Our college ministry offers a loving, multi-cultural community that supports and encourages the personal and spiritual growth of any college student, especially those “next door” to us at East Carolina University:
College & Career class: 9:45-11a.m. on Sundays We provide opportunities for sharing, prayer, Christian fellowship and engaging Bible study. Rides provided for students without cars.
Worship: 11 a.m. on Sundays. We encourage students to explore how their various gifts (artistic, technical, dramatic reading, practical services, etc.) can enhance the worship, praise, and glory of God. An active community of student musicians invites you to join them in ministry (see flyer –IBC Music Ministry).
Other weekly activities: Tuesday evening meals and Thursday evening Bible studies at the home of one of Immanuel’s dear grandmas.
Monthly fellowship opportunities: birthday parties for college students, Soli Deo Gloria recitals by student musicians, game nights hosted by Immanuel members with the gift of hospitality, and visits to interesting place in Greenville and the region.
Occasional service projects: Operation InAsMuch (a menu of ministry projects in the community, held one Saturday morning in the fall), Operation Christmas Child (shop for and pack gift boxes for children around the world), filling baby bottles with coins for the Carolina Pregnancy Center, and distributing water and food downtown at Halloween.
We also have a special ministry focus on international students:
Welcome dinner: offered each fall for all international students at ECU.
Local shopping transportation: we take students on weekly shopping trips to Walmart, Target, and Best Buy and transport them back to their places of residence.
Trips to the international food markets in Raleigh: at least once each semester, we take students to specialty markets in the Raleigh area to shop for food from various cultures — Grand Asian, Indian, and (if needed) Mediterranean and African.
Sightseeing trips to places of interest in the region: from the Outer Banks to the Easter service at Duke Chapel.
Essence (NC): “Immanuel is a beautiful ‘home away from home’ experience. I never thought the day I walked around the corner expecting a simple Sunday would mark the beginning of so many great relationships. Pay attention to the sign out front; it isn’t lying. They love us!”
Note sent at Thanksgiving from Chinese student to church member I was once a visiting scholar at ECU. Now I am back in China. Thanksgiving Day is coming. I would like to thank you and all the church volunteer friends. It was so kind of you to give us the ride and guide to Smithfield outlets, Outer banks, the Duke chapel, Beaufort and all the other places. Such were wonderful memories for me. I hope you enjoy your holiday season and have good times with your family and friends.
Hong (China): “When I left my dearest family and friends in China and moved to Greenville for school, I was well prepared to go through the homesickness, loneliness, and mental isolation during my two years of study. As I graduate from ECU, I am so blessed to have such a sweet family and precious friends that I can hardly say goodbye. This is really something out of my expectation. I have also gained a global perspective during my time with our group. With students from more than 10 countries, everyone is able to stay open-minded, to respect, understand, and appreciate different cultures. I am so grateful for and proud of being part of this warm, loving community. As you get a chance to be with this group, you will know that we are here to share the message – Hug harder. Laugh louder. Smile bigger. Love longer and deeper!
Andrés (Peru): “From the very moment I walked into Immanuel I encountered a loving family that has constantly shown a truly remarkable appreciation for all students and visitors. I thank God for Immanuel.”
Jaray (NC): “Everyone is nice and welcoming! Great environment! I would recommend it to any student looking for a church away from home.”
Dylan (NC): “I love the college and career ministry at Immanuel Baptist because they love us, and we all try to live out God’s love together. This ministry has encouraged and fostered my development as a Christian. They have helped me find who I am in Christ, and God’s will for me to make disciples of all nations by using the gifts He has given me.”
Miho (Japan): “I found ‘FAMILY’ here! Everyone is so kind and nice. I feel home when I’m with people from my church.”
Sara (Brazil): “It’s amazing that you can find such a diverse group of people in Greenville. As an international student I felt welcomed from the moment I stepped inside this church. Every member of Immanuel is so kind and generous; they are my family away from my home country.”
Sorna (Iran): “Immanuel is not just a building, it is not just a group of people, it is not just a place of worship. It is a place where you feel deeply at home, a place where you make a wonderful family, and you feel real love. I am so grateful that I became a part of Immanuel; that I felt so loved; that I had a chance to grow spiritually here with the support of my amazing new great friends. This is an experience that I will cherish and remember forever, and I am sure I will have this family and group of friends with me and this strong bound with them, forever in this world, wherever I go. Thank you for the joy, for the wonderful memories, and moreover for the great love and support that you have extended to me. Words cannot express my feelings…”