AGAPE (Mental Health Ministry)
Second Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The AGAPE ministry offers counseling, life and executive coaching services and educational seminars for members in need of support during life challenges and changes. ASBC members can receive up to three complimentary sessions from AGAPE clinicians and may also be referred to local professionals for longer term services. AGAPE partners with other ASBC ministries to customize programs/services that address unique needs of their members. In order to be a member of AGAPE, you have to have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in a mental health related field such as social work, psychology, counseling, or working towards a graduate degree in said fields. In order to work as an Executive or Life Coach, you have to have successfully completed formal training as a Life/Executive Coach.
Cancer Care & Awareness
The Cancer Care & Awareness Program seeks to educate and instill hope in the lives of the members of the Alfred Street Baptist Church who have been touched by cancer, by providing information, empowerment and peer support. Our goal is to serve as an advocate for our congregation during any stage of the cancer lifecycle, from preventative measures, diagnosis information, treatment, and/or remission stages. Our members are cancer survivors, caregivers, and family and friends of persons affected by cancer. CC&A is based on three pillars: Early Diagnosis Information Sessions, Education.
DivorceCare and DivorceCare 4Kids
DivorceCare is a ministry for adults who journey together through one of life’s most difficult experiences – the breakup of a marriage. It is a divorce recovery support group that provides a safe and sacred environment for those hurting from separation and divorce to find hope and healing. Running concurrently is DivorceCare 4Kids, which is a special group that helps children deal with the pain caused by the separation and/or divorce of their parents. DC4K provides children with a safe and nurturing space to recognize and learn to share their feelings. Confidentiality is an important and respected part of the DivorceCare Ministry and DivorceCare 4Kids. Participants sign and honor a covenant agreement to ensure that when we gather we are doing so in safe and sacred space.
The Financial Peace Ministry presents Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). Financial Peace University teaches God’s ways of handling money through video instruction, class discussions and interactive small group activities. FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. FPU is not a traditional “money class”; there are valuable information and resources to assist you no matter where you are in your financial journey. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, spend and save wisely, manage your money, and so much more! Lessons discussed: Saving, Relating with Money, Cash Flow Planning, Dumping Debt, Buyer Beware, The Role of Insurance, Retirement and College Planning, Real Estate and Mortgages.
FPU classes meet for two hours for nine weeks. Watch for classes offered 2 – 3 times a year based on interest and demand. Other activities offered by FPU include Act Your Wage Game Night, a family friendly board game that presents valuable information in a fun way. We are also committed to find ways to introduce money strategies to the all ages.
Come join us in this opportunity to discover the hope that comes through God’s ways of handling money. Financial stewardship is a key component of your financial peace. Be a fiscally responsible steward and take a FPU class as a resource. Once you have completed FPU, consider volunteering as a class coordinator. If you are interested in learning more, contact us. Let’s go further in our stewardship together!
GriefShare is a recovery support group designed to provide Biblically based help and healing to move from mourning to joy after the death of a loved one. The ministry consists of two separate components for the purpose of providing support to both adults and children.
Health and Wellness Ministry
The Health & Wellness Ministry assists the members of Alfred Street Baptist Church in keeping each “temple” of God healthy for service to God by promoting an ongoing awareness of the importance of good health care. Its primary mission is to assist the membership and the community in the development of a healthy mind and body by increasing an awareness of preventive health measures through health education. In addition, the ministry provides targeted screening and other preventive measures (e.g., educational awareness and preventive programs, health fairs and seminars) thus, improving the overall health status of its members, their families and the community at large. Also, the ministry facilitates medical coverage for all church services and programs such as Brother’s Keeper, Awana and HBCU to name a few.
CURRENT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES:
• Blood Pressure Screenings: Scheduled Sessions
• CPR & AED Training (TBA)
• Health Fair & Blood Drive: Scheduled Session
• Medicare 101 Seminar: Scheduled Session
• Medical Appreciation Service Day (TBA)
• Provide educational information – Ongoing
• Provide support to the Senior, Women, Men & Young Adults Ministries (Scheduled Sessions: Guest speakers & Medical Assistance)
Meetings on one Saturday per month
This ministry provides HIV and AIDS education and support, and imparts prevention methods to ASBC members and the community. People whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS will find loving support through participation in local, national and worldwide initiatives, counseling and testing, collaboration with local health departments, training opportunities, conferences, ministry publications, video and guest speaker presentations, meetings and engagement in prayer. Please see the ASBC E-Blast for meeting times and locations.
Support Discussion in Room 323/324)
Getting Real – Recovery on the Southside – The Recovery Ministry offers a safe, welcoming, and confidential environment where people can get honest about the issues that are interfering with their lives. We provide Christ-centered peer support groups that are similar to the 12-step model of AA, and actively work to encourage spiritual development through the practical application of Biblical principles and disciplines. Our members are pursuing recovery from a variety of issues including but not limited to: alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive eating, compulsive spending and codependency.
The Sports Ministry promotes fitness, health, and Christian Fellowship for members, friends, and our community. Our mission comes from the book of 1 John 1:7 “…. Fellowship With One Another ….”. The Sports Ministry provides an opportunity for competitive fellowship within our church membership as well as among local area churches. Sports Ministry is expanding events and activities to fit the congregation’s demand. Currently, the Sports Ministry events and activities include:
• Eric M Willis Memorial Golf Tournament (Annual Event, provides scholarships)
• ASBC Bowling League – (Monthly Event)
• ASBC Chess Club – (Bi-Monthly Event)
• Christian Walk – (Annual Event)
• Let’s Ride – (Annual Event)
• ASBC Yoga – (Scheduled Sessions)
• Baptist Cup ASBC vs. Shiloh Baptist Church – (Annual Event)
• Golf Fairway Fellowship – (Scheduled Sessions)
• ASBC Basketball Fellowship – (Scheduled Sessions)
• ASBC Co-ed Softball Team – (April – June)
• ASBC Runners – (Annual Event)