Missions

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

UMW Mission of the Month 

Whether you bleed garnet, orange, or another color, March is the month to show your pride by bringing canned foods for Christian Charities. The annual drive, sponsored by the UMW, will take place throughout March. This year we are holding a competition between schools! Please bring your canned goods each Sunday and place them in the box for Clemson, South Carolina, or Other Colleges. At the end of the month, the team with the most cans donated will have their team added to a plaque. Canned meats and peanut butter will count as two cans.

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.

Compassion International

The youth at Aldersgate take up a monthly love offering to support an impoverished child in Guatemala. We also correspond regularly with letters back and forth to shower the child with love.

Feed My Starving Children

Each August, our youth and other members of our church gather in partnership with other members from the Sumter community to package meals for starving families around the world.

Kairos

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.

Operation Christmas Child

Each November, we fill and collect shoeboxes to send to bless children in need all over the world. When kids receive shoeboxes, they are also given the message of the gospel through pastors in their local communities. Our youth also participate in volunteering at a processing center to help prepare the shoeboxes for shipping.

Pumpkin Patch

Every October, we sell pumpkins out in the field by our church to raise money for our community. All proceeds go to local missions such as Sumter United Ministries and Christian Charities. 

Red Cross

On March 27th from 12-4:30pm, Aldersgate will be hosting a blood drive so that we can give to those who are in need of blood. 

Salkehatchie 

Each summer, Aldersgate sends a team of youth and other adult leaders to Bamberg, SC to repair homes and share the gospel with families in need. 

Souperbowl of Caring

Each year on Superbowl Sunday, Aldersgate takes up a love offering for a charity to give back to the community. This year, our donations went to the Emanuel Soup Kitchen in Sumter. We had a friendly competition between Carolina, Clemson, and Other football fans to raise funds. Carolina fans raised $362.50, Clemson fans raised $172.81, and Other fans raised $162 for a total of $697.31. 

Servants with a Heart

Each year in February, our youth attend a local conference in Sumter called One Weekend, where they gather for teaching and a mission project in partnership with Servants with a Heart. This year, the conference attendees packaged over 50,000 meals for starving families around the world. 

United Ministries

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. The UMM provide a meal once a month at the shelter. Aldersgate also supports United Ministries’ Summer and Winter Restore programs, where teams of youth and adult leaders repair houses in the community.

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.