Community Missions (“Jerusalem”)
“and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Each year First Baptist Church sponsors approximately 250 children for Christmas. Each child receives two gifts and the family receives Christmas turkey dinner. How can you help? Select an “angel” from the trees placed throughout the campus in early November or make a donation so that shoppers can purchase a gift for each child not “adopted.” You may want to help on the day of gift distribution or to shop to buy gifts for “angels” that are not returned.
Contact the following for more information:
Augusta Care Pregnancy
Augusta Care Pregnancy Center has been in existence since 1981 and meets the needs of over 2400 women annually. This Christian-based organization offers a broad range of support including parenting programs, walk-in crisis management, free pregnancy testing including sonograms, and a program for abused women called Wounded Heart. This mission has also developed a youth council and is focusing on abstinence and purity for Augusta’s youth. FBC provides funding for their programs and volunteers are needed for counseling, teaching parenting classes, and Adopt-a-Mommy mentors. Donations of diapers, baby clothes, car seats, and strollers are also welcome.
Contact Susan Swanson of the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center for more information.
Baptist Campus Ministries
Baptist Campus Ministries is a student-led organization of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Students are given opportunities for worship, leadership, spiritual growth, and local and international missions. Augusta State University BCM meets Thursday evenings for contemporary worship and Bible study. Medical College of Georgia BCM gathers on Tuesdays for a free lunch funded by the FBC Mission Development Fund.
Contact the Baptist Campus Ministry Augusta for more information.
The Benevolence program of FBC ministers to persons in crisis in our community (including our own members) with food, limited financial assistance for housing and utilities, meets the spiritual needs of persons assisted while their physical needs are being addressed, and works with other churches and community agencies who have similar goals. Volunteers are trained as Counselors, Food Procurers, Interviewers, Food Baggers & Greeters.
Contact Andy Jones for more information.
Purpose: To feed, clothe, and preach the Gospel to the poor and less fortunate of the CSRA.
This ministry started out of New Hope Worship Center. Every other Saturday the Bridge Ministry Church meets under the Calhoun Expressway Bridge on 15th St. behind the MCG Annex. In 2011 FBC comes alongside New Hope to offer leadership for the other 26 Saturdays making this an every week opportunity. Volunteers are needed on site from 12:00-4:00 on Saturdays. Other opportunities include clothing prep and food prep during the week.
Broad Street Ministries/Dental Clinic
The purpose of the Broad Street Ministries is to share the gospel of Christ through ministry evangelism as well as providing food, clothing, and programs for women, children, and senior adults. FBC gives financial support in addition to construction renovations and clothing for the Suits Me Fine program. FBC is actively involved in the creation of the Hope Dental Clinic. Six of our members are serving on an adviosry board for the Hope Dental Clinic, which will open in 2009. Volunteers are always needed for help in many areas.
Contact Jennifer Elliott of Broad Street Minister Center for more information.
This is a camp for children ages 6-12 who are now or have been in foster care. The camp, held the last full week of July, is designed to help children deal with anger and help them understand they are not responsible for being in foster care. These children learn they have the power of choice in dealing with their situation. Camp VIP, held at FBC, also helps to provide school clothes and supplies for the children.
Contact LaVonne Marsh for more information.
Computers @ First
The Computer @ First ministry offers free classes on topics like digital photography, basic email, online banking, powerpoint, free phone through Skype, and much more. For more information click on the following link. computers-at-first
Full Circle Refuge Mission
Full Circle Refuge interacts with prision ministries, local churches, Christian organizations, governmental agencies, and/or social organizations to equip the Christian community to minister to youth-at-risk, incarcerated juveniles and youth in an “aftercare” program. This mission implements Biblical intervention strategies that address juvenile crime and its underlying problems by focusing on the redirection of youth to Jesus Christ. FBC provides funds to help purchase Bibles and provides meeting space for training volunteers to teach in the FCR-sponsored Bible Study program and in its youth mentoring program. FBC also provides funds for a Christmas program and Grace Sunday School class provides homemade cookies for the annual cookie drive.
Contact Devon Harris of Full Circle Refuge Mission for more information.
Golden Harvest Food Bank
Golden Harvest is a locally-supported, nonprofit charitable food distribution center that provides grocery products to the hungry through member agencies. FBC purchases food from Golden Harvest and then distributes the food through our Benevolence Program. Members of FBC also volunteer at the food bank, stocking shelves, which provides our church with credit toward the future purchase of food. Volunteers are also needed to transport the purchased food to our church.
Contact Golden Harvest for more information.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
IHN is committed to helping low-income families with children in Augusta and the surrounding area to achieve lasting independence by providing safe shelter, meals, and support services. Programs are designed to address the underlying causes of homelessness. FBC, along withseveral other churches in our area, provides shelter and food for three weeks during the year. Fifty volunteers are needed to set up the sleeping quarters in our Walton Building, laundry service, grocery shopping, food preparation, activities for children, drivers and hosts. Volunteers are also needed Monday through Friday, 8-5, at Interfaith Hospitality’s Day Care Center adjacent to Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Contact Charlynn Collins for more information.
Jesus’ Special Followers
For 20 years this Special Education Sunday School Class has provided Christian education for physically and/or mentally challenged individuals. Everyone needs an opportunity to learn on their own level that Jesus died for them and of the love He has for all of us. Volunteers are needed each Sunday during the regular Sunday School hour to help the individuals load and unload from the transportation provided.
Contact Robert McCullough for more information.
Joseph M. Still Burn Center Southeastern/ Fire Fighters Association
The Southeastern Fire Fighters Association is the non-profit arm of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center burn unit and focuses on serving the needs of families of patients. They provide prescriptions, anti-scar garments, and travel costs based on need. On-campus housing is also available for families of admitted patients. Because many of these family members do not want to leave their injured family member, meals are provided for them. Sixty-four churches and civic organizations supply meals every day of the year. FBC helps to provide meals as well as financial support for paper products and other needs.
Contact The Burn Center for more information.
The Lydia Project
Lydia’s outreach is to women coping with any kind of cancer anywhere in the world. In 2009, 4,831 women were newly referred to Lydia for services. Lydia’s services are free and include ongoing emotional support every month for at least twelve months. Additionally, Lydia also provides rent, utility, and prescription assistance to women who are unable to afford these basic treatment expenses and who reside in CSRA Counties. FBC volunteers love helping the women Lydia serves. Opportunities include writing supportive notes or sewing from home, volunteering in the office, coordinating a fundraiser or an ‘agency needs’ collection drive, praying and more. For more information on joining the awesome Lydia Corp or to request Lydia services call 706.736.5467 or visit www.thelydiaproject.org.
Men on Mission
This group has several ongoing construction related projects throughout the year. These projects include building wheelchair ramps, building fences, and other minor home repair work as requests come in. This group meets for a fellowship meal on the last Monday of the month at 6:30 in the Grill.
For more information contact Andy Jones or Cone Underwood.
Miracle Making Ministry/Medical Clinic
Miracle making ministry provides quality healthcare services to the indigent and under-insured through evaluation, treatment, education along with reinforcement, and to assist in the production of a healthy society in the CSRA. Our church partners with Miracle Making Ministry through the Druid Park Medical Clinic. The medical clinic is staffed by volunteers from the medical profession.
Contact Druid Park Medical at 706-722-8693
Mission Augusta: The Nehemiah Challenge
The Nehemiah Challenge is similar to the World Changers mission that has taken place in Augusta for the last ten years. Our church will work on a much smaller scale than the World Changers event. We will work in conjunction with our city to help rebuild our community one home at a time.
Contact Andy Jones for more information.
Mercy Ministries, an all volunteer organization that receives no government funding, provides many needs in our community. FBC helps provide financial support to Mercy Ministries for the only homeless day care shelter for people that cannot find work or have need of shelter. MM also sponsors a children’s after school program at Allen Homes as well as transportation, food and medicines to the many residents at the Bon Air. Many volunteers are needed to help with this ministry.
Contact Mercy Ministries for more information.
Released Time is a national organization that is sponsored locally by the Christian Learning Center of Augusta. With the permission of their parents, 4th & 5th grade students are transported once a week to a local church to study the Bible and learn how God relates to them. There are four schools in Richmond County where this service is provided. Several churches help support this program and FBC assists with the funding of the curriculum that is used in all the classes. Training is provided for anyone interested in teaching or becoming an assistant or teacher’s aid.
Contact Christian Learning Center of Augusta for more information.
The Master’s Table
The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen provides a free noontime meal every day of the year to needy families, children and the hungry in downtown Augusta. Each month, 15 members of FBC help to prepare and serve 200-250 people at the soup kitchen.
Contact Steve Buzhardt for more information in regards to FBC’s involvement or contact The Masters Table.
VA Ministry – Active Duty
This is a ministry to soldiers who have been injured and are admitted to the downtown VA hospital for rehabilitation. Once a month, gift bags full of personal items,calling cards, shopping cards, movie coupons, and baked goods are delivered to many grateful soldiers.
Contact Marcia Buck for more information.
VA Ministry – Veterans
This mission provides comfort items through VA Voluntary Services to needy veterans housed in or coming to the Uptown VA Hospital. The veterans include the homeless, the indigent, the long-term mentally/physically ill, and those with addictions issues and are in rehabilitation.
Contact Grace Hsu for more information.