We believe that God calls all Christians to serve the world around them with mercy and justice and to proclaim the kingdom of heaven in both word and action. Below are some of the ways that you can do that important work through our church. Just contact the church office or the leader of one of these teams to get involved. Also, check out mission partners page, for whom we raise funds, with whom we organize occasional mission opportunities, and to whom we send individual members looking for a chance to be on mission in the world.
Community Empowerment Team
The Community Empowerment Team seeks out members of the congregation who want to educate themselves about poverty and cultural differences and find ways to minister to those in poverty. The team believes Christ is calling us to learn more about our brothers and sisters in poverty so that we can minister to them at their points of greatest need. Currently, we are also moving beyond learning and are seeking to partner with our neighbors to meet the needs and overcome the challenges they are facing together.
Community Engagement Team
The Community Engagement Team develops opportunities to meet and engage with people of our community who are unchurched through events, activities and visitations. The committee seeks participation from those with cultural differences. Some examples of these events are Fall Festival, food and drink for residents during parades, and lunches for members of Averett Student Christian Fellowship. The Building Relationship Committee endeavors to be the “Light of Christ” to those that may not know Him.
Through the Breakfast Club, we seek to feed the hungry and build community with our neighbors every Sunday morning. We have teams that rotate Sundays, showing up at the church at 7:00 am to prepare a hearty breakfast for anyone who is in need of food or time with neighbors. We serve breakfast at 8:00 am after a brief devotional. The Breakfast Club started when church members realized that those who were hungry could get a meal on any day of the week except for Sunday. Therefore, they decided to step into the gap and provide a meal on Sunday.
The Missions Team coordinates most church-wide mission projects, such as the Annual FBC Missions Offering, a food drive for God’s Storehouse, and other small projects and hands-on opportunities throughout the year. This team also facilitates our partnership with Woodberry Hills Elementary School, whereby we have conducted a school supply collection in July, provided special luncheons for teachers and staff, and read with children through the Book Buddies program.
In October 2015, First Baptist joined five other local churches to become an official packing station for the Malcolm Huckabee Backpack program at God’s Storehouse. Through this Backpack Ministry program, nearly 300 children at Woodberry Hills Elementary School, the poorest school in the city, received a bag of food to take home each weekend.
As a packing station, several of our members go to God’s Storehouse once a month and collect the necessary food items to pack over 50 bags for the four weekends of that month. Then, on Wednesday nights, October through May, church members gather a half hour before church supper at 5 pm, and pack the bags of food. Another group of three members delivers the bags to Woodberry Hills School at 1 pm each Friday.
Our Annual Harvest Fest is always held in conjunction with the Veteran’s Day Parade in early November. It is an opportunity for neighbors to celebrate neighbors on a Sunday afternoon as we come together for games, food, music, and a great parade. Each year Harvest Fest is slightly different, but you can always be sure to anticipate great food, a bouncy house, wonderful music from a local group, footballs and sidewalk chalk, and of course, a great huge pile of leaves to jump in. We hope we get to see you there this year!!!