Get Involved

Front Page Discussion: Understanding Immigrants and Refugees is Sunday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Flamming Hall. The event and lunch are free if we receive your registration by October 28. Contact Steve Blanchard to register. Hear from a panel of refugees, immigrants and those who work with them as we seek to understand the stories behind the headlines.

Get Involved

  • 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. 

Local Opportunities

School Supplies Needed

We have a teacher resource store for teachers in three schools where there is a need and the teachers are responsible for buying their own classroom supplies. Many times each student needs those supplies. We are collecting the following items with which to stock the store. If you can donate any of the items listed below, either new or never used, please put them outside Steve Blanchard’s office at any time. Thank you!

  • Glue Sticks (.24 ounce)
  • Sharpened Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Crayons (set of 24)
  • Tissues (100 count box)
  • Clorox Wipes (35 sheets)
  • Hand Sanitizer (8 ounces)
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Scissors (kids’)
  • 3" x 5" Index Cards (packs of 100)
  • Colored Pencils (set of 8)
  • Color Markers (pack of 8)
  • Black Ink Pens
  • Wide Ruled Composition Books (50)
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Post-It Notes (100 sheet)
  • Poster Board (8-ply 22" x 28")
  • Masking Tape (1/2 inch x 60 yards)
  • Scotch Tape Rolls (for dispensers)
  • Snack-Size Baggies
  • Slide-Lock Quart-Size Baggies
  • 2-Pocket Plastic Folders (no brads)
  • Reward Stickers

Dining Services

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.

S.N.A.P. Pantry
Open Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The Ministry of Compassion has reconfigured its current food pantry into a S.N.A.P. (food stamp) pantry. This means that we will greatly reduce the size of our traditional food pantry and will instead offer needed household products such as laundry and dish detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo and conditioner, household cleaners and feminine hygiene products. If you'd like to donate items to the pantry, please see the list of needed items and sizes.

Our pantry hours will remain the same: Monday and Wednesday mornings 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. However, if your community agency or ministry has someone in need, please make a request via email. Then we will assemble available items for pickup at the front desk. We will still maintain a small emergency-only food pantry. We will also continue to serve our homeless guests with snack packs using the same procedure as we do now.

Clothes Closet
Open Monday and Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

Grace Fellowship
Provides Bible study, a hot meal, fellowship and worship time every Thursday night from 6:00 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).

Shower Ministry
Open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Toiletries and towels are provided.

Sleeping Bags
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.

St. Luke Apartments Partnership
Work with leaders and residents of St. Luke Apartments 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.

Prison Letters
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)

  1. 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. See you in 2019! Team leader Candi Brown.

  2. Vienna, Austria: Volunteers will work with the local church and its ministries to refugees. This may include cleaning, fellowship with refugees in the community, Bible studies, etc.

  3. South Africa: Volunteers will help a variety of children’s activities in, and construction of, a children’s village outside Johannesburg. Anticipated cost: $2,500. Team leaders Justin and Tori Pierson

  4. 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. 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. See you in 2019! Team leader Ann Carter.

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.

Seasonal Opportunities

CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter)

Over the next two years, CARITAS is discontinuing the use of churches as housing for its shelter system and opening up a permanent shelter to house all of its clients. Because the men’s shelter has already moved to its permanent location, we will no longer house the men during the week of Thanksgiving. However, we will still provide lunches, some dinners and evening activities during the week of Thanksgiving at the new CARITAS men’s shelter. So there are many ways for you to be involved still. The women’s shelter will not move to its permanent location until 2020, and it will continue to operate in church buildings as it has previously. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the Compassion Ministry has decided not to host women’s CARITAS this year. Please read this letter, then contact Justin Pierson at 804-358-5458 x153 or 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 AdventSuggested 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.

Disaster Relief

  • 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.


A list of non-monetary donations needed and accepted by the Ministry of Compassion. You can drop off items in the designated donation areas.

S.N.A.P Pantry Donations

We distribute the items below. Due to limited storage and client need, please bring only these items.

  • Laundry Detergent - 16 count pod packs
  • Dish Detergent - 20-28 oz. containers
  • Household Cleaners - 22 oz. and up multi-use spray cleaners
  • Paper Towels - any size
  • Toilet Paper - any size
  • Bath Soap - 3 oz. and up bars
  • Shampoo - 12 oz. bottles
  • Conditioner - 12 oz. bottles
  • Feminine Products -14 count and up, all types
  • Toothpaste - 2.9 oz. and up  (this is a new addition to the list)
  • Deodorant - regular size, roll-on or spray (no trial sizes please)

Toiletry Donations

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)
  • Washcloths
  • Shaving cream (regular size)

Clothing Donations

The Clothes Closet, Sleeping Bag ministry and others distribute these much-needed items.

  • Clothing in good condition (especially menswear)
  • Shoes (especially large sizes)
  • White crew socks
  • Belts
  • Rain ponchos
  • Umbrellas (especially compact ones)
  • Backpacks (new and used)
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags (new and used)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Brown grocery bags with handles
  • Bibles in good condition