The etymology of “compassion” is Latin, meaning “co-suffering.” More than simple empathy, compassion commonly refers to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is taking who you are and meeting people where they are, as they are. For Christians, it is more than just helping others; it is helping others in the name of Jesus. Simply stated, the Ministry of Christian Compassion is:
You see great suffering plague the innocent through a variety of factors and situations.
You begin to feel something—pity, sympathy, anger or helplessness.
Compassion may have the ability to induce feelings of kindness and forgiveness. But then, you need to go beyond seeing, beyond just feeling, and move into...
You know you have to act, to do something despite all your fears and excuses.
As a Christian, you have pledged to lift up the name of Christ and proclaim God’s love. In and through the Ministry of Christian Compassion, you are given the means to do this in every aspect of life.
- Grace Fellowship
- Food Pantry/Clothes Closet
- Shower Ministry
- Employment Assistance
- Meals on Wheels Team
- Ministry to Single Moms (SMILE)
- Depression Support Group (HOPE)
- Anti-human trafficking effort (CEASE)
- Survivors of Suicide Support Group (SOS)
- Outreach to Refugees and Immigrants (New American Ministry)
- International & Domestic Mission Trips
- Weeks of Prayer Focus Team
- Community Benevolence
- Side by Side Team
- Neighborhood and School Empowerment
- Liaison to denominational organizations (Southern Baptist Convention, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Baptist General Association of Virginia, River City Faith Network)
H.O.P.E. (Hanging On with Purpose Every day) - Depression Support Group
A free information and support group for those suffering from mild to moderate depression meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Pusey House, 2705 Park Avenue. (Meets first and third Tuesdays during the summer months.) HOPE offers a safe, encouraging and confidential place to express feelings and to learn how to cope. For more information contact Sharon Fry.
S.M.I.L.E. (Single Moms In the Lord’s Embrace)
Fellowship, support and encouragement for single moms. Meets every second Tuesday of the month, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Adams Room. Dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information please contact Steve Blanchard by the first Friday of the month.
ADD Support Group - meets every third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in Suite 240D. The group is free and open to the public. It is primarily for parents and relatives of people with Attention Deficit Disorder, but ADD persons are welcome as well.
First Baptist provides shelter and other essential services/items to about 40 guests as part of CARITAS for two weeks each year. CARITAS helps to break the cycles of homelessness and addiction in the Metro Richmond area so that people can lead stable lives. Various opportunities exist for service and provision of needed items as we seek to become family for our guests during these weeks.