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This list does not fully describe all the missions and outreach that we do at First Baptist Church of Springfield.  Contact the Church office if you would like to get more information or get involved.
       
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FBC Chalmette, LA: rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
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“Hand-in-Hand” Ministry Days
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ECHO: Financial and volunteer support
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English for Speakers of Other Languages (Ethnic outreach program)
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FACETS: Financial and volunteer support
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Kid's camps and activities for our neighbors 
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Outreach through computer training
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Christmas gifts for neighborhood school children
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Baptist Builders for Christ: construction trips to build churches
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Good News Jail and Prison Ministry: Financial and volunteer support
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Sewing Group: Making dolls and quilts for babies in families of poverty
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Student mission trips

     

First Baptist Church Chalmette, LA

    

Our church has partnered with First Baptist Church of Chalmette, LA to provide a monthly stipend for a Youth Minister through an internship program with the New Orleans Baptist Seminary. This partnership is agreed to for two years with optional funding for an additional year to be decided at a later time. FBC Chalmette was devastated, along with New Orleans and many other Gulf Coast cities, when Hurricane Katrina hit the US in August 2005. The re-construction of their church is still under way, and their Church body worships at Chalmette High School, in the cafeteria.   top

     

     

Hand In Hand Ministry

    

Twice a year, on a Saturday morning in the fall and spring, our church focuses on local missions and outreach. Activities have included: making toiletry bags and building cleanup at ECHO; neighborhood evangelism; goodie/evangelistic baskets for fire and police stations; making gifts and cards for nursing home residents; stuffing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for children in poverty overseas; sprucing up the outdoors at elementary schools and community parks; and assembling toiletry and goodie bags for soldiers and veterans.   top

    

     

ECHO

    

The "Ecumenical Community Helping Others" (ECHO), Incorporated, is dedicated to providing charitable assistance to those individuals and families experiencing temporary difficulties in the Burke and Springfield communities of Fairfax County, Virginia (south of Braddock Road; west of I-95/395; north of Lorton and east of Route 123).   top

      

     

ESOL Classes

more information is coming

   

     

F.A.C.E.T.S.

    

Our Church has been associated with FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services) for almost nine years. The major thrust of the Church’s involvement has been to prepare and serve meals to homeless individuals and their families who are sheltered in various motels on route 50 in Fairfax City. Our volunteers prepare and serve meals to the homeless on the second Thursday of each month. For almost 9 years we have averaged approximately 100 meals each week. The number of meals sometimes has been as high as 180 and as low as 75. Approximately 10,000 meals have been prepared and served since the inception of the “Meals Program.” Many faithful individuals’ enthusiasm, participation and Christian love have made all of this possible.   top

   

     

Children's Camps and Activities
 

>> Visit our Children's Ministry page for more information about camps and activities for our neighbors and members.   top

       

     

Digital Outreach

more information is coming

       

     

Shining Star Christmas gift program
 

Every December the Women’s Ministry organizes our Shining Star Ministry, where church members provide Christmas gifts and breakfast cereal to about 100 children attending elementary schools in our neighborhood.  These children all have two things in common: a.) Without our ministry, they would probably not receive anything for Christmas, and b.) they likely would not have anything to eat for breakfast over the Christmas holiday.  Church members select either a gold star (for a girl) or a blue star (for a boy) from a Christmas tree in the church foyer and exchange the star for information about the child.  Members purchase one item of clothing and one toy for their adopted child and wrap those items together in one package. The packages are delivered to the schools right before the Christmas break.   top

      

     

Baptist Builders for Christ
 

We regularly send volunteer teams to assist with Church building projects in nearby states. Builders for Christ is a network of volunteer teams who offer to assist Southern Baptists in building Churches in locations which appear to be in significant need of evangelism. Some of the network teams have been active in this Ministry for over twenty years - since 1981. Forty-six projects have been completed in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, and Indiana.   top

    

     

Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
 

The Good News Jail and Prison Ministry strives to provide spiritually mature, equipped, and motivated Christian chaplains to serve in correctional facilities nationally and internationally. Their purpose is to meet the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.   top

    

     

Sewing Group
 

The sewing and crafts group are women who bring together their choice of crafts to work on and give to an organization within the community or in other countries - such as to military personnel. This group makes sock dolls, knits hats for troops, knits baby caps and booties, crochets afghan and baby quilts to go to Fairfax Hospital, and lots more. There is also a time for a devotional, with sharing and prayer time. These ladies are open to suggestions, like Prayer shawls, lap robes or anything someone has in mind. Thanks to all the ladies - there’s always room for more!    top

    

     

Youth Mission Trips

 

Our Summer mission trip to Myrtle Beach was great! Our students were challenged to step out of their comfort zones and they did! We worked for two days in a soup kitchen - cooking and cleaning - serving about 500 homeless men, women and even a few children . We also passed out cold lemonade and frisbees on the beach, just to let people know that God loved them. Later we walked down the streets and asked people if they needed prayer. Some rejected us but others did not, and our students prayed for them right on that spot. Another great opportunity that we had was when we went to the Lighthouse Center for at Risk Students. These were teens that had been arrested for drug or alcohol abuse. There we played games with them and got to share our stories and our faith with them.     top

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