- Choose an area of ministry you have interest in exploring.
- Contact the staff member for that ministry and tell him or her you'd like to get involved.
- If you prefer, contact Steve Booth, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation, and he will assist you with a “big picture” overview of all seven ministry areas and specific ministries that might be a good fit based on your spiritual gifts, interests and personality. A helpful tool is the Spiritual Gifts Inventory. It’s easy and doesn't take very long. Take a few minutes to explore the gifts God has given you.
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities
CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter)
First Baptist Church serves as a homeless shelter for two weeks every year: one week in the summer and one week in the winter. Volunteers provide three meals, showers, recreation, etc., for our approximately 40 guests. FBC hosts Men’s CARITAS November 18 - 25 Sign up to volunteer or to donate needed items.
Project: SHARE is a new Compassion Ministry program this Christmas season. Fill a small container or shoebox by November 15 with gifts for chemo patients, military personnel, nursing home residents or homeless neighbors. Please see these instructions for what items to include for each group. Project: SHARE replaces Operation Christmas Child. If you would still like to participate in Operation Christmas Child, please take your boxes to donation centers found throughout the area. Contact Justin Pierson at or 358-5458 x153 with questions.
Operation J.O.Y. - The Compassion ministry sponsors Christmas celebrations, support for our community parterships and Christmas Stores where individuals may shop for the items they wish to give or receive at a nominal price. FBC members and friends volunteer their time and donate toys and monetary gifts during Advent. Suggested items for donation: toys, games, dolls, sporting goods and gifts for ages 0-18 or $10 Walmart gift cards. No Dollar Store items. No bikes or electronics. All monetary gifts will be cheerfully accepted. Make checks payable to First Baptist Church with “Christmas Shop” on the memo line. Contact Vicky Nicholau with questions.
Volunteers help serve food and beverages during Wednesday night supper and other church events. For more information, contact Beanie Brooks.
To volunteer or for further information about any of the following compassion ministries, please contact Steve Blanchard.
Open Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Open Monday and Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Provides Bible study, a hot meal, fellowship, and worship time every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the church. You can help by welcoming our guests, serving the food or donate prepared dishes for the meal (please contact us before doing so).
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Toiletries and towels are provided.
Meet on Wednesday nights to hand-make sleeping bags that will be given to the homeless. This is an important ministry to provide warmth and comfort to those without during cold nights.
New Americans Ministry
They are here. They are New Americans. How can you be Christ to them? The New American Ministry at First Baptist Church reaches out with Christian hospitality in many ways, such as home settlement, church attendance and tutoring.
Help tutor, provide supplies, landscaping, special projects, etc. at Glen Lea Elementary School.
The food distribution team at Albert Hill Middle School is looking for volunteers to work any school day, Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p/m/ to 3:30 p.m. If you have time to give, please contact Kathy Rock.
Essex Village Partnership
Work with leaders and residents of Essex Village on a variety of projects to improve life in the community.
Bake & Take Team
Every other month, families gather at the church to bake cookies and make cards which they will deliver door-to-door in the Fan area the same day.
A Ride to Church
Every so often, church members or those wishing to visit First Baptist need a ride to church. They come from all over the city. Some are elderly, some are disabled, and some have no other means of transportation. When people call needing rides, the church will contact you to see if you are available.
We receive several letters a month from inmates around the state seeking someone with whom to correspond. Many of these inmates claim to be Christians seeking a spiritual connection with other Christians and simply want to have someone to share their faith, concerns, questions, etc. Because of our broadcasts, many of these inmates consider First Baptist to be their church and even support us with their tithes. All correspondence from the inmates comes to the church so your place of residence is not given out. Many people use only their first names.
Habitat for Humanity Builds
FBC collaborates with other faith communities to build Habitat homes. Contact Bob Palmer for more information.
International & Domestic Opportunities (Mission Trips)
- Puerto Rico: Dates, tasks, and cost TBD, depending on when appropriate information from the government is given to Virginia Baptist Association of Virginia (or Virginia Baptists).
- Croatia: January 2018 Volunteer team of 6-8 people will travel to either Zagreb or Porin to provide a daily health class, ESL class and children’s activity for one week. Exact dates will be determined soon. Anticipated cost: $2,100.00. Team leader TBD
- Helena, Arkansas: Since 1999, FBC has partnered with this community located in Phillips County, along the banks of the Mississippi River, approximately one hour south of Memphis, TN. Each summer, individuals and families travel to Helena to work with other churches and volunteers to host a swim and outdoor Bible camp for one week. In addition, we participate in local construction and community projects in Helena and the surrounding area. Phillips County is one of the poorest areas of our country but regardless, it is a community that we love and one that has embraced us with its charm and hospitality.
July 2018 - Volunteers will help lead an outdoor Vacation Bible School and Swim Camp in Helena/West Helena and can also help with local construction projects or participate in community outreach. Anticipated cost: $175.00 plus travel expenses. Team leader Ann Carter
- Castries, St. Lucia: Beginning in the summer of 2014, at the request of another church located in St. Croix, we began partnering with Gospel Baptist Church on St. Lucia, a church full of wonderful, loving people who want to make a difference in their community. We assist them with construction projects, Vacation Bible School, and community outreach. We also enjoy their wonderful hospitality and fellowship with new ideas of partnering constantly emerging.
July or August 2018 - Volunteers will help our local partner congregation conduct a vacation Bible school. There may be other opportunities as well. Anticipated cost: $2,000.00 Team leader Candi Brown
- South Africa: July or August 2018 - Volunteers will help a variety of children’s activities in, and construction of, a children’s village outside Johannesburg. Anticipated cost: $2,500.00 Team leaders Justin and Tori Pierson
- Slovakia: July 9-13, 2018. Volunteers will help local residents of Ruzemberok conduct an English camp. There will also be a side trip to be determined later. Anticipated cost $2,250.00 Team leader Ralph Starling
If you are interested, contact Steve Blanchard. All times, costs, and tasks are subject to change depending on information received from on-site personnel. Please check the website, bulletins, and other church media outlets for up-to-date information and changes.
- You can contribute to relief efforts in times of natural disaster through the Baptist General Association of Virginia,
- Or give directly to Virginia Baptist Disaster Relief
- You may also make checks payable to First Baptist Church and designate them Disaster Relief. Please put them in the offering plate, the black box in the church office or the Finance Office.
We are collecting funds for all the recent natural disasters. There is no need for donations of food, clothing, or other items at this time.
A list of non-monetary donations needed and accepted by the Ministry of Compassion. You can drop off items in the designated donation areas.
We distribute the items below. Due to limited storage and client need, please bring only these food items.
- Peanut butter
- Canned pork & beans
- Baked beans
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
(green beans, corn, peas)
- Boxed cereal (oatmeal, grits)
- Canned pastas and spaghetti sauce
- Saltine crackers
- Peanut butter crackers
- Breakfast bars
- Mac & cheese
- Canned tuna
- Vienna sausages
- Potted meat
- Any small pop-top canned items on this list
We distribute a variety of toiletry items. Please be sure to note the various sizes of the items requested.
- Toothpaste (any size)
- Toothbrushes (adult)
- Spray deodorant (any size)
- Hand lotion (trial size)
- Razors (disposable)
- Men’s underwear (new, any size 30-44)
- Women’s underwear (new, sizes 5-10)
- Shaving cream (regular size)
The Clothes Closet, Sleeping Bag ministry and others distribute these much needed items.
- Clothing in good shape (especially menswear)
- Shoes (especially large sizes)
- White crew socks
- Rain ponchos
- Umbrellas (especially compact ones)
- Backpacks (new and used)
- Sleeping bags (new and used)
- Laundry detergent
- Brown grocery bags with handles
- Bibles in good condition