At Emerywood, we are committed to living out the love of Jesus in our local community and around the world. We believe that “loving our neighbor” is central to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that serving those in need is an integral part of the life of faith. We encourage each member of our congregation to be an active participate in hands-on ministry, whether that be serving with a local non-profit or traveling overseas to work with one of our mission partners around the world.
We recognize that “mission” looks different for everyone–that we are each called to use our unique gifts in the service of God’s Kingdom, so we at EBC try to offer many avenues of services, from servings meals or working in our Community Garden, to disaster relief and international missions trips. In addition, a significant percentage of our annual budget supports mission related activities, including projects in our local community as well as those supported globally by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and other mission agencies. Special offerings throughout the year enable members to contribute to causes such as disaster relief, local assistance programs and various youth missions.
Abundant Acre: Emerywood Garden
Jesus was all about food: Feeding the 5,000, turning water into wine, even comparing himself to a loaf of bread in the mystery of the Eucharist—a holy meal to be shared with all! We, as people of God, are also called to be all about food: feeding those who are hungry, sharing what we have with those in need, and breaking bread with our neighbors!
One way we do this is through Abundant Acre, the EBC Garden Project. Each summer (April-August) our congregation partners with local families from our neighborhood’s elementary school, Northwood, who want to learn to grow their own food. We use our garden as as a place where they can learn about planting, tending, harvesting, and preparing their own fresh produce. We support them in as many ways as we can, and hope that in the process, they are able to move one step closer to lives of sustainability, health, and self-sufficiency. By planting together, learning together, eating together, and harvesting together, we all grow… together!
West End Ministries
Our congregation partners with a number of non-profit organizations around the High Point community to promote sustainable community development practices. One of our community partners is West End Ministries. Many of our members volunteer at West End Ministries throughout the week, working with the Thrift Store, or helping at the Reception desk. We also host an annual Dental Van at West End for those in need of dental assistance who cannot afford the cost of care. In addition, our congregation serves a meal at West End each month. For more about West End Ministries, see their website: http://westendministries.org/.
The EBC Food Pantry provides food boxes for those in need throughout the High Point Community. Open Wednesdays from 2-4 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
The Mobile Meals Program delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors each weekday. Emerywood Baptist partners with Mobile Meals to assist with meal deliveries once a month.
In addition to the partnerships above, our congregation also supports a number of other ministries financially, and with volunteer support. These include Open Door Ministries, High Point Community Clinic, Caring Services, Inc, High Point Jail Ministry, House of Prayer, Oxford House International, NC Baptist Men Disaster Relief, NC Baptist Student Union, Young Life, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Our congregation supports a number of families who have committed their lives to sharing the love and joy of God with those around the world. One such family is the Emerts. Jeremy, Courtney, and their children, Olivia, Jude, and Lincoln, are now in Choma, Zambia, where they will work with Poetice International caring for communities affected by poverty, AIDS and modern-day slavery. Their role will be to serve as hosts to short-term American teams traveling to Zambia via Poetice International. Put the Emery family on your daily prayer list as they build relationships within their African community. You can “keep up” with the Emert family by visiting their blog site http://heyandbytheway.wordpress.com.