Effective January 4, 2014, the Food Closet will be temporarily located at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church, 9727 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.
Food Closet preparation
Feeding the hungry members of our community is another mission of First Baptist Church. The Food Closet is open each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon, staffed by volunteer adults and mature young people who agree to work on a team and typically serve once every four weeks. Although the Food Closet is only open on Saturday, there are ample opportunities to serve this mission throughout the week.
These opportunities include
If interested in serving on this important mission, please contact Jim Reed, Food Closet Coordinator, through the church office.
Every First Thursday of the Month: Volunteers from First Baptist Church serve dinner at the Shepherd's Table, located at Progress Place (8106 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910). Shepherd's Table began as an FBC ministry in 1983 and was the first soup kitchen established in Montgomery County. Adults and mature young people, willing to help those in need of food, set up serving stations, help prepare and serve food, clean tables, and offer a friendly smile of encouragement. This is an ideal opportunity to give something back to our community. Typically volunteers assist during the hours of 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., but any amount of time is greatly appreciated. A typical schedule includes 5-6 p.m., setting up tables and arranging donated desserts; 6-7:30 p.m., serving dinner; 7:30-8:00 p.m., cleaning up the dining room.
If interested, see Claire Giammaria (FBC Shepherd's Table Coordinator) or visit the Shepherd's Table website.
For many years members of our church have contributed to and worked in the Clothes Closet, now located at the Shepherd's Table, which provides clothing to those who need it.
Women in Action is a focused ministry formed to share God's love to the community through family oriented events. These events include seminars, participating in projects that support the American Baptist-USA ministries, and health and wellness programs. The group has also held family game night and Easter egg hunt for children up to age 12. The vision of Women in Action is to empower and encourage women and girls to serve God through building faith and service in the community and world.
Women in Action
See Raynes Mayne or Donna Snowden for details. Please check the calendar or call the church office for dates, meeting times, and locations.
For the past several years, our Young Adult group has participated in the Angel Tree Project. This is a special event held around Christmas that enables children of incarcerated parents to enjoy their own special Christmas and receive gifts on behalf of that parent. Names of children and a brief history, including age, sizes, and items wished for Christmas, are provided and distributed to those wishing to participate. New gifts are purchased for that child and labeled with the name and a personal message from the incarcerated parent. Gifts are delivered or shipped to the home of the child.
Angel Tree volunteers
Angel tree is open to all who want to participate, but the names of children go quickly. If you are interested, please contact the church office for more information.