“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” James 5:13

Congregational Care Ministry

At Bay Leaf we believe caring relationships connect us to one another and to God. In addition, God uses our caring relationships to make believers conduits of His unconditional love toward others. The Congregational Care ministry desires to strengthen the Bay Leaf Baptist Church membership and it’s community by actively sharing God’s love and compassion toward others. Furthermore, their desire is accomplished through many avenues of touching lives in the greatest area of need.

Prayer Ministry

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Prayer is at the heart and soul of who Bay leaf is. At Bay Leaf we seek to bathe all situations in prayer.

Prayer Meeting

A monthly prayer meeting with Pastor Jeff Salisbury takes place on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:45PM in the Fellowship Hall where people come together to pray for specific needs.

Bay Leaf Prayer Partners on Facebook

Bay Leaf Prayer Partners is for Bay Leaf members only and for the purpose of providing prayer request as well as to keeping up to date with other prayer requests. If your desire is to join the Bay Leaf Prayer Partners Facebook account contact the Pastor of Congregational Care.

Are you in need of Prayer?

If you have a prayer need, you can submit your prayer request by calling the church office at 919-847-4477 during office hours (8:00AM-4:00PM).

*Please note that prayer requests can be confidential or shared with our prayer teams, just indicate your desire.

Visitation Ministry

“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord...” James 5:14

The Bay Leaf pastors, deacons and the lay people of Bay Leaf seek to spend time with others that are needing a visit for prayer and encouragement.

Please inform the church office when you or another person needs a visit.

Hospital Visitation

People that are in the hospital receive frequent visits from pastors, deacons and lay people during their stay.

Care Facility Visitation

Regular visitation of members in nursing homes or assisted living.

Homebound Visitation

Regular visitation of members that are unable to venture out.

While Bay Leaf’s heart and desire is to visit those in need, due the pandemic visits are very limited.

Pastor on Call

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28

Bay Leaf’s pastors continue to seek ways to provide quality pastoral care while balancing the other demands of ministry.

  • In an effort to be available, pastors are at the church office each weekday during office hours (8:00AM to 4:00PM)
  • On a rotation schedule pastors are on call for emergency situations after office hours and during the weekends.
  • When an emergency* arises dial the church office 919-847-4477 and then press #1 key to leave a message for a pastor. The pastor on call will respond as soon as possible.
    *These emergencies include death, critical hospitalization of a member, or other such situations.
  • Non-emergencies, such as scheduled hospitalizations, inquiries, etc. can be shared through the church office during office hours (8:00AM - 4:00PM).

PLEASE NOTE: When calling after hours and pressing #1 key to leave a message for the pastor on call please speak clearly when you leave a detailed message including your name, a phone number in which he can reach you and a brief description of the nature of your call.


"But encourage one another every day, as long as it is still called 'today,' so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:13

Are you in need of someone to come along side of you, to encourage you, to pray with you and to bear your burdens with you? Each Pastor at Bay Leaf is available to meet with individuals and families for counseling.

To schedule a time to meet with a pastor for counseling contact the church office at 919-847-4477 during office hours.


“For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

Marriage is an exciting and wonderful time in the life of a man and woman. Bay Leaf will be happy to guide you through the process of a great day and to walk you through how to be successful in marriage.

  • From a biblical standpoint, Bay Leaf is committed to assist couples that are contemplating marriage. It is Bay Leaf’s belief that creating a solid Christian foundation is the key to a successful and lasting marriage.
  • In order to be married at Bay Leaf the following steps need to take place.
    • Contact the Pastor who you would like to officiate your Ceremony. If you choose not to use a Bay Leaf Pastor to officiate your ceremony you must choose a Bay Leaf Pastor to sponsor you and to meet with you for premarital counseling.
    • Complete the marriage forms.
    • Secure the date and time with the church office.


“...having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12

Baptism is a representation of the work Jesus did on behalf of mankind. Jesus died on the cross – mankind dies to sin. Jesus was placed in the tomb – mankind placed under the baptism waters, Jesus rose from the grave – mankind is brought up out of the water to walk in the newness of life.

  • Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. He was place in a tomb and after three days He rose from the grave conquering death. People that put their faith and trust in Him as Lord and Savior can be baptized. By participating in baptism, a person is professing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to the congregation.
  • If you desire to become baptized do one of the following.
    • Call the church office 919-847-4477
    • Contact the Pastor you desire to baptize you.

Bereavement Ministry

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

When someone departs from this life, Bay Leaf wants to come alongside their family and minister to them in every way possible.

  • Contact the church office to inform the church of a loved one departing from this life.
  • The family will receive a pastoral visit. At such a time, the pastor will assist the family in service preparations, including coordination of the church for service times.
  • The Bereavement Committee will assist the family providing needed supplies such some drinks, food and paper products to the family when a Bay Leaf family member steps into eternity.

Support Ministry

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Galatians 6:10
Bay Leaf offers support in so many areas of life.
  • Meals – Meals are provided for homebound people once a month. These meals are delivered by faithful volunteers.
  • Cards – Once a month the Card Ministry Team comes together to write cards for encouragement, sympathy, get well, prayer, etc. to people that need a loving touch.
  • Keenagers –Our “Keenagers” (55+) meet monthly for a free luncheon which offers a wonderful home-cooked meal, plus entertainment, door prizes, and more! Keenagers meet the third Tuesday of each month (except June, July and August) at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, in the Fellowship Hall at Bay Leaf. No R.S.V.P. needed!

Other Support Ministries can be found on our local Mission page https://www.bayleaf.org/missions/local

Contact Us

If you or someone you know could use care and support, or if you would like to volunteer to serve in the Pastoral Care ministries, please contact the Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care, Mark A. Bainbridge at 919-847-4477 X 244 or email mbanbridge@bayleaf.org.