Many churches across the Commonwealth will honor life through a special Sunday called Sanctity of Life Sunday. In connection with that emphasis, consider using the first quarter of the year to increase your church’s local advocacy for life. Local centers need church partners. Consider how your mission group, small group, family, or congregation can increasingly be a part of walking in this good work.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY: Research indicates that foster families and social workers cease care due to lack of support. Partnering with those in active care is a powerful and needed ministry. Social Services welcomes church and family partners in supportive care. Ideas include meeting specific needs (of a child, family or agency), respites, and meal provision.
IN THE SBCV: Join a prayer team or regional support team focusing on foster care. Pastors and leaders are invited to join Dr. Todd Chipman, author, pastor, and foster care advocate at a roundtable gathering in April.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY: Hunger and food security is an increasing need in many communities. Jesus modeled that His followers are to meet physical needs as the gospel is sown and proclaimed. Summer is a good opportunity to come alongside school children needing provision or support local food pantries. Free resources are available at sbcv.org/fighthunger.
IN THE SBCV: Your church can collect a Vacation Bible School offering to benefit SBCV funded hunger ministries.
Back to school season offers tremendous ministry opportunity. How can your church or small group come alongside your local schools? Supply drives and literacy volunteerism are excellent ideas. Often, rapport with a local school can open the door to opportunities such as a Good News Club!
Each year thousands of Christmas Backpacks are collected at Annual Homecoming and sent out through our partners to bless school children. Use this season to ready your backpacks for the November drop-off.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY: Missionary care is significant to service longevity, mission education and mobilization. Has your church sent someone out or partnered with a missionary? Galvanize your church to excel in caring for missionaries and their families.
IN THE SBCV: A hallmark of Southern Baptist life is our commitment to missions and working cooperatively to accomplish the task. This Christmas season join us in encouraging our missionary partners.