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.”
First Baptist Church of Graham Starfish Ministry is a church-supported ministry to our community through serving meals to those who are hungry. Volunteers from our congregation have formed 4 teams that serve a meal each Saturday for those who come to our Ministry Center as well as our homebound members and others as requested. Each Saturday from 11:30 to 12:30 throughout the year, teams serve everyone who comes, no questions asked. The menu is set by each of the teams. Fifth Saturday teams are made up of members of the existing four teams as well as Sunday School classes and other groups in the church. Volunteers are welcome to join any team.
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
As our Starfish Ministry has continued to grow, we have sought to fulfill other needs as we are able. Our Starfish Clothing Ministry provides free clothing for men, women, and children through donations from church members and others in our community. Contact the church office (336-226-7395) if you would like information on how to donate clothing items to the clothing ministry through Starfish.
Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) offers many opportunities to fulfill the six objectives that are at the heart of missions education:
- Pray for missions
- Engage in mission action and witnessing
- Learn about missions
- Support Missions
- Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle
- Participate in the work of the church and the denomination
For our children, we offer Spark on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. They learn about missionaries around the world and how they share the love of God. A snack supper is served during their one-hour time together.
Our ladies have two different options to be involved in WMU. Our Adventures In Missions Circle (AIM) meets monthly on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., at the home of one of the members. Our Friends on Missions Circle meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the church library. In addition to learning the prayers needs of our missionaries, a few of our mission projects include providing food for the general store at a local missionary home, special snacks for our children who are recipients of our Backpack Ministry, Christmas gifts for the women at the state women’s correctional facility, and baby layettes for new mothers at the area hospital.
WMU – helping our church stay focused on the commission that Jesus gave His followers.
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.
Out of a desire to serve the school children in our area, our Missions Team has supported a backpack ministry through Pleasant Grove Elementary in northeast Alamance County. Since 2013, we have sent food (in backpacks) home with children whose families are food insecure. Since then, we have helped 24 families each school year with food to supplement what they have on hand each weekend. The response has been filled with gratitude and the reward of knowing we are making a difference in our community.
If you are interested in how you can be a part of this ministry, please contact the church office at 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.