Fort Trial has a history of strong involvement in and support of missions locally, nationally and internationally. We offer a variety of opportunities for all ages and areas of giftedness to be involved in different ways:
Financial Support of missions locally, in Virginia, the U.S. and internationally. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®Offering for International Missions provides support to empower the international missions efforts for Southern Baptists. The offering enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places around the globe for the glory of God.
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® offering supports the efforts of Southern Baptists to reach those in the United States and Canada who need Christ. The offering enables and empowers every missionary to reach every lost person in the United States and Canada.
The Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions supports specific mission and ministry efforts across Virginia.
Other Church and Local Mission Efforts and Ministries:
Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County – We financially support Grace Network and contribute specific non-perishable food items. Grace Network is a faith-based, first-stop center for resources for families in crisis in Martinsville and Henry County.
Henry County Baptist Association Raceway Ministries – Martinsville,Virginia is the home of the Martinsville Speedway where two NASCAR events are held each year. Fort Trial partners with Raceway Ministries in providing volunteers to meet and greet race fans, hand out free snacks, coffee, hot chocolate or lemonade, assist with handicap shuttles and provides two worship experiences for fans on race day Sundays. We also partner with Raceway Ministries in providing the same at the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, NY.
Stitches of Love is a ladies’ ministry of Fort Trial that meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the church conference room. The ladies knit and crochet various items like prayer shawls, knitted caps for those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation at local oncology centers. All ladies are invited to be a part of this ministry. For questions contact the church office.
Men's Ministry/Mission Projects - Breakfast Cruise In, an event normally held the second Saturday in August. Classic Car owners are invited to bring their cars to show. A free breakfast is provided along with an inspirational program where the gospel is presented.
Christmas Box Distribution – Food boxes are assembled and distributed to families in need in our community at Christmas.
Special construction needs in our community (handicap ramps, roof repair, painting, etc.)
Disaster Relief – In partnership with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the Southern Baptist Convention and the American Red Cross trained volunteers when called and available go to areas hit by natural disasters to assist in providing meals and clean up. To participate one must receive training at one of the training events held each year in Virginia.
International partnerships – Fort Trial members have made mission trips to Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Romania, Mali.
Teachers Luncheon is an annual ministry of providing a meal for the faculty and staff of two local elementary schools on one of the last teacher workdays before the school year begins.
Caring By Sharing is a ministry of Fort Trial held each fall. It is a type of “free yard sale” event where clothing, household goods and some furnishings are made available at no charge to those in our community in need. Volunteers sort and arrange the items and are here on the day of Caring By Sharing to engage in conversation with those who come.
Operation Inasmuch – Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit that employs proven models to motivate, train, and equip churches to move more congregants out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities. In partnership with other churches in the Henry County Baptist Association we participate in an Operation Inasmuch Day where acts of kindness and ministry are carried out across the community.
Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child