Ministries

 
ChariTree - During Advent, members may contribute financially to a variety of BCOC’s ministries.  Gift cards are given so that donations may be received as Christmas gifts.
 
Contact: - Rebecca & Randall Richardson 
  
Cuba Partnership - BCOC has established a sister relationship with the Shalom Baptist Church of Boca de Mariel, Cuba.  Our covenant with them includes praying for them, communicating with them, visiting them, helping them to visit us, and occasionally helping them in more tangible ways.
 
Contact: Lynda Grooms - 945-1089
Dee Dah Day - A day of service opportunity in the community for all members of our congregation. Each spring one Sunday is designated as Dee Dah Day. After the worship service, groups of members go to area locations to build houses, paint offices, fix and serve meals, clean and do any number of other services for local charities. We need volunteers and also coordinators.
 
Contact: Carol Dean 
Greater Birmingham Ministries - An ecumenical, interfaith organization that responds to poverty issues through direct services, systems change/economic justice and community education.  While we contribute financially, BCOC also participates in an annual canned food drive and Christmas toy drive.
 
Contact: Carol Dean and www.gbm.org.
 
Trunk or Treat - An annual neighborhood celebration on Halloween night.  Church members dress up and provide games, prizes, books and food out of their car trunks for the children in the church’s neighborhood.
 
Contact: The Minister of Christian Formation - 328-0644
 
 
 
 
 
Arts Camp at Southtown - Each Summer BCOC members plan and implement an arts camp for children from BCOC and the Southtown community. Activities include stories and drama, music and dance, and arts and crafts. Camp is held for one week, 2 hours each day at the Southtown gym. Counselors include BCOC and Southtown adults and youth.
 
Contact:  541-6570
 
 
 
Family Promise (formally - Birmingham Hospitality Network) – BCOC partners with other Birmingham area congregations to provide temporary housing for homeless families. For one week each quarter church members provide a safe, secure, and welcoming environment. Volunteers prepare and serve meals, host in the evening, or stay overnight.
 
Contact: Linda Martin - 591-8919
 
Backpack Ministry – BCOC partners with Community Food Bank to pack food for students on free lunch to take home over the weekend so that they have something to eat while out of school. Members may pack bags or deliver bags to area schools.
 
Contact: Alan Burton - 410-4771
 
Justice Issues Forum (JIF) The purpose of JIF is to provide information regarding social justice issues that require advocacy. JIF equips members with tools to advocate for changes that could bring about greater justice for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in our world. Organizations that guide our choices on what we share with the congregation are Alabama Arise www.arise.org, Alabama Poverty Project (APP) www.alabamapossible.org, Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform www.constitutionalreform.org, and Bread for the World www.bread.org. For more information, click here.
 
Predatory Payday Loans information on YouTube.
 
Contact: Sally McElroy - 481-0331 and Suzanne Martin - 821-8205
 
 
Rogers’ Benevolence Fund -  Received on the first Sunday of every month, financial gifts are used to provide vouchers for assistance requests that come to the church office daily.
 
Contact: Church Office - 328-0644
 
Leadership Southtown - Every Wednesday evening and one Thursday evening per month BCOC hosts a tutoring/mentoring program for Southtown youth that are in middle and high school. Dinner, guest speakers, field trips, and summer camps are included.
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Teem - 404-213-5660  
Story Time at Southtown  - On Tuesday afternoons throughout the school year, members of BCOC along with community volunteers meet at Southtown community center to engage elementary age children in literacy activities. They read stories, play games, and make crafts.
 
Contact: Carol Dean 
Terra Nova Academy  - Terra Nova Academy was founded in Kampala, Uganda in 2013 by BCOC member Alisha Damron-Surayange and her husband Abdul. The goal is to provide education that is financially accessible, academically excellent, and centered on Christian principles. BCOC members can provide monetary support, school supplies, or may participate in a visit when available.
 
Contact: Carol Dean 
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry – Members meet together to create shawls and/or blankets for members and non-members who are ill. They offer prayer for the sick and encouragement for each other.
 
Contact: Karen Smith - 447-2754
 
 
 Animal Care Ministry - If a BCOC member is unable to care for a beloved pet because of a temporary emergency situation, care team members will provide pet care until the member can resume care of the pet or other arrangements  can be made.
Contact: - Gail Hill - 324-3533