Join us for the REACH Prayer Rally

Reach Flyer (2)Join the Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope for its REACH Prayer Rally. Click here for more information about this special prayer gathering. This prayer event is in preparation for the Festival of Hope Evangelism Conference that will be held Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16, at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. Student Night is Saturday, August 15. You don’t want to miss out on this FREE event! For more information about the Festival of Hope, please CLICK HERE.

August is FP Month – Learn how you can get involved

First Priority StudentsWow! We are getting ready to kick-off another school year of First Priority. With over 520 decisions made for Christ and more than 13,000 students who participated in First Priority and FPKids last school year, we can’t wait to see what God has in store for our schools this year! We are excited to celebrate FP Month during August. It will be a month filled with First Priority trainings, prayer gatherings and commissioning of students, speaking engagements at churches, and much more. There are multiple ways you can get involved and we hope you will pray about opportunities to participate.

Get involved today!

1) Pray – The ministry of First Priority could never be what God truly wants it to be without consistent prayer. Ask your church congregation to pray over students and commission them to go and be disciples in their school before school starts back. Please be in constant prayer for students who don’t know Christ, and for Christian students to be bold in sharing their faith. Please pray for our staff, volunteers, faculty sponsors, campus coaches, students and schools. When you pass by a school, pray for that school. Make a school zone your prayer zone.

2) Promote – Share the vision and mission of First Priority within your circle of influence. Pray about who would be blessed and interested to know about and support the mighty work that God is doing on our school campuses. We have a lot of resources available that you can share with others at firstpriorityal.com. Ask your church to give First Priority opportunities to speak and raise awareness about the ministry. Encourage your church’s youth pastor to promote First Priority with your youth group and to encourage students to attend club meetings, be on leadership and to invite their lost friends. Call 205.871.8886 or e-mail us at: info@gofirstpriority.com to arrange a time for a First Priority representative to speak at your church.

3) Participate – First Priority is always in need of volunteers. Most of the students in our schools will never step foot in a church, but they will attend school. We need to go to them. Encourage members of your church to get involved with First Priority and to participate and connect with students on our campuses. E-mail us at: info@gofirstpriority.com to get involved.

4) Provide – Support First Priority financially and help ensure that every student in our area is reached with the hope of Christ. It takes $3,000 to fund each school that we serve. We would like to encourage you to help support one or several of the more than 200 schools across the Greater-Birmingham Area. CLICK HERE to support First Priority. Call 205.871.8886 or visit firstpriorityal.com to learn how you can join this Gospel movement to advance the Kingdom of God.

We hope you will get involved with First Priority during FP Month. CLICK HERE to watch and learn about personal stories of real students’ life change. God is so good and we give Him all the praise and glory for what He has done in our schools through the ministry of First Priority. Come and be a part of this Gospel movement and excitement; you are guaranteed to be blessed!

Save the date for our Tee Time Golf Tournament

FP Golf Tournament Save the DateSave the Date for First Priority’s Tee Time Golf Tournament that will be held Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at a new location: Greystone Golf & Country Club, 4100 Greystone Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242. We hope you will make plans now to attend. Will you take a moment and mark it on your calendar? Students need your leadership and support. The newest studies show that what a student believes at age 13 is what they will die believing unless they have a major life experience. We want to reach these students in the most critical time of their life and we need your help. Please support First Priority through your sponsorship and participation in our golf tournament.

Sign-up for the tournament will begin Monday, August 24. Be on the lookout for a registration brochure in the mail prior to that date. Please tear off the attachment and mail it to us with your team sponsorship information. This tournament will be an afternoon flight complete with lunch, snacks, drinks and dinner. Registration will begin that day at 11 a.m. and tee off will be at noon. Winning teams will receive valuable gift certificates and prizes. You will also have the opportunity to bid on valuable sports memorabilia. There will be plenty of giveaways and door prizes for everyone; no one will leave empty-handed!

Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us on Monday, October 26If you aren’t able to participate in this year’s golf tournament but would still like to support First Priority, you can do so by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Do you have a plan to reach your campus for Christ? Join us to find out how!

Campus Ministry Training

The new school year is about to begin, so you know what that means… a brand new year of First Priority! We want to ensure you are prepared and ready to reach your campus for Christ. Therefore, we are excited to inform you about several different campus ministry training opportunities that are right around the corner. These high-impact, high-intense training sessions are for everyone, students and adults, and will address the unique issues of doing campus ministry in local middle, junior high and high schools. We want to help you make a positive difference on your campus. You will be provided with in-depth leadership training in timeless skills, focused education and tools to be better leaders in all aspects of campus life. These trainings will feature live music, guest speakers and so much more. You will receive specific training on our HOPE Strategy and learn how to implement our new HOPE Guide. We will have resources available for purchase at each training including T-shirts, wristbands, draw string bags and more. For now, check out First Priority of America’s resources HERE. Students, teacher sponsors, campus coaches, parents, and community/business leaders, please plan to join us for one of the four training sessions listed below. Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us!

Campus Ministry Trainings

Highway 78 Network Training:

Date: Friday, July 31, 2015

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Westwood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

2349 Forestdale Blvd.

Birmingham, AL 35214

More info: Contact James Cato at: james@gofirstpriority.com

East Network Training:

Date: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Bethel Baptist Church Loft Youth Room

8332 Moody Parkway

Moody, AL 35004

More info: Contact Ashlee Lambert at: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

North Jefferson Network Training:

Date: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Gardendale Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Gym

805 Crest Drive

Gardendale, AL 35071

More info: Contact James Cato at: james@gofirstpriority.com

North Shelby Network Training:

Date: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Meadow Brook Baptist Church

4984 Meadow Brook Road

Birmingham, AL 35242

More info: Contact Debi DeBoer at: debi@gofirstpriority.com

Campus Coach Training:

We will also be holding a training for campus coaches immediately following our City-wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, in the Student Center. CLICK HERE for more details about the City-wide.

August is FP Month. If your church would like a First Priority representative to come and speak about First Priority and/or to do a training for your area, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 205.871.8886 or info@gofirstpriority.com.

FPKids Training

We are also excited to inform you that we will be holding an FPKids Training on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Gardendale Church of Nazarene, 1800 Decatur Hwy., Gardendale, AL 35071. This training will be for new schools implementing “Jesus Said,” as well as clubs that have already completed “Jesus Said” and will be implementing our new curriculum that focuses on God’s Kingdom because “The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Teachers, Parents, Children’s Pastors, Youth Pastors, Pastors, Community/Business Leaders and Ministry Volunteers, please mark your calendars now and plan to join us for our FPKids Training on Sunday, August 30. For more information about this Training, please contact James Cato at: james@gofirstpriority.com. For more information about starting an FPKids Club, please call us at 205.871.8886 or visit fpkids.club.

Other Area First Priority Trainings

First Priority Greater Decatur Campus Ministry Training:

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: First Priority Decatur Office

1629 4th Ave. SE

Decatur, AL 35601

More info: Contact Larry Franks at: larry@fpdecatur.org


First Priority Greater Decatur FPKids Training:

Date: Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

Location: First Priority Decatur Office

1629 4th Ave. SE

Decatur, AL 35601

More info: Contact Larry Franks at: larry@fpdecatur.org

 

North Alabama Campus Ministry Training:

Date: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: Asbury United Methodist Church

980 Hughes Road

Madison, AL 35758

5 Points Building

More info and to RSVP: Contact Laura Davidson at: laura@fpnorthbama.org

Save the Date for our next City-wide Luncheon

city wide aug 2015 (2)Save the date for our next City-wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon that will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, in the Student Center. Come join us for FREE lunch and a great time of networking and fellowship.

Our special guest speaker is Ed Newton, staff evangelist at First Baptist Church Central Florida, the executive director of the LIFT TOUR, and teaching faculty member of Student Leadership University in Orlando, Fla. Ed was raised in a deaf world. The only child of two deaf parents, he was the voice in the silence for his parents Ron and Libby Newton. Through difficult circumstances and major hardships, Ed was radically saved in high school. It was through the spoken word of others and the written Word of God that clarified a call to ministry as a senior in high school. God began to show forth His sovereign will in leading Ed to Clearwater Christian College to gain a Bible education, while affording the opportunity to play college basketball for four years. Ed continued his education journey by receiving a Master in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary. Click here to learn more about Ed.

We will have many great give-a-ways and free youth ministry resources at this City-wide Luncheon. You don’t want to miss it! Please join us for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. Save the date and make plans now to attend! Be on the lookout for registration details coming soon.

Join us for a plan of action to reach your campus

Campus Ministry TrainingThe new school year is about to begin, so you know what that means… a brand new year of First Priority! We want to ensure you are prepared and ready to reach your campus for Christ. Therefore, we are excited to inform you about several different campus ministry training opportunities that are right around the corner. These high-impact, high-intense training sessions are for everyone, students and adults, and will address the unique issues of doing campus ministry in local middle, junior high and high schools. We want to help you make a positive difference on your campus. You will be provided with in-depth leadership training in timeless skills, focused education and tools to be better leaders in all aspects of campus life. These trainings will feature live music, guest speakers and so much more. You will receive specific training on our HOPE Strategy and learn how to implement our new HOPE Guide. We will have resources available for purchase at each training including T-shirts, wristbands, draw string bags and more.

Students, teacher sponsors, campus coaches, parents, and community/business leaders, please plan to join us for one of the four training sessions listed below. Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us!

Campus Ministry Trainings

Highway 78 Network Training:

Date: Friday, July 31, 2015

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Westwood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

2349 Forestdale Blvd.

Birmingham, AL 35214

 

East Network Training:

Date: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Bethel Baptist Church Loft Youth Room

8332 Moody Parkway

Moody, AL 35004

 

North Jefferson Network Training:

Date: Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Gardendale Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Gym

805 Crest Drive

Gardendale, AL 35071

 

North Shelby Network Training:

Date: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Meadow Brook Baptist Church

4984 Meadow Brook Road

Birmingham, AL 35242

 

 

 

Festival of Hope invites you to a City-wide Prayer Gathering

Prayer Gathering

The Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope is hosting a City-wide Prayer Gathering on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham from 6-7:30 p.m. and you’re invited! This will be a time to pray for and seek God’s intervention throughout the Greater-Birmingham Region. Pastor Harry Reeder, Pastor Michael Wesley, and other leaders will lead this great time of prayer for the needs of the city, the power of the Gospel, and the unity of the body of Christ.  A mass choir directed by Daniel Cason will provide music. Come join this time of prayer and worship! Click here for more information about this special prayer gathering.

This prayer event is just one of the many events taking place to get ready for the Festival of Hope evangelism conference that will be held Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16, at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. For more information about the Festival of Hope, please CLICK HERE.

It’s Amazon Prime Day – Support First Priority!

amazon primeHappy Amazon Prime Day! Today only, Prime members have exclusive access to more deals than Black Friday. Save on products from departments such as Electronics & Computers, Toys, Kids & Baby, Movies, Music & Video Games, Clothing, Jewelry & Watches, Home, Garden & Tools, Sports & Outdoors, and more. You can support First Priority while shopping these Amazon Prime deals! Be sure to make your purchases at smile.amazon.com, and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to First Priority. It’s that simple!

Not yet a prime member? No problem! Start a 30-day FREE trial today, and you will have immediate access to all the same exclusive deals! Click here for more info.

Amazon recently started a new program called AmazonSmile, which allows shoppers to select their favorite charitable organization to receive 0.5% of the purchase as a contribution from Amazon. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, the same products, same prices, same service! The benefit: you are helping First Priority reach students with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

CLICK HERE to get started today. Designate First Priority of Alabama as your charity of choice and start shopping! You will know your purchase is supporting First Priority when you see, “Supporting First Priority of Alabama Inc.” in the top left corner of Amazon’s Web site.

Enjoy the deals! And, thank you for supporting First Priority!

 

Learn about our new FPKids Curriculum on God’s Kingdom

FPKids Kingdom

Our culture is changing vastly and First Priority is working to change with it. We are getting ready to begin our third year of FPKids, a strategy for churches and parents to partner together around schools to empower elementary and intermediate students to influence their school with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. FPKids is a Christian club that meets on campus before school one morning a week. It’s led by a trained team of parents, church leaders and teacher sponsors. Students engage the Biblical teachings of Jesus in a fresh and dynamic way. Last year, 35 schools and nearly 3,500 students across the Greater-Birmingham Area participated in FPKids. The FPKids strategy focuses on teaching students to know and do what “Jesus Said.” The curriculum consists of four parts that are repeated every month: Read It, See It, Live It, Tell It. Each month, students Read and learn what Jesus Said; they See how His teaching changes them and the marks it leaves on them; they experience real ways to Live out the truth with love; and they encourage each other to Tell others about Jesus. FPKids is taking God’s Word and putting it into action on campus.

We are excited to announce a new FPKids curriculum for clubs that have already completed “Jesus Said.” This new curriculum focuses on the Kingdom because “The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” God’s Kingdom is the authority of Jesus the Christ over all God’s creation. In his teachings, Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God more than anything else. Students will learn about God’s Kingdom, what they must do to enter God’s Kingdom, and they will learn how to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to their friends.

As with “Jesus Said,” students will learn a different verse from the Bible each month with hand motions. The first verse students will learn as a part of this new curriculum is Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Jesus wants us to come to him with open hands and open hearts. He wants to give us the free gift of eternal life with him. He wants to be Lord of our lives. We have to put our faith and trust in him. Students will learn all of this and much more! The strategy will remain the same… students will Read It, See It, Live It and Tell It.

Kingdom Blessed

We will still implement the “Jesus Said” curriculum with new clubs that are just starting FPKids. We will hold a training in August for both curriculums. Please be on the lookout for details coming soon. If you would like to learn more about FPKids and how you can start a new club in your area, please visit fpkids.club or call 205.871.8886. We look forward to hearing from you!

Do you want to serve your community? Get involved with CAP!

CAP-largeThe Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope is hosting a Community Action Project for ages 12 and up on Saturday, July 18, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you’re invited! This will be a great opportunity for you and your students to get involved in your very own community. This event is being held in conjunction with Central Park Ministries and Neighborhood in Birmingham.

The following is a list of projects that you and your students can take part in:

– Dozens of projects to revitalize Central Park Ministry Center including:

– Painting school rooms

– Parking lot weeding, cleaning and painting

– Painting outside doors to building

– Power washing building

– Landscaping

– Pressure washing signage

– Mulching, planting shrubs, flowers, painting and updating playground area

– Updating the playground for the school

– Distribution of floral plants to local neighborhoods with inserted invitations to the Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope in August

– Distribution of posters & flyers to businesses promoting the Greater Birmingham Festival of Hope

– Service projects in the community

– Neighborhood clean-up

– “Beautification” and clean-up projects in and around Central Park Ministry Center (painting, landscaping, trash clean-up)

These projects will be conducted rain or shine. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age; anyone under 18 must have a consent form signed by his/her parent or guardian. For more information and to register, please CLICK HERE. We look forward to your participation!

This event is just one of the many events taking place to get ready for the Festival of Hope evangelism conference that will be held Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16, at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. For more information about the Festival of Hope, please CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to register for CAP