Second Baptist Church is a diverse congregation with faith in Jesus Christ as the center that holds us all together.
We are all in the process of becoming more like Christ for the sake of others and we seek to meet folks wherever they are in their faith journey.
2BC is a safe place to deconstruct old narratives, and it provides an intentional foundation on which to rebuild your faith. We offer a rich variety of thoughtful, inclusive, theologically sound, and biblically inspired opportunities for faith formation for every age and stage of life.
Opportunities for All Ages
River Kids is made up of infants through kindergarteners. At this age, children learn about self, God, and others through play. We hope all that we do reinforces the following values: God made me; God loves me; and Jesus shows us how to live. These values are echoed through our all our activities, in preschool Sunday School, extended care during worship, and other special events. We work with parents as they seek to instill these values throughout everyday life.
Elementary School Ministry
City Kids is made up of 1st through 5th graders. Building on the principles established in preschool, our students know: I need to make the wise choice; I can trust God no matter what; and God wants me to show Jesus’ love and grace to others. All of these values are echoed through our teachings, events and programs —through Bible study on Sunday mornings and a variety of other special events. We work with parents as they seek to instill these values throughout everyday life.
Middle School & High School Ministry
Our teenagers are a diverse group that come from all over Central Arkansas and more than 12 schools to be together on Sundays, Wednesdays and other times throughout the week. Through Bible Study, play, and opportunities for service we seek to teach our youth the following: I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with my creator; I belong to Jesus Christ and define who I am by what he says; I exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world. We work with and support parents as they seek to instill these values throughout everyday life.
This group is designed for young adults in their 20s and 30s who value diversity, inclusiveness, grace and authentic relationships. This group seeks to extend these values to the downtown community and all across our community. We gather regularly to eat, have fun, study the Bible, serve others and to challenge each other to become more like Christ.
We are all on a faith journey regardless of our age or stage in life. Our adults gather together to not only learn what the Bible says, but also to explore what that really means in daily living. We share life together even as we learn, study, and grow through Sunday School classes, small groups and more.
Our senior adults are an important part of the life of 2BC. They root their service and dedication to our church in careful study of scripture as they gather for Sunday School and weekly Bible Study. They care for each other, the rest of the congregation and the community through prayer, cards, visits, and a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Intergenerational Small Groups
We offer a variety of opportunities for Faith Formation through seasonal small groups and Bible Study classes on Wednesday evenings and on Zoom with Theologian Emeritus, Dr. Hulitt Gloer.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Join us on Wednesday nights in person and on Zoom at 6 pm for Bible Study, starting on September 6.
Fall 2023 Wednesday Night Schedule
5:00 pm: Fellowship Hall open to eat together
Bring your dinner and join us for fellowship (drinks provided)
5:30 pm: Youth Area (4th floor) open for youth to hang out
Kids’ Area (3rd floor) open for kids and preschoolers (childcare provided)
6:00-7:15 pm: Adult Bible Study (Journey Class & on Zoom)
Youth Bible Study (4th Floor)
CityKids (1st-5th Grade) Bible Study (3rd Floor)
RiverKids (birth-5) Childcare (preschool area)
Adult Bible Study
“Baptist Identity and History” with Pastor Preston Clegg
The middle word in our church’s name is the word “Baptist.” Of course, “Baptist” is a loaded word, with all sorts of assumptions attached to it these days. But have you stopped to consider what it REALLY means to be a Baptist? Does that matter to you? What differentiates Baptists from other Christian traditions (*hint, hint- it’s not worship style, location, or even necessarily church organization)? What makes 2BC a different kind of Baptist church?
If any of these questions are of interest to you, please join Pastor Preston for our adult Wednesday Night Series this fall on Baptist Identity and History. We’ll discuss the origins of Baptist life, the main streams of Baptist history, the role of Baptists in the formation of this country, the rise of Southern Baptists, and what makes the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship different from Southern Baptists. All the while, we’ll be tying 2BC’s history into our study of broader Baptist life.
The study will be hybrid, with the in-person group meeting in the Journey Classroom and Zoom as our online component. The class will begin on Wednesday, September 6th at 6 p.m. and run on consecutive Wednesdays through November 15th.
We hope you’ll join us and we hope you’ll bring a friend.
Youth Bible Study
“So God created humans in God’s image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female God created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
We were all created in the image of God, and yet, too often the world privileges men over women. This happens throughout our world and especially in the church. For centuries, Christians have been using specific texts in the Bible to justify this hierarchical mentality, ignoring the many places throughout scripture that elevate women in a male dominated society and the countless ways scripture seeks justice and equity for all people.
This fall, we will dive into scripture as we examine the many ways scripture seeks to disrupt our understanding of women and lesser than men. We will consider the damage caused by the patriarchy to all genders and look for ways to create a safe and healthy world for all people.
CityKids (1st - 5th grade) Bible Study
We can all be Change Makers! Join us on Wednesday nights as we explore and investigate ways we can change the world through STEAM activities.
Childcare is available for our youngest learners.