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Job Openings

  • Bethlehem Baptist Church seeks a part-time Music Director. For more information, call (804) 272-0597
  • Dover Baptist Church seeks a part-time Music Director. Please send resumes to Dover Baptist Church, PO Box 96, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103 or e-mail
  • Fellowship Baptist Church in Chester is prayerfully seeking an Interim / Full Time bi-vocational pastor. We are a small Conservative Southern Baptist Church established in 1981. Interested candidates should be a graduate of an accredited Baptist Seminary and have a minimum of 3-5 years of pulpit and pastoral experience. Send Resumes to:
  • First Things First of Greater Richmond seeks an Executive Director. For more information and to apply, please visit
  • Four Mile Creek Baptist Church seeks an Interim Youth Director. Please contact Pastor Sam Grozdanov at 804-795-2044 or email
  • Poplar Springs Baptist Church seeks a part-time Church Secretary. Please visit for more information.
  • Samaria Baptist Church is looking for a Christian Worship group to lead our congregation in worship, at 8:00 AM on Sundays and sometimes at the 11:00 AM Worship. Anyone interested please contact our Ministries Executive Assistant Donna Turner, at (804) 829-2280 or (804) 317-1125.
  • Third Church is seeking a full time director to oversee and manage the business affairs of the church in the area of budgeting, finance, and insurance, along with the maintenance and security of the buildings, grounds and equipment. For more information and/or to apply, click here.
  • Walnut Grove Baptist Church is seeking an Associate Pastor/Minister of Worship. For more information and/or to apply, please e-mail or call (804) 746-5081
  • West Point, First Baptist Church is seeking a part-time youth leader who is a self-starter and passionate about leading middle to high school age children into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We are interested in starting a youth group that will provide structure, fun and an opportunity to form lasting relationships with their peers. This is a part-time position that will require time on Sundays and another day or evening during the week in order to recruit young people from West Point and the surrounding area. Candidates do not have to be an ordained minister to apply for this position, but will most assuredly be involved in a pastoral-type ministry that could lead to other opportunities to serve Christ and gain experience, which will include preaching, teaching, leadership mentoring and development, planning events and missions trips and possibly ordination in the Baptist church if the Lord calls. We do require some experience in working with the youth at your local church. All interested parties please submit a resume to:
    Personnel Committee
    First Baptist Church West Point
    P.O. Box N
    West Point, VA 23181

“Raise the Roof in Macedonia” Update

We have already reached 20% of the “Raise the Roof in Macedonia” goal! I do not know how much money is on the way, but I know more is coming.

So far, I know that one church gave generously from its missions fund. I know that some donors have given through the e-giving link. I heard about emptying out the piggy bank, and I heard about sharing a refund.

I have been to Macedonia and met some of our Baptist brothers and sisters there. The unemployment rate is Macedonia is about five times higher than ours. Even so, they prove faithful stewards and make great sacrifices of time, talents, and money for Kingdom work. God multiplies what they have to share and honors their faithfulness by providing others to share the load.

That is where we come in as partners to help “Raise the Roof in Macedonia” (click here). If each Dover church shared a gift of less than $5 per person for (or from) everyone who attended Dover’s churches on an average Sunday, we could hit our $30,000 goal in one week!

Kathy and I have given a gift through our church. I hope you have taken the time to give a gift through your church or directly to Dover Baptist Association.

Many Dover Baptists make sacrifices every week or every month to support Dover’s churches. Some of that money supports the association, its staff (including me), and our work. I am deeply grateful. Other than our General Budget and the annual Association Missions Offering, I rarely ask Dover Baptists to give more to something we promote.

Today, I am asking Dover Baptists to give more. If you can, give your gift now or by Easter Sunday. This is the right time to help our our brothers and sisters get the exterior of their second site in Skopje finished! Together, we can help them do this. It will only happen if we share the news of this opportunity and encourage Dover Baptists (and others) to give.

Please, pray for the Baptists in Macedonia and make your gift. Please, invite others to pray and give too. Sacrifice something, then give the money you did not spend to this campaign instead. Thank you for doing whatever God leads you to do about this.
–Steve Allsbrook

April 2015 Church News

Antioch Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt for the children; the WMU collected items for the Crossover Ministry; and the youth helped set up and served for the Irish Luncheon.

Ashland, First Baptist Church held an Installation Service for their 28th Pastor, Josh Hayden, followed by a reception; held Friday Night Movie Night and showed Summer Snow; collected new socks and underwear for ACES; and held a blood drive. The youth went bowling; and several youth attended Senior High Weekend at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg. The MOSAIC group held their quarterly luncheon and hosted Dan Verner, author, musician, and retired high school English teacher from Manassas, VA.  Preschool through Grade 12 participated in a Passover meal; and the Bob Hodges Class sponsored a “Passover Meal” for adults.

Biltmore Baptist Church held their Easter Egg Hunt for Preschoolers and children up to age 12.

Black Creek Baptist Church held Lifeline Screenings; held a church-wide work day; and hosted an Easter Festival, Rise up with Jesus.  The Lunch Bunch had lunch at Roberto’s. The Women on Mission Group made and sold homemade Easter Eggs.  The Cool Spring Baptist Church choir joined the Music Department and presented the Easter musical, Kingdom, Power, Glory.

Black Creek Baptist Church hosted CARITAS; and held their Spring Fling. Several men attended “Ignite – Men’s Impact Weekend” in Lynchburg. Several youth attended the High School Retreat at Eagle Eyrie.

Colosse Baptist Church held a “New Building Fund Kick-Off” lunch; held a Marriage Retreat; and held an Easter Egg Hunt.  The Women for Christ group went to Monroe Park. The youth held a Game Night Fundraiser; and held a Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser. The Young @ Heart group held a Pot Luck Dinner and Bingo.  The children visited a nursing home.

Cool Spring Baptist Church “Cool Spring Travelers” traveled to Appomattox and toured the Village of Appomattox Court House, ate lunch at Babcock House, and visited the new Museum of the Confederacy.  “Thread Connections”, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, celebrated their first-year anniversary and had the opportunity to deliver 42 shawls/blankets to people within the church and community and 40 blankets for CARITAS.

Corinth Baptist Church youth held a Yard Sale and Clothes Swap; and helped feed the homeless in Monroe Park. The Young at Heart Seniors went to Cross Walk Community Church in Norge and saw “The Living Passover”.

Cornerstone Christian Church held a Thirty-One Party fundraiser for Belize; and held a yard sale.  The children held a special service to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection; and the youth held a movie night. The women made children’s dresses to take to Belize.

Dover Baptist Church youth held a car wash; and several children went to the Lexington Court Nursing home and made St. Patrick crafts and shared their Easter skit with the residents. The WMU collected underwear and socks for boys and men to be sent to HopeTree Family Services.

Emmaus Baptist Church planted a meditative garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; hosted the Master’s Hand Gospel Quarter; held a movie night; and held a “Spring Clean Up Day”. The Adult Choir presented their Easter Cantata, King of Glory.  The children held a “movie morning” and watched Happy Feet, and made Penquin cookies and snow cones and had a snowball fight.

Fort Lee Baptist Church held the children’s Easter Celebration.  The youth held a bake sale; and went to Cookout Restaurant for dinner and a Bible study afterward.

Four Mile Creek Baptist Church youth, with the help of a few adults, presented a “Spring Musical Celebration” and collected a love offering for the Macedonia church for “Raise the Roof”.

Glen Allen Baptist Church youth went to Monroe Park; held a yard sale and sold BBQ to help support their mission trips; and held a Progressive Dinner and Games. The Music Department presented a musical presentation of the Holy Week events.

Hopeful Baptist Church held a Family Night with BBQ and Bluegrass which featured “Willow Branch”; held a Wacky Tacky Game Night; and held an Easter Egg Hunt. The youth offered a night of babysitting services; and went to the Richmond Coliseum for Arena Racing.

Hunton Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt; and several youth attended Senior High Weekend at Eagle Eyrie. The Music Department presented their Easter Cantata, Christ the Redeemer.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church youth held a movie night.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church Keenage Club partnered with the Hanover County Council on Aging and held “Senior Resources for Tomorrow & Today”. The Music Department presented their Easter Cantata It Is Finished.

Mount Olivet Baptist Church held a Family Easter Celebration with an egg hunt and many family activities; and held a Dessert Auction for the Annie Armstrong offering. The “Young at Heart” group attended the Ashland Musical Variety Show at Randolph Macon College.

New Bethesda Baptist Church held a “Stop Hunger Now” event and packed 10,000 meals; and held a Children’s Ministry Day.  The Music Department presented their Easter Cantata.  Several youth attended the Journey Retreat at Eagle Eyrie. The Men in Ministry held a breakfast for their annual meeting.

New Highland Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt.

New Life Baptist Church youth held an outing.

Northside Baptist Church hosted Ivan Parker in concert; hosted the Childcare Worldwide Ugandan Kids Choir in concert; held a fundraiser night at Stevi B’s; and held an Easter event, Karoling & Krispy Kreme, for the children. Several children, youth and friends spent the night at Jumpology.

Parham Road Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt.

Pioneer Baptist Church held their “15th Annual Chili Cookoff & Bake Off”; hosted “The Harvesters Quintet” in concert; held a FISH Bowling Tournament; held a Baked Potato and Salad Bar which benefitted the Youth Ministry and Missions groups;and packed and delivered 345 packages of snacks for Ward Elementary School. The WMU donated canned good items to FISH; and gave canned fruits and bingo prizes to the Dialysis Center on Laburnum Avenue.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church held an Easter Egg Hunt followed by a “People-to-People Day” Luncheon.

Ridge Baptist Church youth hosted their annual Optimist Club dinner;the WMU collected new socks and underwear for all ages for the Standing Rock Indian Missions; and the children held an Easter Egg Hunt and Party.

Shalom Baptist Church held a Gift Basket Silent Auction fundraiser for CentriKid camps; and held a Community-wide Easter Egg Hunt. The Junior High youth held a lunch with games; and attended the “All Sons & Daughters” Concert in Powhatan.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church held an Ordination Service for Jeff Poythress which was followed by a reception; and held a “Contemplative Lifestyle” Retreat. The Senior Adult group ate lunch together at Cracker Barrel.

West Point, First Baptist Church “55-Alive” group visited and sang for the patients at Mizpah Convalescent Center and then ate lunch at the Piankatank Country Club. The Children’s Ministry held an Easter Party and Egg Hunt.

How to Change Lives After VBS

Step 1: Get information of the unchurched children and parents into the hands of the Sunday School (SS)

  • Before parents night get information from registration cards to the church Sunday School outreach director. The information is entered into the SS prospect file.
  • The SS outreach director then forwards the information to the appropriate SS classes. For the children it is the directors, for the parents is a class outreach leader or teacher. They now have the information they need to be good hosts on parent’s night.

Step 2: SS directors, teachers and/or outreach leaders (depending on age group) attend the parent’s night activities and meet the children and their parents.

  • Teachers and/or outreach leaders invite the children and parents to join them at Sunday School or Adult Bible Fellowship on Sunday morning.
  • Agree to meet the parents and children in the church parking lot or welcome center on Sunday morning. The person who meets them at parent’s night should be the one who meets them on Sunday morning.

Step 3: Sunday morning assimilation.

  • Meet the parents and children on Sunday morning as agreed, escort them to their appropriate class rooms and introduce them to the class.
  • Offer to enroll them in SS. This should be done by the teacher or outreach leader of the class. (See information about starting a new class on reverse.)

Step 4: The Sunday School outreach team continues to follow up.

  • In the children’s department it is the class teachers who are responsible for making contact on behalf of the SS class. In the adult classes the class outreach leader should assign each parent to a class care group leaders.
  • Continue follow up with various contacts.
  • Invite parents and children to fellowship or special events as opportunity presents.
  • Continue to pray for and network with parents and children as appropriate.
  • Parents and children remain on the prospect file for at least six months.

Profession of faith follow up
Special attention should be given to children who made a profession of faith during VBS. This will include a counselling visit by a church staff person and/or a church deacon. An alternative is for the VBS teacher to provide that counselling. It should be done in the home and with the parents present and in a timely fashion.

Start a new adult SS class before VBS begins

  • It is easier to invite and assimilate new people into new groups when everyone is new rather than attempting to introduce new people to existing classes with existing cemented relationships.
  • In advance enlist a teacher, class outreach leader-secretary, and two to three care group leaders. These leaders are enlisted from existing classes.
  • Train the new leaders with job descriptions and support resources.
  • On parent’s night invite the parents to attend the new adult class.
  • Follow suggestions in step 3.

Step 5: Enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Now VBS is over!

Bill Alphin
Associate for Church Development
Dover Baptist Association

2015 Dover Semiannual Meeting

Dover churches may send voting messengers to this meeting (see below). In addition to voting messengers, the Association invites any Dover Baptist and their guests to share in this inspiring meeting.

Location: Mount Olivet Baptist Church
15583 Coatesville Road, Beaverdam 23015

Time: 3-5 pm

Elect your Messengers! Article 4 of Dover’s Constitution states:
Each member church shall be entitled to send two messengers to Annual, Semiannual and special Called Association Meetings.  A church that contributes at least $400 to the General Fund during the Association’s previous fiscal year shall be entitled to have three (3) messengers.  An additional messenger is added for each additional $400 contribution to the General Fund up to a maximum of seven (7) messengers for any church.

March 2015 Church News

Antioch Baptist Church youth held their first Lock-In with sixteen youth in attendance. The WMU held a “Tea” in observance of WMU Focus Week.

Ashland, First Baptist Church youth held a Super Bowl Party with chili and watched the game together.

Berea Baptist Church youth held a Superbowl party; held a Lock-In at Jump-ology; and held a “Soup Cook-off”. The Children’s Ministry in Action held a pajama party for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.

Biltmore Baptist Church held a Women’s Day with breakfast and Julie Perry, Chaplain at Fluvanna Women’s Correctional Center as the guest speak at the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service.

Black Creek Baptist Church Children In Action helped Stonewall Jackson Middle School collect Ramen Noodles for the USO. The “Lunch Bunch” met at Cold Harbor Restaurant for lunch.

Broadus Memorial Baptist Church held a blood drive; and held “Fun!Friday” for babies through 5th grade with games, Valentine’s crafts and fun activities. The youth and their families held a Super Bowl Party and watched the game together; and several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Colosse Baptist Church held “Super Sunday” with a chili lunch hosted by the Faith Bears; held a Sweetheart Banquet; and held a women’s retreat at the Ministry Center. The Preschool held a Valentine’s play date; the youth went on a ski trip; and the children went skating.

Cool Spring Baptist Church hosted “Mercy’s Well” in concert. The students delivered backpacks filled with warm clothes and bottled water to the homeless communities in Richmond and Washington, DC.; and the high school students held “Friday Nite Live” and watched a double feature of Disney movies.

Corinth Baptist Church held a “submarine sandwich” sale for the Superbowl; held a Valentine’s dinner and movie night; and held a bake sale. Several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Cornerstone Christian Church held a Super Bowl party; held an Ash Wednesday service; and held a Family Game Night. Several youth attended “IWORSHIP” at Shalom Baptist Church.

Deep Run Baptist Church held a Deacon Ordination Service for Theresa Hawkes, our newest deacon; and honored long-time member, Charles Anderson, for his faithful service as Treasurer for 30 years and Trustee for 40 years; and packed 126 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

Dover Baptist Church held a Spaghetti Supper. “Kid’s Stuff” visited Lexington Court Nursing Home. The WMU made Valentines for the homebound, nursing home residents and their military.

Emmaus Baptist Church collected food for Meals on Wheels by holding “Souper” Bowl Sunday; and held their annual Valentine Banquet and church wide Talent Show. Several children and youth went ice skating.

Fort Lee Baptist Church held a church-wide luncheon; and also held a VBS planning luncheon. Several children and their families went bowling.

Glen Allen Baptist Church youth went ice skating and ate dinner at Mexico Restaurant afterwards to celebrate the end of exams week; around 18 youths ventured into a new avenue with participating in a Senior Ministry at Shockoe Hill Apartments and played games and had fellowship with the seniors; and several youth went bowling.

Goochland Baptist Church youth sponsored a “Soup”er Bowl Party and collected food for the Brown Bag Ministry; and several youth attended the “Winter Jam” Concert Series in Norfolk, VA.

Hillcrest Baptist Church held their Third Annual Superbowl Party.

Hunton Baptist Church held a Senior Adult Luncheon; and held their Sixth Annual Hunton Baptist Church Pajama Party for children ages 3 through fifth grade. The Handbell Choir participated in the Virginia Baptist Handbell Festival at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The youth went to Sweet Frog for dessert.

Kentwood Heights Baptist Church held a Super Bowl Party; hosted the movie The Song and served dessert following the movie; and several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Mechanicsville Baptist Church youth held a “Baked Spaghetti Dinner and Variety Show”. The Keenage Club ate lunch at Nick’s Roman Terrace in Richmond.

Several Mount Olivet Baptist Church families went skating at Ashland Skateland. The “Young at Heart” went to Riverside Dinner Theater to hear the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

New Bethesda Baptist Church collected canned goods by holding “Souper Bowl” Sunday; had a “Chili Cook-off” dinner; held a Super Bowl party; and held WMU Sunday. The youth sponsored an “Early Spring Fling & Talent Show”. The CIA held “Children’s Ministry Day” and visited a shut-in at Autumn Healthcare and then at lunch at Stevie B’s. The “Lunch Bunch” traveled to Williamsburg.

New Life Baptist Church held a bake sale; and held “Souper Sunday” with their favorite soup or chili to share.

Parham Road Baptist Church held a “Love Celebration Lunch” and also enjoyed the movie Heaven is for Real. The youth held a potato bar luncheon fundraiser for M-FUGE; and the Senior-High youth held a Lock-In.

Pioneer Baptist Church held “SOUPer Bowl Sunday and donated 735 food items to FISH; sold Pinecone Bird Feeders with proceeds going to FISH; and made and sold Brunswick Stew. The youth held a Super Bowl party.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church hosted composer/pianist Steve Adams and his son, Craig, in concert. Several Seniors ate lunch at Bass Prop Shop and then went shopping in Ashland.

Ridge Baptist Church “Caring Hearts” group (the widows and widowers) ate lunch at Mission BBQ in Richmond. The youth and children delivered 287 Valentines to residents at Westport.

Shalom Baptist Church hosted lunch for the Young Adults; and held a Valentine Banquet. The youth department held IWORSHIP Fellowship; and several youth participated in the “30 hr. Famine”.

Sharon Baptist Church youth went bowling at Hanover Lanes. The children held a bake sale and raised $88.12; held a spaghetti dinner and sold handmade crafts; and collected money for the Rice Bowls and held a “Bowl Smashing Party” on the same day.

Walnut Grove Baptist Church held Super Bowl Sunday with a pot luck tailgating party; collected gently used clothing for a swap and shop clothing drive; held an Ash Wednesday service; and several represented the church at the Virginia Baptist All-State Children’s Choirs Concert. The Senior Adults ate lunch at TGIFriday’s. Several youth attended “Winter Jam” in Norfolk, VA.

Westhunt Baptist Church held a baked potato lunch for all Committee Chairpersons. The youth met at Dave & Buster’s for fun, games, and dinner. The Women of Westhunt (WOW) enjoyed brunch and made 20 blankets that were delivered to the residents of Chestnut Grove.

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Prayer Focus:

Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia

Week of: April 19
Gwathmey Baptist Church
Butch Hutson, Pastor

Week of: April 26
Hardy Central Baptist Church
Sam King, Pastor