Children's Ministry includes: Children's Church - 4th Sunday; "Children's Moments" each Sunday during worship; Sunday Church School; ushering; choir; children's group, fall festival; Vacation Bible School and mission projects.
This ministry designs and makes banners for the church year observance of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and other church events. They made banners of the Apostles' Shields displayed on the Emmaus Walk Hallway (lower level).
Biblical Storytelling Team
The Biblical Storytelling Team tells Biblical stories from the heart. Their telling have included the Book of Ruth; the birth of Christ and the Resurrection story. Members of the team included children, youth and adults. The team coordinator is certified by the national Network of Biblical Storytellers, Inc.
Our church, through the R. T. Andrews Scholarship Commission, Inc., offers several book awards and a $5,000 scholarship annually to graduating high school seniors. The church keeps in contact with students by sending emails, cards and care packages.
Desivned for those who have a passion for meeting the physical and spiritual needs of members of the community and Church through service and giving. Unit Leader: Sis. Vickie Massey
Provide food for families in need.
Provide clothing for families in need.
In the future, hope to be able to assist families with utility assistance.
The Diaconate Board is comprised of men and women who have been ordained by the church to assist the Pastor with oversight, care and development of the whole church as we endeavor to glorify God and edify others.
A discipleship course is offered for all new members and members who wish to gain a better understanding of the Christian beliefs and the doctrines and traditions of the Baptist church.
Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
The Food Pantry is open on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Food is available for persons in the church community who need assistance. On the 4th Wednesday, the Sharing God's Good Food Soup Kitchen is open to participants.
Harambee is a study series that "brings together" families for a time of reflection and study. There are classes for children, youth, and adults. There are sessions in the spring and summer.
The Mission Depatment is comprised of the following Units and their programs: Ruby Langford Unit, Business and Professional Unit, Mission Council, Crisis Ministry Unit and Men's Ministry. The Department leads in contributions and services that support global, national and local mission endeavors. The focus for this year is on poverty and homelessness.
Music, Worship and Creative Arts
Music Ministry, worship and creative arts are under the direction of Minister of Music, Geoffrey Kelsaw.
The R. T. Andrews Scholarship Commission, Inc.
Named in honor of the Reverend Richard Taylor Andrews, Sr. who served as pastor from 1939 until his death in 1984, the Commission awards an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior. The Commission also provides book awards and funds for educational travel.
This congregational care ministry is overseen by the Diaconate. The four sheepfolds are names for the four evangelists. Diaconate Leaders are assigned to members according to lasts names. Sheepfold of Matthew (A-C); Sheepfold of Mark (D-L); Sheepfold of Luke (M-R); Sheepfold of John (S-Z).
Promoting the spirit and culture of generosity through gifts of time, talents, finances, and use of spiritual gifts that support the vision and mission of the Church as we strive to do better together.
Sunday Church School
Sunday Church School meets each Sunday (8:45 - 9:45 AM). There are classes for children, youth and adults. Lessons are on the International Sunday School curriculum. The literature used is published by Urban Ministries, Inc.
The monthly newsletter is distributed on the first Sunday of each month. The paper includes articles and information on spiritual growth, health care, Christian Education, and upcoming church events. It also includes condolences, birthdays and special-day observances of the membership.
Trustees… care for church property and finances to support and enhance the vision and mission of the church.
The ushers include Senior Ushers (Adults) and Junior Ushers (Children and Youth). The ushers assist in seating persons and collecting the offerings at the 10:00 AM worship service and special programs. The Hospitality Ministry assists in welcoming visitors and members to the services. This ministry ensures that visitor cards are completed and give verbal welcome to first-time visitors
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is conducted during June with classes for children and youth. Adults participate in Harambee (educational forums) during Vacation Bible School.
The Wellness Service is located in the Renaissance Center of Hope and Learning. Services provided include free health screening and check-ups for high blood pressure, diabetics, and other health issues. The ministry also sponsors an annual health fair.
Youth Ministry provides opportunities for children and youth to participate in Sunday Church School, youth meetings, mission projects, outreach and various other educational and fun activities.
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The Proclamation of the Word
Sunday, December 8th. 2019
Dr. Philip K. James
Second Sunday of Advent (Focus: Isaiah 40:1-11)
Reader 1: O God, we light the second candle of Advent.
(With the first candle already burning, a family memer lights the second candle.)
Reader 2: We seek your comfort. Both mighty and tender, you come. Prepare our hearts to be transformed by your love for us.
(Option): We have sought such a God, both mighty and tender. We recall...(a member or members of a family describe a time they sought the might and tenderness of God.)
Reader 1: Isaiah announced God's coming to a people exiled in a broken and parched wilderness. He declared that God;s redemtpion would make a highway in the desert and change the rough places into plain. God would come as a shepherd - feeding!, leading, and cradling the weary flock. This Advent, we seek such a God.
People: Saving God, look upon your world and heal your land and your people. Prepare us to be changed. This advent, teach us to be tender and just, as you are. Amen.
People: Shine on us, O God of justince:
Guide our path through gloom of night;
Bear within us Wisdom's glory;
To become a nurturing community of believers; where persons and families feel love; participate in worship; develope their God-given gifts in ministry and committed discipleship, in order to meet the spiritual, physical and social needs of the congregation and community, to the glory of God.
Because He lives, we can face tomorrow! May God Bless your week in a Supernatural Way!
May Jesus be the Center of your Joy!
You are in our prayers.