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 (email@example.com or 740-7101) or Griendora McDowell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-7101). Additional information can be found (link to course description).
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.
- 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)