Ministries & Missions at FPC Beaufort

One does not need to go far and wide to participate in mission activities. Search deep in your heart to see if the Lord may be calling you to serve any of these groups:

Mission Activities right here in Beaufort County:

 

Family Promise of Beaufort County

 

Family Promise of Beaufort County partners with local congregations, individuals, families, other social service agencies, foundations and businesses to provide shelter and viable solutions for families with children who are facing a housing crisis. Families are housed in Beaufort County's houses of worship, where congregation members provide meals, essential needs and companionship for our guest families. Family Promise staff provides comprehensive case management and assistance in securing employment, medical care, childcare, school placement and ultimately affordable housing.

The goal is to provide immediate shelter while equipping families with the knowledge and resources they need to sustain their lasting independence in a home of their own.
 familypromisebeaufortcounty.org

 

 

HELP of Beaufort

HELP is an All Volunteer organization that provides direct services to individuals and families that are needing emergency assistance such as food and clothing. Many members of First Presbyterian Church were instrumental in starting this organization and volunteering to provide many service hours. All requests for help are verified. So this week while you are in the grocery store pick up a can or two of vegetables, peanut butter, meat, or any other staple for HELP’s food pantry and bring it to church next Sunday. Just place your offering in the Narthex of the church. Your caring and donations reach far and wide in this community. Our Cents-a-bility offering, inpart funds our HELP of Beaufort mission.

 

HELP Mobile Meals

MOW is another organization in which this church has been involved for many, many years. Our church delivers meals on Mondays and we need m

ore volunteers to take part in this ministry. One day we may be the one who looks forward to see a smiling face who not only delivering a nutritious meal but a kind word. If you are so moved to join in the Meal on Wheels effort you may contact Bert LaGrone (524-5575).

 

Little Neighbors (at Beaufort Elementary)

Become a part of the Mission Committee’s outreach to Beaufort Elementary! Our mentor program was so well received and appreciated last year, and this year, we hope to make it even bigger and better! Please prayerfully consider giving a few moments of your valuable time to children who will benefit so much from being with you. It is a joyful, meaningful way to share your love and experience.

If you participated in the past, consider jumping back in to the program.  Contact Patsy Hand at: patsyhand@gmail.com or 843-838-2574

 

 

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you knit? If so, the prayer shawl ministry could use your help. You can work at home, or join us at the home of Allie Guile, 113 Elliott Street, on Tuesday mornings. We use very easy patterns, and yarn to share. We will even teach you to knit! We have given 12 prayer shawls to date to those who may be undergoing health issues, surgery, etc. If you are interested, please call Allie at 524-4834. 

 

Mission Activities on a Regional, National or International Scope:

 

 

Lesotho, Africa Missions Support

Mother-Daughter Missions Event: Making Rag Dolls for Orphans in Africa 

On a recent Saturday morning, 16 elementary aged girls (1 brave boy!), 9 moms and 6 women who sew – came together for a Mother-Daughter mission event at FPC Beaufort. This inter-generational project was sponsored by the Presbyterian Women's Mission and headed up by master craftswoman, Donna Sheetz, who taught the children how to make individually created Rag Dolls for the young orphans in Lesotho, Africa supported by our PC(USA) Missionary, Nancy Dimmock. This project was so meaningful and successful, there are plans to have additional Rag Doll making events to share these special creations with those in our local community. See images from this event HERE.

 

  Greening of FPC Beaufort

Members of First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort purposefully strive to become better stewards of God’s entrusted creation.  We joyfully commit to preserve its beauty so that generations to come may enjoy the abundant gifts of our environment. We will promote care, respect, and stewardship for God’s life-sustaining creation in all aspects of life in our community, specifically in our worship services, our educational programs, the care of our buildings and grounds, and our service to local and global communities.

Are you interested in helping educate and inspire fellow members to fulfill these goals adopted by The Session?  Please contact a member of the Environmental Stewardship Sub-Committee (Roxanne Cheney, Susan Easton, Colin Kinton, Nan Krueger, Jim Pickard, Jeneane Ryan).

 

 

 

 

Stop Hunger Now!

 

 

Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now is a non-profit international relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid across the globe. The organization is driven by a vision to end world hunger in our lifetime and a mission to provide food and life-saving aid to the world’s most destitute and hungry in the most sustainable, efficient and effective manner.

Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world. www.stophungernow.org

FPC Beaufort has raised funds to hold 4 meal packaging events at the Church over the past 2 years, packaging over 40,000 life savings meals to date. Our Cents-a-bility offering, inpart funds our Stop Hunger Now mission.

 

 

Thornwell Home For Children

 

Founded as a Presbyterian ministry in 1875, Thornwell Home for Children is a joyful Christian community, offering hope and wholeness to children and families. Its goals are to provide loving homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children, to offer an opportunity for healing by providing proper healthcare and mental health counseling for every Thornwell child, and to offer Thornwell’s children hope for a successful future by providing educational support and teaching self-advocacy. www.thornwellhome.org

 

West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps

 

Since October 2001, West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps (WVMAW) has brought 40-75 volunteer groups  to work in West Virginia. Their work has consisted of home repair and reconstruction, deconstruction, playground restoration, parks cleanup, stream bank stabilization, and vacation Bible schools, among other things. But more than just hammers and nails, the groups have built relationships with people in West Virginia, changing lives in the name of Jesus Christ. www.wvmaw.org

 

About the Mission Committee:

The goals of the Mission Committee are to identify the many ways members of First Presbyterian are already serving the community and to inspire and recruit members to get involved in additional projects.

The many possible projects being considered by the Mission Committee are grouped into four main categories: the homeless; the hungry; the Hispanic community; and the education of our youth.  The Committee is considering various projects to support these missions.  An event aimed at international hunger relief is already in the works, with more information to follow soon. 

Current Mission Committee Members:

Elder Ron Bailey; Nan Krueger; Roxanne Cheney; Susan Easton; Ann Gribb; Sissy Kinghorn; Bill Reese; Jeneane Ryan; Lolita Watson.

The Committee welcomes your ideas and inputs, and of course we’ll need your time and talents as the projects take shape.  Please contact a Committee member for more information.

Beginning in 2009, FPC Beaufort sent 12 commissioned volunteers to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world.  In our prayer together, these missionaries promised to be dedicated disciples by teaching Jesus’ message, providing others in need with food and a safe place to live, and specifically by traveling to  WV for a week of service. These volunters in 2011 were Susan Easton, Daniel and Amy Fallon, Bob Gamble, Hugh Gouldthorpe and Nelle Pender, Brantley Harvey, Fletch Maffett, Ralph and Adele Martin, Patrick Perryman, and Lolita Watson.

 

 

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