Ways You Can Participate

Watch the video below, see some of the needs, feel what God may be laying on your heart and then act if you feel so led.

Buddy’s Ministry of Compassion

A compassionate response to an urgent need


There are many ways to compassionately respond to needs such as this. A simple share on social media helps us spread the good work that Buddy and many other dedicated volunteers are doing in our Compassion Ministry. Please share this with your friends and encourage them to do so as well. Use our hashtags in your caption when sharing the video, allowing us to track how the video is shared worldwide: #HeavenOnEarthRVA, #FBCRichmondsHomeless. And if you are able, click one of the green buttons below to further assist with this important work.

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Christian Compassion

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.

Ministries Include:

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.

There will be a brief introductory session for those interested in learning more about dealing with depression, helping those with depression and the H.O.P.E. ministry here at FBC. The meeting will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 12:15 p.m. in the Adams Room. No need to register but if you are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact Steve Blanchard at

Going through holiday depression or struggling with depression all year long? Do you know someone with depression and do not know how to help? Want to learn more about H.O.P.E., FBC’s depression support group? There will be a brief meeting immediately following the 11:00 worship on December 18 in the Adams Room addressing all three questions. Please join us.

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.

Compassion Ministry Holiday Schedule
Date Event Time Location Details
11/19 - 26 CARITAS 5:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Flamming Hall/Gym/
Adams Room
Contact Justin Pierson for details.
12/3 Free Hot Chocolate
7:30-10:15 a.m. Robinson Parking Lot We need 3-4 volunteers to work the tent handing out hot chocolate and cupcakes to people going to parade. Please contact Steve Blanchard.
12/4 Volunteer/Community
Partner Christmas Party
12:30 p.m. Flamming Hall Compassion volunteers annual appreciation
12/10 Essex Village/Glen Lea Community
Christmas Celebration
1-3 p.m. Essex Village Building 117 All items 25 cents. We need volunteers to be present, give fellowship, work the Christmas store, craft tables and refreshment stand.  Please contact Steve Blanchard.
12/13 S.M.I.L.E. Christmas
5:30-7:30 p.m. TBD For single moms only
12/15 Community Christmas
5:30-7:30 p.m. TBD All items $1.00. We need 4-5 volunteers to operate the Christmas store and greet guests as they arrive. To volunteer, please contact Steve Blanchard.
12/19 Anderson Homeless
10-11:30 a.m. Flamming Hall Volunteers are welcome to come and eat breakfast with our homeless guests. To volunteer, please contact Steve Blanchard.
12/23 Homeless Drive Around 7-10 p.m. Off Site  

If you would like to help provide financially for those in need this Christmas season, make checks payable to First Baptist Church and earmark them Operation JOY.

For more information contact Steve Blanchard, Associate Pastor, or go to Get Involved.