Watering the Roots
Sowing for the Future
We know our church can fund this campaign in order to thrive over the years. As a faith community we are each called to do our part, regardless of how big or small.
The future of the faith community of Fredericksburg Baptist Church is intertwined with the future of residents living within the Fredericksburg area; our contributions now will help ensure an abundant future for all. Just as others have tended the growth of FBC’s ministry for 160 years, it is now our time. May God find us faithful and diligent in preparing for the challenges and opportunities of the coming years.
Where are we going?
If you have lived in Fredericksburg for more than ten years, you have seen this community and its culture grow. Now imagine the changes that have occurred since 1855!
For 160 years our church has been solidly rooted on the corner of Princess Anne and Amelia Streets, faithfully serving as the face of Christ through the generations. While the church’s presence has been constant, its form has matured with the people of FBC and what is required to effectively minister in the future. This growth has empowered the church to alter and expand its facility to continually flourish over the years.
Fredericksburg Baptist Church is vested in watering our roots and cultivating our mission and ministry for the future. We do not fully know the demands FBC will face in the future, but we are able to identify two points that are key to our growth:
• The current size of our facility supports the church’s ability to minister;
• However, our current facility needs improvements and renovations to be effective in the future.
How Can You Help?
These projects have been identified as essential to our success in the future:
The Renovation of a New Area for Youth and College Ministry
With the recent expansion of our Preschool Ministry designed to meet the needs of young area families, our Youth Ministry, another vital and growing group connected to young families, was moved to an area of the church that requires significant renovations. If we are to continue to grow our Youth Ministry, the area in which Youth meet must visibly and functionally convey our desire to have them with us. For over six months, Youth have patiently and faithfully kept coming, however what about new families and their Youth? What attitude does our current space convey to them? An ever-expanding Youth Ministry is vital to our church and the surrounding community.
Renovation of the Current Caverlee Chapel
Constructed in 1972, the Caverlee Chapel, for several years, was the worship space for Sunday evening services. Most continuously, though, it was the Sunday morning Bible study space for the Baraca Class, now relocating soon to the new multi-use room. Plans for a newly renovated greeting and informal gathering area with new restroom facilities (handicapped accessible) will provide a more hospitable and socially engaging entrance area for Sunday visitors to worship, special service attenders (i.e. weddings, funerals, etc.), those wishing to continue an in-depth conversation, as well as space for those attending weekday special meetings or studies. Providing hospitable space for conversations to occur conveys our care-filled intentions of connecting well within our own community as well as with the community around us.
Renovations of Ferrell Hall and the Kitchen
Ferrell Hall, our primary area for hospitality and fellowship, has not been updated since its construction over 20 years ago. The kitchen is used each week and modifications are needed to improve efficiency, organization and the necessary level of cleanliness. Further, new flooring and other aesthetics will communicate our faith community’s concern to offer our best to anyone benefitting from the use of our facilities; those in need of a free meal as well as those celebrating or remembering significant life events will benefit from our attention to such detail.
Replacement of Two Buses
Whether taking the Primetimers on a day trip, transporting children and youth to camp, or bringing people to worship, our bus fleet performs a vital support role in our ministry. Of our two oldest buses, one has been driven over 100,000 miles, and the other is close to that mark. Wear and tear is significant and their mechanical reliability not what is desired considering the precious cargo they carry.
Settlement of the Loan for the Exterior Painting Project
We undertook the repainting of our building exteriors last fall and members and neighbors alike have commented on its fresh, new look. Many members supported the project through The Restore Today Ensure Tomorrow campaign and a line of credit was obtained to pay the remaining balance. This project is a sign of our resolve to remain viable and visible as a faith community. Our building appearance is indicative of the hope we have for a future in this place; paying off the loan for the recent project is a sign of our resolve to remain viable and visible as a faith community.
Watering the Roots
Each one of these projects is equally important, and each helps to nourish our future. Accomplishment of this vision will require a commitment of $1,200,000 over the next five years.
Our church has not undertaken a challenge of this size since the purchase and renovation of the Caroline Street Building 23 years ago. That effort was the result of the church at that time identifying new opportunities for the growth of our ministry and community. Now, we continue with similar inward and outward concerns, hoping for ministries of greater connection with the surrounding community and more meaningful connections between our members, enabling ministry through FBC to flourish into the year 2020 and beyond.
If you would like to participate in our Watering the Roots Campaign please contact Dennis Sacrey or follow the link to our E-giving page.