"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." -- Acts 2:42
The purpose of our Women's Ministry here at Villa Heights is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the women in our church and within our community. This ministry is designed to encourage women to grow in their faith in Christ, to develop and strengthen intimate friendship with other women and to have opportunities to serve the Lord and reach our community for Christ. The Women's Ministry has several opportunities to serve and grow, from the Secret Sisters, annual retreats and the Prayer Shawl Ministry. For more information contact Donna Witt.
Our Men gather a couple of times a week on a regular basis. On Tuesday mornings we gather at Famous Anthony's for a prayer breakfast and then on Wednesday Nights (Man Meeting) for bible study. All men are welcome at one or both! We often gather to do some work around the church as well. For more information contact Willie Klepper.
In the spring of 2010, ladies from our church heard a testimony at a mother/daughter camp about how one little boy made a difference. This boy recognized a hungry friend who sat next to him at school. He began to pack extra snacks for school. When asked by his mother why he was bringing the extra snacks to school he told her: “My friend is hungry”. This began their backpack ministry and, through this ministry, lives have been changed. We were moved and decided we wanted to make a difference too. No child should be hungry and thus began our ministry.
Our backpack ministry is an outreach program to provide food to disadvantaged elementary aged children who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends. At this time, our church is helping 15 - 20 children at Colonial Elementary School in Botetourt County, Virginia.
This ministry is run solely on monetary donations! With the donations given we are able to fill backpacks once a week. The children take them home on Friday and return them empty on Monday. If you would like to help our ministry, please see the guidelines below. Thanks so much for your support! We would also encourage you to pray for the children receiving the backpacks; Psalms 102:28 says "The children of your people will live in security. The children's children will thrive in your presence."
Please make any monetary donation out to Villa Heights Baptist Church, just write "Backpack Ministry" on the memo line of your check and you can rest assured your money will be used for nothing but food items for this ministry.
If you have questions or comments you can contact Jennifer Vance.
This is a team of men and women who are passionate about serving the homebound members of Villa Heights and are ensuring that though they may not be with us in person, they are not forgotten. If you share a similar passion this team would welcome you in joining with them as they care for those who can no longer be physically with us. Contact Pastor Jake to learn more about this ministry.