Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Serving team is excited to announce our partnership with ForColumbia 2017, a city-wide, multi-church service opportunity on Saturday, April 29th. First Baptist will serve alongside 48 other churches and close to 2,300 volunteers as we work together to share the love of Christ in our community. We are working with coordinators for the event to organize and plan our sites, but we already know of two opportunities that First Baptist will oversee, and they will require a bit of forethought and planning. One of our projects will be to adopt a room to refurbish at True North shelter. True North is a ministry in Columbia that provides shelter and care for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Our goal will be to give this room our own version of an extreme makeover. We want to create a space that feels safe and secure, a space that brings hope and encouragement. We need a team (8-10 workers) willing to help plan, paint, decorate, furnish, and fill this space with items designed to promote healing and restore dignity and value. Another project will involve working at Russell Chapel to renovate their food pantry area. This project will involve clean up, painting, and construction of shelves to hold food items. This project will need 15-17 volunteers to work on various areas at the same time to facilitate the work. We are still working on several other projects, including a family-friendly event, and work at the Wardrobe; these will be announced in the weeks to come. We hope to have a record turnout this year of volunteers. In addition to receiving a free t-shirt, lunch will be provided for all volunteers on Saturday, as well as childcare for infants-5th grade from 8:30-1:30 p.m.