The Missions Team at SCBC is seeking to be obedient to Acts 1:8. We are to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the remotest parts of the earth. All SCBC members have opportunities to be a part of the missions programs by praying, giving, and by going. All three of these parts are key to the success of the missions program. Those interested in going may contact the Church Office or anyone on the Missions Team for available trip information. Training is made available to assist volunteers in areas such as Cross Cultural training, preparation for mission trips and Emergency Response Training. Be blessed – pray, give, and go!!
The goal of the Mission Team is to be obedient to the Lord. As Jesus commanded the disciples: “Go ye therefore , and teach all nations…” Matthew 28:19a. We seek to do this through local missions, missions in our region, missions across North America and missions throughout the World. The Missions Team at Swift Creek Baptist Church is responsible for monitoring Mission programs that the church has decided to support.
In addition we recommend the addition on new ministries to support and to drop ministries that seem to fall outside the area the church desires to support. We schedule mission trips for people of all ages who are willing to meet the needs of the laborers on the field.
Using at least 15% of the total giving is a goal that Swift Creek has maintained throughout the years to support ministries and missionaries.
Ongoing Mission Opportunities
Crenshaw Elementary Backpack Program
Help us feed hungry kids in our community! Each weekend, Swift Creek fills backpacks with food and sends them with students in need at Crenshaw Elementary.
You can get involved by donating items through the church or your Sunday morning Connect Group. Non-perishable foods and snacks may be placed in the donation bin in the Main Hallway by the Fellowship Hall entrance.
The American Red Cross holds blood drives at Swift Creek throughout the year. With the constant need for blood donations, every donation is an opportunity to save a life.
Participating in one of these drives also gives members a chance to make connections and share Jesus with those donating blood and the Red Cross workers who wouldn’t normally attend Swift Creek.
To make an appoint for the next blood drive at Swift Creek, visit their website.
Monthly on second Saturdays,
8-11:30am at Reams Road Elementary
Every second Saturday of the month, Swift Creek joins the Chesterfield Food Bank to distribute food to our community. Help with registration, unloading and distributing food, as well as spending time talking to those who come to receive the food. A short devotion is given before distribution begins. What to Expect
Weekly on Thursdays
6:30 in 207 rooms
These classes are offered for free to the community. There are four levels of classes from beginner to super advanced, and childcare is free. If you would like to serve in this ministry, talk to David Peat Sr. or email email@example.com.
Keep an eye out in our weekly bulletin for specific dates and more information on these opportunities.
Spring Food Drive
[each May] Through collections at local grocery stores and donations from church members, we collect food to benefit Chesterfield Food Bank, Mercy Mall, and Bailey Bridge Food Pantry.
[one week in summer] Swift Creek is partnering with CARITAS to serve the homeless people of Richmond by providing a warm place to stay and food for the week.
Making Baby Blankets
[during summer] An afternoon of baby blanket making for the Pregnancy Resource Center.
School Teacher Assistance
[each August] Participants help teachers at Spring Run Elementary School set up classrooms. The church also provides lunch.
Fall Food Drive
[each October] Through collections at local grocery stores and donations from church members, we collect food to benefit Chesterfield Food Bank, Mercy Mall, and Bailey Bridge Food Pantry.
[Thanksgiving day] Participants assemble meals to be delivered to individuals in our community. Younger children are invited to join in by making cards to accompany the meals.
Backpacks for Appalachia
[each October] Swift Creek participates in a nationwide effort through the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia to provide Christmas Backpacks for impoverished children in Appalachia.
2018 Trip date to be announced
We will work with IMB missionaries Charles and Teresa Seelan in Osaka, Japan. If you are interested in attending this trip, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of your interest.
August 9-14, 2018
Estimated Cost – $1,400. Participants will work with on-site ministries and the Global Orphan Project in a local orphanage to engage with children and minister to needs, play games, share testimonies, and do some construction and repairs around the orphanage. Attend information meetings after church on Sunday, May 6 (Building C), Sunday, June 3 (Refuge), and Sunday, July 8 (Building C). Each meeting is important and will cover different information about the trip. You can join the trip up to the last meeting on July 8.
June 23- July 1
Members from Swift Creek Baptist Church will be ministering in Guatemala. Please pray for them as they serve.
Family Mission Trip
Help us serve military families in Fort Belvoir alongside Pillar Church of Woodlawn.
Up to 50 slots available, $20 per person night (bunk beds)
To sigh up, contact: Trip Coordinator Michelle Mason, email@example.com
Day 1 Arrive Wednesday evening
Day 2 Fort Belvoir to receive our passes. Training in the morning with pastor. Afternoon at Hospital praying with patients, interacting with soldiers and their families, prayer walking
Day 3 Morning: Door to Door invitation in military housing areas for Block Party. Afternoon: DC (Bible Museum)
Day 4 Set up for afternoon Neighborhood Block Party
Day 5 Worship at church, then drive home.
What to bring: Sheets, Towels, Pillow, Toiletries, Clothes
Student Mission Trips:
Atlanta – Registration is closed for this trip
(Completed 7-12th grade) Cost: $360. Register with Pastor Mark by April 22. There are 18 student spots available. Up to date Medical Release required (expires after 1 year)
Montreal – Registration is closed for this trip
June 29-July 7
(Completed 9-12th grade) Cost: $800. Register with Pastor Mark by March 11. There are 10 student spots available. Up to date Medical Release required (expires after 1 year)
Swift Creek supports these ministries financially and by promoting opportunities for church members to get involved. For more information about any of these organizations, visit their websites.
Blessings of 27 Hours
The Blessing of 27 Hours helps families who have lost children understand they are not alone and revealing the love of Jesus. This ministry provides customized baskets with resources and comfort for families.
Mornings at Monroe
Every other Saturday morning, Christ followers hand out food, clothes, and other essentials to homeless and low income people in Richmond. Afterward volunteers walk through the park sharing the Gospel. Email Travis Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved in this ministry.
Mercy Mall VA
Located in Chesterfield County, Mercy Mall is a community initiative whose purpose is to serve the last, lost, and least by providing material needs (clothes and housewares) for free.
SBCV Disaster Relief
Swift Creek maintains a team of trained volunteers who partner with Southern Baptists around the world to respond during times of disaster. Get trained and join our team! Training days are offered through out the year at various churches in Virginia.
Noble Warriors is a Richmond-based ministry whose mission is to serve local churches by helping them reach and build men. Swift Creek attends their annual Iron Sharpens Iron conference.
Capitol Ministries seeks to deliver the Gospel to elected officials and lead them toward maturity in Christ. They stay away from politics and concentrate on the hearts of leaders.