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

Desserts for CARITAS – April 2021

Desserts for CARITAS – April 2021

Dessert Drop Off Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:00-6:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance This year we are providing CARITAS men with a wonderful dinner and dessert this April. As we will be 'contactless' this year due to COVID, the dinner and desserts will...

read more
CBF Global Missions Offering 2021

CBF Global Missions Offering 2021

Share Abundant Life CBF Global Missions Offering April 4-May 2, 2021 When you give to the Offering for Global Missions, you will help a person live more abundantly. In Togo, West Africa, your gift will offer community, opportunities to pray and study the Bible,...

read more
Camp Alkulana Work Days 2021

Camp Alkulana Work Days 2021

Camp Alkulana Work Days Saturdays, April 10, May 15, and June 12, 2021 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Camp Alkulana This year, instead of one large trip to Camp Alkulana, we are planning three trips in groups of eight. These work days are intended to help Camp Alkulana prepare...

read more
First Sunday Food Share – April 11, 2021

First Sunday Food Share – April 11, 2021

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, April 11, 2021 (second Sunday) 12:00-2:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance Over the next several months, the Richmond Baptist Centers are in a great need...

read more
First Sunday Food Share – March 7, 2021

First Sunday Food Share – March 7, 2021

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, March 7, 2021 1:00-3:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance Over the next several months, the Richmond Baptist Centers are in a great need of food donations. Please...

read more
Churchwide VaLENTine’s Drive-Thru — February 16, 2021

Churchwide VaLENTine’s Drive-Thru — February 16, 2021

The VaLENTine's Day Drive-Thru is Rescheduled Churchwide VaLENTine's Drive-Thru Tuesday, February 16, 2021 4:30-5:30 p.m., North Parking Lot Come drive-thru the North Parking Lot—Ministers will be on hand to pass out information and goodies regarding Valentine’s Day;...

read more
First Sunday Food Share – February 10, 2021

First Sunday Food Share – February 10, 2021

The First Sunday Food Share is rescheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 11AM-1PM at the Ridge Road Door. Volunteers will be at the Ridge Road door (near the Fellowship Hall elevator) from 11AM-1PM collecting food. Please pull into the North Parking Lot, drive up to the...

read more
First Sunday Food Share – January 3, 2021

First Sunday Food Share – January 3, 2021

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:00-2:00 p.m., North Parking Lot If you are able to safely come to the church, please drop off donations during the above times. There will be two volunteers...

read more
First Sunday Food Share – December 6, 2020

First Sunday Food Share – December 6, 2020

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, December 6, 2020 1:00-3:00 p.m., North Parking Lot If you are able to safely come to the church, please drop off donations during the above times. There will be two volunteers...

read more
Churchwide Advent Drive-Thru — November 29, 2020

Churchwide Advent Drive-Thru — November 29, 2020

Churchwide Advent Drive-Thru Sunday, November 29, 2020 3:00-4:00 p.m., North Parking Lot Swing thru the North Parking Lot for intergenerational advent goodies, greet and see ministers, pick up supplies to make an Advent Wreath, and to bring gifts for the Church Hill...

read more
Church Hill Christmas Stores Gifts & Drop Off 2020

Church Hill Christmas Stores Gifts & Drop Off 2020

Church Hill Christmas Stores Gifts & Drop Off Sunday, November 15, 2020, 12-2PM Sunday, November 22, 2020, 12-2PM Sunday, November 29, 2020, 3-4PM North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance Due to COVID-19, the RBA Christmas Stores look different this year. The...

read more
First Sunday Food Share – November 1, 2020

First Sunday Food Share – November 1, 2020

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, November 1, 2020 12:00-2:00 p.m., North Parking Lot If you are able to safely come to the church, please drop off donations during the above times. There will be two...

read more