Women gathered across Virginia in each of the six SBC of Virginia regions for a Priscilla Shirer simulcast. The live simulcast, produced by Lifeway and Going Beyond Ministries, was made available to by the SBC of Virginia at no cost to the participants. The following churches hosted the all-day event: Calvary Road Baptist Church in Alexandria; London Bridge Baptist Church in Virginia Beach; Parkway Baptist Church in Moseley; Hyland Heights Baptist Church in Rustburg; Villa Heights Baptist Church in Roanoke; and First Baptist Church of Damascus in Damascus.
London Bridge Baptist Church also served as the host for the conference for SBCV’s Hispanic Women’s Ministry, Ministerio de Mujeres. The conference was translated into Spanish using the SBCV’s translation equipment.
Over 800 women joined together across the Commonwealth to worship the Lord, study His Word, and fellow-ship with each other. According to the women’s events team at Lifeway, the SBC of Virginia Women’s Ministry was the first to host a simulcast for free in multiple locations.
Coordinating multiple events in various locations was a challenge. SBCV staff members Donna Paulk, Dolly Mink, and Allison Hagenseker worked with each host church to ensure the churches were equipped. Food, water, educational materials, and technology for a live-stream event were needed.
SBCV Women’s Ministry regional leaders were available on site at each location to meet with local women’s ministry leaders from partner churches during the afternoon break. There, the women were informed about upcoming events and opportunities in their own regions, and they were able to connect with the regional leaders and each other.
Priscilla Shirer and Anthony Evans Jr. (worship leader for Going Beyond Ministries events) were committed to teaching the Bible to women and watching them grow in their walk with God. Women were welcomed, loved, and fed (physically and spiritually) in the name of Jesus. Multiple decisions were made that impacted the lives of women and their families.
The SBCV is committed to ensuring that churches are not alone, which was evident with this simulcast event. ■