Mission Outreach

Seaview Baptist has a strong history of mission giving and service to our community. We are glad to be involved in caring for the world God loves through these ministries and others that continue to be placed on our hearts by God’s Spirit.
                                                              Serving Our Community
 

We have adapted somewhat to the limitations of COVID 19. We have largely resumed doctor’s appointments, and we have carefully chosen other places we can safely go. Overall however, our opportunities for contact with others are still dramatically reduced. Given these realities here are some ideas for how we at Seaview might serve our communities in love:

Contact with Nursing Home Residents. Pastor Frank has shared that Kiwanis is right now securing names of residents of Meadowview Nursing Home in Northfield. These are individuals who have indicated they are interested in receiving cards and notes from others. Kiwanis is sharing the names with our congregation. We will have an opportunity to express caring and encouragement to some of these individuals.

Who would like to become involved in this ministry? Only God knows what opportunities may arise to share God’s love, to share the good news with someone who has little or no contact from the outside world. And let us not forget those of our own body who can no longer get out at all, or who are greatly limited due to the realities of aging. Here is a wonderful opportunity to include them in this ministry.

Prayer Walking. The second idea is for those interested to pair up with another congregational member to participate in a prayer-walk ministry. Perhaps you could ask someone to join you in prayer-walking around your neighborhood. Where would God like us to be present in this way?

Let’s form groups or cohorts of four to six people to approach these ministries as a team. We can in this way encourage each other, to share experiences with each other, enjoy the experience together. This will also help us stay the course.

Caring for Teachers. There is one more way we can bless others right now. This involves the public schools where students may or may not be attending, but teachers are required to be on site. It would be a treat for these teachers if we dropped off snacks of just about any kind for the teacher’s lounges. Bake some brownies or cookies to drop off to an elementary school near you as a small means of encouragement. We can provide a card to include with them stating that the snacks are a gift from Seaview Baptist Church.

If you are interested in serving God in any of these ways please let either Marguerite Heaton Colella or Karen Flexer know so we can form teams.

Coats
John and Debbie Coats serve in Cambodia. Debbie is a nurse practitioner and John assists local church leaders in training Christian values to parents and children. Working with Eastern Mennonite Mission, they have a home base in Phnom Phen as well as a very modest outpost in the country where most of their work is centered. One of the major problems they face in seeking to minister in the name of Jesus is the brokenness of trust in the nation due to years of untrustworthy government.
Randy & Sandy
Randy and Sandy Moyer are missionaries involved in church planting in Saint Etienne, France with CrossWorld. They have a heart for growing disciples and have been able to raise up several leaders in the small and deepening congregation. Both Randy and Sandy have significant health issues yet are constantly dependent on God’s power to keep them well enough to care for the church and growing leaders.
BorquistsAnn and Bruce Borquist have served in Brazil since 2004. Recently they coordinated two national departments for the National Baptist Convention of Brazil and its 2,800 churches: the Integral Mission Network and the office of Leadership and Ministry Development. Through these two departments, they provided training, conferences, consultancy, information resources and networking that strengthen the ministries and leadership of state conventions; the auxiliary associations for women, men and youth; and local churches. They are currently on home assignment. When they return to the field it will be to a base in New Zealand where they will be on special assignment to assist our Asian ministries. 
The Atlantic City Rescue Mission feeds and shelters the homeless and less fortunate. In the name of Jesus, they support families through crises and help to get them back on their feet.
The American Baptist Churches USA offer resources to local churches to carry out these ministries as well as enable ministries beyond the reach of any one local church nationally and internationally.
Jean Webster’s Kitchen, located in the building that formerly housed St. Monica’s Church, feeds 300-400 hungry, homeless people daily. In addition to financial support, we make 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each month for distribution on the weekends.
The Kodiak Baptist Mission in Alaska offers many much needed programs like daycare, a youth club, a coffee house, a family fitness center, respite care, and parenting classes. A mission work team from Seaview Baptist went to theMission in August of 2005.
Eastern University is a Christian university of the arts and sciences dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students for productive lives of Christian faith and service.
Palmer Theological Seminary‘s motto is “The Whole Gospel for the Whole World”. Situated on the campus of Eastern University, the seminary provides training for leaders who will do transformative work as pastors, missionaries and other servants of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Bacone College is a four-year liberal arts college inMuskogee, Oklahoma, affiliated with the American BaptistChurch, embracing a historic educational mission to American Indians. We sent a 15-member mission work team to the college in the summer of 2003.
Riverview Estates, the Baptist Home of South Jersey, provides housing and services to senior citizens in order to maintain, restore and promote good health and well being in an atmosphere of caring and Christian concern.
Linwood Nursery School meets five days a week during the school year in the education wing of the church building.
Seaview Baptist hosts weekly meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-anon.
Travis Skinner
serves with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the campus of Montclair State University. He meets with students and encourages them as leaders on campus.
Baptist Camp Lebanon has summer camp for youth in grades 1 through 12. The rest of the year it is available for weekend retreats.
Green Lake Conference Center is a year-round Christian conference center set on the deepest lake in Wisconsin. They offer refreshment and renewal through training, worship, fellowship and recreation.
The Office of the General Secretary provides servant leadership through vision, resources, training, administration and counsel for the whole denomination. The Rev. C. Jeff Woods serves as the interim General Secretary.
American Baptist Women’s Ministries are involved in mission support like making treat bags for shut-ins, rolling bandages for White Cross, and sending Love Gifts for urgent special needs for missionaries.
At Christmas time, volunteers from Seaview purchase Angel Gifts for parents who can’t afford them for their children. Each gift presents an opportunity to share the love and hope of Christ with each family.
seeks to reach New Jersey for Christ by being Christ-centered, mission focused and pastoral in spirit. Our goal is to help our churches, pastors, and regional ministries be faithful in service and healthy expressions of Christ’s presence in our world.
The World Mission Offering supports the work of 2,500 short- and long-term missionaries doing work with local partners in 76 countries around the world.
The America For Christ Offering supports ministries that transform lives, churches and communities in the U.S. — bringing hope to children in poverty and sharing the gospel through evangelism, discipleship, congregational transformation and prophetic justice.
One Great Hour of Sharing helps rebuild communities ravaged by natural disasters, creates sustainable sources of income for rural villages, provides micro-credit to women to start poverty-escaping businesses, teaches trades and job skills, offers children a chance to survive past the age of 5 and go to school, and much more.
Through the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering, American Baptist congregations say thank you in a tangible way to retired ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses. The offering provides them with emergency and other financial assistance and “Thank You” checks.
The Grace Place Ecumenical Food Pantry, located at Grace LutheranChurch in Somers Point, provides food to families in need in our local area. The Pantry has provided over 500,000 meals in addition to distributing food baskets during the holidays. We collect canned goods and non-perishables for the Food Pantry.