Missions

Get Involved. Make a Difference.

Missions at First Baptist Greenville is a way of approaching the world. It is Imago Dei, it is Namaste, it is the appreciation that we all belong to God and if we look hard enough, we might find Christ in each person we meet, including ourselves.

Missions at First

Missions at First Baptist Greenville is a way of approaching the world.

It is Imago Dei, it is Namaste, it is the appreciation that we all belong to God and if we look hard enough, we might find Christ in each person we meet, including ourselves. At First Baptist Greenville, missions involves members of all ages engaging in ministry with partners in our backyard, in Cuba, in Haiti and places in between.

Whether partnering with GAIHN to welcome homeless families to our church, partnering with our sister congregation in Guanjay, Cuba to encourage the growth of the Patio Project, partnering with our neighbors in Nicholtown to provide quality summer camp, partnering with the Living Hope Mission in Cap Haitien, Haiti to support local schools and churches, partnering with local ministries through our annual Operation Inasmuch day or partnering in one of the many other opportunities we offer, missions at First Baptist Greenville is about people.

Missions at First Baptist Greenville encourages the development of individuals’ spiritual gifts as new ministries “bubble up” from the passions of members and their willingness to be servant leaders. Missions at First Baptist Greenville respects genuine reflection and the depth of experience we can have when we expand our comfort zones and get to know our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world, other parts of Greenville and within our church family. It celebrates that we can encounter God through these encounters with others.

More Information

For more information on getting involved with missions at First Baptist Greenville, contact Laura Stout.

Monthly Focus

Each month we highlight a local organization or church mission partner and collect items needed to support their ministry.

Please bring your donations to the collection boxes located throughout the church, where volunteers will collect and deliver them.

 

This Month

Soteria CDC

After incarceration, many are left with no means to truly start fresh and pursue a successful path for themselves and their families. This realization was experienced personally by Jerry Blassingame, founder of Soteria Community Development Corporation, who was himself released from prison in 1999. After encountering numerous obstacles to starting anew after his freedom was regained, Jerry saw firsthand many of the unmet needs of those like him. Therefore, to give formerly-incarcerated men their best chance at successfully transitioning back into society, he founded Soteria CDC. Though this organization started small, it has blossomed into an immense resource for those trying to restart their lives, offering such services as job training, financial literacy and planning, affordable housing opportunities, and coaching on how to set successful goals for themselves moving forward. 

Many of the men who participate in this program come to Soteria straight from prison, and have literally nothing to their name upon arriving. To help Soteria CDC meet their needs, our church will be collecting the following items for “First Day Kits” throughout the month of April:

  • Bibles
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Men’s deodorant
  • Men’s socks
  • Washcloths

If you wish to donate any of the supplies listed above, you may do so using either of the options below: 

1) Bring these items to the church Reception Area any time throughout the month on Monday–Friday (9 am – 5 pm), or any Sunday morning in April that we are reconvening as a church congregation (currently planned to occur on April 18th and 25th).
2) Find these items online and have them shipped to:
First Baptist Greenville
c/o Amy Joye
847 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Please contact Laura Stout (laura.stout@firstbaptistgreenville.com) with any questions.

—Kate Anderson, Missions and Affiliations Committee

Get Involved

Find a place to get involved and make a difference.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved in missions at First Baptist Greenville. To learn more about these or other opportunities, contact Missions Coordinator Laura Stout at 370-2522 ext. 145.

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Annie's House

Learn from our “back door neighbors” about sustainable living practices through work days, TimeBanking and special events

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Cuba Mission Partnership

Get to know our Cuban partner church, Iglesia Bautista del Camino in Guanajay, through a mission exchange in Cuba or Greenville

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GAIHN

Offer hospitality to homeless families living in our church four weeks per year

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Knitting and Crochet Group

Create gifts to give to those who need a comforting reminder of God’s love

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Mission Backpack

Donate items to fill weekend food bags for local children and/or help shop for, fill or deliver the bags

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Mission Trips and Activities

For children, youth, and adults

Join in special opportunities throughout the year for local and global missions

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Monthly FBC Focus Collection

Contribute to our monthly collection and/or help deliver donations

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Neighborhood Partnership

Get to know our neighbors in Nicholtown and Haynie-Sirrine through special events and work days

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Inasmuch Day

Serve the local community through our annual churchwide missions day

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Project Host Soup Kitchen

Join or form a team to prepare and serve lunch on a Sunday

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United Ministries

Contribute to our on-going collection and/or help deliver donations

Learn More

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Walks for Awareness

Participate in local walks with teams from FBG, including Mission Backpack 5K, Walk for the Prevention of Child Abuse and United Ministries Transformation Walk

 

More Opportunities

View more current opportunities to serve

Women’s Mission Groups

Circles

 First Baptist Greenville is home to four Women on Mission groups. Groups gather monthly for Bible study, book study, mission study, and prayer. Groups support various mission partners through giving and hands-on support.

Please email the group leaders if you’re interested in attending one of these groups.

Lula Whilden Circle

Women 20’s- early 50’s
2nd and 4th Mondays of the month
September – May | 6:30-8:00pm
Meets at a member’s house
Contact: Kristy Way

Crazy Eights Circle

The Crazy Eights Circle has different FBG or community members come speak each month and supports various mission projects. This group is focused on meeting the spiritual and support needs of women regardless of age (30s – infinity)!

3rd Tuesday of the month
September – May | 7:00 pm
Meets in various locations: members’ homes, restaurants, AYMC
Each monthly host plans the program
Contact: Susan Webb

Margaret Allen Aiesi Circle

The Margaret Allen Aiesi Circle, named for a beloved late Circle member, has various speakers and local authors come to their circle and supports a variety of missions projects. Members are ages 60 and older.
3rd Tuesday of the month.

September – May | 9:30am
Meets in members’ homes
Contact: Carol Ann Bell or Becky Bouton

Susie Lee Bagwell Circle

The Susie Lee Bagwell Circle is a group of senior adult women who enjoy Bible study or book study with occasional guest speakers.

3rd Tuesday of the month
September – May | 10:00 am
Meets in members’ homes
Contact: Dianne Williamson or Barbara Stone

More Current Opportunities

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Hosting

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Hosting

March 21-28, our church virtually hosted families in the United Ministries IHN program by providing rental assistance, care packages, recorded picture book read-alouds, and funds for meals and family outings. Thanks to your generosity, we also provided cleaning...

Canned Fruit Collection

Canned Fruit Collection

With in-person worship starting back in a few weeks, First Baptist will continue collecting canned fruit for the United Ministries Food Pantry. We’d like to encourage you to bring canned fruit donations to three drop-off locations on our campus: • Front Desk...

April Focus on Missions: Soteria CDC

April Focus on Missions: Soteria CDC

After incarceration, many are left with no means to truly start fresh and pursue a successful path for themselves and their families. This realization was experienced personally by Jerry Blassingame, founder of Soteria Community Development Corporation...

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