Our World. Our Community. Our Congregation. There are many ways to get involved. Read more below.
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church is deeply committed to the mission of Jesus Christ throughout the world. Each year we send members of our church on international mission trips to partner in working with various organizations to ensure that the love of Christ is shared in word and deed in all corners of the earth.
In the last two years we have sent teams to different parts of North Carolina and throughout the United States to work for community relief in the wake of natural disasters. We have also sent two teams to build shelters in Haiti. Most recently, we sent 35 missionaries to Honduras to work with the children and staff of the New Life Children’s Home in Jalaca. Our passion for missions certainly drives what we say and do.
In addition to sending teams to do hands-on ministry, we also contribute financially through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention to support their missionaries stationed throughout the world.
Each Christmas our church participates with Operation Christmas Child to provide shoeboxes filled with gifts for children who would otherwise go without presents each year. Not only are we able to provide toys and school supplies, we are also able to share the love of Christ in very unique ways.
Samaritan’s Feet is a community of more than 70,000 volunteers that have joined together to make a difference in the lives of children in need in every corner of the world. They have touched the lives of millions who would otherwise go without shoes each day.
The members of Pritchard Memorial Baptist partner with various organizations throughout our community by giving of their time and resources to ensure that the needs of our neighbors are met. Here is a short list of a few of the organizations that we continue to support.
Crisis Assistance Ministry serves the low-income citizens of Mecklenburg County. These individuals are facing financial emergencies and are struggling to meet life’s basic needs. Their situations often force them to make very difficult choices. Part of Pritchard’s annual mission budget goes to support Crisis Assistance and those whom they serve.
On Wednesday nights from December through March our church partners with the Urban Ministry Center to host neighbors from throughout Charlotte that are without a home of their own. We provide them with a bed, a meal, a place to shower and wash their clothes, and the welcoming company of our church members.
At the beginning of the Christmas season, members of our youth and young adult groups also help to decorate the Urban Ministry Center’s main facility and offer the neighbors opportunities to send Christmas cards in an effort to share the joys of the season
Each fall our church takes part in the annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk to raise awareness and funds to support efforts throughout our city and our country to combat issues contributing to hunger.
Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-political organization that is committed to providing compassion, information and support to anyone facing the challenge of unintended pregnancy.
We know that we will not succeed without the efforts of those who call Pritchard home, and so we seek to provide as many volunteer opportunities as we can for our members. We encourage you to discover just how rewarding becoming fully integrated into the service life of our church can be.
Children and Youth Ministries
The Children and Youth Ministries are always looking for new volunteers to help with Sunday School, Wednesday Night Activities, and other special events throughout the year. Please see Rev. Brack Ballard to find out what specific opportunities may be available.
Join a Committee
There are many committees that help to keep our church and its ministries as effective as possible. Each year new members of our church are needed to fill spots that have been vacated by committee members that have completed their term. The members of our Nominating Committee is in charge of filling these vacated positions, and they would love to know of your interest in serving on a committee. You will find a copy of the Talent and Resource Ministry Survey and Interest Form in the church office. Completing this form will let the Nominating Committee know of your desire to serve our church.
Our church operates a food pantry to fill the needs of our congregation and our community. This is also one way in which we partner with Crisis Assistance Ministry, who often refers those they serve to us. We are always looking for donations to ensure our pantry is stocked. Please contact the church office to find out about our current needs.
The Knit Wits is Pritchard’s prayer shawl ministry. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Prayer Room of the Fletcher Building. During their meetings, the Knit Wits work on shawls that are knitted or crocheted with love and prayers for those who will receive these special gifts. Once the shawls are complete the members of our congregation may request that they be sent to family members and loved ones in the hospital or hospice, those who will undergo surgery or treatment, those who are homebound, or those who simply need to be surrounded with love. The Knit Wits hope that these shawls will be used to envelope their recipients with the prayers of their loved ones. If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Lisia Shaw.