Touch-A-Truck 2015 Recap!

On Saturday our church co-hosted a Touch-A-Truck event for families in the community, partnering with the UVA Hospital and Shenanigans toy store. It was a huge success. There were well over a thousand people who came to the event over the course of the morning. Wow! This event exceeded all of our expectations!

We had eight trucks at the event, three across the street and five in our front parking lot, and everyone had a blast exploring those trucks. Yet, as fun as the trucks were, it was even more exciting to see hundreds of children and their families just walking through our parking lot and interacting with our church members.

We celebrate the success of the event, and we thank all the volunteers who made it possible. Over twenty UBC members helped in a variety of ways: welcoming children and giving them passports for the event, helping kids in and out of trucks, distributing free T-shirts, supplying coffee to the parents, giving away prizes, showing the way to our church restrooms, helping with crafts, and more! Thank you all for your help on Saturday! In addition, we thank the entire UBC congregation for their prayers and financial support, which made this event possible.

Finally, one of the most exciting parts of this event, from my perspective, was that it was truly a partnership with the hospital: a bridge reaching across West Main Street. Last fall, as our church began exploring ways to do more with the UVA Hospital, I began having conversations with Jan Allaire at the Battle Building. We talked about the possibility of doing something together as neighbors, and I mentioned this idea of hosting a Touch-A-Truck. In the months to follow, others at the hospital came on board, and the event began to take shape. My hope is that this event will be the beginning of a stronger and deeper relationship with the Battle Building and all of our neighbors in the UVA Health System.

NBC29 covered the event (see below or click on this link).

Thank you all for your help this weekend! Below are a few pictures from the event… enjoy!

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UBC’s VBS and Camp: July 6-10, 2015!

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University Baptist Church Vacation Bible School and Afternoon Camp!!

July 6-10, 2015

Vacation Bible School:  8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Optional Afternoon Camp:   12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

A FREE program for children who have completed grades K-5


8:30 am to 12:00 noon: Morning VBS Program 

DSC_0134A Vacation Bible School program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. The program will consist of songs and skits in a group setting, as well as rotating stations of games, crafts, snack, Bible stories, science experiments and more. This year we will be climbing Mt. Everest, as we learn how we can conquer challenges with God’s power!


12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
(Optional Afternoon Camp — FULL!!)

Lunch: Each day a kid-friendly lunch will be provided, as well as an afternoon snack. Please let us know on the registration form if your child has any allergies or dietary needs.

Afternoon Camp (FULL): Each day following lunch we will have some down time (reading, quiet photo 1 (1) (1)games, video), then we’ll take the church bus to a different location! Many afternoons we will be swimming at a private pool. We will also spend one afternoon hiking. A certified lifeguard will be present during all pool visits, and adults trained in child first aid and CPR will accompany the children on all afternoon trips. A detailed schedule of afternoon activities will be provided to those registered the week before camp.


Packing List for Camp:

**Please make sure every item your child brings to Bible School and camp are labeled with his/her name.

  • Every day, please send a water bottle, hat and sunscreen in a backpack, and make sure your child is wearing sneakers or other close-toed shoes for walking/running.
  • On days we will be swimming, please send a bathing suit, towel, pool shoes, water bottle and sunscreen in a backpack.
  • Please do not send snacks (morning and afternoon snack are provided), electronics, or toys.



You can register for VBS and/or camp by using the form below.

All participants must also turn into the church office a signed VBS Consent Form before dropping your child off the first day of camp.


Parent-Child Dedication Service

Parent-Child DedicationLast Sunday, we celebrated a Parent-Child dedication service, in which we dedicated eight babies/young children along with their families.  During the sermon, a video that was filmed and created by the parents was shown in which each parent said words of love and blessing to their children.

Below is the Prezi presentation showing the portraits of our young families and children, the video that our parents made for their children, and the video of Joseph Johnson’s parents expressing their love and blessing to Joseph upon this ordination as deacon at UBC.

(Click on the right arrow at the bottom of the Prezi presentation window to advance to the next element.)

Click on this link to view a YouTube of the worship service with clips from the parent-child dedication, the choir anthem and the sermon (which included the videos from the parents).

Children’s Church Schedule Winter 2013-14

This is the proposed children’s church schedule for leaders and helpers for the next three months. If the time you are scheduled doesn’t work please try to switch with someone. Please let me know if you have to switch  or can not get a substitute. So that the correct names will be in the Sunday bulletin and I can see that you have the right material. I suggest that the leader contact the helper for their Sunday to make sure that they remember.
                   Leader                         Helper
Dec. 1        No Children’s Church
Dec. 8        Jeannette May                       Seamore Zhu
Dec.15       Peachie Mays                        Caroline Wagoner
Dec. 22      Erin Brown                              Javaneh Brown
Dec. 29      No Children’s Church
Jan. 5        No Children’s Church             
Jan. 12      Katherine Hamel 9                 Seamore Zhu
Jan. 19      Debby Johnson 4                  Emily Morris
Jan. 26      Catherine Cooper                  Caroline Wagoner
 Feb. 2        Pam Dean                              Anna Dean
 Feb. 9        Cindy Bryant                          Katherine wagoner
 Feb. 16      Laura Morris                          Emily Morris
 Feb. 28      Beth Cheuk                           Javaneh Brown

I want to remind everyone that we are now using a walkie-talkie

In the children’s church room in case of an emergency. The ushers will put it in the room and turn it on. They will also return

it to the nursery. I would be a good idea to check with the ushers to be sure that it is in the room before you go up.


Ongoing Activities in December

Please join us in any of these activities this month as we celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas!

* Global Missions Post Office —
A way for you to exchange greetings with UBC members and support Global Missions; Located in First Floor Lobby

* WMU Christmas shopping —
UBC items on sale 1st Floor Lobby:  Cat’s Meow building, Christmas ornament, Plate, Cookbook

* Christmas Dinner in a Bag —
1 box stove-top stuffing mix
1 box instant potatoes
1 jar gravy
1 lg can sweet potatoes
1 lg can green beans
1 can cranberry sauce
1 box Jiffy pie crust mix
1 can pie filling
The WMU will add a Food Lion gift card for a ham or turkey.
Bring filled bags to the stage in the Fellowship Hall.

* A Quiet Place to Study (AQPTS) —
Need volunteers to help Dec. 8-16

* Children’s Christmas Shop —
Items due by December 8

* Intergenerational Mission Trip —
Registration due mid-December

* Shoe collection —
ends December 29

* Battle Building Update —
W. Main St. traffic lanes in front of the building reduced to one west-bound lane 6:00 am Fri., Dec. 6, through 12:00 pm Sun., Dec. 8; all access to JPA from 11th St Garage blocked, and plaza between Blake and UBC closed in December

* PACEM collection items —
foot powder, deodorant, disposable razors, new athletic socks (white, black or gray), word-find puzzle books, batteries (AA & AAA), stamps, envelopes, note pads, soft-side travel bags, adult-size backpacks

For more info about these activities and a complete Advent/Christmas schedule see THE WORD  Nov. 26.

Children’s Christmas Shop

Wednesday, December 11, 6:15 , where children can purchase gifts for their family members  for just 50¢ each.   Proceeds to go UBC Missions.

We are collecting small, attractive gift items (for men, women, and children) that our children can purchase as Christmas gifts for their families.  Bring your donations to the Preschool Department by Sunday, December 8.




UBC Missions and Community Outreach Fair

Sunday, November 10, After Worship

This coming Sunday UBC will be hosting our first Missions/Community Outreach Fair after worship.  Representatives from eleven community agencies and organizations will be stationed in the Fellowship Hall to share information about their mission.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you, your family, and/or your small group to get involved with one these organizations to make a difference in our community.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the participating agencies click the accompanying link.
Alliance for Interfaith  Ministries (AIM)
Advancing Native Missions (ANM)
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank    blue-ridge-area-food-bank-thomas-jefferson-area-branch
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Habitat for Humanity
Hope House
Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ)
Meals on Wheels
Ronald McDonald House

UBC Fall Family Festival

Sunday, October 27, 3:00 pm
At the home of Robby & Judy Gough
Costumes, Food, Games, Prizes

Contact Bob Badgett if you can help with this event.