Missions

"Go into all the world
and preach the gospel." - Mark 16:15

"Follow Me and I will
make you fishers of men."

Matthew 4:19

We believe that serving leads to life change. Everyone at First Baptist Church At The Villages who is following Jesus should be living a “missional” life and be “on mission”
in the community, state, nation and the world. To that end, opportunities are offered for people to serve together in a variety of experiences. Whether through meeting tangible needs in the surrounding community, engaging individuals through educational avenues, or helping to provide food for those facing financial insecurities, all of the efforts are built around partnerships that aim to foster opportunities to meet Christ and develop as His disciples.

Community Outreach 

Third Sunday Collection

The Third Sunday Collection Team works in partnership with 4 local organizations to provide a monthly opportunity (always the 3rd Sunday) for the congregation to donate tangible provisions for those in need. They collect:

¨ Non-perishable food items for the First Baptist Church Belleview Food Pantry
¨ Gently-used clothing and small household items for Haven, Inc. which ministers to women and children in crisis.
¨ Christian Library International which collects Christian books for men and women who are incarcerated.
¨ Operation Christmas Child which collects toys and gifts year round in an effort to fill more shoeboxes for distribution to children around the world at Christmas Time. (Gift suggestions: Stuffed animals, flashlights (with extra batteries), plastic bowls or cups, small cars, dolls, slinky, balloons, small Etch-a-Sketch, jump rope, and yo-yo's. Please note - Items must be new.)

Donations are collected in the north parking lot, located nearest County Road 42. The drop-off location will be clearly marked. Please bag or box items for each organization separately. Thank you!
 

Love INC.

Love INC: Love INC is a Christian based outreach program for adults, families, and children in The Villages and surrounding communities. They provide financial assistance, family counseling, and material and spiritual support. Volunteers can work in their Summerfield warehouse, pick up donations, provide a meal for a Tuesday evening class as part of their Journey, INC ministry. Visit loveincflorida.org for more information about Love INC.

Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School

Through our partnership with Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School, we are able to provide a prayer ministry, Teacher Appreciation luncheons, and beautification services throughout the year.

In late summer, just before school starts, we host a Back to School Teacher Appreciation meal to celebrate returning teachers. If you would like to help with the event, watch for announcements in the worship bulletin or contact Pastor Hugh Wicks at the church office.  352.205.7114

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world through the distribution of shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts. Annually, empty shoeboxes are distributed to the local church family to be filled with gifts and are then collected and delivered to the local collection site for distribution by Samaritan’s Purse.

Items needed include: Stuffed animals, flashlights (with extra batteries), plastic bowls or cups, small cars, dolls, slinky, balloons, small Etch-a-Sketch, jump ropes, and yo-yo's. Please note - These items must be new.

Gifts can be given year-round on at every Third Sunday Collection...not just at Christmas Time. 

Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties

Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc. was established in 1977 to meet the needs of domestic violence victims, to minister to women and children in crisis. Their primary objectives are to provide these victims with alternatives to abuse or life-threatening situations, and give empowerment to establish a violence-free life.

Christian Library International pRISON aLLIANCE

Christian Library International Prison Alliance: CLI is supported by your giving of new and used Christian books to the Third Sunday Collection effort. The books are distributed to men and women who are incarcerated. Volunteers can also disciple inmates through correspondence-based Bible studies. Visit cli.world for more information about this program.
Florida Baptist Disaster Relief—Volunteers are trained, credentialed and standing ready to be deployed when disaster strikes. They assist in distributing necessary resources and minister to those in immediate need in areas such as those ravaged by storms and floods. Some train in chaplaincy, childcare, or communications. For more details you may visit the website at flbaptist.org/disasterrelief.

Statewide Outreach 

Mission City Church, Jacksonville, Florida

FBCATV is excited to be partnering with Mission City Church, a new church plant in south Jacksonville, near St. John and just north of St. Augustine, Florida.

First Baptist at The Villages went to the St. Augustine/Jacksonville area to work alongside our new church plant partners Mission City Church. This was the first mission trip FBCATV has taken to minister with this new church plant. There was prayer walking, distributing invitations, ministering to people in the community, and helping set up for the worship service.

This new church plant is led by Phillip Scarnecchia and his family. The area is booming and is expected to grow by 40,000 to 50,000 people in the next 5 years. The average age in this area is 37 years.

Most residents are young families with children. Still, there are only a handful of churches in St. Johns County. These families need a life-giving church home, and Mission City hopes to fill that role. God has presented an opportunity for young families to hear the Gospel. We are excited to work with Mission City to reach them.

We ask you to pray for Mission City Church and to consider giving to support our partnership. To learn more, visit missioncityjax.com.

National Outreach 

Treasuring Christ Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan

A Missional Partnership with Treasuring Christ Church (TCC) in Ann Arbor, MI provides an opportunity for FBCATV to work and walk alongside North American Mission Board Church Planter Michael Guyer and team as they plant a reproducing church in the Ann Arbor area.

Serve A2Y is a week that is set aside each year to intentionally and strategically serve the community (Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti) through various service projects.

Throughout the year, tangible needs are identified in the community through conversations with local businesses, community organizations, city officials, and neighbors. The goal of Serve A2Y Week is to strengthen the community and build lasting friendships as real needs are met right around us.

Service projects may include: landscaping, painting, general cleaning, organizing materials, promotional assistance, yard work for individuals, park clean up, business blessings, giveaways, and canvassing.

There is both a Go Team and a Home Team. The Home Team will support our missionaries from The Villages.

WORLD
OUTREACH

Hearts for Ukraine

Hearts for Ukraine is uniting volunteers focused on saving lives in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, this non-profit organization has been delivering critical supplies directly to hospitals, shelters, schools, orphanages, nursing homes, refugee support centers, and the defense forces of Ukraine.

We have developed this partnership through our connection with the International Mission Board (IMB) and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mission Opportunities

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