First Baptist Church Ministries

Operation In-As-Much is a one day mission blitz in our community. Participants from all age groups participate in this missions experience by working with a specific ministry team. In the past, teams have completed projects such as: building wheelchair ramps; cleaning brush around a home; cleaning the Folkmoot Center; visiting nursing homes; cleaning trash along a stretch of highway; working on specific projects for area non-profit organizations; providing car care; making hospitality packages for local fire, police, and EMS workers. Operation In-As-Much is normally held in April or May of each year.
The Haywood County Schools Day of Caring is a one time work project. Our church works specifically at Waynesville Middle School. During this day volunteers perform a variety of much needed work around the school including, but not limited to planting flower beds; spreading mulch; painting; removing gum from sidewalks; and cleaning around the school in general. This day is set by WMS and is usually in early August.
Our church has adopted Waynesville Middle School as a ministry partner. During the school year, our church works closely with the school administrators and the school social workers in partnership with them in order to help them meet various needs. We provide a breakfast for the faculty during their staff orientation day; we provide volunteers for testing and other classroom needs; and we provide school supplies and clothing. We continuously collect food items to be used in the school’s weekend food backpack program. Currently we collect enough food for 35 backpacks.
This team is currently led by Jon Boettcher. The team responds to disasters on a local and regional level. Most team members have been trained by NC Baptist Men (NCBM) is in disaster relief ministry. The purpose of NCBM’s Disaster Relief Ministry is to relieve human suffering caused by disasters by providing among other things: hot meals, debris removal, child care and family assistance. NCBM works with various disaster organizations in order to achieve this goal: American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, NC Emergency Management, and a variety of groups. If you have a passion to work with this team contact Jon at (803) 464-7360 or email him at

On Sundays after the 11:00am Worship Service, volunteers take the altar flowers and divide them so that they can be used in bud vases for Monday morning visitation. If flowers are not provided by an individual or family to honor or memorialize a loved and left, then volunteers also may use church funds to buy flowers for this purpose. If you are interested in this aspect of the Flower Ministry, contact the church office at 456-9465.

Volunteers may also meet each Monday in the Large Conference Room at 9:15 to receive their visitation assignments. Teams of two take fresh flowers (re-used from the Sunday Worship Services or purchased as indicated above) to shut-ins and nursing home residents. If you like to participate, simply show up on a Monday morning.

We are told in the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians that we should, “pray without ceasing.” This ministry not only serves individuals in their prayer requests, but also undergirds the very foundation of church life at First Baptist Church. Volunteers agree to pray at certain times on certain days each week and/or to commit to praying for needs as they arise. Currently Margaret Rathbone (734-6377) and Sandra Roberts (400-3213) lead this vital ministry.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a part of the Transforming Prayer Ministry. Volunteers knit and/or crochet “prayer shawls” for individuals who are facing difficult times, traditionally serious illness. As the volunteers knit and/or crochet the shawls, they pray for the individual for which the shawl is being made. When the shawl is made, it is presented to the individual as they are “wrapped in love and covered in prayer.”
Our Festivals Ministry Team leads our church in ministry projects during downtown festivals. In the past, volunteers in this ministry have worked distributing water and Bibles; providing free hot chocolate, water, and ice cream; as well as other types of outreach ministry.

Many of our members volunteer at the following local organizations. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these organizations, please contact the them directly:

American Red Cross – Donate blood and/or help organize a Blood Mobile.

Good Samaritan Clinic - This medical strives to meet the needs of the uninsured in Haywood County.

Gideons - The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While the Gideons are known worldwide for their work with hotels, they predominantly share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices. The Gideons partner with churches anywhere, to reach the unreached everywhere. Contact Dennis Kendel at 734-2586.

Haywood County Habitat for Humanity - This ministry coordinates resources (such as volunteers) in order to build safe, decent, and affordable houses for eligible families in Haywood County. Volunteers are needed in various aspects of this effort, from actual building to fundraising.
(452-7960) Opportunities for volunteering also exist at the Haywood County Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Haywood County Bible Clubs – This after-school program is in all of the elementary schools and presents the Gospel to students through various activities. The clubs meet once a week and many opportunities to volunteer are available as it is hoped that the clubs can be expanded into the middle schools. Contact Charles or Barbara Baiera.

Haywood Christian Ministry - This ministry serves the less fortunate in Haywood County by providing food, clothing, and financial assistance. Volunteers in this ministry serve predominately at the thrift store and help by sorting various donations of as food, clothing, household items, etc. Volunteers also help with completing intake forms, answering the phone, and assisting with other more clerical type of duties.

Haywood Pathways - This community driven project is a collaboration of three Christian ministries to bring life change to the hurting of Haywood County. The goal is to provide food through a soup kitchen and shelter for the homeless and those getting out of jail, coupled with Christ-centered rehabilitation services that truly transforms lives. three different nonprofit groups in Haywood County; the Haywood Christian Emergency Homeless Shelter, Open Door Soup Kitchen, and Next Step halfway house. Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways.
(550-8030 or 246-6227)

Haywood Regional Hospital - Haywood Regional Medical Center provides safe and compassionate healthcare for the people of Haywood County and surrounding counties. Through our outpatient facilities, health & fitness center, urgent care centers, hospice facility and multi-specialty physician clinics, Haywood Regional Medical Center ensures the health and wellness of our community. Many volunteer opportunities exist at the hospital such as gift shop worker, patient information worker, and Hospice volunteer.

K.A.R.E. (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, Inc.) – This organization’s goal is to end child abuse and neglect through advocacy, education, and support. Volunteers are needed in the School Program to teach personal safety to students in the elementary schools. Help is also needed in the area of house maintenance and yard maintenance.

Lifeworks (Christian Women’s and Men’s Job Corps) – Lifeworks provides a Christian context in which women and men in need of employment are equipped for life and employment and also a missions context in which women help women and men help men. This organization has a variety of volunteer needs.
(564-3519 or 734-5604)

Open Door Soup Kitchen – Volunteers are needed at the thrift store and to prepare and serve meals to the homeless.

R.E.A.C.H. of Haywood County – This organization provides services to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Within Reach Resale Store – Various volunteer opportunities such as sorting through the donation of items, cleaning items, and pricing, etc.

The Salvation Army - We have all heard the ringing of The Salvation Army bells during the Christmas season. It serves as a reminder for the great needs that so many people face during this time of the year and the work that the Salvation Army does to comfort those who find themselves in difficult situations. While that is an important part of their identity and need for volunteers, The Salvation Army is so much more than bell-ringers!
Volunteers are needed in a variety of other programs,
including a Thrift Store.


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