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 Laura Lee Chandler.

Next trip: April 26-May 1, 2020

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 – February 6, 2022

First Sunday Food Share – February 6, 2022

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, February 6, 2022 (second Sunday) 12:00-2:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance We hope you will continue to support our monthly food collections. The need for food...

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Missions Night: Assemble Craft Supply Bags

Missions Night: Assemble Craft Supply Bags

Missions Night Assemble Craft Supply Bags Wednesday, January 26, 2022 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall We will put together craft supply bags that will be used for senior adult ministry in Nickelsville, VA. These packs were requested by Jan Johnson, who many of us know from...

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WMU Connectors – January 18, 2022

WMU Connectors – January 18, 2022

Friends Helping Friends Meeting: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 10:00 a.m., Zoom Contact Ray Nelson, Peggy Pruden, or Betty Damon for the Zoom link. Program: Jo Ellen Schneider, Executive Assistant to Director River City Faith Network Missions: Provide breakfast and snack...

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Collections for CARITAS – February 2022

Collections for CARITAS – February 2022

Desserts for CARITAS Drop Off: February 2 or 3, 2022 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall Kitchen Thank you for volunteering to provide desserts for our CARITAS bridge week February 4-11, 2022. Please sign up to provide one homemade dessert for CARITAS (we want to...

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First Sunday Food Share – January 9, 2022

First Sunday Food Share – January 9, 2022

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, January 9, 2022 (second Sunday) 12:00-2:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance We hope you will continue to support our monthly food collections. The need for food...

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First Sunday Food Share – December 5, 2021

First Sunday Food Share – December 5, 2021

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, December 5, 2021 1:00-3:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance (please note the different drop off time) We hope you will continue to support our monthly food...

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2021 Thanksgiving Offering

2021 Thanksgiving Offering

Thanksgiving Offering Support Welborne UMC Community Food Pantry The Thanksgiving Offering, collected during the month of November, supports the Community Food Pantry at Welborne United Methodist Church. You may make donations with the designated envelope in the pew...

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Church Hill Christmas Store Gifts & Drop Off 2021

Church Hill Christmas Store Gifts & Drop Off 2021

Church Hill Christmas Stores Gifts & Drop Off Sundays, November 21 & 28, 2021 10-11AM and 12-1PM, LC #106 The RBA 2021 Christmas Store project is again underway and RRCB is sponsoring 51 children at the Church Hill Wellness Center, twice the number we...

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First Sunday Food Share – November 7, 2021

First Sunday Food Share – November 7, 2021

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, November 7, 2021 12:00-2:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance We hope you will continue to support our monthly food collections. The need for food in the Richmond...

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Thanksgiving Baskets for Oregon Hill 2021

Thanksgiving Baskets for Oregon Hill 2021

Thanksgiving Baskets for Oregon Hill Baptist Center Drop Off: Church Office: October 25-29, 2021, 9AM-5PM Lower Commons: October 31, 2021, 9:30AM-12:30PM The Oregon Hill Baptist Center is requesting 25 Thanksgiving boxes from RRCB. Please donate sizes to feed a family...

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Cookies & Desserts for CARITAS – October 2021

Cookies & Desserts for CARITAS – October 2021

Cookie & Dessert Drop Off Thursday, October 7, 2021 5:00-8:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance This year we are providing CARITAS women with a wonderful dinner and dessert on October 9, 2021. A church member has graciously volunteered to make dinner...

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First Sunday Food Share – October 3, 2021

First Sunday Food Share – October 3, 2021

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, October 3, 2021 12:00-2:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance We hope you will continue to support our monthly food collections. The need for food in the Richmond...

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