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.