 34 pastors have served First Baptist church of Yarmouth. Most recently Pastor Richard Ocshner left to pursue other activities. In the interim Randy Reynolds has stepped in to the pastoral role, working closely with the Ministry Board as we continue the journey started 221 years ago.

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First Baptist Church Yarmouth Covenant We, the members of First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, Maine, having accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, joyfully and solemnly enter into covenant with one another. We promise to love one another as Christ loved us: sustaining each other with Christ-like concern, remembering each other in prayer, aiding each other in sickness and distress, being slow to take offense and always ready for reconciliation. We commit ourselves to the work of Christ’s Church: upholding the worship of God and the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, seeking through example and word to reveal Christ to others, contributing cheerfully to the support of our church, its purpose and mission, ministering to those whom Christ would serve, teaching the truths of Christ, striving for justice and peace among the peoples of the world.

We consent to the discipline of our faith: studying the Scriptures diligently, praying regularly, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, striving to live by Christ’s teachings, acknowledging that our time, our abilities and our resources are trusts from God to be used according to God’s will. We join in communion with all who call upon the name of Christ in faith: Uniting with them in witness to the love of God as expressed in Christ, joining with them in dedication to Christ’s mission. May the Lord bless us, guide us and strengthen us in our endeavor to be faithful people of God .

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Worship At First Baptist Church of Yarmouth we believe that the worship of God is an essential part of our existence as the church. While we strongly believe that the everyday life of a believer ought to be an ongoing act of worship, there remains a vital importance surrounding the act of corporate worship. This corporate worship takes on many forms and is not solely found in music. We participate in the corporate worship of God as we are serving, praying, reading scripture, hearing scripture preached, tithing and singing praises together. At FBCY we see value in both traditional and contemporary styles of worship. We have one Sunday morning service that seeks to blend the traditional and contemporary styles together as we strive to maintain unity within the body’s worship of God. Our worship service has found a change based on the varying levels of gifting and ability through the years. Both the Old and New Testaments teach that the essence of true worship is the love of God. We are called to; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” We believe that worship (love) is both felt and willed. It is quite impossible to worship God without loving him.

Sunday Morning Service At FBCY while worship is taken seriously, Sunday morning attire is more casual. The service follows many Christian traditions in format, which are detailed in the bulletin for all to follow. The services are intentionally planned to support the theme of the sermon for the day.

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Pre-service prayer meeting Scripture readings  Led by a member of the congregation  Occasionally responsive readings Music  Traditional hymns lead by the Pipe Organ  Contemporary praise and worship time Prayer & Praise Time  An intentional time for the body engage in prayer:  Specific praise and prayer requests  Directed prayer needs from leadership Children’s Moment (within the service)

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o Children’s Church held during the Sunday service Service is generally led by lay leaders as well as the pastor. Follow traditional Christian calendar (Christmas, Christmas Eve, Easter, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) Celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month o Lead by the Pastor and lay leaders Special Services:  Maundy Thursday Service  Sunrise Service  Christmas Eve Service

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The blended part of our service comes from our music: o 3 to 4 worship songs  Lead by a partial worship team:  Multiple male & female vocals  

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Regular guitar With occasional percussion, bass and keyboard The congregation participate in singing, lifting up praises to our Lord. Occasional use of music video led worship.

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1 to 2 hymns that are familiar to the body/church with the pipe organ  Sometimes accompanied by the piano  Plus one instrumental hymn along with our tithes and offering We have occasional guest vocalists, worship groups Choirs: o Children’s choir on Christmas Eve Service o Adult Choir: Occasionally on Christmas Eve

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Missions and Outreach At FBCY, mission and outreach funding is designated by members using their tithing envelope and is given to local and international missions. We are continuing to grow in our community outreach. Individual church members are encouraged to coordinate activities and utilize the Missions Team for support and networking. We have supported some missions and outreach activity for many years, while others are recent additions. Special collections occur throughout the year, and individual supported missions are highlighted weekly via announcements.

Missions Programs and Activities Each year, FBCY gives to the ministries listed below as part of our regular missions’ budget: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

ABBA The Root Cellar Hope House ABC Missionaries: Bill and Ann Clemmers Transformation Project: Ken Hawley Living To LAST One Great Hour of Sharing Marcia Sayer MAST Ministries

2017 Mission Events: CFI - India Trip: In the winter of 2017, a team from FBCY traveled to India to work at Children’s Fellowship of India (CFI), an orphanage for boys. Habitat for Humanity Walk: The church functions as a way-station for walkers and runners each year, and as of 2017 FBCY was the only one available in Yarmouth. ABBA walks - Spring and Fall: Members fundraised to participate in the walk. The Root Cellar: Ladies Luncheon and Tea. Members of the Missions Team organized and participated in a luncheon for homeless and immigrant women in Portland. Living to LAST - Fall event: Members of the church joined with other participants in a Living to LAST event at a member’s home building a handicap ramp for the family.

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Operation Christmas Child: Members of the church organize the donation of boxes to children all over the world. In 2017, FBCY was a “drop off site� in the community for the first time, collecting over 600 boxes. Christmas Fair: Members of the church and missions team volunteer at the church to participate in the annual Yarmouth Christmas fair. This year the fair raised $2700. It seemed like we had about a 90% participation rate in one way or another and it really showed. We are joyfully able to help out two organizations, the Root Cellar and Living to LAST ministries, so that they continue to do the Lord's work and to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Additional/Varying events projected for 2018: Nicaragua Trip: Typically, an international trip to Nicaragua occurs every 2 years, alternating with the India trip. The Nicaragua trip will continue to work with the orphanage and surrounding community. Feed My Starving Children meal packing event: A local non-profit organizes a meal packing event through Feed My Starving Children. FBCY members participate by packing rice meals for shipment all over the world.

Goals and Challenges: The vision of the Missions Team is to reach unbelievers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The subsequent goal is to move the culture of the church (FBCY) to be one of outreach and discipleship. Although key individuals have voiced a desire to see a greater emphasis on outreach within the community, follow through has not frequently occurred. Changing the culture of a group is, in my opinion, one of the hardest things to attempt. I also believe that cultural change can occur through modeling the desired practice. Toward this end, I have encouraged the members of the Missions Team to devote themselves to events that they find personal passion in, and from that mindset draw other church members into activity. If we want members that act upon personal passion, we need to be exercising from that mindset ourselves (and therefore not completing tasks out of obligation or resentment). Thank God the Holy Spirit is more powerful than we can imagine. Bridgitte Ochsner, Missions Chair

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Nicaragua Team

India Team

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Spiritual Foundations Children’s Ministry Children’s Church is offered to children as young as toddlers through 6 th grade to provide a solid foundation for nurturing the lifelong process of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. In the fall of 2017 we began using The Gospel Project curriculum, which covers the entirety of the Bible over the course of three years. Children’s Church meets during the last half hour of the regular church service. During the first portion of the church service, children either remain in the sanctuary with parents or can go to the nursery. During the sermon time, children can attend Children’s Church, which is currently offered for three age groups: Pre-School, K-2nd , and 3rd -6th . All children are being taught the same lesson, but in ageappropriate ways. Key points of the lessons are sent home so that families can review main concepts or dig deeper into the stories. We have several volunteers who teach the Children’s Church classes on a rotating basis. A Children’s Church Coordinator will prepare the lessons so that they are easy for the volunteers to present to the students. During the month of December, we will use some or all of our class time to prepare a short program to be performed during our Christmas Eve service. This is usually one or two songs and a retelling of some of the Christmas Story lasting about ten minutes.

Youth Ministry The goal of this ministry is to provide a safe space for students to meet Jesus, grow in Him, and begin to reconcile their own questions of life and faith. While it is common for teens to feel alone in faith, we strive to help them understand through discussion that they are not alone. There are others wrestling with many of the same questions. Our desire is that teens will grow together and encourage one another in the Gospel of Christ. While our Youth program consists of variety of activities, it is anchored by regular weekly gatherings for students in grades 4 through 12. These weekly gatherings are broken down into appropriate age groups and are generally comprised of food, games and Bible lessons/discussions.   

Headwaters > Thursday Evening > [Grades 4-6] Gravity MS > Thursday Evening > [Grades 7-8] Gravity > Sunday Evening > [Grades 9-12]

For our students in 7th through 12th grade we offer regular activities such as trips to Six Flags, Corn Mazes, Photo Scavenger Hunts, Retreats, Conferences, etc.. While most of the listed activities revolve around fun events, we also believe it to be essential to provide many opportunities for the youth to engage in serving others and reaching out to the community. We have been developing a working 346 Main St, Yarmouth, Me 04096 T 207 846 5814 www.firstbaptistyarmouth.org

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relationship with a local program called “Yarmouth Aging in Place” that works to care for the needs of the elderly in Yarmouth. As they contact us with needs, we call upon teens to serve through mowing lawns, raking leaves and shoveling driveways. Also in an attempt to encourage discipleship and service, we lead a short-term mission’s trip to Nicaragua once every two years.

Small Groups Small groups have become part of the regular and understood culture of FBCY. The congregation is regularly encouraged to get involved through Small Groups. We seek to keep groups small, 12 or fewer people per group. We firmly believe this setting provides some of the best opportunities for building relationships and for actual change to occur in people's lives. These groups have been formed around everything from specific books of the Bible, to individual study books, or even by gathering people of similar life experience together i.e. young adults, mothers, etc. There have been seasons where the small group involvement has been over 60% with there being many different small groups to consider participating in. Efforts have been made to ensure the church's library is a helpful resource with many books, prepared studies, and educational materials available for use either in individual study or in a group setting. The transitions that FBCY has been experiencing over the past couple of years has made Small Groups harder to maintain. This aspect of our body’s life is essential for its continued health and we will always endeavor to encourage the congregants to consider how they may get involved in, host, and/or lead a small group.

Men's and Women's Ministry FBCY has sought to offer the unique atmosphere created when men and women gather together in their own separate groups. Men's and Women's ministries have had high and low points over the recent history. Annual events such as the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference or the Daughters of the King events have provided great launching points to generate more interest in these ministries. As with any other ministries, these require one or two individual/s to help spearhead their events and expand their reach. More recently this has been a challenge because no one is currently filling that role.

Specialized Classes Over the years there have been opportunities to provide specialized classes on topics such as learning about and identifying one’s own spiritual gifts, and evangelism through telling one’s own story. One class which is more regularly offered is a Membership Class. This class provides people a chance to learn about the basics of Christianity, FBCY, our history, our governing structures and our beliefs as they consider making a commitment to Christ and/or to join our church family. 346 Main St, Yarmouth, Me 04096 T 207 846 5814 www.firstbaptistyarmouth.org

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Beyond the membership class additional classes have been conducted to provide things such as training for Small Group Leaders, Investigations into Discipleship, Intensives on Evangelism, etc. These are run based on need.

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Fellowship and Hospitality Fellowship and hospitality are an important part of the history of FBCY. We encourage our congregation to embrace a welcoming atmosphere and to greet all who enter the church on a Sunday morning. Following the service light refreshments are provided, in the dining area or on the lawn in the summer as weather permits. Small Groups There is currently a limited number of ongoing small groups. They are used as a time for fellowship, teaching and ministry within the body. (see spiritual foundations section for more information) Social Committee Also known as the ‘fun’ committee. A small group of individuals who coordinate and manage the frequent potluck events that are held throughout the year, except during the summer. Organize special events:   

Harvest Supper, which includes a full turkey dinner High School graduation dinner usually in May Celebratory potlucks e.g. during visits of missionaries and other guests

BBQ Dinners A separate team coordinates amazing BBQ dinners, primarily used as fund raisers for the India and Nicaragua trips, and other local ministries. The mission team members work on the dinners, which are also used as an outreach into the community. A BBQ dinner is also held at the church during the yearly Yarmouth Clam Festival on the Friday night during the parade, where many are encouraged to eat and enjoy the floats and other activities of the festival. Women’s Luncheon Meets monthly for lunch at a variety of restaurants for food and fellowship.

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Christmas Fair Yearly community wide Christmas celebration in Yarmouth Village. The church actively participates in the fair, the proceeds of which are donated to one or more of our church-supported local ministries.

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) The Ministry Board, has an assigned representative who maintains contact with the Yarmouth community action group YCAN (Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors). Examples include collecting coats for local families.

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Our Community “Our Latchstring, Always Out” (Yarmouth Motto)

The town of Yarmouth is located in Cumberland County, on the coast of Southern Maine. Yarmouth was settled in 1636, and incorporated in 1849. It is a 15-minute drive from Portland, Maine’s largest city, with easy access off I-295. Yarmouth has an active downtown known as ‘the village’, typical of New England a mixture of old homes and small businesses. Yarmouth has commercial areas and a sheltered, working waterfront. Yarmouth has many historic homes and buildings, reminding one of the quintessential New England town. Today Yarmouth is known for the high quality of its education as well as its impressive number of parks and trails including Royal River Park and Pratts Brook Park. It has many excellent restaurants and eateries, serving everything from pizza to fine water-front dining. According to the Yarmouth website (http://www.yarmouth.me.us/index.asp)

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Yarmouth Population 8,500# Median income $75,000# 70% own their own home, 29% rent +

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96 % White + 1.4% Asian+ 1.3 % Hispanic+ 1.1% two or more races+

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Median age 48 Median home value $298,284+ 62% of the population have a college degree# 65% live in a household (two or more related people); 11% are single parent homes and 27% live alone + 30% of households are families with children+

#Source U.S. Census Bureau 2011-2015 American Community Survey; Maine Department of Labor +Source U.S. 2010 Census

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Yarmouth Clam Festival Every July since 1965 Yarmouth welcomes a hundred thousand plus visitors, to the local clam festival. The festival comprises family-friendly activities including a parade, music and a carnival. A wide variety of local and New-England made art and handcrafts are sold, as well as fresh seafood and other dietary delectables. When you are tired of walking, sit on the green, relax and listen to variety of local musicians.

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Yarmouth buzzes with the start of Hometown Holidays. From Craft Fairs, Art Shows and Concerts, Yarmouth has it all!

346 Main St, Yarmouth, Me 04096 T 207 846 5814 www.firstbaptistyarmouth.org

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FBCY in Numbers Membership and Attendance  

Membership as of November 2017 = 66 Average number of regular attendees including members and non-members in 2017 = 97 (including children). o Member regular attendees = 49 o Visitor regular attendees = 35 o Visitors = 4

Worship average attendance 2012 130 2013 123 2014 113 2015 104 2016 104

In FBCY attendance is affected in the winter by the weather however the church rarely cancels services. In July and August there is also a decrease in attendance as attendees are away on vacation with their families or at their camp (holiday home by a lake or in the mountains). The members and regular attendees were asked to complete a demographic survey during September 2017, 51 completed surveys were returned, each survey represented a family unit, the results are below. The approximate break down of our regular attendees both member and visitors.

Age < 5 years 6-11 years 12-17 years 18-29 years 30-44 years 45-59 years 60-64 years 65 + years

Number 14 4 12 10 16 26 10 34

Employment Preschooler Student Full-time Part-time Homemaker full-time Retired

14 13 68 5 2 23

Over 70% of those who completed the surveys attend 3-4 worship services per month. There is a Monday night prayer time with a small attendance on a regular basis. The small group ministry currently consists of a women’s and a men’s small group, as well as a single small group currently focused on evangelism. 42% of the members have been a member for 9 years or less; 32% had been members for between 1019 years.

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The majority of families live in their own, single family dwelling, and have been there for over 10 years.

Employment Information

Category Clerical, office Craft worker, production supervisor Farm laborer Health care worker Household worker Laborer Disabled

Number Category 2 Professional Manager, proprietor, 8 executive 2 Service 2 Operative transport 7 Retired 2 Small business owner 2 Sales

Number 20 9 11 2 23 1 2

Daily Devotions Of those who completed the survey, 83% indicated they have regular daily devotions. Of those 41% take time 4-5 days per week, 27% 1-3 days per week and 30% spend time daily. The most common activities include prayer and reading the Bible.

Tithing 86% of the 51 families that completed the survey indicated that they tithe, with 56% of them tithing on a weekly basis. Of the 37 respondents who completed the questionnaire almost 51 % tithe 10%, and 43% give between 1-9% of their income. 75% of the 44 respondents support parachurch ministries as well as the church in their regular giving.

346 Main St, Yarmouth, Me 04096 T 207 846 5814 www.firstbaptistyarmouth.org

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