What is God calling you to do?

Our church exists to develop missionaries who will share the love of Christ with our community and beyond. This statement is more than words for us. It's why we're here, and we want to invite each of you to be a part of sharing the love of Christ by serving our community.

Our hearts break for the brokenness we see in our cities, and God has placed us here to make Him known and make things right. True compassion is a movement of our hearts that results in an action of our hands, and we want our world to see Christ through our compassion.

There are many opportunities to volunteer inside and outside our church walls. Ask God what He would have you do and take the next step. We are excited and waiting with anticipation to see what God is going to do through you as we work together to share the love of Christ. Don't hesitate to call us (941-722-7795) if you have questions, we're here to help.

 

Our 2023 SERVE Saturday dates are February 18, May 6, and October 21 so save the dates!


Our next SERVE Saturday event will be February 18, 2023

NOTE:  You must sign the Volunteer Services Assumption of Risk and Release form which is in effect from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023 when you volunteer to serve. 

Here are the projects you will be able to sign up for:

OUTDOOR PROJECTS

1 - IL VILLAGGIO EXTERIOR WORK - Window cleaning targeting individual homes in need. (Il Villaggio is 55+ community of those who have served with Christian ministries.) **Moderate Physical Exertion**

2 - NEIGHBORS NEEDING HELP - Several projects with various needs such as yard work, home cleanup, roof repair, light construction, painting, etc. for families, widows, and church attendees. **Moderate Physical Exertion**

4 - CITY OF PALMETTO ADOPT-A-BLOCK AND PRAYER WALK - Clean 6-block area around the church. Team members will pray for the residents, business owners, visitors, and others as they collect trash along this area. Pickers, vests, and other gear will be provided. Prayer cards will be available to volunteers to help them with prayer. (Ages 12 and over)

5 - SELAH FREEDOM MANATEE COUNTY - Outside yard work. (Selah Freedom provides residential programming and education for survivors of sex trafficking. Confidentiality agreement required (NDA form found here).

6 - FBC WHERE NEEDED (OUTSIDE) - Volunteer for any assignment that requires assistance - prefer outside work.

INDOOR PROJECTS

 7 - LAUNDROMATS - Provide quarters for patrons to use in washers and dryers and hand out Spanish tracks and Bibles. Spanish language skills are helpful.

8 - PRAYER SUPPORT - Join us at church where we will call out to the Lord for the healing of our land and for our church as we gather and minister to others.

9 - COMMUNITY OUTREACH STUFFING PARTY - Assemble gift bags with information about our church and the Jesus film to be distributed during the Easter season. We will be assembling 2700 bags.

11 - NURSING HOME AND REHAB SING A-LONG - Volunteers will sing with the Gospel Guys and assist residents with a craft.  

12 - SEWING - Quilt making.

13 - HOMELESS SLEEPING MAT PROJECT - Project involves cutting recycled shopping bags into strips that will be eventually braided into sleeping mats that can be used to hand out to the homeless. The project is held on campus-social distanced-great for any skill level. Bring your scissors if you prefer.

14 - FBC WHERE NEEDED (INSIDE) - Volunteer for any assignment that requires assistance - prefer inside work.

For more information call the church office at 941-722-7795.


Thank you to those who served on October 22, 2022

We had over 150 volunteers go out into the community and show the love of Jesus Christ in several ways:

Azinger Compassion Center - A team of 9 servants met at Azinger Compassion Center. After opening in prayer, our team formed an assembly line that prepped, filled and packed hundreds of individual containers of disinfecting hand wipes. These wipes will be added to other products such as household cleaning supplies, and hygiene items, etc. and will be distributed along with bags of food, and cases of water as part of the ongoing hurricane relief efforts taking place in south Florida. It was an honor working alongside these fellow Christ followers who are sharing His love to others in simple, practical,  yet necessary ways.

Suncoast Youth For Christ - We had a great turnout today with volunteers including teens,  adults, along  with parents and their children at Suncoast  Youth for Christ today. Everyone pitched in and helped by tree and shrub trimming, weed whacking and house cleaning. We constructed a kayak/ canoe rack and its covering, leveled up two leaning light poles and concreted their bases. With some sweat, blisters, and smiling faces we wrapped  things up just before 12 o’clock.  I’m thankful to be part of this team and helping with Suncoast Youth For Christ that reaches out to so many hurting teenagers.   

Il Villaggio - Outstanding effort by all involved in cleaning the windows of Villagio residents. Removed the storm blasted debris allowing God’s light to shine through!! As always everyone was so very appreciative. 

Laundromats - The two laundromats had amazing encounters with the people. A number heard the Gospel. Each person received a tract, an invitation to church or to the Hispanic class and many received the Gospel of John.

And many more stories... 

Thank you to those who served on May 14, 2022

We had over 175 volunteers go out into the community and show the love of Jesus Christ in several ways:

Azinger Compassion Center - We had a wonderful group of volunteers that served  at Azinger Compassion Center - both inside sorting through donated food, clothing, shoes, supplies etc and organizing these items for distribution, but also a small crew outside the facility  trimming palms, weed whacking and washing trucks.

Suncoast Youth For Christ - The goal for this project was to bring some of our young Christians to the facility to work alongside the boys and girls at Youth For Christ to provide some mentoring opportunities while getting some work done on the facility itself.  The day was capped off with barbeque being delivered and the whole group sharing food and fellowship.  

Neighbors Needing Help - Our Young Pros group gathered at one of the homes and completely repainted the outside of the house.  We also served a few other neighbors in need with gutter repairs, raking, and power washing.

Il Villaggio - We provided 10 hard working, dedicated, brothers and sisters of Christ to clean hundreds of windows for homeowners in this retirement community - allowing the wonderful light of the world to shine through.

Laundromats - We visited two local laundromats and fed quarters into washers and dryers as we discussed Jesus with the patrons.  Many spanish bibles and tracts were handed out.

And many more stories... 


Thank you to those who served on February 5, 2022

We had over 200 volunteers go out into the community and show the love of Jesus Christ in several ways:

Azinger Compassion Center - We had 49 awesome people on my team today! We made 216 boxes of food and wiped out the entire store room!

Guardian Angels - We power washed 2 houses, driveways and the front white fence. We cleared 600+ feet of I-275 fence line and around the retention pond. 

Neighbors Needing Help - We served individual homeowners in the area who were in need of yard work they could not perform on their own.

Il Villaggio - This 24 person group cleaned the windows of 64 duplexes which is 128 residences and 5 laundry buildings.  Not only that but multiple interaction opportunities with residents many very engaging and all appreciative since many had not had them cleaned in years.

And many more... 


Thank you to those who served on September 25, 2021

We had over 150 volunteers go out into the community and show the love of Jesus Christ in several ways:

Anchor House - Several people contributed items for ditty bags that were assembled and made available to seafarers at Port of Manatee.

Feeding Empty Little Tummies - We sent volunteers to work inside and outside the facility to spruce up the facility.

Neighbors Needing Help - We served individual homeowners in the area who were in need of yard work they could not perform on their own.

Emmanuel Baptist Church - We sent a crew of volunteers to work outside the church facility to weed, paint and clean.

And many more... 


Thank you to those who served on Feb 20, 2021

Thank you to our 170 volunteers who came together for another successful SERVE Saturday to share the love of Jesus with our community.  Everyone who served knew what team they were on and where they needed to be. Kudos to our project leaders who communicated so well with their teams in advance.

Here's a short video of our project teams doing what they do best!  

SERVE Saturday's activities included:

City of Palmetto - More than 20 volunteers cleaned up the six-block area around the church as part of our Adopt-a-Block commitment to the City of Palmetto.  At the same time, a second team of volunteers reviewed the city map of storm drains and was able to mark 70 of these with official Keep Manatee Beautiful medallions.  A third team of volunteers went to Palmetto Estuary Nature Reserve on Rt 41/301 and repaired the split rail fence along the roadside.  The mayor's office has already expressed appreciation for our willingness to help beautify the CIty of Palmetto.

Palmetto Schools - One team of 20 volunteers worked at the Palmetto High School weeding around the track, cleaning the bleacher area and picking up trash.  It was estimated that 70 pounds of trash was collected.  A second team served at Palm View Elementary washing windows, doing weeding and other yard work. They also prepared 110 "goodie bags" for staff.

Palmetto Police - A  group of 12 volunteers created  60 'blessing bags' with granola bars, cheese crackers, gum, tissues, notepads, pens, hand wipes, ibuprofen, shout wipes, candy and other forms of appreciation and delivered them to the police department.

Healthcare Appreciation - Seven volunteers assembled 100 'blessing bags' that were delivered to the Emergency Department of Manatee Memorial Hospital. There were a variety of healthy snacks, teabags, mints, etc. in bags.  Other bags held lotions, chapsticks and other toiletries. The staff was overwhelmed with the gesture.

Neighbors Needing Help - A small group of men visited three separate homes to repair garage door framing, trim branches, and cut down some dead trees. A second team of volunteers went to a church member's home and washed their windows. At Il Villaggio, a team of 14 volunteers raked, trimmed, and weed whacked several homes on the property.

SOLVE House - One of the Sunday School classes decided to come alongside the SOLVE House as their special project, performing yard work and house cleaning.

FBC Palmetto - The church was abuzz with activity as several ladies sewed 35 bags for future blessings, a chair cleaning team worked in the gym, the toy cleaning crew of 14 spent time cleaning 30-40 bins of children's toys, a small crew spent time washing the church bus, and (of course) the entire day was governed by our prayer warriors who set up in the worship center.  

Food Drive - we had an overwhelming response to the food drive and additional collection barrels were needed earlier this week.


Inside Our Walls

  • Adult Sunday School & Discipleship
  • Children (birth – 5th grades)
    • AWANA
    • Fall Festival
    • Palmetto Kids Worship
    • Sunday School Teachers & Assistants
    • Vacation Bible School
  • Drivers – CDL for Group Transportation
  • First Impressions Ministry
    • Campus Guides
    • Greeters
    • Parking Assistants
    • Ushers
    • Welcome Center
  • Prayer Team
  • Puppet Team
  • General Ministry Support
  • Event Planning and Support
  • Students (6-12 grades)
  • Worship
    • Celebration & Encounter Services
    • Audio, Visual & Lighting Teams

Beyond Our Walls

  • Anchor House
  • Bridge a Life
  • Care Net Manasota Pregnancy Center
  • Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
  • Il Villaggio
  • Local Nursing Homes & ALF’s
  • Manatee Youth for Christ
  • Manasota SOLVE House
  • Meals on Wheels Food Drive
  • North River Pregnancy Center
  • Palmetto Schools
  • SELAH Freedom
  • Strength in Action
  • Turning Points

Weekly Schedule

SUNDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

  • Family Supper*
    5:00 pm
  • AWANA Clubs*
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal
    6:00 pm
  • Prayer & Bible Study
    6:00 pm
  • Orchestra Rehearsal
    6:00 pm
  • Middle School Youth*
  • Young Pros
    8:30 pm
  • *
    Weekly during the school year
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