Community Impact & Global Connection
What We Offer
This ministry area is the place we exercise our faith in missions. The missional church is the people of God, partnering with God in redeeming work in the world. Together we seek ways to impact our local community and make a difference by meeting needs we encounter. Known as a missions-minded church, Ardmore Baptist Church is actively involved in a variety of ways as salt and light in this region. Every member is urged to find a place of involvement beyond the walls of this church to the end of touching others with Christ’s love.
Ardmore Baptist Church encourages members to find their passion for service by providing numerous opportunities to care for those around us, as well as those within our congregation. Our multiple local ministry partners open a variety of avenues for individuals to plug in and serve in and around our community, to help make a difference in the lives of people across our city. We invest in the future of our community through partnerships with schools such as Ashley Elementary and the Winston-Salem Street School.
We open the doors of our J. L. Wilson Guest House, to provide temporary housing for out-of-town families with loved ones in the hospital. A number of service projects are regularly undertaken by Sunday Bible Study classes, Women's Mission Groups, Handicrafters, and youth and children's groups. These activities, along with additional churchwide events, such as H2H, Operation Inasmuch, and Bright Christmas, allow members of all ages to be a part of a mobilized congregation which has a broad impact through sharing the love of Jesus across Forsyth County.
Ardmore's emphasis on missions/ministry also goes well beyond our local sphere of influence. Our people are quick to serve in times of need across our state and country in places affected by natural disasters or weighed down by the burden of poverty. Disaster recovery teams have repaired homes in places such as Clyde, NC; Gulfport, MS; and New Orleans, LA.
Baptist Men meets the third Thursday of each monthis open to all men interested in growing further in your personal commitment, your relationship with other men in the church, and in outreach to our community. We meet once a month for fellowship and discussion at local restaurants and offer mission opportunities for men on the local, state, and national levels.
Ardmore Baptist sponsors Troop 718. They meet each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the church's multipurpose space. Scouting promises you the great outdoors. As a Scout, you can learn how to camp and hike without leaving a trace and how to take care of the land. You’ll study wildlife up close and learn about nature all around you. There are plenty of skills for you to master, and you can teach others what you have learned. There are more than 150 awards you can earn as a Boy Scout. Whether it’s a rank advancement, merit badge, or one of the many other individual awards, there is plenty for you to set your sights on. (Grades 6-12, Ages 11-17)
Troop 718 hosts an annual Boy Scout BBQ the first Saturday in October. You don't want to miss it!
Bright Christmas is our annual churchwide Christmas project - great for singles/families/classes/mission groups.
Each year we gather a list of 40 or more families in Winston-Salem who are in need and will receive food boxes.
A list of needed food items is printed, and each Sunday Bible Study class is asked to bring a specific item. Persons who are not enrolled in Sunday Bible Study, but want to take part, may choose any item on the list. The church provides a 3 lb. ham and 5 lbs. of flour for each family.
Food items are brought to Fellowship Hall A on the specified Sunday morning in December, and volunteers assemble the boxes during the Sunday Bible Study hour. Then, members help with the deliveries that afternoon. Each person/group is given a box, a name and phone number, and a city map with directions.
Many members have made this a part of their Christmas tradition. We hope you will join us this year.
Community Blood Drives
Did you know that:
- Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.
- About 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, but only eight percent of those eligible actually donate.
- The Carolinas Blood Services Region must collect at least 1,600 units of blood products each weekday to meet the needs of patients in approximately 103 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the region.
For many years, Ardmore has partnered with the Red Cross of Northwest North Carolina by hosting blood drives to help meet the needs of these patients. At present, we hold four drives each year (February, May, August, and November), collecting roughly 40 units of blood per drive. Be on the lookout for upcoming drive dates and help us give the gift of life.
The Ardmore Baptist Church Handicrafters meet in Fellowship Hall B, the first Thursday of each month.
Handicrafters 1 meets 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Handicrafters 2 meets 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
In 2002, one of our members had a dream about the ladies of Ardmore starting a new mission work in our community. In October of that year a group of ladies met to use their talents for sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. to help those in need. We have expanded to 2 groups, plus a youth group.
Their mission was and is two-fold:
- to provide loving care for people of all ages by sharing their time and talents through handicraft;
- to minister to people with special needs, either individually or through organizations, by the giving of our time and talents to provide tangible expressions of our love and concern for them.
After completing our first project - making aprons/bibs for the Senior Services Adult Daycare Center), we began to discover other groups that needed help.
The ministry has grown and now provides items to over 26 agencies. Through donations of fabrics, supplies, and finances from Ardmore Baptist Church members and businesses - over 15,000 items have been made and delivered across the community, state, and nation.
Recipient agencies include: Newborns in Need, Foster Children's Agencies, Children's Developmental Services Agency (Amos Cottage), hospitals and medical centers of Lexington, High Point, Winston Salem, Thomasville, Wilmington, Tarboro, and Asheboro; Cancer Services, Hospice & Pallative Carecenter, Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, Brenner Children's Hospital, W-S Health Care Centers (including nursing and assisted living facilities and The Shepherds Center).
- For adults - aprons/bibs, fidget aprons for dementia patients, lap robes, neck pillows, knee pillows, walker and wheelchair caddies, and comfort/rainbow dolls.
Children: blankets, pillows w/pillow cas
- For infants - blankets, bibs, burpies, diaper bags, and washcloths.
- For children - blankets, pillows w/pillow cases, tote bags and comfort/rainbow dolls.
Several other churches have heard the good news of this ministry and have begun similar programs in their own churches. Anyone wanting to give of their time is invited to join this ministry. There is always something for everyone to do.
“Where there is no vision, the people will perish” - Proverbs 29:18. The good news of the gospel is shaping the identity of missions at Ardmore. Part of the vision God has given us is to respond to community-wide needs of feeding hungry children in the name of Jesus and cooperating with other agencies and churches to build a dynamic relationship with the greater Winston-Salem area (Second Harvest Food Bank, PMBA, CBFNC, Ardmore Methodist, Revo, and Love Out Loud). As part of our partnership with Ashley Elementary School, we currently deliver 125 backpacks each week, and have members involved in Weekday Tutoring, Saturday Academy, and Summer Fun Book Club.
This ministry embraces a holistic approach to community development. We are partnering with the leaders in the Ashley area to empower and strengthen existing assets and collaborative initiatives. New partnership ministries include community gardening, raising hunger awareness and sustainable responses, community leadership training, and developing working relationships with churches and entities to meet physical and spiritual needs around us.
The name “From Hunger 2 Health” depicts our mission to reach people for Christ through life-changing relationships by first meeting their physical needs. We covenant to be a Gospel-centered ministry in responding to God’s call to go out and love our neighbors.
Our four main areas of ministry are:
- Backpack Coordinators
- Ashley School Relations
- Community Relations
- Prayer Team
Interested in being a part? Contact Chester (918-0488), Rob or one of our H2H Team members to find out where you can plug in to this amazing opportunity.
J. L. Wilson Guest House
The J. L. Wilson Guest House (501 Irving St.) provides a place of residence for families of patients receiving treatment at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Forsyth Medical Center.
Referrals are made through the Department of Chaplaincy at each hospital.
Our mission is “Hands Touching Hands and Hearts.” We soak, clean, clip, file and polish. We meet the 1st Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Winston-Salem Nursing & Rehab Center.
Our Missionary House provides a “home away from home” for missionaries during Stateside Assignment and/or medical leave. Reservations are made through the church office. Click here for reservation assistance.
Due to security concerns of sending agencies, we no longer publish missionaries' photos, names, or areas of assignment.
- Women On Mission Groups
Dottie Williamson: Pat Livengood 499-6488
Focus: Bible study, prayer and mission action
Meetings: Monthly/1st Thursday, 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes
Homestead Hills: Bea McRae 768-8717
Focus: Bible study and mission action
Meetings: Monthly/3rd Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. in the Mimosa Room
Jean Phillips: Patty Stockner 971-3078
Focus: Bible study and mission action
Meetings: Monthly/1st Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes
Lena Early Round Table: Jean Matthews 768-7328
Focus: Inspirational book discussion, mission action projects
Meetings: Monthly/3rd Monday, 10:00 a.m. in room F104.
New Vision: Martha Taylor 283-9706
Focus: Bible study and missions emphasis
Meetings: Monthly/2nd Sunday, 4:00 p.m. in the Ardmore Room.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Jacque Spaugh 978-0347
Focus: Prayer, encouragement, knitting/crocheting, and giving of shawls
Meetings: Bimonthly/10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall A
Prayer Walkers: Bea McRae 768-8717
Focus: Prayer and exercise
Meetings: Bi-monthly/2nd & 4th Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. at Hanes Mall Food Court
Sisters of Faith: Beth Steen 403-6377; Susan Jordan 707-7842
Focus: Mission action and support
Meetings: Monthly/2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor.
Tuesday Round Table: Peggy Isley 996-6611; Mary Fachtmann 659-6365
Focus: Prayer, missions, & book discussion
Meetings: Monthly/3rd Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. in the Ardmore Room.
Women Connecting With Missions: Karen 770-6947
Focus: Mission action and contemporary missions
Meetings: Monthly/1st Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at home of Susan David
World Hope: Elizabeth Gordon 919-257-3801
Focus: Book study and mission action
Meetings: Monthly/1st Sunday, 4:00 p.m. in the Ardmore Room.
What is Operation Inasmuch?
- A day devoted to helping people at their points of need
- Reaching out to others with Christian love and understanding
- Fostering interracial harmony through working together
- A surge in spiritual growth
- Acknowledging that service is for a lifetime, just as worship and stewardship are for a lifetime
- A community blitz by Christians on mission
- Acknowledging the mission field in one’s own back yard
- Accepting the Great Commission
- Strengthening the Great Commission
- Discovering how one’s spiritual gifts can be used in mission work
Why did we decide to get involved in Operation Inasmuch?
In 1998 the Ardmore Baptist Mission Council voted to pursue the needs of Latham Elementary, a Forsyth County School. That spring we began what is now an ongoing relationship. The Mission Council decided that we could help others in our community also, and after weeks of prayer, promotion, and sign-up sheets, we launched our first Operation Inasmuch.
How can you get involved?
You will find sign up sheets in the lobby. Each Adult Sunday Bible Study Community will have a list of all the projects available to you this year, and a list of items to be donated. The OIAM Steering Committee works hard to develop projects that will appeal to men, women, and families. We hope that everyone will find some way to get involved. You will also find ways you can help even if you can’t be there on that day - the greatest of these is to be a prayer warrior - for the workers and the recipients of our efforts. Another way to participate is to collect some of the items needed by local groups. You will find that your involvement will not only bless those who have been helped, but you and our church will receive blessings many times over!
When is the next Operation Inasmuch?
Date to be decided.
What will that day be like?
Typically, we will meet at the church for breakfast and prayer at 8:00 a.m.
Projects begin at 9:00 a.m. - most are over by noon.
Our Adopted People: The Berbers
In May, 2000, Ardmore Baptist Church made a covenant to adopt an Unreached People Group known as the Berbers. The Berbers are almost 100% Muslim and most of them live in Morocco, North Africa. They are not free to choose a religion. We have field reps serving among them, but for their own safety, they cannot be identified and we have only limited contact with them. Some of our church members have visited these workers in Morocco and worked on projects there. Some of the workers have come to our church to meet us and to share with us their passion for spreading the Good News to the Berbers. Several of our church groups have sent money and supplies to help the Berber people. The workers are very grateful for these gifts, but say that prayer has made the largest impact on their ministry.
We have chosen a camel to be a visual reminder to pray for the Berbers. Whenever you see a camel, please say a prayer for the salvation of the Berber people. To learn more, watch this Video.
What you can do:
Give – Through our gifts, we can support several projects, including:
- "Mobility for All" - Help with the renovation and rehabilitation of the children (more information below).
- The orphanage project (more information below).
- The "sheep project" - Started by our personnel. Money is given to a group of women who buy a sheep. One lady will own the sheep and when there are offspring, they are given to other women. The process continues for even more women. These sheep provide livelihoods for many families. This is an ongoing project. Several groups and individuals have already contributed to it.
Go – Join hands on the field with our representatives.
- The orphanage project will continue, so there is still an opportunity for you to go and assist with this “Christian” project in a land where there are 1200 - 1500 “known” Christians.
- "Mobility for All" is a project that our field representatives are currently assisting with. Volunteers are needed to GO and share their time helping in the renovation of a used school building. This is a way we can help our friends share God's love with Berbers where they live. Helping physically handicapped children with therapy, schooling, and obtaining equipment that is needed for their disabilities are the goals of this project.
- Small cloth bags were made by several women in our church and taken to our field personnel who filled them with toiletries for more than 100 women and girls at a women's detention center. This is another way we can share God's love with "hands on" projects in another land.
Pray – Our hope is that this people group will come to know the One who is the bread of life, the living water, and
the good shepherd. To receive e-mail updates and prayer requests as they come in, contact Mavis Bissette (765-1854).
Peters Creek Community Initiative
The Peters Creek Community initiative (PCCI) is a collaborative of churches, neighborhood associations, businesses and officials that have joined for the purpose of revitalizing the Peters Creek Community through economic and community development to benefit residents, businesses, and visitors. The initiative is led by a Community Advisory Board, who report to The Shalom Project Board of Directors. At present, the Advisory Board is hard at work developing relationships with businesses and residents along the Peters Creek corridor, collaborating with city and state officials to improve traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety, coordinating beautification efforts along the parkway, and seeking additional ways to further revitalize the area on and around the parkway. If you would like to receive regular updates from PCCI, or become involved in its community development initiatives, please contact PCCI (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also connect through PCCI’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/peterscreekparkway).
Prayer Shawl Team
Ardmore Baptist Church is a praying church. We deem it a privilege to pray for those in need and scripture instructs us to do so. Linda Cline heard about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and she knew it was a project the Handicraft Ministry would embrace. When she presented it to the group of volunteers, it was enthusiastically received as a wonderful way to offer tangible evidence of our love and concern for those going through difficult and trying times.
The project began small but quickly grew to include other venues of ministry within our church. Soon it became a tool for outreach to the community beyond Ardmore. Linda recognized the opportunity to touch the lives of many who were not a part of our membership, but who were suffering because of illness, broken relationships, job loss, or the loss of a loved one. She believed it was time for the Prayer Shawl Ministry to expand to meet the growing needs and enlisted my help. I love to knit and had knitted many prayer shawls, so it was a good fit. After some encouragement and much soul-searching, I agreed to coordinate the Prayer Shawl Ministry as a spin-off ministry of the Handicrafters.
Knitting and crocheting these shawls is just one part of the ministry. The real service and blessing comes from the love, prayers, and compassion expressed each time a shawl is made and delivered. The adage "If you want to be blessed, be a blessing to someone" has taken on real meaning for those of us involved in this ministry.
Somehow the mystery of God's presence is united with the work of our hands through the prayers and yarns that are woven into the shawls. Our hands become God's tool for showing His love to those who are hurting and in need of comfort and hope. We invite you to join this team of volunteers because we know you, too, will be blessed.
- Inez White
Samaritan Inn Week
Each January, 42 Ardmore volunteers give up a night in the comfort of their own homes to serve the Winston-Salem homeless community by spending a night in Christian service at the Samaritan Inn Homeless Shelter. A team of 6 overnight volunteers is required each night to serve dinner to the guests, clean the kitchen and dining area, take shifts monitoring the front desk, and serve breakfast and clean up again the following morning. Following dinner, there is also a chance to fellowship with the guests and share in a time of devotion before bed. This is a great team building exercise while following Jesus’ commands to feed the hungry and welcome the stranger. Would you like to be a part of next year’s team? It’s never too early to pick your night to volunteer or begin recruiting friends or family to join you in offering a night of Christian hospitality to our homeless neighbors.