Twenty “old girls” got together Oct. 2 at Lakewood Manor, a Virginia Baptist retirement community, to honor a beloved teacher and principal, Marie “Polly” Van Lear, on her 87th birthday. “Old girls” is a term used by alumnae of the Baptist Girls High School in Agbor, Nigeria, where Van Lear taught and served as principal.

Published in 2011 Archives

Six months ago yellow caution tape and small red signs reading “Condemned” and “Dangerous and unsafe” were affixed to the doors of Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville, Va. Today the church is recovering, one step at a time, from the devastating tornado that destroyed its sanctuary and forced them to the beach for worship services.

Published in 2011 Archives
Saturday, 21 May 2011 00:00

Roundup of Baptists in the Mid-Atlantic

Staff moves, church news and more

Published in 2011 Archives
RICHMOND, Va. -- Each year through the Annual Church Profile, Virginia Baptist churches provide statistical data on their congregations. But only 80 percent of churches affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia completed the 2010 ACP survey, a worrying trend for BGAV strategists. Without high participation, they say, a full evaluation of Baptist life in the state is impossible.
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. -- For the past three years churches in southern Brunswick County, Va., have gathered during Holy Week and collectively received an offering to support a needy cause.

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Sunday, 11 September 2011 00:00

HeraldBeat

Staff moves, church news and more

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In response to needs of inmates in the 1940s some Virginia churches began filling stockings with toiletries and hygienic items and the Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia secured permission from wardens to give them to inmates at Christmas. For some it was the only Christmas gift they received. But as time passed it became more difficult to get needed approvals due to security regulations.

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Children from the African Christian Community Church in Richmond, Va., just completed a week of Vacation Bible School at Second Baptist Church in Richmond, one of many summer activities the congregation of African immigrants provided through a partnership with the churches in the Richmond Baptist Association.
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Many people recall with fondness preparing for a new school year: a haircut, new clothes and shoes -- and of course, school supplies. As schools geared up for fall Virginia Baptist churches were involved in a variety of ministries for children, educators and their communities.

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Thursday, 23 April 2009 00:00

Virginia Baptist educator receives award

The Baptist Association of Christian Educators recently awarded its Educator of the Year award to Lucy Dorr, long-time Virginia Baptist educator.
Published in 2009 Archives
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