- 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 this October we will be focusing on Church and Individual Outreach with Bill Jenkins (President of Continental Baptist Missions).
- Family Fun Fair:
This is an Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 full of games, prizes, crafts, paint, snacks, and candy. Our Awana program hosts this event normally in September or October. Check the calendar for details.
- Awana Events:
Throughout the Awana year we have many opportunities for our parents to share in Awana. These include Pancake dinner; Spaghetti dinner; Awana Grand Prix; and other partial night events such as pie eating contests, pie in the face prize, Awards ceremonies etc.
- Dryden Dairy Days:
We participate in our Town’s annual Dairy day parade and town park gathering. Look for us the Second Saturday day 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.
- Music in the Park:
This Summer we are initiating an outreach at Montgomery Park in Dryden with an open air music concert. This in and open to the community. We will be sharing the worship band ‘I Worship One’ and providing refreshments. Look on the July calendar for dates and times.
- 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 with our invitations 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. This past year we hosted the Groton Community Choir’s Christmas Cantata; The Puffers; and I Worship 1 (a worship band from within our church).
- Worship in the Park:
Each Summer we gather for Sunday Worship at Treman Park in Ithaca. This is an opportunity to enjoy God’s creation, activities as a church, a cookout and dish to pass meal. It is a time to share our christian relationships and grow closer together as God’s people. We spend the morning beginning set up at 9 and service at 11:00am and spend the afternoon into the evening together.
- Singspiration/Snack and Yack:
Each 5th week of the month we gather for our Sunday Evening Service bringing favorite songs to sing and sharing testimonies of answered prayer. We follow this with a snack and desert time for fellowship around Christian conversation and food.
- Harvest Dinner:
Each October/November in advance of Thanksgiving we share a Harvest Dinner. Often we follow this with 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. We use many themes for our meals but enjoy whatever each person desires to share (Soup/Salad, Mexican, Thanksgiving Dinner, Pizza, Sandwiches, Share your Favorite Recipe, Food Name by Person Initial, Breakfast for Lunch, etc..
- Sunday School Picnic:
During the summer we Celebrate our Sunday School. 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.