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South Venice Baptist Church

“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”  

[1 John 1:5]

As believers in Christ and through the Holy Spirit, we are committed to joyfully share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people through evangelism, outreach, and missions; to equip believers for ministries in our church, our community, and throughout the world; and to provide opportunities for worship, Bible study, discipleship, stewardship, service, and fellowship.

Joyfully Sharing Christ

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Welcome Pastor Rick Shaw
and his wife Martha Shaw
Richard W. “Rick” Shaw, a native New Mexican, graduate of Baylor University (BS & BA), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MM), Wayland Baptist University (MBA), and Asbury Theological Seminary (PhD), accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of seven, and surren-dered to the Gospel ministry at nine.
Rick met his wonderful wife, Martha, a native of New Jersey, while at Baylor, and they married in 1983. Rick and Martha were both or-dained at Gloucester Point—Rick to the pastoral ministry and Martha to the diaconate. Rick and Martha surrendered to global mission ser-vice in 1995, and became some of the early missionary appointees of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, serving in Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo as church-planters, strategists, and evangelists among Muslim peoples.
Rick and Martha are both avid readers, cooks and bakers and they have four adult children. Martha loves video games, Rick is a triathlete, and thrives on camping, hunting, sewing, and travel.
South Venice Baptist Church

3167 Englewood Rd.

Venice FL 34293


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We are now worshipping in person here at South Venice Baptist Church. We are following the CDC guidelines for masks and social distancing. For those who are still not comfortable gathering for worship we are broadcasting our Sunday morning service on Facebook live and our Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting is available by Zoom for those who wish to participate from home.

If you are on Facebook, make sure you go the church’s page and click on the ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ button. Then you will receive notices any time there is a post on the page, or when we go live.
If you are not on Facebook, this is a good time to sign up. It’s easy, and free. (And if you’re not sure how to do that, do what I do and ask a younger person – like your kids or grandkids!) We have also created a Youtube channel and are uploading the service there as well. 
The link to participate in our Prayer Meeting by Zoom is in our weekly Prayer Matters email. I know, we have all heard stories about the abuse of social media. But this is a time that it can be a blessing to you and to our church, and this method will allow us to be together, even when we are apart.


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