April 9, 2015

Virginia Baptists: Gospel-Centric People

Gospel-Centric people

Grace Hills Baptist Church group

Panama mission group from Grace Hills Baptist Church

In November of last year, Dr. John Upton, Jr., executive director, offered encouraging and yet challenging words to the hundreds gathered in Hampton for the Annual Meeting of the BGAV. In his address, Upton described Virginia Baptists as gospel-centric, relationally rich, reasonable and gracious, having a heart for the "not yet," and believing in investing generously in shared mission. Read the report on his November address.

This month, three young BGAV pastors share what it means for them to be a Virginia Baptist that is gospel-centric:


Celebrating Historic Milestones in Ministry

Sesquicentennial Reunification Celebration

The three churches worshipped together for the first time in 150 years. (Court Street Baptist Church photo)

Sesquicentennial Reunification Celebration
Court Street Baptist Church in Portsmouth has a long history of church planting, but two of those church plants have a unique history. They were started 150 years ago after the African-American slave congregation meeting in the Court Street basement grew and needed worship space of their own. Court street helped secure land and capital to build two new sanctuaries, and soon Ebenezer Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church began their own journeys as church planting congregations.

On March 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm, the three churches reunited for the first time since 1865, celebrating their Sesquicentennial Reunification. Find out more about this historic event on the BGAV Blog.

For photos of the event, visit the Court Street Baptist Facebook page.

Visit HamptonRoads.com, a local media outlet, to read more about Zion Baptist and the 150th celebration.

Camp Alkulana celebration

Fred Anderson introduces the Camp Alkulana history book compiled for anniversary.

100 Years of Love at Camp Alkulana
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, friends and supporters of Camp Alkulana gathered at Richmond's First Baptist Church to celebrate, share stories, and reminisce about the 100-year-old camp for inner-city children. The camp, started in 1915 by the Richmond City Circle (the precursor to today's Richmond WMU), has been in continuous operation since and is a ministry of the River City Faith Network.

According to Fred Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, "Love is what has characterized Camp Alkulana in all its years, and love has brought us to this moment." For the children, Camp Alkulana has been a place of safety and love—where they have a safe haven from the difficulties of inner city life. Read more about the celebration on the BGAV Blog.


When Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

Disaster Relief

DR Volunteers in training

Several Disaster Relief volunteers get instructions for Mass Care Feeding training.

Disaster Relief and Response
Hundreds of Virginia Baptists are trained and ready to respond and provide relief to those who find themselves victims of disaster in Virginia, the U.S., and around the world. They are specially trained through our Disaster Relief Ministry at the BGAV.

When disaster strikes, these folks are ready, but what about your community? Your church? Or your home? We've prepared a series of articles on Disaster Preparedness to help you evaluate how well you and your church would be able to respond to disaster. Remember, hurricane season begins June 1.

Visit the Disaster Preparedness webpage for key information and links to websites that can help you prepare for storms and power outages.

The BGAV offers Disaster Relief Training and Certification so you can be ready to serve as a disaster relief volunteer.

Upcoming Training Opportunities:


Upcoming Events

Leadership Gathering photo

LG video

The Leadership Gathering
May 1–2, 2015
Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, Lynchburg
Have you registered yet? It's not too late! Why not gather a team of leaders from your church and make this a time of connecting and renewal?

Watch this special invitation from our featured speaker, Dr. Joey Faucette, co-author of Faith Positive in a Negative World. Faucette works with businesses, churches, and denominational groups to help people find more positive ways to live and work in a culture that is awash with negativity.

Register online today!

Eagle Eyrie Blitz

Eagle Eyrie Volunteer Work Blitz
April 17–18, 2015
Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, Lynchburg
Come help spruce up Eagle Eyrie! Housing and meals included with a special worship time on Friday evening.


April 17–18, 2015
Culpeper Baptist Church, Culpeper

Sponsored by the Latino Network of Virginia Baptists to strengthen ties between Latino Baptist churches in Virginia and prepare leaders for the future.


Women's Chorale

Virginia Baptist Women's Chorale
Spring Concerts

April 25, 2015 Grandin Court Baptist Church, Roanoke
6:00–8:00 p.m.

May 3, 2015 Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Beaverdam
4:00–6:00 p.m.


Male Chorale

Virginia Baptist Male Chorale
Spring Mini-Tour

April 27, 2015 Ox Hill Baptist Church, Chantilly

April 28, 2015 Fairview Baptist Church, Fredericksburg

Missio Alliance

Missio Alliance
May 7–9, 2015
Alexandria, VA
The BGAV is a proud sponsor of Missio Alliance and their upcoming conference, Being Truly Human: Re-Imagining the Resurrectional Life.

We need to hear your voice as we seek to learn new ways for the Church to address our culture's burning issues. That's why we hope you'll join us May 7–9 in Alexandria.

Sign up now using the code BGAV2015 and receive 25% off!

Preparing for Retirement Seminars

Preparing for Retirement Seminars
All seminars are held from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

May 11, 2015 West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton

May 12, 2015 Salem Baptist Church, Fredericksburg

May 13, 2015 Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke

May 14, 2015 Virginia Baptist Resource Center, Richmond

May 15, 2015 Columbia Baptist Church, Falls Church


Nominations Due May 1
BGAV Nomination Form

The Committee on Boards and Committees is charged with nominating qualified persons to BGAV standing committees and to the boards of trustees of all agencies, institutions, and shared ministries of the BGAV in accordance with their respective charters.

To help with that endeavor, members of BGAV churches are invited to fill out the Nomination Form and recommend someone to be considered.


Prayer Point
Pray that all who attended worship services on Easter Sunday would remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus throughout the year and would share the good news of His sacrifice and gift of new life with their families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.