Our Missions Board is an innovative and caring group of people for whom the term “Missions” has many definitions, as is seen through our various missions opportunities. The board is charged with creating opportunities for the members of the church to engage in missions work in our community and around the world.
The next meeting for the Board of Missions is Saturday, January 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room.
Elder Diner: This program provides lunch and opportunity for fellowship for seniors every Thursday at 12 noon at the church in Hargroves Hall. The cost is $4 per person and first timers are free. Set-up, clean up, money management, and meal preparations all are opportunities to serve.
NPIHN – The Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Second Baptist hosts up to 5 families or 15 people who have recently been displaced from their homes as overnight guests in our church facility for a period of 3 weeks, twice a year. We provide the guests with dinner, private rooms to sleep, a community room, and outdoor recreation. Volunteers are needed as overnight hosts, meal preparers, evening dinner hosts, and more.
Baptist Women’s Center: We collect and deliver food to the Baptist Women’s Center every month. A basket is placed in the foyer of the church for the collection of the food.
Rising Sun Manor: We provide support services and encouragement such as letter writing, card sending, trips to the zoo, Christmas parties, monthly visits for games, and more for the mentally retarded at Rising Sun Manor.
Missions Offerings: We annually raise thousands of dollars for four American Baptist Missions offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, World Missions, America For Christ, and Retired Ministers and Missionaries. Our regular missions giving also goes to support American Baptist Churches USA and its support of missions around the globe.
Missions Trips: Trips to Egypt and Italy provided opportunities for church members to dialogue with Muslims, work with an orphanage for the mentally challenged in Egypt, provide ministry training for new churches amongst Nigerian immigrants in Italy, counsel women caught in the sex trafficking industry, and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ on two continents. Our next trip will be to Zambia in the summer of 2011 where we will be supporting our American Baptist missionaries, Dr. Charles and Sarah West. Check back for more details about this exciting opportunity.