Mission JC

MISSIONJC

Mission JC: In the City, For the City is a morning of worship through service in our community on the last Sunday of April.  Over six churches participate in this ecumenical event of giving back to our community.

Please visit the Mission JC website (missionjc.org) for more information and registration.  Below is the history of how Mission JC began at First Baptist Church.

THANK YOU for all that participated in the 2018 Mission JC. We had about 650 participants from 10 churches engaged in 60 projects! Look for pictures under the social media hashtag #MissionJC2018.
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THE STORY OF MISSION JC

First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, has long realized that part of true church ministry takes place outside the four walls of the church, and not just within it. From 2009 – 2011, our first attempt at a large-scale effort to minister throughout the community was called Sharefest, taking place on a Saturday each year.

In 2012, our church took that desire a step further in asking ourselves the question, “How can we give ourselves away?”  as we sought to embrace the truth that the church is a sent people – sent by God to move into the neighborhood and be the presence of Jesus.   A task force was created to develop and implement ways that we could move the church forward in our understanding that we are not here for us but to be salt and light in our world.

One of the things that is sacred to us and that we often view as primarily for us is Sunday mornings. What if we challenged that idea by cancelling our worship services and worship through service instead?

Sunday, April 28, 2013 was our first Mission JC.  We had nearly 300 participants and 24 projects – all from First Baptist Church, Jefferson City.  Mission JC was a huge success.  We purchased red t-shirts for everyone to wear and it made a huge visual impact throughout the community. The volunteers met at the First Baptist Activities Building at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and a time of commissioning before going out to serve through various projects.

After the event, we created a website (www.missionjc.org) and used it to promote Mission JC for 2014.

In 2014, we held our second Mission JC on Sunday, April 27.  We had nearly 450 participants from three churches and 42 projects.  First Presbyterian and Familia Cristiana Internacional joined us. Again, Mission JC was a blessing and we received nothing but positive comments, feedback and ideas for improving it for 2015.

In 2015, we held our third Mission JC on Sunday, April 26.  We had over 450 participants of all ages from at least five churches. (First Baptist, Familia Cristiana, First Presbyterian, First Methodist and Central United Church of Christ).  We met at the Capitol for the first time in order to accommodate the growing number of participants and to truly embrace that this was a community event led by several churches.  We celebrated Sunday night with a worship service and meal at First Presbyterian Church as we shared stories from the day.

In 2016 and 2017, we had over 600 participants from eight churches (First Baptist, Familia Cristiana, First Presbyterian, First Methodist, Central United Church of Christ, Community Christian, Southridge Baptist and Memorial Baptist). We moved our opening kick-off service to the center court of the Capital Mall.

God continues to bless this endeavor and the ecumenical spirit of Mission JC.  We can do so much more together than we can on our own.