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Calendar of Events

Events hosted by Florida Baptist Children’s Homes:

Gainesville – Foster Family Home Open House

October 18
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Is God calling you to be a foster parent to one of the hundreds of children in need of foster homes in Florida? Are you ready to show God’s love to these children? Come learn about a wonderful opportunity, especially for you, in the Gainesville area!  


Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
17224 N State Rd 121, Gainesville, FL  32653

For more information, please contact us at (386) 418-0147 or

Orphan Sunday – Diaper Drive

September 1 – November 2

Orphan Sunday Guatemala

On Orphan Sunday, November 2, Christians around the globe will celebrate a God who defends the fatherless, helps the helpless and stands in the gap for those who have been abandoned, neglected and abused.  Join with Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and Orphan’s Heart as we respond to Christ’s heart to care for the orphan.

Shine a Light – The Porch Light Weekend

October 24-25

Shine a Light, The Porch Light weekend includes the spectacular events listed below.  Click on the links to learn more as well as register for the 5k and purchase tickets for the gala event!  Also, click here to download the event flier to share with friends!

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Shine a Light – 5K
Friday, October 24, 6:30pm
Lake Hollingsworth
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland

$25 – by October 3 (guaranteed a dri-fit t-shirt)
$30 – after October 3


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Shine a Light – Festival
Saturday, October 25, 10:00am – 1:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland
175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland



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Shine a Light Gala presented by Advanced Drying Systems
Saturday, October 25, 6:00pm
Florida Southern College Branscomb Auditorium
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland

$50 – tickets include a performance featuring internationally-renowned recording artist Jason Castro, a former contestant on American Idol.


Christmas Open House Dates

Christmas open house dates



Events supporting Florida Baptist Children’s Homes:

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many special children!  If you are hosting an event to support a program of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes or Orphan’s Heart, please submit your event here!

Bell Shoals Global Outreach Celebration

October 11-15

This global outreach celebration will benefit Foster Care, The Porch Light, Campus Volunteers and Orphan’s Heart-Dominican Republic.

Location:  Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon, FL 33511
Contact: Ted Badger, Missions Pastor (813) 689-4229
For more information about event, visit