COOL SPRING MISSIONS ACTION
Missions Action is involved in finding opportunities for church members
to participate in specific missions projects. All ages can participate
in these exciting projects, even children. Some Missions Action Projects
are ongoing, such as ministering to young men at the Hanover Juvenile
Correction Center. Some projects are recurring, such as distributing
backpacks to homeless men in Washington, D.C. each winter. And some are
one-time projects, such as being involved in an international mission
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information about Community Missions Projects.
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about International Mission Trips that the Student Ministry of Cool
Spring has participated in.
Below are listed some of the Mission Actions Projects that Cool Spring
participates in. Most of these fall into the general category of
Community Missions. Where indicated, click on a Missions Ministry
for more information.
Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter was
organized to care for the homeless year round. Each Spring, shelter
is offered to homeless families for two weeks at Cool Spring. This
ministry began in 2002 and has offered refuge for infants to adults.
Volunteers are needed for Prayer, Meals, Overnight, Cleaning,
Laundry, Nurturing, and Setup teams. This ministry involves the
entire church family.
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Works (formerly EMBRACE Richmond) - C.A.R.I.T.A.S. Works is
a ministry that provides household needs to families that were
homeless but have found homes. Cool Spring members donate
household items during the weeks of C.A.R.I.T.A.S. for delivery to
C.A.R.I.T.A.S. Works. It is also possible to donate throughout
the year. Contact Andrea Richardson.
Food Pantry - Cool
Spring maintains a Food Pantry to assist those in need in our
community. Recipients come to the church to pick up the food which
is collected through the Adult Bible Study classes and missions
organizations. The food is sorted and stored at the church and is
distributed by the church staff on an as-needed basis. Recipients
complete a request form and may receive assistance once a month.
The Food Pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month
from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Ministry - The Church Hill Christian Wellness Center is
located in Mount Tabor Baptist Church and is a ministry of the
Richmond Baptist Association. The Wellness Center offers after
school tutoring, adult Bible study, computer classes, fitness
equipment, food, clothing, and health classes. Individuals or groups
can use their passions and fits for this urban ministry.
Hanover Juvenile Correction Center - Cool Spring members
provide Bible study every Thursday night for teenage boys in a
correctional setting. Occasionally recreation is incorporated
into the evening. Volunteers must be trained and approved by
the center. This ministry began over 35 years ago at Barrett JCC.
This is a seed planting ministry; however, we see lives changed and
boys won to the Lord.
Ministry - Essex Village is a local community project for
underprivileged families, often consisting of single mothers with
children. In partnership with the pastor of Essex Village Community
Church, Cool Spring provides assistance to the residents of this
Richmond Housing center. This ministry supports a 24 hour child care
as well as other ministries. An annual Turkey Distribution for
Thanksgiving provides hundreds of turkeys and groceries along with
scriptures to those in need. Sunday school classes from Cool Spring
frequently "adopt" a family in Essex Village to help provide for
their daily needs, as well as for special events, such as Christmas
presents for children.
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from the Essex Village 2006 Turkey Distribution.
Humanity - Cool Spring has been involved in Habitat for
Humanity home construction on an ongoing basis. Habitat for Humanity
International seeks to end poverty housing worldwide. Different
churches come together in partnership with people in need to build
simple, decent, healthy homes. They are then sold to partner
families at no profit, through zero-interest loans. Cool Spring has
helped Habitat for Humanity projects locally in different ways:
Providing volunteers to serve at the
construction site and on committees.
Providing meals for construction workers.
Making financial contributions.
Providing part of the funding and labor to build
Prayer for the Habitat ministry.
Volunteering for international projects.
Gospel Jail Ministry - The Gospel Jail Ministry is a non-denominational,
evangelical organization that provides pastoral care for inmates and
staff regardless of race, religion, sex, handicap, criminal charge or
sentence. The ministry works to bring the good news of the Gospel to the
inmates through personal contact, worship services, Bible study, family
contact, follow-up and liaison help.
Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions
(M.C.E.F.) - Mechanicsville
Churches Emergency Fund is a nonprofit organization developed by area
churches to provide emergency assistance to families. Various churches
house clothing, food, furniture, and other items when disaster strikes.
Funds are also made available for temporary housing and other short term
Mission to Hanover
- Cooperative Hanover Churches partner with County Social Services
to winterize and repair homes of Hanover citizens as need is
determined by county agencies. This is done the second
Saturday in November with the opportunity to assist throughout the
Needle's Eye -
Needles Eye Ministry is a nonprofit Christian ministry to the
business and professional community of Richmond. Small group,
men's and women's Bible studies are offered as well as monthly
luncheons for fellowship and testimonies. Counseling and
support groups are also available for those in need. Our
support for this ministry is minimal, yet we feel that it is a
worthy ministry to the Richmond business community.
Christmas Child - Operation Christmas Child is a division of
Samaritan's Purse founded by Franklin Graham. Each year shoe boxes
filled with toys and personal items are collected and shipped to
children in need around the world. The shoe boxes are a way for
Americans to share with less fortunate children and provide a way to
share Jesus. A Christmas tree is decorated at church with brochures
for families to take so they can fill a box for a boy or a girl.
Suggested Items to Fill Shoeboxes Include:
Small Cars, Slinky's, Writing Pads, Balls, Ball Caps, Picture Books,
Dolls, Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Stuffed Animals, Yo-yos, Washcloth &
Soap, Jump Ropes, Pens, Pencils, Sharpener, Markers, Stamps & Ink
Pad, Toy Jewelry, Sunglasses, Hair Accessories
for More Information About Operation Christmas Child.
- Each year hundreds of people come to Richmond from other countries
a refugees. In 2001, six Sudanese young men came to Richmond to find
a new home. These young men were "adopted" by our church and
assisted with their adjustment to life in America. Two of them
joined Cool Spring. Some received training in Pennsylvania and Iowa,
while others remained in Richmond. We assist with seasonal clothing,
food, and training in the American way of life.
Recreational Evangelism Ministry - This form of evangelism
is growing worldwide and provides opportunities for short term
volunteers to teach American sports and share Jesus. Volunteer teams
are needed to travel overseas to share in this unique ministry.
New Vision Ministry
- Used eyeglasses are collected at church to send to missionaries
overseas to provide sight to individuals with no eye care. Our
members clean, adjust, and read the prescription to aid the
missionary doctors in dispensing the glasses. Volunteers are needed
to organize the collection and to prepare and send the glasses to
Wyatt House - The
Wyatt House is providing temporary housing for International
Personnel during stateside assignment as well as Christian
fellowship in our church. This also brings to the church a
great opportunity to identify with the ministry of International
Personnel, learn more about missions, and be more active in
international missions. The whole family can be actively
involved in our church and share their gifts and skills. We
have the opportunity to keep the Wyatt House furnished and in good
condition for our International Personnel guests.
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Mission Camp - Children in 4th & 5th grades have the
opportunity to attend summer camp with a mission focus. They
are encouraged to strengthen their relationship with God through
daily devotions and worship experiences as well as have fun and make
AND INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PROJECTS
Relief Ministry - The Disaster Relief Ministry has been
developed at Cool Spring to provide assistance to individuals and
families in times of natural disasters, such as floods, fire,
hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. There are periodic seminars locally in
Disaster Relief Training. Whether assisting in community disaster,
supporting Virginia Baptist relief efforts, or supporting the North
American Mission Board, we utilize all of the volunteers, resources,
and equipment that we have available to assist those in distress.
Volunteers will receive training through the church, Red Cross and
State Baptist Disaster Ministry.
Responders are individuals or groups of individuals with specialized
skills, abilities, knowledge or experience or with other particular
resources such as commitment to prayer, financial giving, or simply
an able body and willing heart who stand "on call" to offer
themselves when Virginia Baptists' mission ministries have need of
their gifts and talents.
Mission Trips Ministry - The Student Ministry provides
opportunities for middle and high school students as well as college
students to experience missions first hand. Day and week long
trips are planned for each group. The Student Ministry
provides brochures on specific missions and dates. Some of the
ministries include CIA Mission week, Impact Virginia, AIM, as well
as foreign missions trips to countries like Mexico and the Dominican
Richmond Homeless Ministry - Since 2003, the Middle School Youth
have distributed donated backpacks, coats, hats, gloves, socks,
personal grooming items, food items, and copies of the New Testament
to homeless individuals living in the streets of Richmond in the
winter. The Students use the opportunity to minister to the homeless
as well. Hundreds of backpacks have been distributed.
Washington D.C. Homeless Ministry - The High School Students at Cool
Spring have annually traveled to Washington D.C. in the winter to
distribute hundreds of donated backpacks, clothing items, food
items, and copies of the New Testament to homeless individuals
living on the streets. This is an excellent opportunity for the
Youth to minister to these individuals.
International Missions - The Student Ministry has participated in
numerous international mission trips over the past several years.
This is often a life-changing experience for both the students and
adults involved in these trips. Some examples of trips of the recent
Guadalajara, Mexico (Senior High) - June 22-28, 2002
Reynosa, Mexico (June 28-July 4, 2003)
Dominican Republic 2004 Mission Trip Photo Pages
The Dominican Republic - June 25-July 5, 2005
The Dominican Republic - July 5-17, 2006
The Dominican Republic 2007
The Dominican Republic 2008 - July 12-19, 2008
Flagstaff Arizona -
Navajo Indians - July 5-13, 2009
Botswana, Africa -
July 25 - August 6, 2010
Mission Trips Ministry - The church approves budget money
each year to support people on mission. Applications are
available from Mission Ministry Team Leaders and are approved on a
case by case basis. We need leadership capable of coordinating
and implementing groups of adults to go on mission projects each
A partnership with the Dominican Republic has developed
with adults providing medical and water purification and recreation
ministries. Other partnerships may develop and are defined by
the Missions Ministry Team as part of the North American and
Virginia Baptist Mission Board. Cool Spring ministries
maintains water purification teams as part of the National Disaster
The Recreation Ministry has also been involved in starting an Upward
Basketball league in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Opportunities at Cool Spring: