One day a man was walking along a beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up, and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “Made a difference for that one.”
With a name inspired by the well-known story of a little boy rescuing starfish by throwing them back into the sea one by one, our Starfish Ministry seeks to make a difference by providing lunch for anyone who comes to the FBCG Ministry Center each Saturday (11:30am to 12:30pm) throughout the year. Team members prepare and serve a hot meal and interact with Starfish guests, building relationships and sharing God’s love with those who come to eat. On the second Saturday of each month, Starfish Worship takes place at noon in the Ministry Center with music, prayer and a brief message. Four Starfish teams are made up of those from the First Baptist Church family, and our fifth Starfish team is led by the Hanmaum Church, a Korean Church family that meets in the First Baptist Church chapel building. As a part of Starfish, we also have a Food Box Ministry to provide short-term help to families in need of immediate/emergency food assistance.
If you would like to know more about how you can be involved in Starfish at FBCG, please contact the church office for more information (336) 226-7395.
Each week, before the meal is served, a Starfish team member shares a devotional thought with guests in the dining room area. These brief devotions are chosen by the various team members and allow Starfish guests to focus on spiritual concerns.
Starfish Clothing Ministry (Lydia’s Closet)
As we reach out to the community around us, we at First Baptist realize that working with others in our community and beyond maximizes the impact we can have as we share Christ’s love in many different ways and with many different people. In the Graham area, we partner with North Graham Elementary School, Graham Middle School, Residential Treatment Services of Alamance (RTSA), and Allied Churches of Alamance County (ACAC). We have met with leaders of these organizations and with them have identified practical needs that our church family can meet simply by purchasing specific items that help these group in their day-to-day work. These items are then stored in Lydia’s Closet (large storage space in the FBCG Ministry Center) and are made available as needed. Below is a sample shopping list for Lydia’s Closet:
- T-shirts (Adult sizes M-XXL, color: black or red)
Personal Hygiene Items (travel to full size)
- Razor/Shaving Cream (men)
- Laundry Detergent Pods
- Hand Sanitizer (large bottles)
For more information about Lydia’s Closet, call the FBCG office (336) 226-7395.
The Music Ministry of First Baptist is a vibrant part of our church’s overall ministry and seeks to provide many styles of music that will enhance the worship of God. We involve members in the music ministry of the church is through several different choirs:
We welcome you to join one of our choirs. Through our service to the church and to God, we find an opportunity to use our gifts and talents through music and to learn more about how music can be an important part of our relationship with God. Contact Shannon Hall, Associate Pastor of Music and Family Ministries, for more information about any of our musical groups.
Click on this link to see pictures and read more about each of these choirs – click here.
Our church family provides 24 backpacks weekly to Pleasant Grove Elementary School and 12 backpacks weekly to Graham Middle School. These backpacks are filled with food items carefully chosen to provide several nutritious meals and snacks for children and their families over each weekend when school meals are not available. Students are identified by school social workers as needing supplemental weekend food, and weekly distribution of backpacks is handled discreetly.
Our Backpack Team prepares shopping lists and purchases food items on a regular basis so shelves are kept stocked. Children who attend weekly missions education time at First Baptist take part in backpack food packing each Sunday night, and this hands-on missions opportunity allows them to make a difference in the community each week!
If you would like to know more about how you can be involved in the Backpack Ministry of FBCG, please contact the church office for more information (336) 226-7395.
The Baptist Men of First Baptist love serving the members of this church and the community around us. Ministries supported and led by Baptist Men include the onsite Ministry Garden, a ramp-building ministry, and partnerships with Baptist agencies such as NC Baptist Aging Ministries (NCBAM) as they care for the aging members of our communities throughout the state.
Regular meeting time for Baptist Men is the third Saturday of each month. We meet for a delicious big breakfast prepared by several members of the group. Each year, we invite several speakers to come let us know about various ministries in our area and beyond, with the goal of joining and supporting these ministry opportunities.
If you have a need that may be met by our Baptist Men’s group, please contact the church office at 336-226-7395.
In 2011, several members of First Baptist put their faith into action and started a garden on site. This garden wasn’t an ordinary garden but a Ministry Garden with one purpose: to love our neighbors as Jesus loved us by helping feed the hungry and those in need. The garden soil is tilled, amended, planted and picked by church members. All the vegetables that are harvested make their way to Allied Churches of Alamance County food pantry and to our Starfish ministry as we feed hungry people each Saturday.
If you are in need and would like some of the garden’s harvest, please call 336-226-7395 and leave your contact information. We will have someone contact you.