“. . . . A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God.”
This is what our ministries are all about! At Village Baptist Church, we believe every member is a minister and has a story to tell about the great things of God. Anyone can be a missionary anywhere in the world, even in your own back yard. We have many opportunities for all to make an eternal impact on the lives of those less fortunate. Share the light of Christ by getting involved in one of our outreach programs.
Angel Tree Ministry
The Village Angel Tree Ministry demonstrates the Gospel’s message of love in a tangible way. Through volunteers and member donations, we deliver Christmas presents to children and food baskets to their families in the Destin and surrounding areas that might otherwise receive very little, if any, holiday gifts and food. Our mission is to ensure that no child is unable to experience the love and joy of Christmas—the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Angel Tree collections are November and December and monetary donations are accepted year-round.
Brazilian (Ceifa) Church
Brazilian-speaking church services are held on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Due to excommunication in the early 1800s, the Muscogee Nation of Florida (Creek people), traveled south from Alabama along the Choctawhatchee River settling on the river banks of Bruce, Florida. Struggles for the tribe have followed them for over 150 years, including battles for federal recognition with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs since 1977.
By 2009, another ongoing problem had reached crisis conditions with the economic turn-down. More than 35 children in the Bruce community were not getting adequate nutrition or health care and the local poverty stricken families struggled to pay for the most minor necessities.
In January of 2010, Walton County resident, Ann Tucker, embarked on establishing a rural relief project in the Bruce community. Eager to help, local agencies and churches joined Tucker’s project and are providing services such as health care, a food pantry, construction work, and educational training. Each month, Village Baptist Church collects food and clothing donations and spends one day per month stocking the food pantry and clothes closet, working construction, and more.
English as a Second Language
From learning conversational English to fun social activities, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are designed to enhance your experience in the United States and for discovering new friends in Destin. Workbooks are $20, but the classes are free. ESL classes meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall January through May and August through December.
Russian-speaking church services are held on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in the Youth Building.
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Annie, the first corresponding secretary of the Woman’s Missionary Union, was an advocate and supporter of mission efforts throughout the world. In 1893, she wrote nearly 18,000 letters in support of missions while never hesitating to reach out and hug a child, distribute food and clothing, and spread the Word of God to those in need.
The Dominican Republic mission team provides desperately needed assistance in community projects, medical assistance, and ministering to their spiritual needs. No experience is necessary to be a part of this mission team. A willing heart is all that is needed to help others rise above their circumstances.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Lottie Moon (1840-1912) was a Southern Baptist missionary who labored tirelessly so people could know Jesus. Throughout her career, she wrote numerous letters urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. In 1888, one of those letters triggered Southern Baptist Convention’s first Christmas offering for International missions. Since then, $1.5 billion has been raised in Lottie’s name which finances 54% of the entire Southern Baptist missions budget every year.
Village Baptist Church participates every year in this offering to support International medical outreach, evangelism and discipleship training, and planting churches in the darkest corners of the globe.
Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world, works with churches to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes to children in over 130 countries and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Village Baptist Church partners with Operation Christmas Child each year, November 14-21, to help spread God’s love to the less fortunate.
5K/10K Resurrection Run
The Annual Village Resurrection Run event draws Emerald Coast communities together for a day of fun and friendly competition to benefit many of Village’s missions and ministries. Every April, hundreds of walkers and runners assemble at the Village start-line and head to the Crab Trap and back for the 5K’s, while the 10K’s continue further down the beach to Pompano Joe’s and back. Once the Village finish line has been crossed by the last of the racers, special awards are presented for Male and Female Overall, Masters, and Grand Masters winners in each age group. Thanks to our most generous sponsors, these awards and other special prizes, ranging from fun to fine, are given to our well-deserved race participants and those who just come to hang out for the fun of it.
The 12TH Annual Resurrection Run is April 11, 2015.