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Bike for Change grows new generation of friends

December 2, 2013

Just more than a decade ago, children from First Baptist Church in Charlotte mounted their bicycles for the very first Bike for Change. The church-sponsored bike-a-thon, where children ride in support of Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH), has grown every year. The initiative has not only garnered financial support, but it has raised up a new generation of friends for BCH’s boys and girls.

“Because of Bike for Change, we now have our youth attending BCH’s Friends of Children workday at Mills Home in Thomasville,” said Bike for Change coordinator and FBC Charlotte member Jay Westmoreland. “And now, two of our church’s life groups are in the process of adopting cottages.”

First-time participants from First Baptist Church in Matthews joined FBC?Charlotte on October 19 for this year’s ride. Led by Sandra Montague, the Minister to Children at FBC?Matthews, the church raised $1,773.62. FBC Charlotte’s contribution is a record $36,243.

“God has blessed our folks’ efforts,”Westmoreland said. “It’s a great number, but it’s the people behind the numbers that count.”

Bike for Change benefits BCH while teaching children the importance of making a difference in the lives of others.

Any church can host its own Bike for Change. Information and resources are available at For further information and assistance, contact Jay Westmoreland at 704-331-2266 or bikeforchange@