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)
- Post-abortion Support Group (WORTH)
- 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)
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.
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. HOPE offers a safe, encouraging and confidential place to express feelings and to learn how to cope. For more information contact Heather LiBrandi.
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.
W.O.R.T.H. (Women On the Road To Healing - a post-abortion support group)
Are you feeling isolated, unable to grieve, and feel like you can only suffer in silence? W.O.R.T.H. is a peer support group* for women who suffer from mental or emotional trauma after an abortion. Join us for an opportunity to express yourself in a non-judgmental and non-denominational way. It doesn’t matter if your abortion was a week, a month, a year or decades ago. We meet at The Pusey House every Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information please contact Steve Blanchard.
*W.O.R.T.H. does not take the place of professional therapy.
Adventures in ADD is a suppport group for those who grew up with ADD but never knew it had a name. The group also welcomes friends and family members of those affected by ADD/ADHD. Professionals in the field of ADD/HD address each gathering. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in 280H.
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.