First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
Thursday, April 24, 2014
First Baptist Church has many local mission activities. "Hands-on" Mission Projects allowing people to reach out to others in Christian love and minister to various needs in the community and the world. Some mission projects are sponsored by members or groups in the church and others are community projects where our members have become involved.
For more information on these or any other local missions where First Baptist Church is involved, please contact Mike Pearce, the Minister of Missions and Outreach.
CWJC is a non-profit, faith-based organization designed to help women become self-sufficient by providing training in job and life skills. Classes offered include, computer, Bible Study, Communications, Money Management, GED tutoring and internships. Mentors are an essential part of helping the participants after the classes have ended by continuing Bible Study with the graduate and helping her with goal setting. Contact Elaine Dickson at firstname.lastname@example.org 256-428-9435 for more information or how you can volunteer.
English as a Second Language
Madison Association and First Baptist have provided weekly classes in English for over 25 years. Usually over one hundred people are in the halls of First Baptist each Thursday to learn how to use English. Classes are offered to anyone no matter what language they speak. Volunteers are regularly enlisted and trained to help with this ministry. For more information contact Mike Pearce.
First Baptist has partnered with over seventy area churches to join Huntsville Assistance Program or known as HAP. HAP is located on our FBC campus near the east parking lot. This is a wonderful ministry helps the community by consolidating contributions from member churches and meets many needs in our area by providing help with utilities and rent.
The greatest part of the ministry is the caring people who work to provide the best information in town on resources and help for those in crisis. When people are in crisis they need to know all the places that they can receive help. Gayla Kidd is the director of this ministry that began in 2001. She provides experienced leadership in training volunteers and expanding this ministry to the community. In 2009 a north HAP hub began in the Toney area and provides a needed ministry to that community. In the last 4 years HAP has had tremendous growth and now provides service to all of Madison County.
A clearing house is also part of the ministry of HAP. Churches and others can check with the clearing house and see if a client has already been helped and by whom. Volunteers are needed in the clearing house and for intervening clients who have applied for assistance. Contact Mike Pearce for more information.
Personal Energy Transportation (PET) International seeks to reflect the love of Jesus Christ by bringing the gift of mobility and dignity to those in developing countries who are unable to walk.
Habitat for Humanity
First Baptist participates regularly in providing volunteers and funding for building homes for those who live in inadequate housing. Volunteers help with construction and providing lunches for workers. Contact Mike Pearce or John Noblin for more information.
Churches are a natural agency to assist their congregation and the community at large in achieving optimal holistic health. Education programs for health ministers/parish nurses have been established and are now being offered by various hospitals and home health agencies across the country. First Baptist Church is now beginning a Parish Nursing ministry. The functions of our Faith Community Nurse are being performed by Eugenia Evans Graves. Please contact her for more information.
First Baptist has established a partnership with Lakewood Elementary School in Huntsville. We want to partner with Lakewood in various areas around the school, including tutoring, office assistance, support for the faculty and staff, food distribution, and other needs in the school. Contact Mike Pearce for more information.
Salvation Army Food Van
The Salvation Army helps people throughout the Huntsville community and the country. One of the ministries of the Salvation Army is a food van that travels through the city delivering evening meals to people in need. First Baptist Church is helping with one of these food van routes. On the second Monday of each month, First Baptist volunteers drive the food van to two locations. The food in the van is prepared at the Salvation Army kitchen on Seminole Drive. Three people serve food to those who come to the van. If you are interested in helping with the Salvation Army Food Van, contact Mark Russell, or the Salvation Army, 256-534-1402.