Dryden Baptist Church ministries are designed to honor God while encouraging outreach, spiritual growth, fellowship, and worship.
Come and grow in your understanding of God’s Word! Our Sunday School includes a nursery for babies and toddlers and classes for everyone starting at age 2.
Children’s Elementary Classes
The goal is to lay a foundation of Biblical Truth for Faith. Over a four year cycle the truth of Creation, Biblical Events, Salvation, and God’s Loving Care are taught.
- Pre-Primary: ages 2 – 3
- Pre-Primary: Pre-K – Kindergarten
The goal is to teach children to obey Biblical Truth, to Love our Savior, and to Follow His lead. We use a through the Bible approach to give children a picture of the whole Word of God using this to challenge them in their Christian life.
- Primary: Grades 1 – 3
- Junior: Grades 4 – 6
Junior and Senior High Classes
The goal here is to encourage children to apply their faith to their life. A progressive review of Biblical characters and topics is used to teach them God’s truth in relation to our world.
- Junior High: Grades 7 – 9
Here the goal is to cap our program by encouraging the maturing young people to develop a long term Christ-honoring lifestyle. Bible book, character, and topical studies are used along with teaching the basic techniques of Bible study and devotions with an emphasis on prayer.
- Senior High: Grades 10 – 12
Sunday 10:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship is a time for our church to come together from each of the ministries and outreaches and celebrate our relationship with God and each other. We focus on prayer, praise, and the proclamation of the Word of God.
Our preaching is expositional, seeking to explain the truth of God’s Word through book studies. We join together to grow in our understanding and application of God’s Word. We seek to live the truth we learn.
Our service seeks a blend of both traditional and contemporary hymns as well as praise choruses. We share in music with a number of musicians and various instruments in both traditional and blended styles. Our goal is to honor God while praising Him together with music as our aid.
Nursery for ages 0 up to 3 years of age is available for each of our Sunday services and upon request can be made available for any of our ministries. Our desire is to support our families and encourage their growth while showing love to our children.
Through AWANA we seek to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Our programs offer a proven approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community.
2 Tim 2:15 – “Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that does not need to be ashamed.”
Our Awana Groups:
- Fall Family Fun Fair
- October Pancake Dinner
- Spaghetti Dinner
- Awana Grand Prix
- Awana Closing Program
There are also several contests for the children to enjoy and ongoing special nights.
Our youth program is designed to provide biblical teaching tailored for high school teens. We hold weekly bible studies and periodic events throughout the year. The Youth Group partners with the middle school Awana Program for larger events and activity times.
Each year in July, we host a week of fun-filled biblical growth. Our goal is to foster active learning by bringing the Bible to life with activities, games, one-on-one interaction, crafts, and Biblical teaching. This ministry runs from Monday through Friday evening.
Camp BaYouCa is a Bible Based Christian Baptist Youth Camp that runs throughout the summer months. They have weeks tailored to each age group and an excellent schedule of speakers. We as a church are honored to be apart of their yearly support. We also offer a full scholarship for camp tuition to every child active in our children’s ministry (we handle the registrations and only ask that the parents provide the registration fee).
On the second Saturday of each month, we host a men’s prayer time at 8:00am. Our purpose is to share in prayer and God’s Word in a way that relates to our needs and responsibilities as men. We seek to lead in the area of prayer for our church and families.
On the third Thursday of each month, we host a dish-to-pass meal and fellowship time for our Seniors. They join together to encourage each other and share what God is doing in their lives.
Throughout the year we as a church gather around a table of food to share in Christian Fellowship. During the winter months (January through February) we end our Morning Service with a meal and devotional time. At other events in the year (Missions Conferences, Harvest Dinner, Summer Worship in the Park, Sunday School Picnic, and Special Services) we also enjoy these opportunities. We thank God for our Christian bond and express this together.
We are sponsoring relational and interactive Bible Study opportunities throughout the week. These include time in prayer, a focus on Bible Study, and time of refreshment all within the homes of our church members.This is a great opportunity to grow closer to our Lord and those of our Church, and share together in application of the Word of God.
Currently studies are being held Sunday and Wednesday nights with expanding opportunities in the future.
We as a church value prayer as a fundamental pillar of any ministry. In the support structure of our church we hold prayer services each week on Wednesday evenings. While we begin with a short devotional, the vast majority of our time is spent focused on prayer. Come and praise our Lord for His character and support God’s ministry through our corporate reliance on His power for our individual needs and corporate effectiveness.
- Missions Conference:
Biannually in October we as a church give a weekend focus on missions. This runs from Friday through Sunday Evening with multiple services, interactive learning opportunities, fellowship times, and meals. The missionaries are able to set up the building like their field and take us into their ministry context. We often have a game night, desert night, and evening cookout. Our goal is to be challenged in the Word of God and build relationships with our missionaries learning from their passion and faith.
- Bible Conference:
The opposite year from the Missions Conference we hold a Biannual Bible Conference. This is a weekend focused in God’s word on a single topic for our growth from Friday evening through Sunday evening. We include a desert night, and Saturday night dinner along with biblical sessions for growth. We have tackled “Biblical Marriage and Divorce,” “Christian Worldview” with Ken Ham and the Creation Center, and a study on Church and Individual Outreach with Bill Jenkins (President of Continental Baptist Missions).
- Family Fun Fair:
This event is held on Halloween night from 6:30-8:30 and is a night full of games, prizes, crafts, snacks, and candy. Our Awana program hosts this event each year.
- Awana Events:
Throughout the Awana year, we have many opportunities for our parents to share in Awana. These include a Pancake dinner, a Spaghetti dinner, the Awana Grand Prix, and other partial night events such as pie eating contests, pie in the face prize night, Awards ceremonies etc.
- Dryden Dairy Days:
We sometimes participate in our Town’s annual Dairy day parade and town park gathering. Look for us the Second Saturday in June on the parade route and our booth in Montgomery Park. We have games for the children, water for all, and literature about our Lord.
- Movie Nights:
Periodically we show strong biblical movies which strengthen faith and share the truth of salvation. This is open to the community and our goal as a church is to share God’s love. This is done in our auditorium with a large screen and sound system. Recently we have shown movies such as:
Fire Proof, Grace Card, Letters to God, The Secret Life of Jonathan Sperry, Mercy Rule and others.
- Musical Concerts:
Periodically we host musical events at the church which are open to all with no charge. Our goal is to be a blessing in the community and share a consistent testimony for Christ. We have hosted the Groton Community Choir’s Christmas Cantata, The Puffers, and I Worship1.
- Worship in the Park:
Each Summer we choose one Sunday to gather for worship at a local park. We have held services at Treman Park in Ithaca and plan to continue the tradition at Montgomery Park in Dryden. This is an opportunity to enjoy God’s creation, share our christian relationships, and grow closer together as God’s people.
- Harvest Dinner:
Each Fall in advance of Thanksgiving, we share a Harvest Dinner. The dinner is followed by a time of Thanksgiving, Testimony, and Music.
- Fellowship Meals:
During the winter months of January and February, we stay after our morning service to share in a dish-to-pass meal. This is followed by a devotional time.
- Sunday School Picnic:
During the summer, we celebrate our Sunday School program. We head to Dryden Lake after the morning Worship Service and use the pavilion for a fellowship meal with games to follow and music to end the afternoon.
As a church we associate with the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches. Throughout the year there are a variety of events bringing churches together from across NY State centered on their fellowship in Christ.
- Men’s Adventure:
Each year DBC participates in the Men’s Adventure which is a weekend Men’s conference held in Binghamton NY at Central Baptist Church. Well known speakers and musical groups encourage and strengthen the men who attend in God’s Word. This is scheduled for the third Friday and Saturday in February each year.
- Ladies Advance:
The Ladies Advance gathers women from across the state in celebration of their savior with the goal of spiritual growth. There are many workshops and main sessions that will both encourage and chalange the attendees in their faith. This is now held in October at First Baptist Church in Johnson City NY.
- Youth Seminars:
Several Youth Seminars are held each spring across the state at participating churches. Thousands of teens participate and are challenged in growth focused workshops. A central theme is used for the main sessions and the teens celebrate their faith in worship and are challenged in their Christian stand with God’s Word.
The ESF holds three conferences throughout the year focused on solid biblical teaching and building networking relationships across the churches of the state. There is a Fall, Winter, and Spring conference that all are welcome to attend. Details and dates will be found in the calendar.
- Holiday Getaway Couples Retreat:
Each December the Holiday Getaway is a good after Christmas gift or vacation. Couples from Empire State Fellowship churches join together at the Radison in Corning to grow in their relationships. Activities are used for fun and growth and the speaker brings biblically centered truth with regard to marriage and living love. Meals are provided and the fellowship is valuable.
During the school year (Oct-April) we as a church sponsor a men’s basketball night every Tuesday evening. We are able to use the elementary school gym and play from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Devotions are given each week and there is good clean competition. Come and bring a friend.
During the months of May, June and July we field a church softball team. This is a fun way to grow in our relationships, reach out, and share in healthy competition with other churches in our fellowship. Our home games are held on our own field behind the church building (“Mudge Memorial Field”). Look at the calendar for games during the spring.