“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink I was a stranger and you invited me in. I was naked and you clothed me… whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers, you did for me.” – Matthew 25: 35, 40
Rev. Carolyn Staley, our Minister of Education, during her recent trip to Africa
Pulaski Heights Baptist Church is a missional church. By that, we mean that we are a service-oriented church, modeling Christ’s love through our actions in our community and in the world.
We believe that Jesus taught us that we will be known by our fruits or our acts of love in His name. In Matthew 25 Jesus told us that when we give a cup of water to one who is thirsty, we have done it for Christ. We want to obey and follow Christ’s example, and demonstrate love to all that we meet.
Individuals, Groups, and Church-wide Ministries
Pulaski Heights Baptist Church members are involved in missional activities in literally dozens of ways:
- We encourage every individual members to adopt a service project for personal ministry
- We ask every Bible Study Class to have a ministry project for year-round involvement. These have included support and work with agencies such as the Rice Depot, Arkansas Food Bank and No Child Hungry campaign, and Heifer Project International.
- We unite as a church body to support several congregation-wide ministries each year, including the Family Promise, “Together for Hope” Helena-West Helena ministry, the Food Pantry, Wells for Africa, providing salary support for a pastor in India, and more.
- The Fields Centre is a house across the street from our church where families of hospitalized patients at UAMS or Children’s Hospital may stay free-of-charge to allow them to be here to care for their loved one. The guests are screened by hospital social workers and sent our way to be our guests. The Flock of Ages class has made this ministry a special focus of their work and study.
- Childhood literacy is a focus for Together for Hope in Helena, and PHBC collects books (new and gently used) to be given to every child in the program. The Stories on Wheels ministry serves Helena, Elaine and Lake View. Books may be ordered from amazon.com and the program has a “wish list” that may be used for ordering and sending books. It is viewed by entering “Stories on Wheels” or “Together for Hope”.
- PHBC is a strong partner in the Food Pantry program. Housed at First Christian Church, PHBC volunteers staff the pantry and provide food to families and individuals in need in our community. Gifts of food and financial contributions from church members and our missions team help provide much-needed supplies of non-perishable foods. We also contribute devotional books and Bible Study literature to be placed in each food bag.
- Our Benevolence Fund helps provide assistance to community agencies we partner with to help those in need. We support the Compassion Center, the Food Pantry, and also the benevolence program of First United Methodist Church where a full-time staff member addresses needs each day.
A multitude of other ministry and missions projects take place throughout the year. Whether it is collecting socks and shoes for the homeless, taking food and quilts to folks sleeping under the bridge, or partnering with other agencies in our city, PHBC seeks to truly serve the “least of these”.
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