Military

Veteran's Day Breakfast

Join us for this special occasion as we celebrate military service, recognize those who serve or have served, and pray for our nation and world.

Saturday, November 11 at 8:00am
Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Norfolk
Bacon, eggs, and all the fixins'
$3 per ticket

Tickets will be on sale this Sunday, October 29 at the Military Ministry Table in The Fellowship Hall during the "Live the Mission Celebration", and in the Grand Lobby between services on Sunday, November 5. They can also be purchased at the Military Ministry office during the week. The event is open to all interested individuals to include older children and teens. Please note that childcare will not be provided for this event. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us!

Speaker: Chaplain (Major) Peter E. “Pete” Keough, USA
Strategic Action Officer, Strategic Initiatives Group, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Chaplain Keough is married and the father of three adult children. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees in theology and leadership, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Military Strategy from the US Army Command and General Staff College. He has served in pastoral ministry in churches and Army chapels in numerous locations both stateside and overseas. He is endorsed by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Chaplain Keough has served as an enlisted Soldier, Non Commissioned Officer (NCO), and Chaplain in many assignments to include deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and contingency operations in Central and North America. In addition to having completed extensive military training at various levels throughout his military career, he has received numerous awards and decorations to include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

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New to Hampton Roads? Welcome!

If you are looking to connect with a church, consider giving us a try! If there is some way we might be able to serve you while you are stationed in our community don’t hesitate to get in touch. We dearly love military and military families! That’s why our church feels so strongly about maintaining a dynamic, focused ministry designed to minister to the unique needs and challenges faced by service members and their families. We appreciate the sacrifices, the moves, the deployments, and all that pertains to military life and service. We understand that you’re looking for a kind, friendly place to call home. Welcome home!

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Components of Our Military Ministry

Newcomers Dinners

Families open their homes to provide opportunities for military who are relatively new to the area or church to meet others and just feel welcomed to the community. There is no program or sales pitch just lots of good food and fellowship. Children are welcome to attend with their parents as these dinners are family friendly events. If you haven’t attended one of these dinners (even if you’ve been here awhile) let us know and we will make sure that you are on the next invitation list!

Supporting Family Readiness Groups

We make our church facility available as a meeting place for a number of Family Readiness Groups (FRGs). Providing a place for FRG monthly meetings with childcare in a safe and free location is a service that is especially appreciated by the families on the homefront.

Adopting Ships or Units

We adopt ships and units during times of deployment and support these commands by such things as providing space for monthly FRG meetings, hosting pre-deployment briefings, sending signed banners of encouragement and care packages, offering our facility for the night before “welcome home” parties conducted by family and friends, and providing goodie bags to service members upon return.

Honoring Active Duty and Veterans

Several times a year we recognize and honor the service of active duty and their families as well as those who have served. We highlight military service on Sundays in conjunction with Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veterans Day, and conduct an annual Vision and Valor Military Day.

Sharing Life through Small Group Community

The primary way we support, encourage, equip, and minister to military singles and families is through our small groups (i.e. LIFEgroups). We have on campus and off campus LIFEgroups designed with the needs of all ages in mind. Most of our adult groups are mixed but we do have some which are especially for military

Young Adult Military LIFEgroup

The Young Adult Military LIFEgroup is for singles who are connected to onetwentyseven (learn more about our Young Adult Ministry here).

Gather

Gather is a new LIFEgroup for Military Wives that meets at 10 am the first three Thursdays of the month at Cross Roads Center, Suite 109. Childcare is available at our main building, 312 Kempsville Road. For more information, contact Liz Fentress at lfentress@firstnorfolk.org or 802-9519.

REBOOT Combat Recovery

Starts Weds., Oct. 4. Meets Wednesdays from 6-8 pm in Room 321-322

“REBOOT is a 12-week course designed specifically for combat veterans who are interested in re-framing their wartime experiences with a group of people that are traveling on a similar journey. I am 6-year veteran of the Army, having served two deployments in Afghanistan as an Infantry Officer. Combat wounded in 2010, the challenges of mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder have continuously shaped my life ever since. One truth that is absolute for all combat veterans, the path to recovery is not to be traveled alone. Please join our efforts in Hampton Roads by referring anyone with combat experiences to the REBOOT website. We need your help in inviting those who have served our nation in combat to join us on our journey to recovery.” - Brady Hassell, REBOOT Team Leader.

REBOOT Combat Recovery group assists combat veterans and their families to heal from the moral or spiritual wounds of war. This 12-week combat trauma healing course provides a unique blend of clinical insight with faith-based support for combat veterans and their loved ones seeking answers to defining questions about life, death, meaning, and purpose. REBOOT “communities” are safe, private, and mostly veteran-led. Prior approval is required for participation; for additional questions and sign-up information, please email military@firstnorfolk.org. Books will be provided at no cost.

Deployment Ministry

We seek to stay in touch with deployed service members and their families. We send care packages several times a year to our deployed as well as others who share some connection with our church family. As a service we provide free resources which address deployment, marriage and family, and combat trauma related issues. If you are currently deployed, soon to deploy, or have a friend or family member deploying from our area let us know.

Partnering with Chaplains

We love to support and partner with chaplains! We have a simple adoption program which spells out ways we provide practical support for chaplains and their families. Interested chaplains may contact our office for details.

Military Wives Fellowship

Our Military Wives Fellowship (MWF) is a network of military wives who are committed to mutual encouragement, support, friendship, and outreach. Although ladies associated with MWF are primarily connected through our church family the group is open to all interested military wives. Participating wives stay in touch and enjoy occasional social gatherings. The MWF normally meets at the church on the 4th Thursday of each month. A quality Preschool and Home School program is provided for children during monthly meetings.

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Transitioning to or from Hampton Roads?

We’d be honored to assist in whatever way we can to make your transition to Hampton Roads go more smoothly. We help lots of people and do so regardless of whether or not they ever attend or have an interest in affiliating with our church. Are you planning to PCS from our area in the near future? When military friends leave our community we like to assist with personal connections at their next location.


We partner with Military Missions Network. We seek to be intentional and collaborate in the arena of missional military ministry alongside others strategically engaged through this network. In conjunction with related networking efforts, we recommend MilitaryBeliever.com as a way to facilitate connections for military worldwide. Use this resource to find churches and ministries where you are currently located or in advance of your next move. We have ministry friends all over the world who love and serve military. We like to refer to these friends as our “Pathway Partners.” We will be more than happy to make personal introductions, just give us a call!

Serving Hampton Roads to Change the World

It is our great privilege to love and care for those serving in our Armed Forces. Through military ministry we seek to address in a practical way the needs of military singles and families from all backgrounds and cultures. Our heart is to serve all military in Hampton Roads and beyond through our unconditional love and support. Our passion is to share God’s love in both word and deed.

Our focus is to train and equip believers living within the military society. It is our joy to embrace and invest in them, and to send them out with a gospel-centered perspective so that by the end of their assignment in our community they see the military culture and their careers as God-ordained platforms for ministry.

Our intent is for relational discipleship to be at the core of all we do. By relational discipleship we mean one-on-one and small group mentoring and discipleship. By God's grace, we seek to continually build and nurture a sustainable disciple-making movement within and extending beyond our church.

Our church exists to glorify God by winning and leading all the people within our reach to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. The purpose of our Military Ministry is to fulfill the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) by meeting the needs of military people and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) by equipping military believers to live as fully devoted followers of Christ wherever they are stationed worldwide.

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Military Ministry Staff

Gary Sanders, Minister of Military Missions

Rachel Llaneras, Ministry Assistant

military@firstnorfolk.org

Direct Line > 757.802.9511

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