Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
Sands Retirement Home
Tidewater Baptist has the joy of ministering in the Beth Sholom Sands, a local retirement home. Jon James leads a weekly Bible Study at the Sands on Monday nights. He and his family have been ministering there since 2004. Several members from the church assist with the ministry at the Sands, which includes the weekly services, special holiday services, memorial services and visitation. The music and testimony leader, Kenneth Oldaker, has been ministering at the Monday Night services since 1995. The residents at the Sands are a great blessing to our church. Non-residents are welcome to attend the Bible study as well. Check with the church office for more details.
The Chesapeake Place
We thank the Lord for the wonderful privilege of being able to minister at The Chesapeake Place. In April 2010, Our Lord led our church to start a Bible study at a local assisted living home named CareBridge. In April 2011 that home closed for renovations. With sadness in our hearts and after seeking our Fathers will on where else to go, we were lead to The Chesapeake Place on Volvo Parkway in Chesapeake. Two of our members were there, and the Lord used them to open the door for us. The Bible study started May 2011. Ronnie Gurganus has been faithful to minister to the residents there. They meet each 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening. It has been a blessing to our church to be able to minister there. It is our prayer that through the Gospel, that we sing as well as teach, the residents will “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye (they) might have life through his name.” John 20:31
Cedar Manor Assisted Living
In 2013, the door was open for us to minister to the residents of Cedar Manor. Jill Mendonsa, a woman in our church faithfully ministers with various others there, and welcomes different men from our church to visit and preach. This ministry is the first and third Wednesday of every month.
Greenfield Assisted Living
Our most recent nursing home opportunity is at Greenfield. In August of 2014 a young church member brought his guitar to sing to and encourage a resident, and his playing was so well received that they invited our church to minister to the residents biweekly. The first and third Tuesday of every month, church members, led by Chris Spain, have the opportunity to encourage the residents through song, preaching, and the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.