As directed by our Mission Statement, B&GH addresses the spiritual needs of the children and youth we serve through dynamic spiritual formation services and programming held on campus at the Leamon E. Rogers Memorial Chapel.
Our full-time pastor, Rev. Dr. Michael Patrick Jones, DMin., meets individually with each child for a Spiritual Assessment to get a better understanding of their spiritual and/or any religious affiliations they may have. Pastor Michael provides two contemporary-blended style worship services each Sunday morning with well-rounded, biblically-based, and relevant to daily living approaches to the truths found in the Scripture. Residents and on-duty staff attend one of these services while the other is open to the public. A devotional service is held later on Sunday afternoons in the Solomon Assessment Center. Discipleship and teaching services, known as LifeHouse," are Sunday and Wednesday evenings, where Pastor Michael offers a youth ministry style discipleship opportunity for the children and youth in a more relaxed and informal setting. "LifeHouse" services include music, fun, games, activities, Bible study, Scripture memorization, praise and prayer.
Throughout the calendar year there are a variety of monthly guest speakers to bring a testimony or inspirational message or song. On a quarterly basis, there are Christian concerts, Christian themed theatre productions, and faith-based activities, as well as community-wide activities and events; all with the aim of providing a top-tiered spiritual formation services and programming for everyone, resident, staff, and community member.
Additionally, every Spring and Summer, Pastor Michael holds a week long spiritual emphasis opportunity for campus. "Focus Week" as it's called, is built around a biblical-based discipleship oriented theme derived from Scripture and includes music, games and activities, team building, worship, Bible study, praise and prayer with the purpose of leading the children and youth into a personal, or deeper, relationship with Christ.
These events culminate with a baptism service held each summer around late August in Lake Waccamaw across from the Chapel for campus residents, staff and community members.
Finally, in addition to spiritual assessments for the residents, and these regular worship service activities, discipleship programs, monthly activities, and quarterly events. Pastor Michael also observes the ordinances of the church with the Lords Supper, and believer's baptisms, as well as pastoral counseling, premarital counseling, sick and hospital visits, and officiates weddings and funerals.