It was exciting and encouraging to see many of you come out to the church’s 200th birthday party drive-thru parade. It was an amazing day to celebrate God’s faithfulness to Second Baptist Church. During the parade, the church demonstrated its generosity and missional heart by donating over 160 bags of groceries for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry. As you know, during the pandemic, we have increased the amount of food that we provide through the Loaves & Fishes ministry, increased the distribution frequency to weekly (rather than semi-monthly), and our average participation has grown from 35 visitors to 90. Because you gave, we are able to keep on giving abundantly! Thanks, church!
As always, we encourage you to take prudent measures to guard your health, especially if you are at high risk, and we invite you to consider below some specific ways that you can pray, give, and go.
We welcome you to pray the prayer below, which we have found helpful, or to pray in your own words for our church, the wider community, and people around the world.
“Almighty and immortal God, giver of life and health:
O Almighty God, you pour out on all who desire it the spirit of grace and of supplication: Deliver us, when we draw near to you, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
We are continuing to reach out to “frontliners” – the workers in our nursing facilities, hospitals, and other healthcare and emergency locations – by providing meals, snacks, and other goodies. Please help us by praying for them and creating these additional items.
- Creating cards and bookmarks for “Frontliners.” Our Heartfulness Studio has prepared a packet, complete with supplies and directions, so that you can create cards or bookmarks. Please drive by the church and pick up a packet from the bin located outside the main church entrance. Enjoy the creativity and return the cards and bookmarks to the church so that we can distribute them with our food donations.
- Prayer Shawls for “Frontliners.” Our Prayer Shawl ministry is providing a kit, complete with supplies and instructions, to create prayer shawls. Kits will also be available at the front entrance of the church with yarn inside. Please drive by the church and pick up a kit in the bin located outside the main church entrance. Enjoy the time of prayerful knitting and return the shawls to the church so that we can distribute them along with our food donations. If you need help as you create, please call Robinette George at 804-784-3992 (home) or 804-647-9195 (mobile).
If you want further information or have questions about these two opportunities, feel free to reach out to Kathi Traficanti at firstname.lastname@example.org. See images below of late-shift frontliners from the ICU, CVICU and CCU teams at St. Mary’s enjoying the food and love provided by YOU!
Drop-Knock-Leave Program. Local children & families are in need of food and other essentials. All of the needs have been identified and vetted by social workers, case managers, faith-based organizations or C.I.S. Chesterfield. The goal is doing what we can to ensure that no one in our community is going without food.
- Volunteers arrive at our distribution site (TBD) where they will pick up bags of food and receive delivery addresses and route information for recipients.
- Everyone who will receive food will be advised that a delivery will be coming. We will also instruct them to come outside after those making deliveries leave.
- When volunteers arrive at the delivery address, they Drop off bags of food on the porch, KNOCK on the door and LEAVE.
- No handshakes, hugging, or hanging around. Delivery volunteers do not come into direct contact with the recipients. To donate or volunteer, click here.
Join with church members and others volunteering at Richmond Public School food distribution locations. Loving and serving the vulnerable the Jesus way!
There are over 500,000 regular church attenders in Metro Richmond. Imagine the impact the Church could have if all of these individuals and families committed to caring for their neighbors during the COVID crisis! For Richmond has created a new mapping tool where you can register to adopt your block and find resources to help your neighbor. Sign up today and make sure to share this opportunity with your friends. Block by block, cul-de-sac by cul-de-sac, apartment building by apartment building – this is how the Church can work together to make sure that no one goes unloved during this challenging time! To sign up, click here.