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.
2019 Summer Mission Trip Update
On Saturday, August 10, fourteen weary Bon Air Presbyterian Church (BAPC) mission workers made their way back to Richmond, one weary soul decided Myrtle Beach was needed to recover and one other visited a sister in N.C. to recuperate. The group had just completed a busy week of mission relief work in Wilmington, N.C. While the temperatures never dropped under the mid-90s, the dedicated and eager group worked on five different homes over the course of the week. The group did jobs ranging from sanding/priming walls, installing luan flooring, installing insulation in the walls, in the attic, and under a house, ripping out thick wood paneling and moldy insulation, building two crawl space access doors, and putting in ceiling drywall! There was something for everyone’s skill and energy level – we had no idea what we’d be doing when we signed up to go serve, but every single member of our group made a difference. Most importantly, we showed each homeowner that people haven’t forgotten that they still need support, help, muscle-power, and encouragement to finally get back into their homes.
Our days were spent working in/around Pender County, just northwest of Wilmington, and our evenings were spent enjoying the company of our BAPC family and friends. We had a chance to visit Wrightsville Beach, the battleship U.S.S. North Carolina, enjoy the architecture of historic Wilmington – including a tour of First Presbyterian, who hosted us, and happened to have a special connection to Joan Collins – two nice group dinners out – one for pizza and one for seafood!
Best of all, we laughed at and with one another, were wowed by some great card tricks, played some competitive cards each night, and got to know each other a little better. Members of the 2019 Mission Team were: Ernie and Cindy Wright, John Rupp, Sidney Whitlock, Robert Halpern, Doug and Margie Paz, Glenn and Karen Hurlbert, Calvin Hurlbert, Kate Hurlbert, John Celerin, Kent and Leslie Pankey, Carolyn Carper, and Mitch Olsen.
Candidate Forum – Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Gather with our neighbors to hear responses by local politicians to moderated questions of community concern and then spend time getting to know them at a reception to follow.
Get Acquainted Dinner – Wednesday, September 25, 6:15 p.m.
Join Pastor Janet and the Hospitality Team for dinner and an introduction to our church and our mission and ministries. This is a great way to get to know the pastor and other members and guests of our congregation.
Crop Walk – Sunday, October 20, at 1:30 p.m., leaving from Christ the King Lutheran Church
Join us as we walk with friends from our neighboring churches to raise awareness about hunger in our community and raise funds for local food banks.
Trunk-O-Treat – Sunday, October 27, at 3:00 p.m.
If you are willing to decorate the trunk of your car and hand out goodies or help run a game please join us for a delightful afternoon of joy and delight!
Sunday Morning Coffee – Sunday mornings between worship services
The Garden Room is a great place to gather on Sunday mornings. Help us extend our hospitality by taking a turn with set-up or clean-up or bring some goodies to share.
Micah is an association of faith communities, begun over 16 years ago in partnership with Richmond Public Schools. Micah currently works in 23 elementary schools and is open to and represented by all faith communities. Volunteers from BAPC have participated as mentors at Elizabeth Redd Elementary School for about ten years.
Micah Volunteers work with a particular teacher and usually with a particular student during the school year. Volunteers may also work in the classroom, particularly in the lower grades, with small groups of students. Volunteers motivate, befriend, and support students and their teachers.
Volunteers are expected to attend an orientation workshop which will be scheduled in September (date yet to be confirmed). Afterwards volunteer and teacher meet and together select a student the volunteer will work with for the year. Mentoring generally begins in early October.
If are interested and can contribute an hour or two each week to this ministry or want additional information, give a call to Laura Greer, BAPC’s Micah coordinator, at 272-8227 or email at email@example.com.
For more than twelve years, BAPC, has been involved in on-going efforts to help improve our environment. We have four teams of volunteers that provide weekly pickup of paper, aluminum, cardboard and other items from church offices and the kitchen for recycling. Our church sextant also helps by saving cardboard and other items for recycling as well. Since the county does not provide recycling pickup at the church, the volunteers take the items home and combine it with their recycling at their respective homes. This effort is coordinated by the Church and Society Team of BAPC. Anyone interested in helping with this effort should contact John Rupp.
BAPC has provided an outreach program at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center for around 20 years. This includes a bi-monthly birthday party for the incarcerated youth and, for the last several years, Christmas parties in several of the residential units of the facility. These parties were held at the request of the facility administration and food, games and songs were shared with the youth staying in those facilities. BAPC donated $400 in 2017 to help purchase gifts for the youth. This money came from local benevolence monies approved by the session. More than nineteen BAPC members have participated in this fun ministry during 2017.
Music is a vital avenue of expressing our faith and devotion to God in the life of the church. Whether a beginner or seasoned musician, you are invited to share your musical talents through participating in one of our ensembles.
Chancel Choir is the adult choir that sings regularly at the 11:00 a.m. worship service each week and at special services throughout the year. The Adult Choir is composed of volunteers and supported by a quartet of professional musicians. The choir sings the best of music from past and present composers and is often accompanied by guest instrumentalists.
Chancel Ringers is an advanced group of handbell ringers who ring the third Sunday of each month in worship, and at special services during the church year, as well as for organizations in the community and for area handbell festivals.
Children and Youth present the annual Christmas Musical as well as participate in the area Youth Choir Jam festival each November.
Summer Music Camp is a learning and fun activity for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. This year the camp will be a day music and arts camp offered through Camp Hanover. Complete information is on the poster below.
Second Sunday South of the James is the Annual Concert Series of Bon Air Presbyterian Church
which presents guests musicians, instrumentalists and choral groups in concert the second Sunday of
October through May.
Messiah Sing-In December 2019 our annual Messiah-Sing-in which continues to fill our sanctuary with music and guests from the community.
The Summer Interlude Concert Series is presented at 3:00 p.m. each Sunday in August by the Richmond Chamber Players.
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
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 Fellowship ministries is to bring people together to enjoy each other’s company and build connections between members of our church family. A variety of activities are provided on a regular basis as well as special fun and interesting activities throughout the year.
Salt Shakers is a pot luck dinner group that brings together church members and visitors into small groups of eight in homes three or four times a year.
Romeo’s – “Retired Old Men Eating Out” but you don’t have to be old or retired to join this men’s group that meets monthly for lunch at area restaurants, October – May.
The Book Discussion Group – If you enjoy good books, interesting discussions and a shared morning with new/old
friends……start your reading now! The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Walk, Talk & Be Fit– Enjoy physical activity while having fun with friends. This is a 30 minute, 2 mile in place walk with video instruction on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m.
Sister’s Circle – Join the group on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. for bible study.
Prime Time Circle is a fellowship group designed for women who wish to build the bonds of Christian friendship. The group meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 1:30 p.m. for social activities, speakers and community service.
Chef’s Club – The Chef’s Club consists of five teams of cooks, servers, table setters, and clean-up crews who prepare the food for Wednesday Night Dinner and for special events held during the year.
Wednesday Night Dinner –Come connect with your church family while savoring a tasty meal each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.
Coffee Café is open following the 8:30 a.m. service and before the 11:00 a.m. service for coffee, tea, light refreshments and conversation.
Volleyball – People of all levels of skill can enjoy good fellowship, good exercise, and fun each Thursday from 7-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall January to March.
Youth Fellowship – Youth Fellowship seeks to connect people to each other, the whole church, and the whole world through faith in Christ. The Youth Fellowship group meets each Sunday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Church Wide Fellowship – Church wide events such as Onward Sunday at the beginning of each program year in the fall; the annual Pig Roast, Annual Christmas Dinner, Easter Morning Brunch and the Meet & Greet refreshments following each summer worship service are planned.
Special Activities are planned throughout the year including Faith Night at the Diamond, Family Movie Night, Chocolate Lover’s Dessert Night, “Miracle of Christmas” play in Lancaster, PA., Christmas tree decorating in the Fellowship Hall and Cookie Exchange.
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:
New “Faith Wednesday” The Congregational Care Ministry Team has designated each Wednesday as “Faith Wednesday”, a day to pray for the growth and future of our church. Please join us in prayer.
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.