Contact: René Maciel
Go South to the Road
The idea “Go South to the Road” comes from the passage Acts 8:26-40. “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Philip was compelled to go south to the road and there he met an Ethiopian Eunuch reading from the book of Isaiah. Philip was able to explain to the man what the Scripture meant as well as about good news about Jesus. Later that day Philip baptized him. God has also called us to go south… and listen to the Spirit’s call and direction. He leads us to different places, people, neighborhoods, homes, and settings to share Christ. At First Woodway, we are ready to go wherever God sends us. Whether it be all of the sudden or a well planned effort, we will join together to Go South to the Road.
Grab some friends and find a place to serve and engage the community together.
- Hurricane Harvey Relief
To see the latest how you can help with Hurricane Harvey relief, please click here.
- Hewitt Dog Days
Saturday, September 30, 9:30 am | Hewitt Park
We need volunteers in several capacities: face painting, greeting people at our booth, and volunteering in various other ways. We would love for our members to let us know they are coming by signing up here. For questions, please contact René at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cookout at The Colony
Sunday, October 1, 6:00 pm | The Colony Apartments
We need volunteers to come help us as we serve hamburgers and hotdogs. This is a great opportunity to connect and love others in our community. For questions, please contact René at email@example.com.
- First Gear, Bicycle Team, Saturday, October 7
“First Gear” is the name of our bicycle team that will be riding in the Waco Wild West 100. If you have an interest in joining this team to ride in this race on Saturday, October 7, contact René Maciel at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please click here.
- 84 Runners/Shipley 5K Donut Dash
Saturday, November 4 | Crossroads Shopping Center
We will need help with registration, timers, handing out t-shirts, and handing out waters. For questions, please contact René at email@example.com.
Contact: Barbra Smith
The Mission of First Baptist Woodway’s Kingdom Kids Ministry is to share God’s word so that children have the greatest opportunity to know, love and serve God and to equip parents as they disciple and raise their children in Christ.
Thanks for your interest in serving in the Kingdom Kids Ministry at First Baptist Woodway! Your involvement matters because your service makes a difference in the lives of children. We serve for His glory – not our own – and we serve because Jesus Himself came not to be served, but to serve (Matt. 20:28).
As Disciples who seek to follow in the way of Jesus Christ, we need to do as Jesus did to nourish and strengthen our relationship with God. We were created to serve God by caring for His children and acting as good stewards of His creation. No matter what your God-given gifts are, First Woodway can put them to His use. Whether you serve as a teacher, helper, greeter or an extra pair of hands, Christians with a spirit for service are needed for countless volunteer opportunities in our Kingdom Kids Ministry. Our belief is that as people serve, the impact of that service will change lives… for those serving, for the people they serve, and even for those who see them giving their time to help someone else.
As you read through the various volunteer opportunities contained here, please pray about where God would have you serve and then contact Kingdom Kids!
Sunday School: Teacher/Helper
Infants-Grade 6; Serves 9:00 am
Infants-Three Year Olds; Serves 10:30 am
Sunday mornings are always exciting. Our staff and volunteers are passionate about discipling kids to become fully devoted followers of Christ! Teachers and helpers with infants and one year olds lead our youngest children as they begin to learn that Jesus loves them. They do this through games, play time, Bible stories, and simple songs.
Our teachers and helpers with two years olds through first grade guide kids as they begin to learn more about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. Teachers lead the children through the use of puppets, drama, Bible stories, games, crafts, and snacks that reinforce the story.
Teachers and helpers with second through sixth grade train our kids to worship God in all that they do. With this age group, the opportunities abound to challenge the kids to apply God’s truth to their lives. They do this through great discussion time, exciting Bible stories, interactive games, and more.
Pre-K Praise: Leader/Helper
Serves: 10:30 am
Pre-K Praise is a special praise time designed specifically for our pre-k kids. The Bible lesson for the day comes alive through interactive multi-media, music, games, crafts, and snacks. As a leader in Pre-K Praise, you will greet children as they arrive, guide them through centers, and share the Truth of God’s Word. Join us as we use this creative time of worship to show the love of Christ to the kids.
Hallelujah House: Small Group Leader
Age: Kindergarten-Grade 1
Serves: 10:30 am
Hallelujah House is children’s worship for our kinder and first grade kids, and has two elements: large group and small group.
During large group time, the kids participate in fun activities, followed by a powerful time of praise and worship, skits, drama, puppets, and Bible teaching. After large group time, the kids transition to small group time for relationship building, discussion, activities, prayer, and more!
Your role as a leader is to greet kids, love them, and serve as a leader and mentor to them.
The Word: Small Group Leader
Age: Grades 2-4
Serves: 10:30 am
Sunday morning in The Word is always exciting and it is the kind of environment where kids want to invite their friends!
Gravitate: The large group time to hang out and play games with friends and small group leaders!
Elevate: The large group time designed to praise, worship and discover God’s Word! This is a powerful time of worship, drama, skits, videos, teaching, and more!
Navigate: The small group time where YOU review and reinforce the lesson to help the kids apply concepts to their everyday lives. The games and activities are planned ahead for you and emailed in advance!
Age: Infants-Grade 6
Serves: 9:00 and 10:30 am
Sunday mornings are always exciting in Kingdom Kids!
While teachers and helpers are teaching our precious children about Jesus, floor coordinators assist them by pulling supplies and delivering snacks. They also assist the children’s coordinators with making visitors feel welcome, and putting supplies away.
Bible Drill: Leader/Helper
Age: Grades 4- 6
Serves: 7:00 pm
Bible Drill is for children in 4th – 6th grades. As a teacher, you will help children learn the 66 books of the Bible, 10 key Bible passages and 25 verses through fun and exciting games and activities. Adding to the excitement, you will help prepare the children to “Drill,” where in ten seconds they both recall and locate verses, books and passages. As a teacher, you are invited to parties and to State Bible Drill which includes a trip out of town for Friday night! Come join the team for skills, drills and thrills!
Prep time: 15-30 minutes prior to Wednesday evening
Contact: Terri Jones
Sunday Morning Teachers
This is your opportunity to help the Bible to come alive for middle school and high school students. We have classes at both the 9:00 and 10:15 hour.
7:37 Small Group Leaders
On Sunday nights we have discipleship growth groups for 7th – 12th graders, where leaders get to model Christ in a small group, mentoring-type setting.
Parent On Patrol
We need parents to help us with general supervision each week during our Wednesday Night Live program (it’s only once every couple of months from 6:30-8:30).
We are always looking for fun, energetic adults who can go to camp with us in July, help out with other events such as retreats and parties throughout the year, and stay up all night at the middle school Hoop-De-Doo each fall.
Chi Alpha Host Homes
Every January, we need families who will host small groups of our students for a special discipleship weekend that continues to change lives.
Contact: Blake Sherman
This team of media gurus exists to share the gospel-centered stories of FWCM students, make information about FWCM more accessible, and help College Hour run smoothly. You can help through live production, graphic design, web development, and video production.
A team of creatives is responsible for the visual presentation of College Hour, Fall Retreat, and Prayer Awakening. Creating is an important role in the life of the Redeemed and this team reminds and encourages our ministry as we all seek to reflect the character of our great Creator.
InnerCity Ministry is an opportunity to invest in the lives of local kids in Waco. Every Thursday, students from FWCM play with the children of the Villages Apartment complex on Bosque and 6th Street. After playing soccer, chalking sidewalk, and what seems to be hours of swinging, students share a gospel-centric story directly from scripture and finish the day with a snack. ICM meets at 4:00 pm. on Thursdays in the Ferrell Center Parking lot for carpool and a caravan and ends around 5:45 pm.
College Childcare Night
Once a month the College Ministry operates First Woodway’s weekly Friday Night Childcare service. From 6 pm until 10 pm, college students join the children in board games, playing in the gym, offer a snack, and finish the night with a movie. This service allows adult members of the church to spend a much needed night out together. All donations go directly to FWCM’s mission fund.
Disciple College Students
Students are paired in groups of 2-3 for weekly discipleship centered around Scripture, confession, and prayer. We are always looking for men and women to help disciple College Students in this setting, something we call Gospel Groups.
Hosting College Missional Communities
Student-led, mid-week gatherings of students (8-20) meet weekly Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights. We need families within 15 miles of Baylor to open their homes, adopt, and host these groups every year.
In the book of Acts, Joseph of Cypress was recognized by the Apostles as such a source of encouragement that they named him Barnabas, son of encouragement. The Barnabas ministry exists simply because there is a need in every ministry for encouragement, and we want to nourish encouragement in our leadership and across our ministry.
Seniors Care Ministry
Contact: Charlie Dodd
Service opportunities exist for volunteers to visit homebound, local nursing homes, those in local hospitals, and to assist with Bible studies and worship experiences both on and off campus of our local retirement centers and nursing homes. No matter your age, if you desire to serve our homebound and or our senior adult residents, we have a place for you.
Given In Jesus’ Name Food Ministry
Contact: Doris King
This ministry involves collecting and distributing food and household items to people who contact the church in need. Volunteers spend time with these families in need, sharing the love of Jesus and and providing for the family’s needs from the church’s food pantry. You can be involved by donating items or volunteering your time.
Contact: Rob Semple
God’s Toolbox’s primary focus is to care for, share with, and serve others through home repair projects. They assist the elderly, people of low income, and the disabled, enabling them to live in warmth, safety and independence.
Mowing for the Maker
Contact: Doris King
Mowing for the Maker provides basic lawn care services for those in our community who are physically unable to maintain their yards and cannot afford to hire help to keep their yards from becoming overgrown. People of all ages and abilities can serve with this ministry, from lawn care teams to ministry liaisons who sit and visit with the families while the mowing crew works. Learn more about ways you can serve here.
Our Second Family
Contact: Marissa Hostin
This ministry is for families with special needs loved ones as well as older adults who need help with day to day activities. Your talents and time will be just what someone in this ministry needs. You have the blessing of serving with a care team, using your unique gifts, getting training, and sharing and growing your faith.
Contact: Betty at 254.744.3679
Men and women from the First Woodway family travel to the Gatesville women’s prison on Monday nights where they spend time with female inmates… sharing wisdom, providing encouragement, and praying together. Try visiting a couple times to see if this ministry is a fit for you.
Special Needs (Helping Hands)
Contact: Marissa Hostin
Helping Hands provides ministry for persons with disabilities (babies through adulthood) and their families. More than 40 members are either partnered with a Buddy so they can attend regular Sunday School classes, or are taught in their own special class. Our volunteer base is primarily made up of church members, high school age through senior adults, as well as several Baylor students. lease consider joining us twice per month [or more if you’d like] for an hour to work with these precious children, teens, and adults. We look forward to getting to know you as you minister alongside these families.
Wednesday Night Saints
Contact: Ken & Wanda Glaze (or call 254.666.8276)
Each Wednesday night during the school year, 30-40 people receive a warm meal along with a hug and a prayer. These homebound families love the conversation time the most, just knowing someone cares about them. Call and see how you can spend one hour each week to help deliver a meal to someone who is hurting and alone. Learn more about ways you can serve here.
Contact: Gary Rhodes
The Choir sets the pace for our church family as they lead out in worship each week. We are looking for everyone who has a heart for worship to join us. Rehearsals take place each Wednesday night from 7:00 until 8:15 pm.
We are looking for experienced players who want to use their gifts to worship the Lord through the First Woodway Orchestra. The orchestra plays 8-10 times per semester, averaging every other Sunday. Orchestra members rehearse at 8:00 am on the Sunday mornings they play. Then they play as part of the 9:00 am and the 10:30 am worship services. The orchestra also plays for special events throughout the year, including Christmas, Easter, and special worship events.
The worship band is a rotating, auditioned group consisting of keyboard (synth), electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, and auxiliary percussion (shaker, cajon, conga drums, sus cymbal, chimes, etc…). They are the foundation of all we do in the worship ministry. The worship band currently rehearses Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm. They also meet each Sunday at 7:45 am to set up and rehearse for the two morning services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am.
The Praise Team is an auditioned group that rotates in helping to lead worship on Sunday mornings. The Praise Team currently rehearses Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm, and is committed to being part of the choir as well. They also meet each Sunday morning at 8:00 am to rehearse for two morning services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am.
First Formation Group Leaders
Every semester we provide a dozen or more different small group Bible studies through our midweek and weekday Bible studies. Every spring and fall we look for new teachers and facilitators in these multi-generational studies.
Home Group Leaders
We are always looking for new Home Group leaders and host homes for new groups. Join the Community Life staff in establishing new groups in our city.
Welcome Team Contact Tracy Wallace for more information.
The task of hosting visitors and members well is an incredibly important one, and we need help in order to do this with excellence! We are looking for young, smiling faces to add to our great team of volunteers to help serve in this vital ministry! Here’s where we need your help:
Golf Cart Team
We have a big parking lot and lots of traffic in it, so we would love to offer safe and convenient rides to our church family.
Red Wagon Team
Parents of young kids often have their hands full with diaper bags as they try to wrangle their little ones through the parking lot into the church, and we want to help. This team will go out into the designated lot for “families with small children” and offer rides for the kids into the building or just offer to take in bags so that the parents have an easier walk into the church!
Friendly faces to be out on the sidewalks to help point people in the right direction.
Kingdom Kids Greeters
Once families get into the building, we want to make sure that they feel welcomed and taken care of…that’s what Kingdom Kids Greeters are all about! We help our guests get checked in on our system and then help them find classrooms for their little ones.
These are our people standing in strategic locations to make sure that everyone who walks into our building is greeted with a smile, a handshake, and a statement that says no matter who you are, how your morning has gone, or what you did on Saturday night, we are so glad you are here!
Welcome Desk – Main Service (9:00 and 10:30 am) and The Venue Service (10:30 am)
This team’s main purpose is to be Information Central! If you have a question about which class would be a good fit for you, where do the kids go for their classes, what time are the services, or any number of other questions…this is the team you go to!
Guides – Main Service (9:00 and 10:30 am) and The Venue Service (10:30 am)
This group is the one who walks our guests to the locations that the Welcome Desk points them to…in other words, this group helps to make sure we don’t have anyone wandering the halls looking for where they are supposed to be!
Would you be interested in helping a new member of First Woodway get assimilated into our faith family? First Friends is a simple way to invest in our newest members and help them to connect to our church. We invite you to eat dinner with them at New Member Workshop and then follow up with them regularly for a few months afterward. Simple ministry, but vital to the life of our newest members.
Contact: Melody Carson
The best kind of storytelling includes visual storytelling, and few things communicate better than a good photo. If you are a talented photographer and would like to help us capture the life and heart of the First Woodway family, we’d love to hear from you.
Tech + Media Team
Contact: Gary Rhodes
The tech team primarily serves on Sunday mornings in the sound booth, operating cameras, lights, worship slides, and sound. If you are a tech-savvy person and have an interest in being trained to serve in this area, please get in touch.