Calvary Baptist and New Hope Baptist Partnership
Mission & Vision
As two congregations that share Baptist heritage, New Hope (NHBC) and Calvary (CBC) partner together:
* to build relationships as we seek to be a part of the work of racial reconciliation in Denver
* to engage in our community around an area of shared social justice concern
* to learn from one another through meal fellowships, panel discussions, educational/artistic events, and shared worship experiences
Both congregations are committed to this partnership for the long-haul. We understand that racial reconciliation is hard work and requires trusting relationships that develop over time. Through this partnership, our vision is to help break the silence about racial justice in our country, be a faith-based model of justice for communities within our city, and transform individual lives within our own congregations as we recognize and understand our implicit and explicit biases. Learn more about New Hope: http://www.newhopechurchdenver.org/
Community Engagement Emphasis: Education
We partner with Denver Public Schools (DPS) and related organizations to support students, families, and teachers in a variety of capacities. Our long-term goal is for CBC and NHBC to adopt a school together. The current volunteer opportunities in our partnership with DPS include:
1) One-on-one tutoring with Reading Partners Colorado: Tutor an elementary aged student (K -4th grade) two times a week for 45 minutes. We encourage a volunteer from CBC to pair up with a volunteer from NHBC, so that each one sees the same student once a week. In that way, the CBC & NHBC volunteers build a relationship with one another, while also ensuring that if one person is out of town,
the other could cover both shifts during their absence.Training provided; background check needed.
Learn more: https://readingpartners.org/
2) One-on-one tutoring with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination): Tutor a middle school or high school age student to help equip them for college and career success. Training provided; background check needed. Learn more: https://www.avid.org/
3) Serving as a host at CBC or NHBC for a Parent Teacher Home Visit: Home visits are meetings between school staff and families focused on building positive relationships. Home visits are 20-30 minutes long, voluntary for both staff and families; hosted somewhere outside of school (home, park, library, faith community, etc.); and based around the question – what are your hopes and dreams for your child? When a home visit is scheduled at CBC or NHBC,
a host from the respective church will greet the parents/guardians and the teacher, show them to their room, and provide basic hospitality for them before and after the visit. The host is not involved in the visit itself, rather the host serves as point of welcome and hospitality for the church. No background check necessary; training provided. Learn more: http://face.dpsk12.org/family-programs/parent-teacher-home-visit/
4) Joint Group Projects with CBC and NHBC Volunteers: On occasion, Denver Public Schools has need for a larger group of volunteers to assist in a variety of projects such as staffing a field day, painting a classroom, cleaning up a playground, etc. No background check necessary; no training necessary, just a willingness to serve!
Rev. Dr. Eugene Downing, Jr. of New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Anne Scalfaro of Calvary Baptist.
* Pastors: Rev. Dr. Eugene Downing, Jr. (NHBC) and Rev. Anne J. Scalfaro (CBC)
* Leadership Team Co-Chairs: Christine Flug (CBC)
* Leadership Team Members: Nancy Chick (CBC), Nancy Hoffmaster (CBC), Beth Kieft (CBC), Rev. Clifton Morgan (NHBC), Malissa Murdoch (NHBC), Lynda Pelton (CBC), Debby Pilloud (CBC), CJay Smith (NHBC), Lisa Stephenson (NHBC), Tom Waymire (CBC), Becky Whitaker (CBC), Becky Worford (CBC)