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Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church endeavors to live out the Gospel message through varied ministry opportunities, both within the city of New Orleans and around the world. Our congregation sponsors spiritual growth through a variety of programs. Please take a moment to explore what Saint Charles Avenue Baptist Church offers to this community of faith and the community of New Orleans.


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Music

Music is an important element of worship at the church. Traditional worship featuring organ music, choirs, soloists, and a lively, singing congregation is a staple of our spiritual life.

The church choir is on hand for Sunday worship, special worship services, and concerts. This accomplished group counts about 20 regular members, a number that includes four professional section leaders. Comfortable in a variety of styles, the choir at worship and in concert typically features music by composers as diverse as J. S. Bach, John Rutter, Johannes Brahms, and John Fergusson.

On any given Sunday styles are likely to vary from medieval chant, Renaissance motets, and Baroque chorale settings to American hymn tunes and southern spiritual songs. The youth choir, which is conceived for singers through 8th grade, is heard on special occasions during the year and at Sunday worship services on a regular basis. Music leadership includes part-time choral music directors for both the adult and the youth choirs and a part-time professional organist.

The adult choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 and the youth choir rehearses on alternate Sunday mornings. Membership in both choirs is open to all interested singers.

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Agencies We Support

The following are agencies that receive funding as line-item designations in our annual budget. Our Mission Action Committee reviews this list every year to determine the level of support we offer each organization.

Baptist Friendship House

Offers transitional housing for homeless women and families, as well as a day center with programs to serve the homeless and needy on the edge of the Bywater area, just past the French Quarter. Our regular financial and hands-on support helps Friendship House and its ministries continue. More about BFH is available at www.bfh.lifewaylink.com.

New Orleans Faith Health Alliance

NOFHA is a free-standing, private non-profit organization providing affordable health care for uninsured workers and their families in the Greater New Orleans region. Our church members are excited to be a part of this new ministry to assist those who are hurting. See www.nofha.org for more information about this vital ministry.

Second Harvest Food Bank

There is a growing need for the services of Second Harvest Food Bank, both for families and for shelters. Our members provide financial support as well as hands-on assistance through workdays and food drives. Our latest drive resulted in 1200 pounds of food collected—our best effort yet! Go to www.no-hunger.org for more.

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Other Agencies

There are many other agencies we support through our prayers and hands-on work. To learn more about these efforts, click the links below:

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Louisiana

Heifer International

Baptist World Aid

Habitat for Humanity

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions

The Alliance of Baptists Global Missions

New Orleans Churches


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Special Offerings

Each year, in addition to our regularly budgeted line items, our congregation collects three special mission offerings. Recipients of the offerings are decided by the Mission Action Committee and the Congregational Council.

Spring Mission Offering

Annually in the spring we collect an offering to benefit one or two agencies involved in some area of home missions or local ministry.  In 2010 our emphasis was the America for Christ Offering of the American Baptist Churches USA, which is used for caring ministries, discipleship, intercultural ministries, evangelism and new church planting.

Hunger Offering

Each autumn we collect money and canned goods to help alleviate the problem of hunger in our city and around the world, focusing on both immediate relief and long-term solutions.  In 2010, the canned goods were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, and the funds were given to Heifer International for the purchase of animals to assist people in providing for themselves.

Global Missions Offering

Each December we have a special offering to provide direct support for missionaries serving around the world. In 2010, the proceeds were divided between the Bridges of Hope Offering of the Alliance of Baptists, One Great Hour of Sharing of the American Baptist Churches USA, and the Global Missions Offering of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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