In the absence of routine and in these unprecedented times, many of us are feeling helpless. We know that the needs are great for many in our community, and in this public health crisis, we are charged to not react but to thoughtfully respond. As the body of Christ and as an act of love for our neighbors, we seek to help. While we encourage you to take prudent measures to guard your health, especially if you are at high risk, we invite you to consider below some specific ways that you can pray, give, and go.

Pray

 

We welcome you to pray the prayer below, which we have found helpful, or to pray in your own words for your community here and for people around the world.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

St. Francis of Assisi

 

Give

With our Missions Partners Virginia’s Kids Belong and For Richmond we continue to support social workers through Richmond City and Henrico Department of Social Services. Aside from the threat posed by the coronavirus, vulnerable kids will likely suffer most from the social isolation required to stop the virus from spreading. You can meet the following needs by making a donation to the church or by directly purchasing needed items through our Amazon Wish List.

You can help in the following ways:
1. Donate a Kindle Fire to a foster child/youth that is no longer allowed in person visits with biological family. These run around $50 and can be a lifeline and connection so needed during these days.
2. Contribute toward Foster, Kinship and Reunified family “Survival Kits.” These kits will be distributed in the coming days to families through DSS in the greater Richmond Area. They will contain items to occupy children in healthy ways and assist families caring for children.

 
Little Hands Virginia, operating out of our Education Building Basement, are meeting needs of families with young children in the Greater Richmond area.
 
They are keeping all Richmond City food distribution sites stocked with diapers, wipes, formula, diaper cream, baby soaps and lotions and baby food.
 
After their first 2 boxes went out they are short or completely out of the following items:
• Diapers size newborn, 3, 4, 5 and 6
• Diaper Cream
• Baby soap
• Baby lotion
• Target gift cards to purchase items as more needs arise

You can drop off purchased items at Second Baptist Church in the bin located outside the education building, Monday through Friday from 9a.m.-5p.m.

If you do not wish to go out and purchase items but still want to contribute, follow our AMAZON WISH LIST to have things shipped directly to church and we will get the items where they need to go!

Thank you for your contributions thus far to helping those in need! See below image of overflowing donation boxes.

Go

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Richmond City Public Schools needs volunteer support at their food distribution sites. They are asking for volunteer support in 3 hour shifts at each of these food distribution centers from 7:30am to 1:00pm, Mon-Fri from through April 10 (dates and times are subject to change based on family and community needs) – to sign up, click here.

Spanish Speaking Volunteers

Richmond City Public Schools are looking for Spanish speaking volunteers for key schools, largely on the south side of the river. Please email Katie Vance Lucas if you can help.

 

As a missional church, we often think of missions in connection with travel. The mission field is no longer someplace out there. It’s here.

God is calling us to be the people of peace in uncertain times.

We may not know it, but God has been preparing us for this moment and we stand poised and ready to respond as the Church, God’s people.

Blessings,
Ben, Katie, Kathi, and Tom