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Disaster Response Feeding Unit Activated to Assist in Mass Vaccination Event in Richmond

As the Covid-19 vaccine is becoming available to individuals across the Commonwealth of Virginia, Disaster Response (DR) volunteers from the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) are doing their part to take care of the medical and emergency personnel who are administering the immunizations. Starting Tuesday, January 19, the Henrico County Health Department began a large-scale vaccination clinic for those currently eligible, held at the Richmond Raceway. The clinic will likely operate for at least six to eight weeks, depending upon supply and demand. BGAV’s Disaster Response volunteers are serving meals to the healthcare workers, security and emergency management personnel, and other critical workers on site at the clinic.

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2021 Tentative Calendar (Printable PDF)

You may have noticed that we didn't print a BGAV wall calendar for 2021. Like all of you, we've made some changes to our routine because of the changing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We typically distribute most of those calendars at our annual meeting, which as you know was moved to a virtual/online format for November 2020. Since we don't know when we'll be able to safely resume in-person events, we're producing only a printable PDF document for now. As any major changes are made, we will update the document and post it on our website for your reference.

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A Christmas Message from John Upton and Your BGAV Family

This year has been one of unprecedented challenges, yet our BGAV churches have persevered in advancing God's Kingdom. We thank God for you and look forward to partnering with you in ministry as the new year approaches. Click the video link above to watch John Upton's 2020 Christmas message from the BGAV family. We wish you a Merry Christmas full of the grace, hope, and peace of Emmanuel--God with us.

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2020 Alma Hunt State Missions Offering Update and Grant Application for BGAV Churches

As of December 8, Virginia Baptists have contributed $491,478 toward the 2020 Virginia Mission Offering.  Our BGAV churches, partner organizations, and individuals are generous contributors to this offering, and this is a great start. This offering has always been a joint venture between Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia (WMUV) and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), with both organizations sharing the offering to meet the needs as determined by each organization.  The allocations for the offering this year were changed significantly as part of Virginia Baptists’ response to COVID-19. The first change was to divide the funds a little differently--with 70% of funds going toward WMUV causes (which can be found here)--and the remaining 30% going toward BGAV causes. We felt it was our responsibility to focus our efforts on reaching those in communities who were more adversely affected by the pandemic, so funds are being made available directly to churches to assist in their response to these needs rather than to our more traditional partners.

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Reflections on the 2020 BGAV Online Annual Meeting

Posted 12/3/2020 at 11:00am. From John Upton, Executive Director It is amusing to watch children sitting in a car seat turning a plastic steering wheel attached to their seat. Their facial expression is earnest, as they believe they are driving the car. 2020 has been that kind of year—where we thought we were driving, only to discover many other forces …

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2020 Annual Meeting Now Available to Watch Online

We hope you were able to join us during this time together for our special Worship Celebration Service on Monday night, and attended some of our breakout session gatherings throughout the day on Tuesday. All aspects of this year's meeting are now available online for you to watch at your convenience. You will still be required to register in order to access each recording. You may also download them directly from these sites, if that helps you share these resources with your congregation.

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Ministering With Children and Youth During the Pandemic

Whether your church is meeting virtually for the foreseeable future or has been meeting in person for weeks, there’s no question the way you minister with children and youth has changed. The hard truth is the existing model of on-site, in-person ministry has been showing signs of ineffectiveness. While we wrestle with how to lead virtual and in-person gatherings during a pandemic, there are important principles to consider.

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N.T. Wright’s God and the Pandemic: A Review, and a Preview of What’s Ahead at the Annual Meeting

Posted 10/26/20 at 7:00am. Video review by John Chandler and Welford Orrock. World-renowned New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright, will join us virtually this year as the keynote speaker at our online-only Annual Meeting. For those of you who are familiar with his teaching and writing, you already know why we’re looking forward to hearing him with eager anticipation. If you’re …

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Stay Curious: The Future of Race Relations 

This article contains excerpts from videotaped conversations between Pastor Vernon Gordon, The Life Church, and Pastor Brian Hughes, Passion Community Church (PCC), discussing their journey of learning about the complexities of race and culture together while helping their congregations understand God’s perspective, so they can do something about it. They will share their story during a breakout session at the BGAV Annual Meeting

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An Update from Will Cumbia on focus:refugees

Will Cumbia is currently serving as BGAV's Field Coordinator for the missions partnership, focus:refugees. Watch this video for an update from him, and plan now to attend the BGAV Annual Meeting online on November 9-10. During the worship celebration on Monday evening, November 9, you'll see another video update from Julia Wallace, our newest BGAV Venturer, who serves among refugees as part of this partnership in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Fresh Expressions: How Not to Waste a Crisis

Before the onset of COVID-19, Graceland Baptist Church in Powhatan had launched house churches and a church for families of special needs kids. They leveraged their church food pantry to start their first dinner church. One participant in that dinner church led them to the relationships that helped them start two more dinner churches, primarily for veterans. While COVID-19 has changed things, it hasn't stopped the movement the Spirit has unleashed through the Graceland community and how they are making the adaptive changes necessary to thrive.

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How Does Prison Chaplaincy Work During a Pandemic?

How does prison chaplaincy work during a pandemic? Jails and prisons are of course among the most dangerous places to be during a pandemic, with large numbers of men or women living together in close quarters, little ability to social distance, and of course numerous health and safety concerns. But believe it or not, prison chaplaincy/ministry has not ceased. It is alive and flourishing.

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