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 – 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...

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American Red Cross Blood Drive – November 6, 2020

American Red Cross Blood Drive – November 6, 2020

American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, November 6, 2020 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall During this uncertain time, the Red Cross is encouraging individuals to keep scheduled blood donation appointments and to make new appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure...

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Churchwide Drive-Thru Fall Festival — October 18, 2020

Churchwide Drive-Thru Fall Festival — October 18, 2020

Churchwide Drive-Thru Fall Festival Sunday, October 18, 2020 3:00-4:00 p.m., North Parking Lot Swing thru the North Parking Lot for intergenerational fall goodies, greet and see ministers, and to bring items for the Oregon Hill Thanksgiving Boxes. An entrance and exit...

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Desserts for CARITAS – October 2020

Desserts for CARITAS – October 2020

Dessert Drop Off Thursday, October 15, 2020 5:00-7:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance This year we are providing CARITAS men with a wonderful dinner and dessert this October. As we will be 'contactless' this year due to COVID, the dinner and desserts...

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First Sunday Food Share – October 4, 2020

First Sunday Food Share – October 4, 2020

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, October 4, 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 volunteers...

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CBF Global Missions Offering 2020

CBF Global Missions Offering 2020

Extend Hope & Hospitality CBF Global Missions Offering September 23-October 25, 2020 When you give to the Offering for Global Missions, you help plant new churches and share the hope of Christ with people who have never heard the Gospel. You offer food, teach...

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First Sunday Food Share – September 6, 2020

First Sunday Food Share – September 6, 2020

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, September 6, 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...

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2020 Alma Hunt Offering

2020 Alma Hunt Offering

Meeting Real Needs in Real Time Alma Hunt Offering August 11-September 13, 2020 The Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions will look different in the coming year, reflecting the changing world in which we live as we face the challenges of a global pandemic. This...

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South Richmond Baptist Center Children’s Masks

South Richmond Baptist Center Children’s Masks

Donation Drop Off: Sunday, August 23, 2020 1:00-3:00 p.m., North Parking Lot/Lower Commons Entrance The South Richmond Baptist Center is requesting masks for children ages 7 and up, homemade or purchased. If you have any questions or need to drop off at another time,...

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Church Hill Wellness Center Toiletry Bags

Church Hill Wellness Center Toiletry Bags

Donation Drop Off: Sunday, August 16, 2020 1:00-3:00 p.m., Portico/Preschool Entrance The Church Hill Wellness Center is requesting toiletry bags and undergarments for their back-to-school event. Please fill gallon-size ziploc bags with toiletries. A printable...

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American Red Cross Blood Drive – August 12, 2020

American Red Cross Blood Drive – August 12, 2020

American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall During this uncertain time, the Red Cross is encouraging individuals to keep scheduled blood donation appointments and to make new appointments for the weeks ahead to...

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First Sunday Food Share – August 2, 2020

First Sunday Food Share – August 2, 2020

First Sunday Food Share Donations for the Richmond Baptist Centers Donation Drop Off Sunday, August 2, 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...

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