Friendly Avenue Baptist Church’s Outreach Ministries have two goals:

(1) To bring others to know Jesus Christ as Savior, and
(2) To demonstrate the love of Jesus in the community. Learn more about each outreach ministry listed below:
Weekly classes are provided to assist those who are recovering from addictions of some type.
Weekly classes are provided to help those who are seeking to gain citizenship.
FABC members share the love of Christ in local hospitals in a practical way.
FABC volunteers help with rebuilding and/or repairing after a disaster.
We teach English to those who have a different native tongue.
Next Session Starts May 1 and runs through July 24th .
FABC provides a weekly Grief Recovery Support Group for those whose loved ones have died, as well as a luncheon after the group meeting.
FABC volunteers go to the Guilford County Jail to teach the Bible, witness, and share the gospel with prisoners.
Our Prayer Room is manned by volunteers, who have scheduled times when they go to pray. People in the community and church can call and request prayer.
Volunteers serve many groups through making and providing products they use.
Tutors work on Monday nights to assist elementary through high school students in improving their school work and in self-confidence.

Christian 12 Steps

We all have problems of some sort. In 1935, God gave Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith a program of recovery from alcoholism.  It started with admitting a problem and ended with helping others who have that problem.  Those twelve steps for Alcoholics Anonymous have now been incorporated into recovery programs for 174 issues, with the only change being that programs relate to additional problems rather than merely being related to alcoholism.  This is an ongoing program.  The class meets on Saturdays at 11 a.m., in Room MC-101.  There is no cost.

Want to know more?
David Ostrom, Leader -Telephone 336-457-6077  




Citizenship Class

Classes are offered to assist those from other countries in applying for citizenship, passing their citizenship interviews and tests, and becoming naturalized citizens.  Classes are offered on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Classes do not meet during the summer.

Want to know more?
  Brenda Forlines, Telephone 904-710-5104




Cooler Ministry

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in…” – Matthew 25:35

A Pepsi and a pack of “Nabs” opens the door for FABC members to touch hearts and share love with worried families of patients in the hospital.  In about an hour of time, those ministering through the Cooler Ministry demonstrate their love and concern by offering a bottle of water, a soft drink, and a snack to family members in waiting rooms at Cone and Wesley Long Hospitals.  Families often request prayer for their loved ones who are sick.  If they do, these prayer requests are remembered in the FABC prayer ministry.

This ministry is open to any and all who are willing to participate.  Pairs of friends, members of WMU Circles, and Sunday School classes often participate.  Teams of two usually pick one day of the month (first Monday, second Tuesday, etc.) and go on that day every month.  Some teams serve more than once a month.

Want to know more?
Dr. Doris Henderson, Outreach Director – 336-292-3567, Ext. 312




Disaster Relief Ministry

FABC Disaster Relief Teams serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to those who have been impacted by storms, fires, and various disasters.  Volunteers clean up, make repairs, and rebuild for those who have encountered great amounts of damage and destruction.  They show God’s love to those in need of help.  his assistance is provided both locally, within the state of North Carolina, the United States, or in some instances, elsewhere.  FABC has a Disaster Relief Trailer (for storage of tools), which volunteers can take with them,  

Want to know more?
Jimmy Sowers – 336-993-5582




English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language Classes are provided for non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment.  Classes are offered on Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m.  The class is open to non-English speaking parents whose children are in the Tutoring Class on Monday nights, as well as to other non-English speaking adults.

Want to know more?
Cathy Lohr – Telephone 336-931-1153




Griefshare

Have you lost a loved one recently?  If so, we welcome you to our GriefShare Class.

The death of a spouse, child, family member, or close friend can be devastating. Christians are able to claim an external perspective and rejoice that the person that they lost is now in the presence of God. Even so, as humans, we must grieve a loss that is so deep and significant. The grieving process is lengthy and intense. Even mature Christians with a solid faith need ongoing comfort and encouragement during the grieving period. People without a faith face a bleak mourning process. Without the encouragement that comes from the assurance of eternal life, the issues accompanying grief are significant.

GriefShare, a ministry led by Jean Birckhead, trained facilitator, (assisted by Sherree Robinson and Frank Beamon) is designed to provide essential tools and structure to help those who have lost loved ones. Please come if you need help with the grief process.  

Or perhaps you would be willing to volunteer to help two other people prepare a meal twice a year.  Participants in the class meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Wednesdays.  After class, at 12 o’clock, they are provided lunch by FABC volunteers.

Want to know more?
Call Doris Henderson – 336-292-3567, Ext. 312




Jail Ministry

FABC volunteers go to the Guilford County Jail to teach the Bible, witness, and share the gospel with prisoners.  Those who are unable to do this can volunteer to pray or contribute toward the cost of Bibles for prisoners who request them.  

Want to know more?
Call Ed Malone – Telephone 336-202-6289




Prayer Ministry

FABC believes in prayer!  Our Prayer Room is manned by volunteers, who have scheduled times for praying.  People in the community can call the Prayer Room and request prayer at 336-574-916, Extension 330.  Requests also come through church e-mails, personal contacts, and from Cooler Ministry Volunteers, who have been asked to pray for people in the hospital.  A sheet of prayer requests is distributed at Mid-Week at Friendly, and prayer requests are distributed from the church office to prayer warriors upon request.

In the Prayer Room, volunteers record requests onto an index card, which is filed in one of several boxes kept in a locked file cabinet for confidentiality.  Prayer cards are usually kept and prayed for as long as the need exists.  In addition to praying for requests, volunteers often send those being prayed for a note card with a handwritten message to tell them they are being prayed for.  Each volunteer works in the prayer room each week on a specific day and time of their choosing, usually an hour or so.

Want to know more?
Call Sylvia Langston – Telephone 336-294-2163




Stitch 'N Time

The Stitch’n Time Ministry has a number of volunteers who make various things for different community  groups.  While much of this involves sewing, you do not have to be able to sew in order to volunteer in this ministry.  People in this ministry make children’s blankets for children in Sexual Abuse Departments in hospitals and for Hospice.  They make blankets, bibs, and burp cloths for needy babies leaving hospitals.  Adult bibs and Christmas bibs are provided for patients in nursing homes.  Handmade neck and body pillows, lap blankets, and bibs are made and delivered to veterans in the N. C. Veterans’ Home in Salisbury.  Quilt tops are made and delivered to Beacon Place and the Veterans’ Home.  A number of items are made for the Greensboro Pregnancy Center and Brenner’s Children’s Hospitals.  The ladies work in this ministry two or more Thursday afternoons each month.

Want to know more?
Call Linda Rapp – 336-282-4563




Tutoring

A Tutoring Ministry is provided to tutor students from first through twelfth grades.  The main subjects tutored are reading and math, although some others have been offered.  The Tutoring Ministry is held every Monday night at 7 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, operating on the school calendar.  (If there is no school that day, there will be no tutoring.)  Both regular and substitute tutors are needed.

Want to know more?
Call Jim and Peggy Abernathy – 336-299-3355