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At 9:10 AM for 9:15 AM (EDT) Sunday School


Phone number: 1-609-663-4533



At 9:10 AM for 9:15 AM (EDT) Saturdays


Phone number: 1-609-663-4533



At 7 PM (EDT) Wednesdays

Click to Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 9042 2196
Passcode: SBC

One tap mobile for phone access

*470321# US (Washington DC)


*470321# US (Chicago)

Evening Vespers

Our pastor, Rev. Dr. James Henry Harris, does evening vespers nightly for your spiritual growth. Call the church at (804) 353-7682 if you are interested in our robo call. Please leave your name, phone number and the reason for your call so we can stay in touch with you.

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18


Sowing seeds of love and care in the spirit of Jesus Christ through preaching, teaching, and outreach.



We are now in the season of Lent. Lent is a period of spiritual reflection before Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. It spans over 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday ─ which this year was on Feb. 14 ─ to Holy Thursday, excluding Sundays. This year Holy Thursday is on March 28.

Lent is the season that prepares us for Jesus Christ’s death and Resurrection, which we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday. In this season of preparation, we turn our hearts and minds to God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.


We do not include Sundays in the “40 days” because we already celebrate Christ at that time.

Palm Sunday ─ this year on March 24 ─ is the last Sunday during Lent. It signifies Jesus’s triumphant return to Jerusalem after His evangelical ministry.

Good Friday ─ between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday ─ this year is on March 29. It is the day Christians reflect on Jesus’ execution on the cross.

Resurrection Sunday is March 31 this year.

You are invited to join Second Baptist Church, West End, every Sunday for our 11 a.m. (Eastern Time) service at 1400 Idlewood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220.

You also can join us on ZOOM. Click HERE to go to the link.

Don't forget
your tithes and

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SBC Pastor Harris and the Missions Ministry invite all church attendees to our Food Pantry giveaway on 1st and 3rd Sundays immediately after Church Services.


Members and the community are invited and encouraged to take advantage of this fresh and frozen food twice every month.


Invite family and friends to participate!

To sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, please go to: or call 1-877-829-4682.




Second Baptist Church, West End seeks an experienced custodian who is self motivated and capable of cleaning and maintaining the church building inside and outside.


The successful candidate should be able to communicate with vendors, monitor the use of the building by church/community groups and support the mission of the Church.


Interested persons should contact the personnel committee at 804-353-7682 or email letter of interest to:

Services Move Back Inside the Sanctuary

Second Baptist Church's sanctuary in-person services begin at 11 a.m. (Eastern Time) each Sunday. Doors open at 10 a.m.

In order for this move to be a success, certain protocols have been put in place because the COVID-19 Pandemic remains among us.

The new requirement now is masks are optional for all adults and some children.

We look forward to worshiping with you in the sanctuary at 1400 Idlewood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220!

See you Sunday!

Rev. Dr. James Henry Harris is Pastor


FYI: You may choose to continue to tune in to our worship services

on the Zoom platform. See information below regarding that method.


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Second Baptist Church (West End) is inviting you to View our Service on Zoom at 11 A.M. (EDT each

Sunday Morning.

Click to Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 9042 2196
Passcode: SBC

One tap mobile for phone access
+13017158592,,83190422196#,,,,*470321# US (Washington DC)

+13126266799,,83190422196#,,,,*470321# US (Chicago)



Access to Sunday Worship @SBC remains via the telephone number 1-617-769-8209 at 11 a.m. (EDT).


Rev. Dr. James Henry Harris is pastor.








AT 7:30 P.M. (EDT)

To join in the live discussion on Zoom, CLICK HERE.


The weekly Sunday Zoom discussions of our pastor’s book, “Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope,” by James Henry Harris, are taking off!


The book explores many timely atrocities, such as the Memorial Day 2020 police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, and the plight of Black people amid the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Nat Turner, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and even Job of the Bible are part of his call to consciousness.


Drawing on decades of personal experience as a pastor, theologian, and educator, Harris gives voice to suffering's practical impact on church leaders as they seek to forge a path forward to address this huge and troubling issue. The book “Black Suffering” identifies Black suffering, shines a light on the insidious normalization of the phenomenon, and begins a larger conversation about correcting the historical weight of suffering carried by Black people.


The book combines elements of memoir, philosophy, historical analysis, literary criticism, sermonic discourse, and even creative nonfiction to present a "remix" of the suffering experienced daily by Black people.


See You There!

Where to buy “Black Suffering”


 “Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope” by James Henry Harris is available on,,,,, and

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"My understanding of suffering and pain is shaped by the experience of being surrounded by suffering as a youth. We worked in the tobacco fields from sunup to sundown, year after year, to the point where I began to hate the whole enterprise and determined I would not be a prisoner of poverty and economic injustice. To be poor is to suffer in silence or in protest. It is to suffer hunger, poor health, and ridicule by the rest of society. I know the meaning of the gratuitous amelioration of suffering, and I know the searing pain of a toothache that lasts for endless days and nights because we could neither afford to go to the dentist nor the doctor unless it was a serious life-or-death issue. And my daddy was the judge of that."

─ Excerpt from “Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope” by James Henry Harris

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Click HERE to access the Interview with Pastor Harris!

The book "N" by Pastor J.H. Harris is now available to buy

"N: My Encounter with Racism and the Forbidden Word in an American Classic"

By James Henry Harris

Black Theologian and Scholar James Henry Harris Confronts the Use of Notorious Racial Slur in Mark Twain Classic — and Its Ugly History in American Life


James Henry Harris, pastor of Second Baptist Church (on the West End of Richmond, Virginia), was bombarded with the ugliest racial epithet more than 200 times while taking a graduate course on an American classic. That’s how often the forbidden word is used in "Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."


Harris, reading the novel for the first time at age 53, and the only Black person in the class, recounts the trauma of that experience in his powerful memoir, N: My Encounter with Racism and the Forbidden Word in An American Classic (Fortress Press, October 26, 2021).


I was teetering on the brink of falling apart, Harris says of encountering Twain's frequent use of the epithet week after week, in a classroom setting where the white instructor and white students felt no compunction about reading the word aloud and using it in discussions of the text. “My plight as a Black man in class was a metaphor, a symbol of the past, present, and postmodern condition of American society,” he writes.

The damage of racist slurs is unrelenting. A recent example is how the epithet was wielded against Black police officers protecting the members of Congress from the Trump-supporting mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021.


Historically the word was (and still is) used by white Americans to degrade and destroy the Black mind and body. “It was not only a denial of respect but an intentional and systemic use of a derogatory term to infuse Black consciousness with the notion of  ‘nothingness’; an ontological denial of being,” Harris says. “But it did not work because Blacks always had common sense enough to know and believe that they could not and would not be defined by their oppressor. This systematic oppression and denial of Black life from the Middle Passage to the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others reflects centuries of white supremacist ideology and practice throughout government, business, politics, education, and white church life.”


And at

Paperback, $18.99

ISBN: 9781506479163

PUB DATE:  October 26, 2021

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