“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Loving our neighbors includes specific actions that we take to care for, support, help, and bring closer those around us. That’s exactly what First Baptist Church wants to do!
As a congregation, we are committed to blessing our neighborhood – i.e., loving our neighbors. We want to show Christ’s love to our community by being here for those around us – not just on a Sunday morning, but throughout the week. However, we realize that we can’t support our neighbors if we don’t know what they need.
We have canvassed the immediate physical neighborhoods around FBC – Garling Heights, North Pointe, Hedgewood, and Greenbriar – so that we could listen to the needs of our neighbors.
Our goal was not to tell them what God is up to at FBC. Instead, we wanted to find out first about their needs. We have compiled that information and are determining how we, as a church body, can respond.
In the meantime, being a Godly neighbor means being welcoming, hospitable, and friendly.
Whether that is by arranging Block Parties in the summer, organizing a fun and safe Trunk or Treat event in the fall, planning indoor play dates in the winter, or hosting athletic team practices in our field or neighborhood association meetings in our building, we intend to be here – supporting our neighbors – in any way we can.
If you have ideas for how we can be a better neighborhood church, please let us know. And, if we’ve not yet made it over to your house, please come by First Baptist Church, introduce yourself, and let’s get to know one another. Who knows? This could be the start of a lifetime friendship!