HERALD/MID-ATLANTIC 

Herald/Mid-Atlantic is the Richmond, Va.-based component of Baptist News Global, providing news, features and opinion for and about Baptists in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia.


World’s restoration is focus of young adult gathering

Kairos event will explore the God who is “always creating and recreating,” say leaders.

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Bela Szilagyi, vice president of Hungarian Baptist Aid (left) and Baptist pastor Nyúl Zoltán provide assistance to Middle Eastern refugees in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo courtesy of Baptist Union of Hungary via BWA)
Bela Szilagyi, vice president of Hungarian Baptist Aid (left) and Baptist pastor Nyúl Zoltán provide assistance to Middle Eastern refugees in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo courtesy of Baptist Union of Hungary via BWA)

Refugee crisis spurs Baptist assistance

U.S. organizations are allocating funds to assist Europeans grappling with an influx of migrants.

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Pastor Michael Usey, with back to the camera, engages protesters at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., on Aug. 23. (Photo by Melissa Floyd-Pickard)
Pastor Michael Usey, with back to the camera, engages protesters at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., on Aug. 23. (Photo by Melissa Floyd-Pickard)

Baptist church uncertain why it was targeted by anti-gay protesters

College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., was visited by protesters during worship Aug. 23, but the LGBTQ-friendly church said it is uncertain why demonstrators chose that Sunday to hold signs and hurl insults at members and visitors.

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Michael Sciretti plays guitar for children inside the makeshift tabernacle they constructed as part of a spiritual formation camp at Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va. (Photo courtesy of Freemason Street Baptist)
Michael Sciretti plays guitar for children inside the makeshift tabernacle they constructed as part of a spiritual formation camp at Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va. (Photo courtesy of Freemason Street Baptist)

Baptist minister, children pioneer sacred arts camp concept

Children recently attended the first Tabernacle Sacred Arts Camp at Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., where they learned to build a mockup of the tabernacle while praying and reflecting on each step.  

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Accidental shooting kills N.C. Baptist pastor

Phillip Davis, founder and senior pastor of Nations Ford Community Church in Charlotte, N.C., accidentally shot himself while cleaning a handgun.

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For five years, Keith Rhodes has provided free haircuts to children and youth with limited means headed back to school. (Photo provided by Keith Rhodes)
For five years, Keith Rhodes has provided free haircuts to children and youth with limited means headed back to school. (Photo provided by Keith Rhodes)

Back to school with a free haircut, thanks to Gardner-Webb staffer

A new cut gives school children “an extra boost of confidence,” says Keith Rhodes, who aims to provide it for families with limited resources.

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For six summers, National Baptist has equipped summer interns to lead Explorer Camp as counselors. (CBF photo)
For six summers, National Baptist has equipped summer interns to lead Explorer Camp as counselors. (CBF photo)

D.C. church focuses on next generation with Explorer Camp

The ministry is one way National Baptist Memorial Church engages its economically and ethnically diverse neighborhood.

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(Creative Commons photo by Rick Techlin)
(Creative Commons photo by Rick Techlin)

Weekly communion heals, unites N.C. church and community

At First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem, N.C., a weekly Friday service offering communion is forging fellowship both among church members and different races and economic classes inside and outside the church.

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Sisters Carole (right) and Mely were part of a surge of young immigrants fleeing violence in Central America for safety in the United States. They eventually joined their mother in Virginia, where Mely’s baby, Ashley, was born. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)
Sisters Carole (right) and Mely were part of a surge of young immigrants fleeing violence in Central America for safety in the United States. They eventually joined their mother in Virginia, where Mely’s baby, Ashley, was born. (BNG photo by Jeff Brumley)

Two young immigrants fleeing violence find refuge — and ministry — in U.S.

For two Salvadoran sisters who were part of the recent immigration “surge,” reuniting with their mother in Virginia also meant finding Baptists with open arms.

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OPINION: Surviving ‘the seasoning’

It took personal sacrifice to plant Baptists on North American soil. Initially there were few takers.

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