First Baptist has always been a church dedicated to missional living. We encourage members to pursue their calling to be the presence of Christ among their family, friends, neighborhood, and beyond. A portion of our offerings is sent to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, the Virginia Baptist Mission Board (BGAV), and the Augusta Baptist Association. These monies are then used to further the mission efforts of those organizations.
Habitat for Humanity
First Baptist has a very active Habitat For Humanity group. We travel each year to Morgantown, NC, to participate in a week of building and fellowship. Anyone is welcome to participate in this once-a-year mission opportunity.
First Baptist is a big time supporter of the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry, Inc. (WARM). WARM is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The purpose of WARM is to provide support, temporary shelter or housing, and community development for adults and families in the Waynesboro & Augusta County areas of Virginia. WARM's services are delivered through a winter rotating (thermal) shelter for homeless adults and a beautiful transitional housing facility for homeless women with children. WARM is a non-denominational, faith-based, and community driven organization that strives to help its community through experienced, professional and compassionate care and support for the homeless.
WARM's Winter Rotating Shelter
During the winter months, First Baptist opens up the Fellowship Hall for homeless families and individuals. This ministry is conducted as a part of the WARM ministry. Contact the WARM House for information on signing up for shelter.
Meals on Wheels
First Baptist Church, as partners with Christians United, delivers Meals on Wheels to some of Waynesboro's homebound citizens during September and March. We have been assisting in this ministry since 1976. Meals are prepared at the Waynesboro Senior Center and picked up at 10:50 am. Delivery usually takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete.
Alongside neighboring churches, we participate in a collective that partners with 2nd Presbyterian Church to provide a free lunch to anyone and everyone on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Contact the church office to get more information about the Disciples’ Kitchen.
On the first Wednesday night of each month (during the fall and spring semesters) we invite anyone and everyone from the community in for a free dinner and Bible Study. Come as you are, and be prepared to eat well.
Outside of the church's offices is a two-shelf box dedicated to offering and receiving food donations from the community. The Blessing Box is meant for the community to give what you can and take what you need and is open all year round.
Through donations to the Salvation Army, we support four individuals per month to get back on their feet. These individuals are offered money, resources, shelter, and food.
Sharp Shopper Food Vouchers
Throughout the year, community members drop by hoping for financial assistance. Instad of giving money, we provide grocery store gift cards as available.
Middle School Grab Bag
Not all students in need of clothes can make it to the church, especially those in middle school. We, therefore, partner with the school office to provide clothes to those in need, as they need them. Contact the church office to learn more.
First Responders for Foster Care
First Baptist is a first responder church for families fostering children. This means we keep (or make ourselves available to purchase) necessary items for the first couple of days when a child is moved into Foster Care. For more information on this ministry, contact the Mission Action Committee.
During Wednesday Evening
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
On a national level, First Baptist affiliates itself with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. CBF's mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.
Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV)
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) was established in 1823 and it has always existed to “furnish the Baptist churches of Virginia a medium of cooperation for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and for the advancement of the Redeemer's Kingdom by all methods in accord with the Word of God.”
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (CBFVA)
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (CBFVA) joins national CBF, based in Atlanta, Ga., in a mission to connect free and faithful Baptists in Virginia as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.
Augusta Baptist Association
Locally, First Baptist has been affiliated with the Augusta Baptist Association for quite some time. Our affiliation with the ABA connects us with other Baptist churches in our area.