Serving God and others is the lifeblood of so much that happens at Bon Air Presbyterian Church. Through local and global partnership, our church provides opportunity to promote justice and to meet the real needs of our community and the world.
BAPC Bell Choir
The congregation of BAPC is actively involved in a variety of local, national and global missions. The Church and Society Division of the Session seek to involve the congregation in many of these outreach and service opportunities.
Hospitality for the Homeless (CARITAS)
RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Community)
Fairly Traded Coffee and Chocolate
Faith Community Trialogue
Stop Hunger Now
Caring for Creation
Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center
Micah Initiative in public schools
Prison Fellowship Angel Tree
CROP Walk (fall)
Thanksgiving Mitten Turkey
Empty Bowls Dinner
Souper Bowl of Caring (youth)
Salvation Army Christmas Stockings
First Sunday Mission Opportunities
Bainbridge Community Center Food Pantry
Other Outreach Events
BAPC provides meeting space for the following groups:
Girl Scout Troop #5476
Cub Scout Troop #861
Boy Scout Troop #1807
Senior Connections operating the Friendship Café` (a senior program meeting 3 days a week)
CARITAS – (Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter) Click here for more information.
RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities) Click here for more information.
Fairly Traded Coffee and Chocolate– These products are sold the first Sunday of each month through the Presbyterian Coffee Project. Equal Exchange, which seeks to balance the inequities found in the conventional coffee trade.
Faith Community Trialogue is a unique series that brings together the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths to promote interfaith dialogue. The aim of the dialogue is a deepening mutual understanding and appreciation between the three Abrahamic religious communities.
Stop Hunger How is an international relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Meals are packaged by volunteers in an assembly style process. All ages can participate.
Peacemaking/Study Group seeks to study and promote paths to peace in our church, our community and our world.
Caring for Creation is made up of four teams of volunteers who provide weekly pickup of paper, aluminum, cardboard and other items from the church offices and the kitchen for recycling. Compact Fluorescent bulbs and battery recycling are collected on a monthly basis.
Gateway Homes – Gateway Homes is a residential treatment facility designed for people with depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. A model program, at Gateway Homes, when residents are prepared, they will move from the Supportive Living Center to Gateway’s Supported Living Apartments, which offers on-campus apartment living. BAPC provides support by “adopting” an apartment and donating linens, as well as other items such as small furniture pieces, bedding, curtains, and kitchen cleaning supplies.
Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center – serves males ages 14-18 and females ages 11-20 that have been committed by the juvenile court system. BAPC provides support through birthday parties complete with refreshments and games one Saturday every two months.
The Micah Initiative – A partnership of faith based communities and Richmond Public Schools. The members of the Micah Initiative partner with a student and throughout the year will help their student with homework, reading, advice, or simply be a lunch buddy. Members are trained by the coordinators at Richmond Hill, and once trained, are assigned a school in Richmond where they will work about one hour per week. BAPC works with several students at Elizabeth D Redd School in Richmond’s Southside.
Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program is a program that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. Church volunteers choose a child and purchase new gifts, wrap them, and return them to the church for delivery to the children.
CROP Hunger Walk – In November the middle and the high school youth participate in the Crop Walk, a ministry of Church World Service, by raising funds to end hunger in the community and around the world
Thanksgiving Mitten Turkey – Coordinated by the middle and high school youth, the Thanksgiving Mitten Turkey is a visible project to collect mittens, hats and scarves for the Chesterfield Christmas Mother and to share warmth to those in need.
Empty Bowls Project is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations in the Richmond area. Church members who attend select and take home a beautiful handmade bowl and enjoy a supper of soup, bread and dessert donated by local restaurants.
Souper Bowl of Caring- an outreach project where the youth of BAPC join with other groups and organizations around the country to make a positive impact by collecting money and food donations on Super Bowl weekend
Salvation Army Christmas Stockings – Stockings are filled with small gifts for a chosen age group and collected at the church. The stockings are distributed by the Salvation Army.
First Sunday Mission Opportunities
Bainbridge Community Center Food Pantry– Food items are collected on the first Sunday of each month in support of this local food pantry. Non-perishable food items may be placed in the cart at the front of the sanctuary.
5¢-A-Meal Contributions – These contributions support ministries to hungry people, locally and throughout the Mid-Atlantic, through the Presbytery of the James. A designated basket is located in the back of the sanctuary.
The mission of the Congregational Care Ministry is to assist the pastor and church staff in ministering to the ongoing and ever changing needs of the members of our congregation. This caregiving ministry is done through:
The Crisis Committee which provides meals when requested for families in crisis.
The Visitation Committee who keep in personal contact with homebound members and those bereaved, ill, hospitalized or in health care facilities.
The Prayer Chain responds to the congregation’s many requests for prayer.
The Cradle Cross Committee takes a cradle cross and a silk rose to families with newborn babies.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry knits prayer shawls to members of the congregation in crisis. A dedication of prayer shawls is made each year.
Emergency transportation is made available through the Transportation Committee.
HOBS (Helping Our Brothers and Sisters) maintains a list of gently used health equipment to lend to congregants as needed.
The Homebound Communion Committee facilitates the provision of communion offered to members who are no longer able to attend worship services.
KIT (Keep in Touch) is a way of maintaining contact with our members who move away to be closer to family.
Christmas Caroling is organized each year to visit members at home or nursing facilities.