At FBC we believe Every Member is a Minister! It takes all of us serving together to Make Disciples Who Love God Love People and Follow Jesus. We want to help you find a place to Serve and make a difference in the world. Every opportunity is different and we want you to serve in the area where you feel most gifted or interested. Wherever that is you can always expect there to be a process in place to equip and train you, as well as a designated leader who can answer all of your questions and encourage you along the way.
SERVE IN Opportunities are things we do right here in our church. SERVE OUT are the opportunities to make a difference outside of our church and may include ministry partners and mission organizations we work with and trust. Check out the opportunities below and find your place to SERVE!
Serve Out Opportunities
The Food Pantry At First Baptist Church
Will Be Open 8:00-9:30am on Saturdays
As A Drive-Thru Pick Up Only
During the COVID-19 Pandemic We Want To Continue To Meet Needs By Providing Supplemental Groceries and Prayer to Families in our Community, But We Also Want Everyone To Be Safe. You Can Help Us Do This In Several Ways:
Do Not Arrive Early:
There is no need to line up outside the door, we have plenty of food. Also only workers are allowed inside the building at this time so there is no access to restrooms.
Stay In Your Cars:
We will bring your food out to you and have prayer with you there at your vehicle. Please be patient with us as it may take us a few minutes to distribute everyone’s food, but we will get to you.
Please Do Not Come If You Are Sick:
If you are sick please send a family member or friend who has not had personal contact with you to pick up food for you.
If you are a FBCM Member and would like to help to serve in the food pantry ministry we ask that you arrive at 7:45am and be prepared to stay until 9:30am. We ask all workers to wear masks and sanitize their hands frequently during distribution. On Saturdays we need help carrying groceries to cars, directing traffic and checking clients in and serving as prayer partners. During the week we need help unloading the delivery trucks and bagging up groceries for Saturday. If you can help in any of these ways even if it is just once a month or once in a while contact the church office at email@example.com or 423-442-4544.
Our Food Pantry Operates On Financial Donations! We serve 75-100 families each week with supplemental groceries and prayer and we could use your help! If you would like to give to support this ministry you can drop a check off in our church office drop box or you can give online here. Just remember to mark your check or online gift for “Food Pantry” in the for blank.
Hope 4 Haiti is an mission birthed after a mission trip to Haiti. We work with Harvest Field Ministries http://www.harvestfieldhaiti.org
where we work with local pastors to support an orphanage and a free school as well as other ministries in Les Anglais, Haiti.
• 55% of the population has no access to clean drinking water. Of the 45% of people that do have access to clean water, most cannot afford it, so they often drink contaminated water anyway.
• Haiti has approximately 70% unemployment. There is little to no industry, manufacturing, or tourism in Haiti to provide a stable job base.
• Haiti is the 3rd worst country in the world for calorie intake with an average caloric consumption of only 450 calories per day.
• It is estimated that approximately 6% of the population is HIV positive.
• There are nearly half a million ‘restaveks’ in Haiti. This is a form or child servitude that is commonplace and little is done to stop or discourage it.
• There are nearly half a million orphaned children in Haiti. Of these, some have been orphaned by losing parents to death, but many are “economic orphans”. These are children whose parents have given them to an orphanage because they don’t have the means to provide the child’s basic needs.
Harvest Field and Hope 4 Haiti desire to see future generations of healthy, educated, self-sustaining Haitian Communities living with integrity and striving to make Jesus famous. We work to both share the Gospel message of and to demonstrate the love of Christ, not just one or the other. We fight for families in the community of Les Anglais, Haiti where we focus on 4 main areas:
1. Provide quality care and education for vulnerable children.
2. Provide vocational projects and job creation opportunities.
3. Improve the local healthcare.
4. Train, equip, and encourage local pastors and leaders.
A bit about Les Anglais – Our primary focus is in this coastal community at the far tip of the southern peninsula. The town of Les Anglais has a population of about 8,000 people (within a 45 minute walk) and the region has a population of about 25,000 (within a 3 hour walk). It is an 8-10 hour hot, bumpy drive from the capital of Port-au-Prince, depending on traffic, roadblocks, weather, road conditions, livestock in the road, etc. There is no electricity, except a few individuals who have generators or solar panels. There is no running water or treated/purified water – most people get their water from a community well, or they collect the rainwater from their roof. One of LA’s major challenges is that it is just on the other side of a river, and there is no bridge. Most of the time, the water is shallow enough that vehicles can pass without too much trouble. But when the waters rise, it is impossible to cross the river, cutting Les Anglais off from the bigger cities (and from essential food & supply deliveries). LA sits right on the coast, and is overlooked by huge mountains. It is full of beautiful people working hard daily to make a better life for the families, and facing extreme challenges.
Right now we support a free school for about 300 students, K-6th grade, who would not have an education otherwise. We do this through fundraisers here in Monroe County and at FBC (It takes about $600 a month to run the school).
We also make regular mission trips down to Les Anglais to do Vacation Bible School, Construction, work with orphans, widows and do pastor training. We would love for you to go with us on one of these life changing trips!
For several years now our church has partnered with an organization working in Burkina Faso, Africa. For security reasons we can not share names and locations, but here is a little bit of what is being done there.
“K and L” work with APT, a Christian charity, working through churches in Burkina Faso to bring God’s blessing to their communities.
Burkina is one of the poorest countries in the world. As well as sharing the good news of God’s love in Christ, APT works to relieve suffering, and to train locals to serve their communities in the following areas:
• Dental Care: APT offers free dental care in villages to people with no access to dental health provision
• Education: APT has built and supports a primary school providing high quality education to the poorest.
• Clean Water: APT repairs about 15 village water pumps/year, restoring clean water to thousands of people
• Prison Outreach: APT provides urgently-needed care, skill-training, and reconciliation to prisoners
• Street Boys: APT offers free education, food, and fun for local beggar boys.
• Poverty Relief: APT helps churches bring help to the needs they identify in their community”
If you would like to know more about APT and how you can be involved contact our pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women’s Missionary Union (or WMU) was founded in 1888, WMU is a missions organization that has educated and involved generations upon generations in Christian missions. Our purpose—to challenge Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God. At WMU women pray for, support and engage in missions as well as support the work of the church and the denomination.
The WMU spearhead many missions efforts such as the Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong Mission Offerings, The Golden State Mission Offerings, Operation Christmas Child and other local mission needs.
We have two WMU groups that meet at FBC. The first group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00am. Another group called “My Mondays” meets on the second Monday of every month at 6:00pm.
To learn more about the national WMU organization click here: http://www.wmu.com.