First Baptist Missions
Missions is the heartbeat of what we do as a church. Our calling is to help find places where heaven and earth collide. Serving as the hands and feet of Christ allow us to point to the Good News of God’s love and grace. Below you will find a few of the ways that we serve, but this list is far from comprehensive. One of the exciting things about following Christ is that we have no idea what new opportunties will present themselves. Will you join us in seeking out what’s next?
Peace by Piece Quilting
Peace by Piece has completed, and distributed, over 1000 quilts. New babies, both within the church and throughout Whitley County, have received the gift of a baby quilt. Other quilts have been given to families that are suffering from disasters, individuals in nursing homes, or those who are home-bound. Peace by Piece meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM in the church basement to sew and fellowship together.
The Food Pantry
Each month, the Food Pantry works to meet the nutritional needs of families in the Whitley County area. First Baptist works through Grace on the Hill and God’s Pantry of Lexington to supply food; along with other necessities such as coats, shoes, hygiene items, laundry detergent, etc. The Food Pantry meets the third Wednesday of each month from 4:00 – 5:15pm. You must call the office to make an appt. to attend Food Pantry. Volunteers will help pack and distribute groceries to 40-70 families.
During the school year, we offer a backpack ministry to help feed students at Williamsburg Independent Schools over the weekend. Volunteers typically gather on Tuesday afternoons to pack bags that are then taken to the school to be distributed by the Family Resource Center.
Each fall we collect Christmas shoeboxes for students in our local community. We partner with Scarlette Jasper, CBF Field Personnel and head of Olive Branch Ministries, to provide Christmas gifts to McCreary County families. This allows us to meet the needs of those close to us and help them celebrate the Christmas season.
Because we aim to meet needs as they arise, it is almost impossible to keep a comprehensive list of projects. Over the last couple of years, we have also served as volunteers at Emergency Christian Ministries (Williamsburg’s temporary homeless housing), in Eastern Kentucky participating in flood disaster relief, and much more. If you have a place you’d like to serve and don’t see it listed, we are always looking for new ideas!