Missions

The congregation of Aldersgate United Methodist Church loves to reach out to the Sumter community and share our love of Christ.  Throughout the year we support different local missions and events.  Please browse through a few of the missions we support.

Willow Drive Elementary

We have adopted the students at Willow Drive Elementary. Each Friday a group meets at the school to pack food items for selected students to take home in our Backpack Program. Around 40 children who would not have food over the weekend are helped. During the school year, we also have a team of volunteers that leads our Good News Club, where children in the 4th and 5th grade can learn about God in an after-school club setting. Additionally, church members set up a carnival for a Spring Fling at the end of the school year. With games, prizes, music, and food, everyone has a wonderful time.

Christian Charities of Sumter

Sumter’s local food bank, Christian Charities of Sumter, provides a week’s worth of food every other month to those in need.  They receive all the food from local donations.  The Second Sunday of each month members of our congregation bring any non-perishable food items for the ministry.  Christian Charities greatly appreciates all donations, but it is always in need of canned soups, fruits, meats, and peanut butter.   If you forget your items on the Second Sunday, they may be left at any time in the baskets across from the office.

November Thanksgiving Bags

It is time again for our annual Thanksgiving food drive for families in need in the Sumter area. We will be filling grocery bags with non-perishable food items to donate to Christian Charities. They will be distributing the bags to families in need to make sure that they have a nice Thanksgiving. The bags are located in the foyer next to the Christians Charities baskets and a list of suggested food items is attached to each bag. Please return the filled bags on or before our 10:30 Worship Service on Sunday, November 18th. In the past, we have had a terrific response to this outreach project and hope to do so again this year. Please remember that the items on the lists are suggestions and you may include any non-perishable items that you wish in the bags.

Operation Christmas Child

It is time to start filling your boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This year Samaritan’s Purse has provided the boxes for us to fill. Please return your filled boxes to the church by Wednesday, November 14th . The boxes will make their way to one of 94 countries worldwide. The boxes and brochures with labels are available in the Narthex. See Lynn Boan if you need more information. *The following items may not be put in the boxes: Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

 

Other Missions

Kairos is a prison ministry for both men and women.  Different teams go a few weekends a year to share the Gospel with the inmates.  After each service those inmates who attend are sent back to their cells with a package of cookies to share along with what they learned.  Be watching for the next time you can help provide those cookies.

United Ministries is supported by all the churches of Sumter.  It opens an adult shelter each evening and different groups within the church provide dinner for the residents on a monthly basis. 

Aldersgate also supports United Ministries’ Sumter Restore program.  Through it they build wheelchair ramps for those in need. They also repair houses during the summer.