A reflection on the Weekend Backpack Ministry by Vickie Hall: John 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Our Weekend Backpack Program at Ginter Park Baptist Church has grown by leaps and bounds since it first began a few years ago. It is one ministry
The Backpack Ministry is a quite an operation…sorta’ overwhelming if done by yourself! But, it WORKS,….because there is an US! Donations for this ministry are collected a year in advance. The $$’s on hand when the school year begins determines the number of kids who will receive food each weekend for the school year. Backpack
A conversation about the Weekend Backpack Ministry between Keene Irwin and Pastor Mandy: Keene: I attended Ginter Park Elementary School (GPES), K-6, so it has a special place in my heart. When Ginter Park Baptist Church decided we would look into beginning a weekend backpack program, GPES seemed a natural choice. It felt like a good way
A reflection by Mark Cole: For a few years in elementary school, even though my parents both worked full-time jobs, I was a beneficiary of the government’s reduced lunch program. Ever since that time, I have had a sensitive place for those who experience hunger and an appreciation for the government program that helped my
A reflection by Dixie Leathers.
A reflection by Nancy Plott Williams: “Praying in public” are words that make some people very uncomfortable. There’s a sense of inadequacy, of fear, of sounding less-than-holy, of not being able to find the right words. And often when we say “praying in public” we mean being called on spontaneously in our church and
Katherine grew up in a very loving and supportive Christian home in a town called Garner, just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the youngest of four children, all of whom still live in North Carolina with with the exception of her. She first moved to Richmond as an undergrad student at Virginia Commonwealth
A reflection by Wendy Bowen: Ginter Park is family. Being a member of Ginter Park since my birth in 1959, has been such a privilege both in how the church has ministered to me during times of sadness and joy in my life and how I have been able to minister to the church –
December was a busy month in the life of our church! We traveled to some of our members’ homes and sang carols. We celebrated during our final Wednesday evening programming of the year with a Christmas party. We welcomed Christ during the Christmas Eve candlelight service!
I come from a musical family. My mother taught music in Richmond city for thirty-one years, and directed church choirs for fifty years; my grandmother was a church organist for thirty years, and my grandfather as a strong tenor soloist. My love for the Church, and specifically my love for hymns and church music come