WHAT IS OUTREACH?
Alfred Street Baptist Church Outreach Missions and Ministries exist to assure people of the reality of God’s love in a tangible way that they can feel and experience for themselves. And we do all we can to answer a doubting world so people can know and believe in the love of Jesus Christ. All ASBC Missions events involve the community and a cause, as we invite and unite communities in and outside of our doors.
The Brother’s Keeper Ministry (BKM) supports underserved families in the local community and the metro Alexandria area. It provides guidance and direction to the underserved community to meet their present and future needs, primarily in areas such as education, health and wellness, economic and spiritual matters. The major focus is to equip and prepare underserved children with the supplies for a successful school year.
The Food Closet helps members and people in the community when financial struggles have left them in an emergency situation. This ministry provides food to children and seniors in our surrounding neighborhood to help bridge a gap that can occur during difficult times. The ASBC Food Closet assists individuals/families struggling with socioeconomic hardships with emergency food security. The outreach efforts are to remove the household insecurity of having insufficient or depleted food resources, primarily for children and seniors.
Aware of the joys as well as everyday challenges faced by our congregation’s families, the Family Services Ministry’s (FSM) primary objective is to provide Alfred Street Baptist Church’s parents and seniors with spiritual support, information and referral, and fellowship opportunities through a number of family- and parent-themed workshops, programs and activities. The FSM also works with external organizations in the community to provide donations and outreach assistance to families locally.
CHRISTMAS TREE OF LIGHTS
Every year ASBC shines the light of Jesus by making Christmas a little brighter for those less fortunate. Members share in the joy of giving anonymously to those in need, not just in our community, but in our church family. It may not be obvious, but we don’t have to look outside our church doors for families who are struggling. We provide gifts for needy families, helping them create a joyous Christmas memory. Gift tags are distributed annually from the Christmas Tree of Lights in the narthex in November. Wrapped gifts are returned to the tree in early December. The gifts are distributed to the families before Christmas.
In service and worship to God, the Legal Resources Ministry (LRM) seeks to provide exceptional legal advice and guidance to the spiritually devoted Alfred Street Baptist Church family. While keeping in mind the “weightier matters of the law” — JUSTICE, MERCY and FAITH — the blessed and talented members of this ministry shall collaborate with the various ministries of Alfred Street Baptist Church, legal aid ministries in our community, neighborhood churches and organizations regarding legal matters affecting the entire community.
HBCU COLLEGE FESTIVAL
The HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) College Festival is an annual weekend event held in February that attracts more than 3,000 high school students and their families from across the country. Students and parents meet with admissions counselors/representatives from over 70 HBCUs. Moreover, 60% of the schools conduct on-site admissions, and award academic scholarships.
The committee gives scholarships to high school seniors who have been a member of ASBC for a minimum of two years and have participated in youth activities, on a regular basis, during the last two years of high school. The committee also assists undergraduate students who are having financial difficulties.
JAIL & PRISON MINISTRY
The Jail & Prison (J&P) Ministry of the Alfred Street Baptist Church shares a transforming gospel with those incarcerated at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center (ADC) and the Alexandria Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) to present an opportunity for the power of God to effect a change in their lives.
ALFRED STREET BAPTIST CHURCH MISSIONS & MINISTRIES
To learn more about ways to get involved, or find out how you or someone you know can become a recipient of of outreach programs, click the button below to visit the Missions & Outreach section of the ASBC website.