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Black Walnut’s Ball Field Ministry “Hitting a Home Run for Christ”

This article was originally published in the June edition of the Southside Ministries newsletter of the Dan River Baptist Association.
Black Walnut's sign at the Cluster Springs Ball Field in Cluster Springs, VA.
Black Walnut’s sign at the Cluster Springs Ball Field in Cluster Springs, VA.

CLUSTER SPRINGS – About five years ago the members of Black Walnut (Alton, VA) began the Black Walnut Baptist Church Ball Field Ministry at Cluster Springs.

Today the church sponsors two ball teams and plans a Bible study once a year.

Sponsorship signs line the fences. Black Walnut’s sign states “Hitting a Home Run for Christ.”

When asked how effective has the ministry been in membership, Reverend Raymond Wooten shared that two families had joined Black Walnut because of the “Ball Field Ministry.” Several other families attend on a regular basis.

In a world of corporate sponsorships, it is a bit unusual to see a church advertisement at a ball field. But, what better place to invite people to church?

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Wednesday night, May 14th, found Rev. Wooten and his wife, Dale, ready to greet those that entered the Cluster Springs Ball Field. It was evident those attending knew about the ministry and knew the preacher.

Black Walnut Baptist Church, Alton, VA
Black Walnut Baptist Church, Alton, VA

Growing church ministry today requires more than greeting people that attend church. In today’s world, you have to go to the people. Ministry has to be creative and innovative.

In addition to the “Ball Field Ministry,” Black Walnut is involved with Book Bags of Love.” Each week book bags are filled with food for needy school children.

The filled bags are distributed to Cluster Springs School on Fridays. The empty bags are returned on Mondays.

Both ministries have grown excitement within the church. Black Walnut is blessed to have a large number of youth and young couples.

Being flexible and the willingness to accept changes has brought growth.

To learn more about the ministries of Black Walnut Baptist Church, you may contact Rev. Raymond Wooten at raymonds-10@msn.com.