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First Baptist Women's Ministry

The purpose of the Women's Ministry is to assist women in becoming fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Through a wide variety of activities, such as Bible Studies, Luncheons, The Prayer Shawl and Blessing Bag Ministry and other service projects, women are encouraged, and provided an opportunity to grow in their faith, cultivate friendships, deepen their prayer life, and serve and support one another and the community. Some service projects are detailed below. Watch this webpage for updates and news of upcoming events and Bible Studies. 


Fall 2017 Studies
Registration Continues
Sundays At The Welcome Center

Fall 2017 Studies 

Fall is always an exciting time here at First Baptist as we seek to offer a broad array of opportunities for Bible study and spiritual growth as well as opportunities to become more connected with others in our body of believers.

Read more (click below) details of several on-campus, as well as in-home, opportunities for study and fellowship with a small group. There are 4 Bible Studies just for women and there are 4 short-term topical studies, for both men and women - some of which are meeting in host homes and others in Fellowship Hall.

For the first time, the new Families With Children Ministry, is offering "Parenting the Love and Logic Way" a 6-week study for parents of school-aged children.

Now is also the opportunity to become part of a Care Group. New ones will be forming in the next few weeks.  

We’re certain there’s a group just right for you! Take a look and visit The Welcome Center to register for the class of your choice.  

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Operation Christmas Child
Shoe Box Packing Party
September 9, 2017 at 10:00am
In Fellowship Hall

Operation Christmas Child
Shoe Box Packing Party
September 9, 2017 at 10:00am
In Fellowship Hall

What is a Packing Party? It's a group of people who come together and have a great time going from table to table to collect items that have been donated or made specifically for the purpose of building boxes for children globally. (The Prayer Shawl Ministry has been making items for shoe boxes since January of this year and have made over a thousand.) It's going to be fun with snacks, videos about Operation Christmas Child, miraculous shoe box stories, and more!
Joining in the fun at the Shoebox Packing Party will also give you a sampling of things to pack in your own shoeboxes that you will fill beginning the end of October. Your boxes, and the ones filled at the Party, will be combined in a grand effort to reach our Christmas 2017 goal of 1000!
Why are we doing this? Shopping for this Mission can be on our hearts all year. So, when you see a "good bargain" or different idea, you will think of the children who don't know Jesus. Packing shoeboxes gives every participant a hand-on mission project without the cost of leaving the country.
Our hope is that you will learn more about Operation Christmas Child and the real gift of HOPE that it represents to the children as they learn about the love of Jesus. 

Shoebox Packing at Atlanta OCC Warehouse
Millions of shoeboxes are collected across the country during National Collection Week in November. Before these gifts can be shipped to children around the world, volunteers will carefully inspect and make sure the boxes are ready for overseas passage. FBC will send a team of volunteers. If you would like to be a part of that team, please contact LuAnn Schiff at 217.898.4031. The exact date the FBC Team will serve has not been determined but it will be in late November or early December. 

Lake Yale Baptist Women's Conference
Longing For God Alone
October 6 - 7, 2017
Registration begins August 20. 


Lake Yale Baptist Women's Conference

2017 Lake Yale Baptist Women’s Conference Friday and Saturday, October 6 - 7.

The 2017 Lake Yale Women's Conference is scheduled for October 6-7 and the Women's Ministry will be attending as a group. The event offers not only the opportunity for spiritual enrichment, but the chance to experience a great weekend of fellowship with other Christian women. The Women's Retreat Team has made plans to attend dinner and the seminar on Friday night and activities, including lunch, dinner and seminars on Saturday.

This year's conference features Sheila Walsh. Sheila is a powerful Bible teacher and best-selling author from Scotland with over 5 million books sold. Her international ministry has reach more than 5.5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with transforming power of God's Word. 

Cost and Transportation:
The Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is in Leesburg, just a short drive from The Villages. Transportation will be by carpool. A carpool will leave the church Friday at ~4:15 and return after the evening session. Saturday morning a carpool will leave the church at 7:30am and return after the evening session. Anyone living in the southernmost neighborhoods of The Villages may want to organize a carpool leaving from a location near their home rather than driving north to the church. 

The cost to attend is $125 for both Friday and Saturday. 

Beginning August 20, you may register by visiting The Welcome Center on Sunday morning.  Registration closes on Sunday, September 17. 

If you have questions, please contact Linda Ratliff at 352.753.8773









Prayer Shawl and Blessing Bag Ministry
Meets the second Saturday of each month
In Fellowship Hall at 10:00am

Prayer Shawl and Blessing Bag Ministry

On the second Saturday of each month, at 10:00am, the Women's Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Blessing Bag Ministry meet together in Fellowship Hall.  

The Prayer Shawl Ministry, under the leadership of Linda Ratliff, crochets shawls and lap robes for those in local nursing and hospice facilities and church family or friends who may be ill, home bound, recovering from surgery or grieving the loss of a family member.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is also making red, white and blue lap robes for The Villages Honor Flight Veterans; sweaters for children which will be distributed by World Vision; and large lap robes for children who live in The Ocala National Forest. 

In January 2017, The Prayer Shawl Ministry took on a special project - making special gifts to add to Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes. When the tally was done, they had made over 1000 gifts! Gifts were prayed over and will richly bless children all over the world. 

If you can knit or crochet and love making new friends, come join these industrious ladies in this wonderful time of fellowship. If you would like to knit or crochet in y our home and not attend meetings, the Ministry can provide you with yarn and pick up the finished shawls or lap robes. If you don't knit or crochet but would still like to be part of this ministry, assistance is needed to deliver the shawls and have a word of prayer with the recipient. And, the ministry can always use donations of yarn. 

If you have questions, you may contact Linda at

The Blessing Bag Ministry, under the leadership of Gail Raber, has distributed hundreds of "corn bags." A "corn bag" is just a cloth bag, sewn and filled with dried corn. But, when made and given to someone with love, it becomes a "Blessing Bag." Ladies who receive them continue to be blessed because the corn bag can be heated in the microwave and used as moist heat on sore aching muscles.

Blessing Bags are given as gifts when visiting women at the FBC Leesburg Women's Shelter, mothers and children staying at Shepherd's Lighthouse in Belleview, and the ladies and children at The Haven in Leesburg. Blessing Bags are also being given as a gift to new ladies who join the church. 

If you have questions, you may contact Gail at

Belleview Christian Academy
Library Project

Belleview Christian Academy
Library Project

Belleview Christian Academy is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Belleview and its ministry is to teach students a biblical world view through God-centered curriculum under the guidance of skilled, devoted and consecrated teachers who demonstrate and, therefore influence, students to live by biblical standards. 

Belleview Christian Academy students will acquire a biblical world view evident by faith in Jesus Christ and the standards by which they live.

The FBC Women's Ministry is assisting the Academy with starting a library at the school. They have already assisted with the need for shelving and are now beginning the process of collecting books to go on the shelves.

To begin the library, they need quality reading books and current books the children can use to research and write papers - books on rocks, animals, and history as well as biographies. Books should be suitable for grades 1 through 8. Contact Shari Kumler if you have books to donate or would like to assist with the project.