Avondale Baptist Church

((First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale)
1001 N. Central Avenue  /  Avondale, AZ  85323  /  623-932-2723
Love God.  Love People.  Follow Jesus.


We take seriously the Biblical command to love people, and we don't just love with words.  We put our love into action in dozens of ways.  We house the homeless, feed the hungry, help young mothers, give gifts to children, take care of the sick, cry with the grieving, and build homes overseas.  We care for children, teens, and adults.  We sing, play basketball, work on our buildings, go to the hospitals, greet guests, and we teach a variety of classes.  We offer events, ministries, and a variety of helps to all kinds of people.


And all of our ministries are staffed extensively by volunteer workers in our church who use their gifts, their time, their talents, and their love for God and for people.


We encourage you to find a ministry or two--you can't do all of them--and get involved.  Each ministry in the next column has a contact person who would be glad to give you more information about how to get involved in that ministry.


Have an idea for a new ministry?  Contact Pastor Jack.  (We'll give you a warning, though.  His typical response is "That sounds like a great ministry!  Will you lead that for us?") 



UNFORTUNATELY, many of our ministries have had to shut down during Coronavirus.  We look forward to opening again soon!

Basketball:  About 150 children and teens participate in our basketball ministry in two leagues per year.  We need coaches, assistant coaches, snack bar workers, referees, timekeepers, laundry personnel, and others.  We are unsure when our next season will begin.  Contact Amy.

Bible Adventure Week:  Also known as Vacation Bible School, this is a week of creative Bible teaching, music, games, mission stories, and recreation, with classes and rallies in the evening.  We are unsure when--or if--we will ahve a 2020 Vacaion Bible Sshool.   Contact Amy.

Brown Bag Ministry:  This ministry gives out a brown bag lunch to anyone who is hungry.  The team accepts donations, purchases food, and puts bags together. They give out about 500 lunches per month.  WE ARE currently giving out Brown Bag Lunches during office hours, M-Th from 8:00 to 4:00 pm.   Contact Naomi.

Choir: We are happy to add singers, accompanists, technical helpers, and others to our music ministry!  Contact Mary Kaye or come to our choir practice on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm!  We hope to meet again soon.

Dominica Mission:  We have partnered with Deliverance Baptist Church on the Island of Dominica.  We sent supplies, offer prayer, and go in person to build homes, run a sports camp, and distribute clothing and shoes.  Contact Pastor Jack for more information. 

Fall Festival:   We will need a hundred volunteers for a huge block party scheduled for later this year.  If we are able to hold it, we give out free food, games, candy, and a variety of outreach ministries.  Contact Amy. 

Helping Hands Ministry:  This team meets on the last Thursday of the month for fellowship and to plan ministry to our own members--sending cards, making meals, providing rides, etc.  Contact Sharon.

Hospital Team:  This team visits members who are in the hospital.  We need additional members to visit and pray with members and others needing visits.  Contact Pastor Jack.

IHELP Homeless Ministry:  We operate as a homeless shelter one night per week, working with the Southwest Valley IHELP Team.  Volunteers monitor the program and guests and provide meals.  Contact Ross Clemens

Kids Ministries:  Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening classes need teachers, helpers, musicians, and other workers!  We also have camps, parties, and other activities needing workers. Contact Amy.

Maintenance Ministry:  This team takes care of our building and grounds and does yardwork, painting, repairs, and other work to keep our facilities in top condition.  Contact Tom Keyes or Butch Smith.

Menís Ministries:  Our men's ministry organizes and leades ministries aimed at meeting the needs of men Contact Pastor Jack.

Mission of Mercy:  This free medical mission offers appointments on Mondays.  We need doctors, nurses, translators, and receptionists.  Contact Tom.

Mom 2 Mom:  This ministry helps mothers and provides a LifeGroup for them to learn from each other and get support from other moms.  Contact Rebecca.

New Song: Our NewSong Center for Grieving Children helps children who have lost a parent or sibling. Groups meet on Tuesday evenings. Contact Naomi

Parenting Resource Center:  Our New Life Pregnancy Center is open on Mondays and offers diapers, supplies, clothing, Bible Studies, and parenting classes.  Stop in Monday between 9:00 and 11:00 am.  Contact Debbie

Project Connect: We host a one day outreach each year.  We provided meals and help in conjunction with the United Way.  We will resume this next year.   Contact Naomi.

Security Team:  This team makes sure that our people are safe during our worship and class times.  Contact Jerold Darden.

Senior Visitation Team:  This team visits, prays with, and brings church information to our homebound members.  Contact team leaders Butch and Jodi Bettag!

SNAP (Special Needs Adults Plugged-in):  Making a difference in the lives of those with special needs. Students study the bible and participate in activities in and out of church. We meet at 9:45am for Sunday School in the lower level (LL3).  

Welcome Team:  Our Welcome Team greets guests and members to our church, answers their questions, shows them around, and helps them gain a great first impression of our church.  Contact Phil.

Women's Luncheon/Ministries:  Our Women's Ministry includes weekly Bible Study, an annual luncheon, and many other fellowships and activities throughout the year.    If you want to help organize and do the work needed, contact Mary Kaye.

Mentoring Ministry:  Mentoring relationships that culminate in spiritual growth.  If you would like to be a mentor or want someone to mentor you, please contact Debbie Daniels.

Youth Ministries:  Classes, camps, trips, ministry opportunities, events . . . if you enjoy working with teens, we can use your help.  Contact Holly.