“GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND TEACHING THEM TO OBEY EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.” MATTHEW 28:19-20
St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Share the gospel always, and when you must, use words.” Our mission group’s purpose is to share the love of Christ with the world with our hands, our feet, our skills, our minds, and when we must, our mouths.
The First Baptist Church of Bladenboro has a very active group of North Carolina Baptist Men which is a ministry of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. Our men (of all ages) meet on the third Sunday of each month at 6:00 pm for a meal and a program.
The stated purpose of Baptist Men is “to help churches involve their members in missions and ministry. Every Christian is called, gifted, and sent to witness and minister to non-believers everywhere. All people, not just ordained ministers, are equally responsible to be witnesses for Christ.” The Baptist Men’s Mission Statement says “The goal of NC Baptist Men is to help North Carolina churches and associations involve their members (especially men and boys) in missions and ministry.”
The Baptist Men of FBC Bladenboro are extremely active in our handyman ministry. We have built wheelchair ramps and provided handicapped access for dozens of people in Bladen County to allow them to get in and out of their homes. Baptist Men are also very faithful in visiting and caring for the sick and homebound in our congregation.
Women's Missionary Union
The WMU of First Baptist Church has a long history of leading our church in many of our mission efforts. Its purpose is to provide opportunities that will involve everyone in the church in the mission of God. It helps individuals to personally experience missions through witnessing, ministering to needs, praying, and giving through offerings. It helps individuals learn about and support the work being done by missionaries, nationals, and volunteers. Our WMU prays, gives, goes, learns, nurtures, and teaches.
The WMU sponsors and oversees the mission involvement of our children and teenagers through Mission Friends (ages 2-4), Kids-in-Action (ages 5-12), and Youth (ages 13-18). A missions emphasis continues for the adult women in our congregation through the Women on Mission organizations. Members in these groups are involved in many missions projects such as World Hunger Sunday, Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer, Week of Prayer for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Focus Day for WMU, Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, and a Christmas-in-August party.
Kids in Action
Kids in Action is an active group of mission-minded boys and girls in our church. These 1st to 6th graders meet on Wednesday nights to learn about, pray for, and engage in mission work. They work throughout the year to help people in our community and around the world to know and experience the love of Christ.
Children (ages 3-PreK) are introduced to the concept of missions through a program called Mission Friends. The group meets each Wednesday night during the school year after the family night meal. Supper is from 6:00-6:30 pm. The Mission Friends engage in various fun and creative activities that emphasize the importance of telling others about Jesus and his love for us all. The children praise God with singing and the playing of child-friendly musical instruments.
The Youth Group (7th-12th graders) meet regularly several times throughout the week. Youth Sunday School begins at 9:45 each Sunday morning. This is a time of intensive Bible study. The Youth share a meal together on Sunday nights at 6:00, followed by devotion time. The youth also grow in Christ through their work on mission projects, video and interactive Bible study, and games.
Multiple times throughout the year, the youth enjoy a fun outing such as dinner and a movie or bowling together. On Wednesday nights, beginning at 6:30 (after the family night meal) the youth meet for a 45 minute session of relating the Bible to their everyday lives. Some of their favorite activities include: a trip to Carowinds to ride the rides and attend a Christian concert, Youth Sunday, Fort Caswell youth retreats, Mission Trips to Savannah, Georgia to minister to the homeless, and Souper Bowl Sunday.
FBC Bladenboro participates in national and international mission trips. Teams have been to Belize, Central America 5 times since 2005. Teams have been to Gulf Port, Mississippi and Helena, Arkansas.