Youth News First Priority Kids headshot author Greg Davis April 19 BCF

FPKids: The Next Generation Making a Difference for Christ!

Youth News

Halle Patterson and Josh Suddeth participate in First Priority at North Jefferson Middle School. Learn more at
Halle Patterson and Josh Suddeth participate in First Priority at North Jefferson Middle School. Learn more at

In 2011, with the culture changing and fewer students attending church, First Priority Greater Birmingham began working with parents and local churches to establish campus clubs in elementary and intermediate schools that would expose children to the Biblical teachings of what “Jesus Said.” FPKids is 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 taking God’s Word and putting it into action on campus.

Over 45 schools and nearly 4,000 students across the Greater-Birmingham Area currently participate in FPKids. Our goal with FPKids is to reach students at a younger age and our prayer is that their faith will stick with them throughout middle and high school and after graduation. Below is just one example of the impact FPKids is making on our younger generation. We are seeing the fruit of FPKids as students are attending and leading First Priority clubs once they begin middle school.

Local First Priority Student Leader Joshua first participated in FPKids four years ago as a 4th grade student at Warrior Elementary School. Joshua remained faithful as an FPKids student throughout elementary school and now serves on the First Priority student leadership team at North Jefferson Middle School.

With the help of teacher sponsors and local campus coaches, students have many great opportunities to train and prepare to meet with their fellow classmates on Thursday mornings for First Priority. Throughout the week, students have opportunities to meet with their peers and encourage each other to reach their campus for Christ.

Joshua recently told his mother that the girls have a Bible study group that meets every Wednesday morning before school and that he wanted to start one for boys. Joshua took the initiative and started a Thursday morning Bible study group for boys that helps prepare them for First Priority. “I’m so proud of my son and his classmates that have the desire to share Jesus with others and grow closer to Him together,” said Candice, Joshua’s mother.

This is just one of the many stories of the fruit of FPKids in our local community. FPKids helps lay the groundwork in elementary schools that is inspiring students to be leaders in middle and high school. We would like to thank Joshua for being a true inspiration! FPKids is making a difference.

Do you want to be a part of this movement to reach the next generation for Christ? There are multiple ways you can be involved. Contact us today to learn more about FPKids and how you can help: or 205-871-8886.

-Greg Davis


First Priority Greater Birmingham


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