God’s Spirit is active in the world, our community, and your neighborhoods, inviting people into a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are some opportunities for us to love God and others, follow Christ, and “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).


Listed below are some ways that we can participate in what the Triune God is doing in our midst. Prayerfully consider if God is inviting you to pray, give, or go!



Jobs for Life


JobsRVA (www.jobsrva.com) is a nonprofit entity that serves the unemployed, the underemployed, and everyone in between in the greater Richmond community to provide them with the skills needed to better themselves and to find a career that can make a positive impact on their lives.


Their mission is supported by a partnership of nonprofits and churches who share a passion for working with people to help them thrive, through meaningful discussions and hands-on skills training with mentors and instructors.


Each training site in the JobsRVA Network teaches from an established, biblically based job preparation curriculum called Jobs for Life, which seeks to break the cycle of poverty and build people up to serve the community in a greater way.


The next Jobs for Life program – led by our very own Griendora McDowell – begins Thursday, October 14.  It is an 8-week program that meets every Thursday (except for Thanksgiving) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The class will meet at BizWorks located at 2545 Bellwood Road, Richmond, VA 23237.


There are several different volunteer opportunities that are available in the following areas.

If you are interested, please contact Tom Mitchell (tmitchell@secondbaptistrva.org or 740-7101) or Griendora McDowell (gmcdowell@secondbaptistrva.org or 740-7101). Additional information can be found (link to course description).

Virginia Department of Social Services Foster Care
The Family Visitation Room at the Virginia DSS Office needs a fresh coat of paint to make it a warm and inviting place for foster kids meeting with their families. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Katie Vance (Children’s Minister and Foster Care Coordinator for Area Churches) or Tom Mitchell (Director of Discipleship & Missions) at (804) 740-7101.

ESL Ministry

ESL — English as a Second Language – is a term for the study of English by those whose first language is not English.


For more than 30 years, the Second Baptist ESL Team has been ministering to the immigrant community of Richmond, hosting ESL classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency. This ministry also offers citizenship classes for those preparing to take the US Citizenship Test.


Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles!  We are looking for teachers, volunteer placement testers, refreshment coordinators, childcare workers, and conversation partners. There is no special requirement to volunteer with ELS, just a desire to share the love of Christ with our immigrant community.


Classes will begin again this fall and on Monday nights through April. For more information or to volunteer, Delight Booker at 804.467.8978 or Tom Mitchell(Director of Discipleship & Missions) at (804) 740-7101.



School Supplies for Richmond Baptist Centers
It’s Backpack Time Again!
Time to collect backpacks & school supplies for the children at Richmond’s 3 Baptist Centers! You can participate by filling a backpack or providing empty backpacks & needed items that we can match up.
  • A three-ring binder & divider tabs
  • 1 or 2 packs of notebook paper (about 200 sheets)
  • 4 composition books
  • 1 three or five-subject spiral notebook
  • 2 one-subject notebooks
  • 5 to 8 pencils
  • 5 to 8 pens (black or blue)
We can also use such items as rulers, glue, markers, crayons (please go easy on crayons), blank CDs, index cards, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, quart, & gallon size Ziploc bags are also requested but do not put these in the backpacks.
In addition, we are collecting new socks & underwear for children, kindergarten – high school age. You may include a Christian bookmark or something similar if you wish.
Please bring donations to the collection area in the Commons from Sunday, July 25 until Sunday, August 15.
Crossover Healthcare Ministry Back-to-School Supplies Drive
CrossOver Healthcare Ministry is partnering with the Tuckahoe Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program to provide pediatric patients and other families in need with back-to-school supplies.
Donations can be dropped off at the bins in the church commons or CrossOver’s Henrico Clinic (8600 Quioccasin Rd. Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23229) Monday – Friday between 8:30 am and 5 pm. The deadline for drop-off is Tuesday, August 19.



A Final Thought
“When Jesus sent out his disciples on his mission, he showed them his hands and his side. They will share in his mission as they share in his passion, as they follow him in challenging and unmasking the powers of evil. There is no other way to be with him. At the heart of mission is simply the desire to be with him and to give him the service of our lives. At the heart of mission is thanksgiving and praise.” Leslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society.