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Living in community is very important! In a large church it is easy to slip in unnoticed and never really form the relationships that are necessary for living out God’s plan for us as far as being a part of a real community of believers. At The Heights, we connect best with others through LIFE Groups. It is in these small groups “where friends become family.” Through LIFE Groups we experience individual spiritual growth, strengthening and support from others and a sense of direction and purpose from God. Many of these life groups also work together to serve our community, many of which have a focus area where and/or how they serve.
A women’s community group who studies the Bible together and identifies opportunities to support those in our community. This group offers the following ongoing opportunities:
● Every Friday – Food bag distribution at two local motels
● Every Third Thursday of each month – Hot meal distribution at two local motels
● Ongoing opportunities to feed local School Staff, Hospital Staff, and First Responders
Contact: Faye Manson at (434) 865-5655 or by email Mansonfaye5@gmail.com
A men’s community group who studies the Bible together and identifies opportunities to support those in our community. This group works in conjunction with God’s Girls.
Contact: Tom Manson at (434) 378-1572 or by email email@example.com
Ministry Opportunities for Truck Drivers
There are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers traveling America’s interstates and highways every day. They keep our country moving by hauling supplies, fuel, food, etc. Often, the job requires truck drivers to be away from their families for days or weeks at a time. With this type of schedule, going to church consistently may be very challenging for these drivers.
We are blessed to have a TFC Global chaplain, Clint Bivins, within our church. TFC Global is a ministry dedicated to the trucking industry since 1951. He and Ryan Goodson have been pouring into the trucking community for the past two years. They have prayed, written letters, posted online discipleship videos, stocked Daily Breads, supplied Highway News magazines, and provided THBC sermons on CD at cooperating truck stops. If you have any questions, please contact the email below:
Contact: Jeff Cree at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pregnancy Help Center of Chesterfield
The Pregnancy Help Center of Chesterfield provides practical, compassionate support to women and men facing unplanned or unprepared pregnancy. We have several opportunities for individuals to volunteer during center hours Tuesday-Thursday.
- Client Advocate, Education, & Support
- Administrative & Special Projects
- Baby Boutique Organization
- Sorting Donations
Contact: Julia Santerre at email@example.com
Prison Fellowship is the leading faith-based voice shaping the public debate on justice reform. Prison Fellowship mobilizes Christians to advocate for a restorative approach to justice that advances proportional punishment, constructive prison culture, and second chances. The Heights is directly involved and encourages men and women to volunteer with Prison Fellowship Academy, a flagship program inside correctional centers, particularly at Sussex I and Sussex II Correctional Center in Waverly, Virginia. The Prison Fellowship Academy is an intensive, biblically based program that takes incarcerated men and women through a holistic 12-month transformation process. Participants are guided by Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers to lead lives of purpose and productivity inside and outside of prison. More information, including the application to become a volunteer can be found by contacting Steve Westermann (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mark Herndon (email@example.com) or Alfredo Santiago (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Back Door Ministry
Back Door Ministry was started at the back door of the First Baptist Church at 235 West Washington Street, Petersburg, VA. This church, realizing their building was centrally located, wanted to utilize their building to minister to the homeless in the City of Petersburg.
Over the years, this ministry has grown and now is supported by volunteers from numerous churches in the Tri-Cities, Prince George and Dinwiddie counties. This ministry continues to reach out to the homeless, but it also assists those living in group homes who do not receive the care or resources that they need.
Back Door is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. They provide water, coffee, hot chocolate or Gatorade, depending on the current weather conditions. They also give out snack bags and toiletry bags. They service about 120 people a week. On Mondays during the same time, they run a Clothes Closet and service about 20 to 30 people a week from there.
On Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, a hot meal is provided for approximately 30 people.
First Baptist Church has a Sunday School Class for this group each Sunday at 10:00 am at the church.
If you are interested in volunteering, there are opportunities to distribute food, prepare food bags, or assist in the Clothes Closet. If you would like to donate items of clothing or food, you can contact Chuck Elliott at 804-892-0559 or Kelly Heffernan at email@example.com.