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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAPC – “Caring for Creation” by Recycling 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.
An Outreach Program of BAPC For Incarcerated Youth
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.