Missions

“… be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
– (Acts 1:8)

Mission Statement

The Board of Missions of River Road Church, Baptist seeks to inspire and promote outward expressions of faith through service by the church, its organizations, and individual members. It develops and implements programs and projects of gifts, service, and Christian outreach in cooperation with mission fellowships in the church, and in local, state, national, and world affiliations, including community service organizations.

Community service opportunities for individuals and groups, along with direct financial support of associations, organizations, education, and advocacy resources are integral parts of River Road Church’s missions efforts. We partner with a wide range of religious and secular organizations to provide a broad spectrum of outreach and services to local, national, and international communities.

Called Out to Serve

As Christ leads us, we go. In his name, we open wide our doors, our hands, and our hearts – bringing our talents and time, our gifts and prayers, to all these ministries of love, and more.

Ways to Get Involved

CBF Global Missions Offering

Our Church partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) for its global missions giving.

CBF Field personnel (missionaries) work in ministries from intentional communities with hospitality houses in rural Virginia to helping refugees cope with change and struggle in Uganda. Your gifts to the mission work at RRCB go to support these missionaries as they go about their work. Separately, as a congregation or individually, each person engaging with missionaries can give to support any one ministry or field personnel affiliated with CBF.

CBF seeks transformational development through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the seeking of beloved community, bearing witness to the work and life of Jesus Christ. The Fellowship supports long-term field personnel serving in 30 countries, 50 Student.Go interns and hundreds of short-term mission teams annually. Click here for more information about what CBF is doing.

Catch the Spirit Mission Project Grant Proposal

Do you have a mission project you’d like the congregation to engage in?

You’re invited to bring your creativity to River Road Church, and help the BOM and congregation Catch the Spirit of your passion.

If there is a mission project or program in which you wish River Road Church would be involved and are willing to take the lead in make this effort happen, please fill out the application.

WMU Connectors

River Road Church WMU is a group of women who support missions and emphasize fellowship.  The group is responsible for monthly assignments from the RBA to support the programs at the Baptist Centers, Camp Alkulana, the BCMs at VCU and UR, and other mission organizations.

WMU Connectors usually meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in a member’s home.  Come join us!  Visitors and guests are always welcome to attend.  For more information please call Wyatt Heisler at 804-741-9320 or check the church calendar.

Hands & Hearts: Nickelsville Mission Trip

The Hands and Hearts Mission Trip serves those in need in the area of Nickelsville, VA, and the projects are determined by the skills and passions of those who sign up. It may range from home repairs and light construction, to assisted living home visitation and food pantry assistance.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Shoemake or Laura Lee Chandler.

Next trip: June 23-38, 2019

CARITAS

Mission Statement: “CARITAS helps our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of addiction and homelessness to reclaim their dignity.”

CARITAS, the largest homeless services provider in Central Virginia, transforms lives and restores dignity through its four programs: the Shelter program, The Furniture Bank, CARITAS Works, and The Healing Place.

 CARITAS has evolved to its current form by filling the gaps in the homeless services system, achieving long-lasting results. Their goal is to prevent people from backsliding and returning to the shelter system because they lack the fundamental skills and resources they need to remain independent.

Our church partners with this organization in many ways, but especially twice a year (October and February) when for one week we host CARITAS guests in our fellowship hall, serving them meals and getting to know them. This hospitality ministry involves children, youth, and adults, allowing us to get to know our neighbors struggling with homelessness.

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry

Founded in 1983, CrossOver Ministry is Virginia’s largest free clinic, providing high quality healthcare services to more than 6,000 uninsured individuals each year at its two locations in Richmond.

River Road Church partners with this organization by providing volunteer medical and nonmedical personnel, sponsoring a circulo de costura (sewing circle)  through our Catch the Spirit grants, and donating funds and items for families.

Short-Term Mission Work & Long-Term Partnerships

Bland County – repairing homes and providing care in southwest Virginia for a week each year.
Baptist Centers of Richmond – supporting food pantries and clothes closets with ongoing collections, as well as the Oregon Hill Baptist Center, where we prepare and serve meals to the homeless.
Camp Alkulana – repairing and reading camp facilities for Richmond inner-city youth.
Ghana Mission Trip – Forming a new partnership with churches in Ghana beginning Fall 2017.
Meals on Wheels – delivering meals to homes for FeedMore.
MICAH Initiative/ Oak Grove Elementary School – tutoring and nurturing children through the MICAH initiative.
Panama Medical/Dental Mission Trip – providing a week of clinics in remote communities in Panama in partnership with the Fundación Cristina Medico Social.
Prison Ministries – visiting and encouraging the incarcerated, recently released, and their families.
Renew Crew/Toolbox Ministry – building access ramps and repairing homes in local neighborhoods.
Rise Against Hunger – preparing pre-packaged meals for use overseas.

Missions News

First Sunday Food Share — August 4, 2019

First Sunday Food Share Sunday, August 4, 2019 River Road Church has a long history of working in many capacities with our three Baptist Centers: Church Hill, Oregon Hill, and South Richmond. We have donated food and other needed items, and we have gone to the centers...

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project:HOMES Renew Crew Ramp Installation

Thursday, August 10, 2019 9:00 a.m., Offsite For a number of years River Road Church has worked with project:HOMES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the accessibility in housing in the Richmond community. As a group, we help fabricate ramp components...

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Back-to-School Collections 2019

We are collecting school supplies for CrossOver Ministry and toiletry bags and undergarments for the RCFN/RBA Church Hill Baptist Center! Virginia's tax free shopping weekend is August 2-4, 2019. Bring your donations to the designated bins at the Missions Tables...

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First Sunday Food Share — July 7, 2019

First Sunday Food Share Sunday, July 7, 2019 River Road Church has a long history of working in many capacities with our three Baptist Centers: Church Hill, Oregon Hill, and South Richmond. We have donated food and other needed items, and we have gone to the centers...

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Camp Alkulana Donor Day 2019

A Celebration of our strongest contributing partners Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Camp Alkulana Allow us to celebrate your partnership with Camp Alkulana by hosting you for a day of camp (and showing off a little too!) It is hard to really understand the impact of a...

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First Sunday Food Share — June 2, 2019

First Sunday Food Share Sunday, June 2, 2019 River Road Church has a long history of working in many capacities with our three Baptist Centers: Church Hill, Oregon Hill, and South Richmond. We have donated food and other needed items, and we have gone to the centers...

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2019 Camp Alkulana Offering & Challenge

May 12 - June 9, 2019 River Road Church's Offering Goal: $8,000 Friendship Sunday School Class Collection: $8,000 The Friendship Sunday School Class have been champions for Camp Alkulana over the years, and extend their enthusiasm to the congregation! This spring, the...

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CrossOver Challenge 2019: Moo and Brew 5K and Party

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Race begins at 6:00 p.m. Virginia War Memorial CrossOver Ministry's annual 5K walk/run takes place at the Virginia War Memorial. Join them at this beautiful location overlooking the river for a night of fun. This event features live music, local...

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Camp Alkulana Clean Up Day 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:30 a.m., North Parking Lot Do you feel LED to go to Camp Alkulana? Many who have been to Alkulana will remember “Big Lodge” which serves as the indoor basketball court. And with its big stone fireplace it can also be used for “campfire” time...

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First Sunday Food Share — May 5, 2019

First Sunday Food Share Sunday, May 5, 2019 River Road Church has a long history of working in many capacities with our three Baptist Centers: Church Hill, Oregon Hill, and South Richmond. We have donated food and other needed items, and we have gone to the centers...

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CARITAS Furniture Drive – May 2019

CARITAS Furniture Drive *new times* 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Due to the weather on Saturday, we have adjusted the times of the furniture drive. Volunteers are still needed and home pick-up is available. CARITAS Furniture Drive at RRCB Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:00 a.m. to...

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WMU Connectors April Meeting

All Women are Invited! Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:30 p.m., Home of Ray Nelson All River Road women are cordially invited to join the group for an evening of fellowship! For more information, please call Wyatt Heisler (804-741-9320) or Peggy Pruden (804-873-8323). River...

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