The Missions Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee 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 Mission Committee 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
More information to come.
Mid to Late August – 5 to 6 Days
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 testimony, and do some construction and repairs around the orphanage.
Student Mission Trips:
(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)
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)
Student Life Mission Camp
July 29-August 2
Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Cost: 300. Register online by July 8. 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 email@example.com 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.