In response to Jesus’ admonition to love and serve others, members of Baptist Church of the Covenant commit themselves to ministry. Ministry opportunities through BCOC are varied in scope and level of involvement. Please carefully consider ministries that are suited to your personal gifts, interests, and abilities. Contact Taylor Bell for more information on how to get involved!
Rebecca Richardson and Carol Dean, Co-Chairs
Brian Berthiaume, Carol Dean, Laura Gilmour, Lynda Grooms, Linda Martin, Suzanne Martin, Bill Peeples
ANIMAL CARE TEAM MINISTRY
Alabama Arise works to make Alabama better through research and advocacy for policies to improve the lives of low-income Alabamians. BCOC participates in advocacy and provides financial support for this organization.
BCOC partners with Community Food Bank to pack food bags for students on free lunch to take home over the weekend so that they have something to eat while out of school. Members may pack bags or deliver bags to area schools.
Greater Birmingham Ministries
An ecumenical, interfaith organization that responds to poverty issues through direct services, systems change/economic justice and community education. While we contribute financially, BCOC also participates in an annual canned food drive and Christmas toy drive.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Members create shawls for members and non-members who are ill or facing trauma. Participants meet periodically. They offer prayer for shawl recipients and encouragement for each other.
As a chaplain at UAB, member Drexel Rayford encounters many families in need of support – patients with no family, families that are far away from home caring for a sick family member, etc. If you would be interested in provided support as the needs arise (sending a card, visiting, etc.), please let Dr. Rayford know to put you on his list of support team members.
On Tuesday afternoons throughout the school year, members of BCOC along with community volunteers meet at the SouthTown community center to engage elementary age children in literacy activities. They read stories, play games, and make crafts.
If a BCOC member is unable to care for a beloved pet because of a temporary emergency situation, care team members will provide pet care until the member can resume care of the pet or other arrangements can be made.
Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we advocate for a world without hunger. We provide an Offering of Letters annually and providefinancial support to this organization.
HAWLEY DHR CLOTHES CLOSET
The DHR Clothes Closet provides new or gently used clothing items for foster children. Volunteers go biweekly to sort and organize clothing items so that case workers can easily gather items to provide for foster parents.
Each Saturday, volunteers transport senior adults to the grocery store and shop for shut-ins. Volunteers are needed each week to drive and to assist.
Justice Information Forum
The purpose of JIF is to provide information regarding social justice issues that require advocacy. JIF equips members with tools to advocate for changes that could bring about greater justice for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in our world.
Rogers' Benevolence Fund
Received on the first Sunday of every month, these financial gifts are used to provide vouchers for assistance requests that come to the church office daily.
Each Wednesday night during the school year, we invite our neighbors to join with us in sharing a meal. Members may volunteer by helping organize and host our guest or by paying for extra meals.
BCOC partners with other Birmingham area congregations to provide temporary housing for homeless families. For one week each quarter church members provide a safe, secure, and welcoming environment. Volunteers prepare and serve meals, host in the evening, or stay overnight.
ANNUAL MINISTRY EVENTS
During Advent, members may contribute financially to a variety of BCOC’s ministries. Gift cards are provided so that donations may be given in honor of friends or family members as Christmas gifts
SouthTown Arts Camp
Each summer BCOC members plan and implement an arts camp for elementary age children from BCOC and from the Southtown community. Activities include stories and drama, music and dance, and arts and crafts. Camp is held for one week, 2 hours each day at the Southtown gym. Counselors include BCOC and Southtown adults and youth.
Dee Dah Day
A day of service opportunities in the community for all members of our congregation. Each spring one Sunday is designated as Dee Dah Day. After the worship service, groups of members go to area locations to build houses, paint offices, fix and serve meals, clean and do any number of other services for local charities. We need volunteers and also coordinators.
Trunk or Treat
An annual neighborhood celebration on Halloween night. Church members dress up and provide games, prizes, books, and food out of their car trunks for the children in the church’s neighborhood.