For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45
Centerville Baptist Church is committed to serving our community and sharing God’s love both locally and abroad. It would be a blessing to us and the community if you joined us in putting God’s love into action.
Assists in coordinating CBC’s community missions and supporting new CBC community and world ministry ventures.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
For the last 10 years, Centerville Baptist Church members have been honored to work as volunteers to help organize, set up, and staff American Red Cross blood drives on a bi-monthly basis here in our fellowship hall. It has been a very successful and vital service for the community while extending our hands of friendship to all those who enter the doors.
Burfoot House Liaison
“…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart…” – Jeremiah 29:11-3
Coordinates with an ecumenical, community ministry which provides transitional housing for women. The Burfoot House is a transitional home and comprehensive program designed for homeless single women to achieve self-sufficiency. The program provides an intermediate step between emergency shelter and supportive housing, with limits on the length of stay. The program is designed to offer a safe, supportive environment to overcome trauma, begin to address issues that led to homelessness, and begin to rebuild a support network. The program focuses on employment, savings, and permanent housing. Please visit the Burfoot House website for more information: https://burfoothouse.abbalist.org/.
C2C (Community to Community) Day Planning
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
Coordinators and service project leaders who gather to plan an annual, one-day, intergenerational community “blitz” that offers a variety of several service projects occurring at the same time. The C2C event is an opportunity for members of the congregation to go out to enforce and make positive, meaningful, tangible impacts on our community.
And one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? – James 2:16
The Chesapeake Area Shelter Team (CAST) is a group of local churches that take turns to provide emergency winter shelter for homeless men, women, and families on a rotating basis. Centerville Baptist provides shelter for one week overnight in the fellowship hall during January. This ministry requires many volunteer hours to provide a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for the guests, so if you feel called to help I know I can find a place for your efforts to bloom.
Central Baptist Soup Kitchen
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” – Jesus, Matthew 25:35
For around thirty years, folks at Centerville have been partnering with Central Baptist to provide a free meal to the homeless people in the Ghent area of Norfolk. Central Baptist serves food on Mondays from 9:30 – 11:30 and is part of a group of churches in Ghent which rotate to provide meals throughout the week. We would love to have you join us in this meaningful and rewarding ministry.
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. – Matthew 5:42
Collects donated items and distributes them where they are needed. We work hard to identify and meet needs in the community, working closely with the Burfoot House, Cambridge Apartments, local daycare centers, the Soup Kitchen in Norfolk, the Great Exchange, and our own CBC congregation.
Eastern Shore Missions
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” – Jesus, Mark 16:15
Plans, coordinates, recruits for, and leads an annual summer Eastern Shore mission trip which ministers to local children and migrant families. Headed by CBC and started in the early 2000’s, the Eastern Shore Missions team has been working with other churches in the region from a variety of denominations to share God’s love on the Eastern Shore. Each year we spend a week on the Eastern Shore sharing the Gospel with migrant workers, worshiping with them, and providing them with personal hygiene items. We also volunteer with the Parks and Recreation children’s program, reading and crafting with the children and providing them with school supplies and small gifts.
Plans and organizes an annual community outreach event. The Fall Festival is a family-friendly event held each year in late October. Filled with games, crafts, activities, and snacks. This event requires many helping hands.
Giving Garden Team
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. – Isaiah 61:11
Plans, plants, and maintains the on-site giving garden. We also coordinate patron gardener plots as part of the community garden. As we harvest, we coordinate the distribution of the garden’s produce to faith-based entities and other hunger relief organizations in the community, such as the Master Gardeners Plant a Row mission, Burfoot House, and numerous local church food pantries and soup kitchens.
Great Bridge Food Closet
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord… – Proverbs 19:17a
Made up of fourteen local churches, the food closet provides a week’s worth of food (perishable and non-perishable items, and gift cards) by delivering items directly to homes. The Great Bridge Food Closet is always happy to accept donations and volunteers willing to donate their time to make deliveries.
Norfolk Highlands Partnership
Provides encouragement and support to Norfolk Highlands, a local Title 1 school. We provide lunches, breakfasts, and appreciation gifts to the teachers throughout the year and volunteer to support PTA events as requested. During Christmas and Thanksgiving, we collect gifts and food from our congregation to distribute to some of the school’s families.
Women on Mission
Women’s Missionary Union was founded in Richmond, Virginia more than 130 years ago during a meeting of ladies concerned for their communities. Since 1985, this organization has been known as Women On Mission. Since the organization’s founding, WOM has grown into the largest Protestant missions organization for women around the world.
The main purpose of Women on Mission is to educate and involve adults, youth, and even young school-aged children in the cause of Christian missions.
To fulfill this purpose we emphasize the FOUR SEASONS OF PRAYER. As God gave the Earth four seasons, we choose to divide our efforts four ways. We start with the Alma Hunt Offering which emphasizes Virginia Missions. Then our Lottie Moon Offering which emphasizes foreign missions, and next the Annie Armstrong Offering which emphasizes North American Missions. Lastly, we support Associational Missions with emphasis on local missions in our area.
Currently, we have two groups of ladies. The Centennial Circle and the Elizabeth Missions Circle. We meet once a month from September to May to discuss and fulfill our missional goals and share a time of fellowship while sharing a meal at a local eatery.