Traditionally, December is filled with activities of worship, mission, and fun. We are taking steps to ensure all our members and guests are safe during the current pandemic and will be evaluating which activities we can safely do this Christmas season. Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information on events.
Vacation Bible School
During the week-long, evening VBS, the church is filled with decorations that set the theme for a fun exploration of the Bible. Past topics have included Camp Courage—where “Campers” found the church decorated as if they were in the woods, and Cave Quest—where life-sized “Caves” set the mood for an exciting adventure. Games, Bible lessons, crafts, and of course snacks—make our week of evening Bible school memorable for kids, and the parents who enjoy seeing the children return each evening with stories of God’s amazing love.
Easter Egg Hunt
Each year children of the church and community gather together on the church lawn for an Easter Egg hunt. Hundreds of bright plastic Easter Eggs contain treats for the children to discover. This free event includes crafts, games, snacks and the telling of the true Easter Story, which makes the event a real celebration for the children.
Breakfast with Santa
We like to have fun at Woodlawn American Baptist Church, and what better way to get into the spirit of this joyful time of the year than with Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast, crafts, and the telling of the true meaning of Christmas (and it not about Santa coming down the chimney) prepare the children for the entrance of the guest of honor.
Creation Music Festival
Creation is the nation’s largest Christian Rock music and teaching festival. Pastor Howard brings a group to the festival each. It is a week of camping out under the stars and hearing the top Christian speakers and music groups like Skillet, Crowder, Reliant K, Casting Crowns, and Family Force 5. The week includes hikes to Lookout Point, Bible studies, hotdogs, and s’mores around the campfire.
A long-standing tradition at First Baptist Church is the Christmas Mitten Tree. On “Mitten Tree Sunday,” everyone is encouraged to bring new mittens, scarves, and warm hats. During the worship service, the live Christmas tree is decorated with the mittens and other warm items donated by members of the church. These are donated to the Aliquippa Salvation Army for their project bundle up.
Several times during the year, the Church collects nonperishable food items. These are donated to the Salvation and other groups fighting hunger in our community and the greater Pittsburgh area.
Canned Food Drive
During the two-day rummage sale, the Church Fellowship Hall is transformed into a bazaar filled with gently used clothing, household items, and treasures to discover. The mission of the Rummage sale is to provide clothing, and quality household items at a low price for those in need, and those who like a bargain. The profits from the rummage sale and concurrent bake sale serve as a fundraiser for our children programs and mission work.
Our women's group makes baskets that are distributed to shut-ins and those in nursing homes twice a year. Tailored to the individual’s needs, these baskets typically contain snacks, personal items, reading material, and other items to bring some sunshine to the lives of those unable to get out on their own.
College Care Packages
Our youth group sends Care Packages to college students to remind them of home and to send them some needed care and love. Homemade treats, microwaveable and packaged food are all staples in the packages. We also include stationary and other needed items. But, what makes the packages memorable are the personal notes, crazy letters, and pictures that are included.
Partner with Community Organizations
Meals on wheels
Aliquippa Homeless Veterans
Uncommon Grounds Café
Habitat for Humanity