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 members purchase toys for approximately 250 children for Christmas. Each child receives a toy from the “Hot Toys” list for the year. Families are selected through our Benevolence Ministry. The families can purchase one toy per each child 12 years old and under for $5 (the gifts range in value from $40-60.) How can you help? Select an angel ornament from the trees placed throughout the campus in early November or make a donation so that shoppers can purchase a gift for each angel not selected. You may want to help on the day of gift distribution or to shop to buy gifts for which donations have been made.
Contact Benevolence for more information.
Augusta Care Pregnancy-Tier 1
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. As a Tier 1 supported ministry FBC commits to pray for ACP and their programs and clients. 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.
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.
August of 2013 marks the 2nd anniversary of FBC’s partnership with New Hope Worship Center in The Bridge Ministry. Click on the below YouTube Links for a video commemorating this anniversary.
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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 Saturday the Bridge Ministry Church meets under the Calhoun Expressway Bridge on 15th St. behind the GRU Annex. In 2011 FBC came 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-Tier 3
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. As a Tier 3 ministry partner FBC provides prayer, volunteer, and financial support. FBC was instrumental in the creation of the Hope Dental Clinic. Five of our members are serving on an advisory board for the Hope Dental Clinic. Volunteers are always needed for help in many areas.
Contact Kaye Morris 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-Tier 2
Full Circle Refuge interacts with prison 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. As a Tier 2 ministry Partner FBC provides prayer and volunteer support to this vital ministry.
Contact Devon Harris of Full Circle Refuge Mission for more information.
Golden Harvest Food Bank-Tier 3
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 Ministry. Members of FBC also volunteer at the food bank, stocking shelves, which provides our church with credit toward the future purchase of food. As a tier 3 ministry partner FBC financially supports Golden Harvest on a monthly basis as well.
Contact Golden Harvest for more information.
Family Promise- Interfaith Hospitality Network
Family Promise 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 with several other churches in our area, provides shelter and food for three or four 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 the Family Promise Day Care Center adjacent to Hillcrest Baptist Church. FBC supports Family Promise through our regular budget as well.
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 Beth Pollock 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-Tier 1
Lydia’s outreach is to women coping with any kind of cancer anywhere in the world. In 2013, 5,915 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. Lydia also provides lodging for women needing an overnight stay when the CSRA is their best hope for cancer treatment. FBC volunteers love helping the women Lydia serves. Opportunities include writing supportive notes, sewing from home, transporting cancer patients, volunteering in the lodging area with patient guests, 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 many 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 Wednesday of the month at 5:00 in the Sun Room of the Fellowship Hall during the normal Wednesday night family supper.
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 thirteen years. Our church will work on a much smaller scale than the World Changers event. These work projects are organized on a case by case basis as a need is recognized. Check the Interpreter for ongoing information.
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, 3rd, 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 seven 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.