Community Meal

On the fourth Saturday of each month FSBC hosts a meal for the homeless of our area.   There are currently two teams that are responsible for cooking, serving, and cleaning up.  This is a great opportunity to minister to live into God’s passion to feed the hungry and help people “taste” the kingdom of God in some small way.


Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (N.E.S.T.)

NEST is a volunteer coalition of churches, synagogues, and community groups who offer emergency shelter to the homeless during the winter months.  Volunteers are needed to sign guests in, prepare and serve the evening meal and breakfast, and take overnight shifts staying at the host church. Volunteers are able to build relationships with these wonderful people who need this service and to gain unusual insight into their lives and the challenges they face.

N.E.S.T. Facebook

Van Ministry

Freemason Street’s van ministry was formed some years ago when a neighborhood grocery store closed. People who used to walk to the store could no longer do so. Though originally intended as a shuttle service for Saturday grocery shopping, our van ministry has developed into much more. Committed to helping seniors and lower-income or disabled community members without transportation, this ministry has become the “Errand Run” each Saturday. Typically the van run starts at 8:30 am and finishes at 1:30 pm.



Ghent Area Ministries (GAM)

Freemason Street has partnered with numerous other Ghent area congregations to support the Ghent Area Ministry (GAM). GAM is an ecumenical ministry dedicated to ministering in faith to those in need in the Norfolk community through financial assistance, resources, and services. Those with financial difficulties receive help with rent, utilities, filling of prescriptions/medical needs, food, baby formula/diapers, obtaining IDs, and transportation. In addition, clients can receive assistance from the Coat Closet and the Food Pantry. GAM also works in conjunction with other social services agencies in Norfolk to provide needed resources and services to the clients. Daily needs also addressed by GAM include bag lunches, hygiene kits, emergency food bags, and temporary photo IDs.

The Ghent Area Ministry office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located at 1301 Colonial Avenue, Suite 2, Norfolk. 622-0438. Email –[divider top=”0″]
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(Our Lenten journey through Jesus' last words from the cross are proving transformational for this pastor. Walking this way with you is a gift from God for which I am grateful. -bg)

-Bob Guffey

There it was again: “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I was reading the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus from the cross, and had come to the Third Word – “Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother” – and there it was again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 19:26)

The common assumption is those words have come from the writing voice of John the Apostle, the author of the gospel in which we find these words repeated several times.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

Usually when I read those words in the setting of a bible study group, someone will remark, “Well, that John sure thought a lot of him himself, didn’t he?”

The longer I have read that passage though, I do not think so.

This is John – John, as in the brothers, James and John, who Jesus named “Sons of Thunder.” (Mark 3:17)

This is John who, with his brother, came boldly to Jesus demanding to sit in authority with Jesus in his kingdom. (Mark 20:37)

This is John who wants to call fire down to consume a Samaritan village that has rejected Jesus. (Luke 9:54) This is John who gets it wrong again and again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I’ve come to read these words differently, especially if this is, indeed, the apostle John.

What I hear now is this.

I hear John writing: “The disciple whom Jesus loved? Can it be? After all I have gotten wrong? The disciple whom Jesus loved! Can it be? Jesus loves even me!”

That’s me, too. I see my life and all that I have done and left undone.

I see hopes fulfilled, and dreams left empty. I see successes and failures.

I see where I have not lived up to the standard set by Christ resident in me, Christ, “the hope of glory.”

I look in amazement at his face at the cross and say, “The disciple whom Jesus loved?”

Yes, even me.

Even you, too.

Grace and peace,


Robert Guffey

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Congregational Meeting & Prayer Retreat

Congregational Meeting & Prayer Retreat

To seek to transform lives by worshiping God building relationships developing disciples and serving our neighbors

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