Know about Missions!

It’s hard to get excited about things we don’t know about. This webpage is designed to help you keep up with how God is using Fruit Cove Baptist Church to accomplish His mission to establish His Kingdom here on earth. To God be the glory!

This Video is from our Sunday morning worship service on October 27 on our 2019 Move Weekend. It begins with a slideshow of some of our recent mission trips to Cuba, Guatemala, Romania, and London. The worship team and guest speaker are from our partner church, Cornerstone Church in Miami, Florida.

Pray for Missions!

Without prayer we risk serving only according to what we believe needs to be done. We risk serving in our own strength. We risk striving to accomplish our own purposes even if they are noble. Prayer instead directs us to be used by God to accomplish His purposes, His way, and in His time.

Prayer is a vital part of every mission effort. Please pray for our mission teams. Pray specifically for the needs of the church plant partnerships, church revitalization projects, mission groups and upcoming community outreaches that we believe God has directed us to.

Give to Missions!

Our Advance 2020 goal relating to giving states our commitment, “To maintain at least 20% of our overall budget offering devoted to reaching the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ” by 2020. (link to Advance 2020) Here are some ways you can give to support missions through Fruit Cove Baptist Church. These include not only giving financially, but also giving materially.

Go on Mission!

There is an application process to participate in any of our mission trips. Click here to get the process stated!


Live on Mission!

Pastor Tim reminds us that “The church does not have a mission. God’s mission has a church!” Ultimately that mission is summed up in the model prayer of Jesus where He taught us to pray that God’s Kingdom might come and His will might be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). We therefore must take seriously our responsibility as God’s church to live on mission with Him. This means more that knowing about the mission, or praying for missions, or giving to missions, or even going on mission. We must live daily on mission! The question then becomes, as we live our daily lives, will we be intentional about living on mission with God and loving those we meet along the way?

  • 3 Circles – Gospel Conversations – We encounter people every day who have key questions related to faith in God. We want to equip Christ followers to be able to answer these questions and point people towards a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Sunday School classes, our MidWeek program and other times throughout the year, we offer training in 3 Circles that provide answers to: What was God’s design?, How did we depart from God’s design through sin?, and Can anyone escape brokenness?

Jonathan Wilson

Family & Missions Pastor

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Michelle Ford

Missions Ministry Assistant
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Church Plant Partnerships

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As part of the Advance 2020 initiative of our church we have set a goal to participate in 20 new church planting and revitalization in St. Johns, Jacksonville, Florida, North American and internationally.  Here are some of those partnerships:

  • Parkwood Baptist Church, Jacksonville (revitalization) www.pbcjax.org/
  • Redemption Haitian Church Plant, Green Cove Springs
  • Grace Alive, Orlando
  • Harvest City, NYC [NAMB SEND NYC]
  • Renaissance, Montreal [NAMB SEND MONTREAL]
  • Cornerstone, Miami [NAMB SEND SOUTH FLORIDA]
  • Voyage, Montreal [NAMB SEND MONTREAL]
  • Bridge Church Peckham, London [IMB Global Cities Initiative]
  • Gospel City Church, Kuala Lumpur [IMB Global Cities Initiative]
  • Christ Centered Church, Miami [NAMB SEND SOUTH FLORIDA]
  • New Perspectives Church, Jacmel Haiti
  • Grace Baptist Church Plant, Puerto Rico
  • District Church, Jacksonville 
  • City Church, Miami
  • New York/New Jersey Partnership, see church list below:

Ed Tablazon – Filipino/Echo Church – Bergenfield, NJ

Patrick Kisuule – Ugandan/Christ for All Nations Church – Jersey City, NJ

Ronald Ramirez – Filipino/LightCast Church International – Woodside, Queens, NY

Rajan Shahi – Nepali/The Vine’s Church – Elmhurst, Queens, NY

George Abosi – Ghanaian/International Baptist Worship Center, Bronx, NY

Dave Sera Joseph – Filipino/Grace Christian Fellowship – Middlesex, NJ

Rolly Ona – Filipino/Grace Christian Fellowship – Belleville, NJ

Paul Manansala – Filipino/Crossroad Community Church – Jersey City, NJ

Allesandro Di Leonardo – Italian-Filipino – Church Planter in Italy

Pedro Hernandez – Cuban/Hispanic – Iglesia Redentor – Rahway, NJ

Romy Gonzales – Filipino/LightCast in Jamaica, Queens, NY

Rowel Del Mundo – Filipino/The Vine’s Church – Whitehouse Station, NJ

Albert Camacho – Filipino/The Rock Church – West Haverstraw, NY

Dan Bondad – Filipino/The Vine’s Church – Staten Island, NY

Joel Berona – Filipino/Redeemer’s Church – Woodside, Queens, NY

Jon Salegumba – Filipino/Harvest Community Church – Jersey City, NJ

Ed Ramos – Filipino/Harvest Community Church – Jersey City, NJ

Ruben Rodriguez – Dominican/Hispanic – City of Joy – Union City, NJ

Joseph Biswas – Bengali/Evangelical Bengali Church – Jackson Heights, Queens, NY

Pray for church planters throughout North America: pray4planters.comm


Local Missions and Serving Opportunities

  • Second Mile Ministries

    2nd Mile Ministries is a Christian community development organization working in the Brentwood neighborhood north of downtown Jacksonville, FL. In partnership with them we are seeking to see the Gospel renew lives and communities so that they are transformed in every way. Our church partnership includes _____?

  • Blessings in a Backpack

    Several of our adult Sunday Scholl classes partner with this organization which plays a vital role in feeding children in need at Jullington Creek Elementary. This ministry aims to build a strong relationship and our church with the purpose of fulfilling needs that may arise. Every week BIB provides breakfast, dinner and a snack on Saturday and Sunday to fill the gap when weekday school lunches are not available to students. Our church partnership includes ________?

  • The Fruit Cove Car Show and Spring Fest

    The Car Show is a huge growing mission for members of FCBC to come together to provide a non-threatening opportunity to serve our community. We can us things like cars, free food and entertainment to minister to the people of Jacksonville and lead to gospel conversations.

  • Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child

    There are 25 ministry sites throughout Florida, including six campuses that include residential care facilities children in Jacksonville, Lakeland, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Ft. Myers and Miami, which provide care for abandoned, neglected and abused. They exist to change the lives of children and families through Christ-centered services. One More Child services also include foster care, single mom support, anti-trafficking, family support services and feeding programs. Our church partnership includes ________?

  • First Coast Women’s Services

    First Coast Women’s Services seeks to empower women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy. Their purpose is to prevent the tragedy of an abortion by offering truthful information, emotional support, and practical assistance to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They present sexual abstinence as a positive lifestyle for singles and provide healing and restoration to those who have been hurt by abortion. Our church partnership includes ________?

  • Fostering Hope

    Our church wants to stand with and for foster care and adoptive families. This ministry helps create an awareness of local needs and ways our church members can support foster care and adoption.

      • Contact Karen Roy for further information
      • Fostering Hope blog link here
  • International Learning Center

    The International Learning Center exists to help our neighbors from other nations learn the English language and gain understanding of American culture in a warm and caring environment. The ILC provides ladies’ and men’s English classes, nursery, Pre-K, after school homework help, youth tutoring, and citizenship classes. Our church partnership includes ________?

  • Jacksonville Baptist Association

    Fruit Cove Baptist Church is a part of this network of over 200 ? Southern Baptist churches in the greater Jacksonville area. JBA exists to engage the mission force with the mission field both here in Jacksonville and beyond.

  • Lifeline Children’s Services

    Our church partnership includes ________?

  • Mission Jax

    Mission Jax is a local mission ministry that mobilizes students to share the gospel with their local community. Students are trained, encouraged and sent out to various parts of metro Jacksonville and through serving, cleaning, sharing, street evangelism, camps and other ways, initiate gospel conversations with people in the community.

  • Tomoka Prison Ministry

    A group of men from our church frequently visit Tomoka Prison in Daytona as an outreach by leading Bible studies and forming relationships with inmates. This is a much needed bridge of hope and learning for men in prison trying to find and strengthen their knowledge about Jesus.

  • Serving our Schools (We Love the 59)

    Each of our Adult Sunday School Classes is partnered with a local school to pray for and serve. These partnerships have allowed us to love our community by feeding staff on teacher workdays, serving as mentors, participating in prayer walks and meeting other needs as they arise.

  • Dining with Dignity

    Dining with Dignity is a ministry that responds to the repetitive thread throughout the Gospels, a call to serve the hungry and impoverished.  It is a program of Home Again St Johns, Inc and provides a hot, balanced and nutritious meal to the homeless and many other in our community living on the edge, a step away from homelessness.  The meal is served nightly at 6 pm on the corner of Bridge and Granada St, 365 days a year, rain or shine, in an outdoor parking lot to between 60 and 100 hungry men, women and children. Our church partnership includes ________?

  • Operation Christmas Child

    Through OPC, gift boxes are packed and sent to children in need around the world, promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ. Fruit Cove members provide several hundred packed boxes annually. Our church serves as a local collection center and our singles ministry coordinates the collections and transport of shoe boxes to a regional collection center.

  • Thanksgiving in a Box

  • Disaster Relief

    When disaster strikes, Florida Baptists are ready to lend help and a message of hope. With hot meals, a tarped roof, a consoling hug, and words of faith, FBDR is a ministry of urgency and availability. More than 6000 Florida Baptist volunteered have been trained and equipment is ready to deploy. Several of our men are trained and on standby to answer the call to serve in disaster relief.

  • Women’s Refuge of St. Johns

    The Women’s Refuge of St. Johns County is a sanctuary where women can start over with a new understanding of God’s plan for their lives. It is a home-like environment where trained Christians, using Scripture-based solutions, help women develop long-term goals and heal from spiritual and emotional wounds. They seek to reconcile women to Jesus Christ and to develop with them a challenging life plan. We offer support through our Monday ladies Bible study group working with our Mom to Mom ministry.

      • Our church contact is Peggy Weeks.

     

  • Trinity Rescue Mission


How Your Regular Tithes and Offerings Support Missions

  • Cooperative Program

    The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries. Fruit Cove Baptist Church sends ­­­10% of all tithes and undesignated offerings received to the Cooperative Program through the Florida Baptist State Convention.

  • Florida Baptist Convention Missions

    51% of our CP giving stays in the Florida Baptist Convention. A large portion of that supports church planting, mission camps, migrant ministries, a mobile dental clinic, literacy missions, disaster relief, chaplaincy ministries, and regional church mission partnerships in Cuba, Haiti, West Virginia, Montreal and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Southern Baptist Convention Missions

    The remaining 49% of our Cooperative Program giving goes through the state convention on to the Southern Baptist Convention. Of that, roughly 25% is used to fund the North America Mission Board https://www.namb.net/ and 50% to fund the International Mission Board https://www.imb.org/. These agencies support missionaries, church plants, and other mission ministries throughout North America and around the world.

  • Jacksonville Baptist Association

     Fruit Cove Baptist Church is a part of a network of over 200 ? Southern Baptist churches in the greater Jacksonville area. JBA exists to engage the mission force with the mission field both here in Jacksonville and beyond. Fruit Cove Baptist Church sends ­­­2% of all tithes and undesignated offerings received to the JBA.


Ways to Contribute to Missions through Special Offerings

  • Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions

    Each year during the Christmas season we take up a special offering to support international. 100% of this money goes out to the mission field and helps to support over 3500 Southern Baptist Missionaries around the world. Our 2019 goal is $100,000.

  • Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

    Each year during the Easter season we take up a special offering to support Southern Baptist mission work in North America. 100% of this money goes out to the mission field.

  • One More Child Mother’s Day Offering

    In 2018, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes impacted 249,044 children and families through services provided. A significant part of their operating expenses is met by this annual offering taken up in Southern Baptist Churches in Florida. Campuses for four “homes” are located in Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, and Tampa, but services for children and families extends throughout the state through their “One More Child” ministry.

  • Maguire State Mission Offering

    Named for the late missions champion and leader of the Florida Baptist Convention, John Maguire, 100% of this offering goes to support church planting, church revitalization and church restarting in Florida.

  • Disaster Relief Offerings

    Southern Baptists are extensively involved in disaster relief in response to local, national, and global emergencies. Hundreds of thousands of meals are provided along with, cleanup, counseling, and other support. We take up this offering in response to various emergencies such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flood, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc

  • Global Hunger Relief Offering

    GHR funds are used in Gospel-centered hunger projects that share God’s love in both word and deed. Projects meet crisis hunger needs in famine or natural disasters, but also focus on long-term, sustainable solutions to end chronic hunger, such as: job skills training, livestock and seed distribution, clean water, home reconstruction, medical care, and aftercare for human trafficking victims.  

  • Baby Bottle Boomerang

    This is a fundraiser for First Coast Women’s Services. Baby bottles are made available for individuals to fill with spare change and cash to return to the church. FCWS provides “free-of-charge medical services and accurate evidence-based education on all options regarding unplanned pregnancy.”


How to Give Materially in Support of Missions

  • Thanksgiving in a Box

    Each year we accept donations of grocery gift cards, canned goods (cranberry sauces, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie filling, cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese frosting, etc.) and dry goods (instant mashed potatoes, French fried onions, pie crust, boxed stuffing, cornbread mix and carrot cake – just add water variety, etc.). Boxes are put together with love and a gospel message along with a turkey and distributed to families in our community who may otherwise do without during the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Canned Goods for Area Food Banks

    Collections are taken up at each Sunday night service which is usually held the last Sunday of the month. These are distributed to area food banks.

  • Blessing Bags

    Items are collected and distributed to the homeless in our surrounding area.

  • Fostering Hope Frozen Meals

    Our “Connecting Parents” Bible Study group regularly puts together frozen meals and provides them to families though our Fostering Hope ministry.

  • Blessings in a Backpack

    Several of our adult Sunday Scholl classes partner with this organization which plays a vital role in feeding children in need at Jullington Creek Elementary. This ministry aims to build a strong relationship and our church with the purpose of fulfilling needs that may arise. Every week BIB provides breakfast, dinner and a snack on Saturday and Sunday to fill the gap when weekday school lunches are not available to students.

  • Operation Christmas Child

    Partnering with OCC we pack and send gift boxes for children in need around the world, promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fruit Cove Baptist Church also serves as a local collection center each year for shoeboxes.

  • Local School Partnerships

  • Women’s Refuge of St. Johns County

  • Trinity Rescue Mission

  • Vacation Bible School

    Craft items are always needed for Vacation Bible School each summer. Specific lists of supplies needed are usually published in our weekly bulletin, The Vine, in advance of VBS. We also request donations of snack items for VBS.

  • Mission Jax

    Food and snacks are in high demand during this week where our middle and high school students partner with local churches and ministries to do missions activities in our community and surrounding areas.

  • Mission Trips

    In the next 12 months we already have well over a dozen mission trips scheduled. We often collect materials to bring with us to use or give away on the mission field. Specific lists of supplies needed are usually published in our weekly bulletin, The Vine, in advance of trips. Collection sites are located in various locations on campus but always in the missions display area on the second floor of the ROC building.


Pray!

Our Missions Teams

Currently…

We have 2 teams ministering in Europe and 2 student journeymen in Europe and North America.  We have 2 teams preparing for Puerto Rico in August.

For our team in Europe:

  • Saturday: Safe travel & uneventful passage thru customs, for flexibility and for our families.
  • Sunday: Elimination of cultural barriers.  Unity among our team and the local team in Romania.
  • Monday: Preparations, training and that we would be wholly devoted to Christ & ready to serve.
  • Tuesday: Pray that ears and hearts will be receptive to the gospel.
  • Wednesday: That the Holy Spirit would lead and use us to share the gospel in ways the people can understand.
  • Thursday: That the lives of our team members and those we serve would be changed by the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Friday:  That campers will connect with local Bible teaching churches when they return home.
  • Daily: That all glory for what is accomplished will be given to God and not ourselves.

For our Puerto Rico team

  • Those God calls to respond
  • Unity as the team begins to form
  • God to make a way for funding for the individuals as well as supplies needed

More resources on praying for mission teams

Missionaries Around the World

Pray for missionaries around the world partnering with the IMB: International Mission Board: imb.org/pray

Our Church Plant Partners

Pray for our church plant partners

Pray for church planters throughout North America: pray4planters.com

  • Jacksonville: The District Church

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  • Orlando: Grace Alive Church

  • Miami: Christ Centered Church

  • Metro NYC: Harvest City Baptist Church

  • Montreal: Renaissance Church

Give!

Opportunities to Give

Throughout the year we offer many opportunities to give.

  • For the Holiday Season: Lottie Moon Missions offering.  
  • items for Blessing Bags – items that can be used by the homeless
  • canned goods for area food banks collected at each Sunday night service usually held the last Sunday of the month.
  • food for events such as Vacation Bible School or Extreme Weekend
  • THANKSGIVING IN A BOX
    • Grocery store gift cards
    • Canned items: cranberry sauces, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie filling, cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese frosting
    • Dry goods: instant mashed potatoes, French fried onions, pie crust, boxed stuffing, cornbread mix and carrot cake -just add water variety
  • MISSION TRIPS:
    • Currently we are collecting for Guatemala:
      • Crayons, bubbles, jump ropes, Nerf footballs, soccer balls, toothbrushes and paste, small toys, chalk, paper, large storage bags, twin sheets, towels, Bandaids, Tylenol, Tums, Pepto,
      • Clothes for boys & girls: jeans: 3t-12, small & medium t-shirts, underwear
      • Large suitcases
    • Monetary gifts are always needed and welcomed and will be held to help future trips.

As opportunities come up they are listed in The Vine, our weekly newsletter.  Download The Vine off the media menu.

Online Giving

Online giving through direct draft from your checking or savings account or using your credit card is now available. Click here to enter our secure, online giving service. 

You can also give using your bank’s online bill pay solution. Most banks provide this service free to you and there are no fees to Fruit Cove to process you gift. If this solution works for you, please continue to use that service.

Developing a Lifestyle of Generosity

The world seems to constantly say to us that the key to life is holding tightly to all you can get. But scripture says we can live generous, open-handed lives. So, how do you live with an attitude of open-handed living in a tight-fisted world?

Would you be willing to take 30-days to discover the keys to developing that lifestyle? Download a free 30-day devotional app for your Apple or Android device and take the challenge!

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