Local church strives to make an impact in the community

The Bridge Faith Community, better known as Ironbridge Baptist Church, is one of several churches that make a difference in our community; serving their congregation and reaching out to serve the poor and frail in many different ways. Under the leadership of its new executive pastor, Dennis Green, the Bridge’s membership is making final preparations for an IMPACT week.  

The week’s plan is to get their message out while helping single moms and the widowed.  Members of all ages will be serving these individuals who may need car repairs, home repairs, help for children who may need to go to the dentist or help for any number of issues that a single mom or a widow may need but can’t afford or have the ability to see the need through.  “IMPACT has no other meaning other than to emphasize our hope to IMPACT our community with the love of God,” said Green.   “If you need help, we want to help,” he said. “We have a lot of folks in our church, professional and shade tree, and folks who want to learn, who want to make a difference.”

If you are a single mother or widowed and need help, applications are being taken at the church’s office located at 10900 Ironbridge Rd. until April 15. You may also call 804-796-6868 or email IMPACT@ironbridge.org.  Green said hundred’s have signed up to take the week of April 21 - 28 and work through the list of applicants who may need new plumbing in their home, a new roof, solving electrical issues in their home or a much needed car repair.  “We have hundreds of people who want to help. When we ID a place and it’s real and we can help, we will identify how many man hours it will take.” Green said. “Any activity we have going on during the week - we will cancel. We all live busy lives. This gives our members an opportunity to help make it work.  It frees up some time for folks to help make a difference.”

“We believe God cares about all people and we should, too,” Green said. “In the Bible, Jesus said to his followers that when you feed and clothe the widows, the orphans and the poor, then you have fed and clothed me.  I believe, if Jesus were making that statement today, he would include single mothers in that list, too.”

“We understand there are many hurting people in our community and their need is very real.  If we can bring some hope and encouragement to them through helping meet some of their needs, we would consider it a great privilege.”

Green said there will be some geographic guidelines. They do have a budget set-up for the projects and are asking their community partners to provide them with advice when questions arise. They are also hoping to do an IMPACT event a couple of times a year - during the spring and fall.

Green has been serving the 27 and a-half-year old church as executive pastor for 10 months.  He said he brought the week of service event from his former church, Powhatan Community Baptist. He leads the 800-member congregation with Senior Pastor Mark Jordan; Paul Cochran Associate Pastor, Worship; Chris Palmer, Pastor to Students; and Brett Dietrich, Children’s Pastor. For more information about the Bridge Faith Community, visit www.ironbridge.org.

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