Church groups work to beau­tify city

'Bless Petersburg' brings more than 400 vol­un­teers to Petersburg

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By John Adam Staff Writer

PETERSBURG - Groups from across the state de­scended on Petersburg last week­end in an ef­fort to help beau­tify the city.

Bless Petersburg, a pro­gram put on by the South­ern Bap­tist Con­ser­va­tives of Vir­ginia, brought to­gether more than 400 vol­un­teers to take part in sev­eral projects across the city, in­clud­ing one at A.P. Hill El­e­men­tary School. Churches from Colo­nial Heights, Et­trick and Powhatan came to help pitch in. Stu­dents from Grace and Hope Academy also joined in.

Be­cause the SBC was hold­ing its an­nual con­fer­ence at The Heights Bap­tist Church in Chesterfield County just north of Colo­nial Heights, the SBC wanted to come up with a com­mu­nity project they could do as a part of the con­fer­ence.

“The SBC has an an­nual meet­ing in the state, and this year it was be­ing held at The Heights Bap­tist Church,” said Wes Rose, the mis­sions and out­reach pas­tor at the church. “As part of the con­fer­ence, we al­ways try to do a com­mu­nity project.”

In ad­di­tion to paint­ing A.P. Hill, the vol­un­teers also did projects at the Care Cen­ter, the Tri-Cities Preg­nancy Cen­ter, Re­ge­n­e­sis and with the Petersburg Bureau of Po­lice.

“This is the sec­ond year we’ve been a part of some­thing like this,” said Ish­mael Labiosa, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the SBC. “It was a com­plete group ef­fort: over 24 to­tal churches were a part of the it.”

of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the SBC. “It was a com­plete group ef­fort: over 24 to­tal churches were a part of the it.”

Tonya Grayson, a teacher at A.P. Hill, joined the vol­un­teers as they re­painted the school.

“They came in and painted the in­side of A.P. Hill El­e­men­tary School, and also do­nated snacks and lunch for the teach­ers and stu­dents at the school,” she said.

Brad Rus­sell, the team leader for mo­bi­liza­tion of the SBC, said more than 24 churches from across the state sent peo­ple to vol­un­teer. “This year we wanted to serve a com­mu­nity that we knew was go­ing through a lot,” he said.

Rus­sell added that the SBC is hop­ing to form part­ner­ships with some of the or­ga­ni­za­tions they teamed up with.

Af­ter spend­ing the morn­ing com­plet­ing the projects, the vol­un­teers put on a spe­cial block party for the com­mu­nity and the vol­un­teers.

“There are some re­ally good things go­ing on, and I think the word needs to be spread,” said Grayson.

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