The First Baptist Church of Redlands serves its community in a variety of ways. Here's a snapshot of what we do:
Christian Counseling Service
The First Baptist Church of Redlands helped to create the Christian Counseling Service in 1978. Since that time, CCS has grown into a professionally accredited, interfaith agency serving the San Bernardino Central Valley and surrounding communities. The mission of CCS is to serve families and individuals in the Inland Empire through professional, compassionate and evidence-based mental health services which are rooted in community and faith. CCS has specialists that work with children and families as well as single adults, helping clients find methods to work with their children, reduce stress, cope with trauma, or find increased meaning in life. For more information visit their website: www.ccs-cares.org.
The First Baptist Church of Redlands facilitates a support group and series on grief recovery for those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one or those wanting to learn how to help others who have suffered a loss. GriefShare consists of thirteen videos, which are self contained, allowing participants to join at any time. The video seminar features some of the nation's foremost experts on grief recovery. Each seminar is combined with a discussion to allow group participants to talk about the content of the videos and about how to deal with issues of grief.
The group meets every Monday from 3-5 p.m. in the Lounge. For more information, please call the church office.
The Miller-Trayhern Scholarship Fund was founded in 1969 by donations from the family of the late Phyllis Miller and Dr. Ward S. Miller. The fund may be used for those pursuing an undergraduate degree or a post-graduate degree. Applicants may be in any year of their degree program this coming fall term and it is not necessary that they be associated with The First Baptist Church of Redlands or a Baptist denomination. This scholarship is intended for applicants who are typically 28 years of age or younger who have demonstrated their Christian commitment through active participation in the church of which they have been a member; demonstrated serious regard for their academic studies, and demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to applicants who have exhibited a serious regard for their studies as demonstrated in their scholastic record during the previous academic year, who have been actively involved at the First Baptist Church of Redlands and who have indicated an interest in Christian ministry or a church related vocation. Completed application and required paperwork must be submitted or postmarked by April 30. A new application is required for each year. To apply, fill out this form and submit your application to the church office. Forms can also be picked up in the church office. Please contact 909-793-3289 for more information.
College Care Packages
In an effort to remember, encourage, and continue to include our young people in the life of our church, we send care packages several times a year — when school starts, just before midterms, and again at finals. Donations of gift cards to Starbucks or Amazon, gum, tea bags, hot cocoa mix, school supplies like highlighters, pens, mechanical pencils or post-it notes, blank greeting cards or cash donations will be accepted at any time, and can be left in the church office labeled “College Care Packages.”
Family Service Day
Join us on the first Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon, to serve at a wonderful local non-profit, Redlands Family Service. Serving activities vary from organizing the homeless food pantry to sorting clothing donations.
Every first Tuesday of the month, from noon to 6:30 p.m., FBCR members have the opportunity to donate blood at the Redlands Community Hospital, requesting for the donation to be placed in the First Baptist Church of Redlands account RB28.
E.S. Foote Library
The First Baptist Church of Redlands houses the E.S. Foote Library which maintains a collection of more than 4,000 books, DVDs, and videos for all ages. Collections include children, young adults, biographies, devotional, fiction, non-fiction, and special interests. In addition, the library has an extensive theological collection. The library also has a collection of rare books that were donated by missionaries in Burma, India, Africa, and throughout the world.
Sundays from 8:45 a.m. to noon (September - June).
Students from the University of Redlands use a part of the church to tutor K-12 students from the community. Their ministry stemmed from a former program at the church called the Mustard Seed Learning Center which was founded in 1994 by Nancie A. Nelson. A public school teacher, Mrs. Nelson saw a need for after-school educational assistance that would be accessible to low-income families. Since its inception, Mustard Seed has offered academic assistance to more than 500 local children and their families. As of 2015, Mustard Seed has been discontinued and the space is now used completely by Jasper's Corner.
Take Them A Meal
FBCR is working to help those who, due to sudden events (both tragic or wonderful) are unable to prepare food for themselves. We have created an account with Take Them A Meal in order to help these individuals and families. If you are interested in helping, please follow the link provided. The password is 333. Please contact Fleury Laycook for more information.