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.
September Mission of the Month
Our mission of the month for September is to make Flood Buckets to send to UMCOR. These buckets are then sent out to areas all over the country as the need arises. You can help by making a complete flood bucket on your own or by purchasing any of the items listed below and bringing them to the church so that we can assemble the flood buckets. Collection boxes will be located near the Office and the Fellowship Hall. Don’t have time to shop but want to help? Mark your monetary donation “Flood Buckets” and place it in the offering or give it to Lynn Boan and we will go purchase the items needed to complete the buckets.
(All items must be new)
1 liquid laundry detergent (32-64 oz – no powder)
1 liquid concentrate household cleaner (12-40 oz – no spray cleaners)
1 liquid dish soap (16-34 oz bottle, any brand)
1 air freshener (pump spray or 3 solid or gel fresheners)
1 insect repellent spray (6-14 oz spray pump with cover or pack of 10-20 wipes)
1 scrub brush (with or without handle)
18 reusable cleaning wipes (no terrycloth, microfiber, or paper towels)
5 scouring pad sponges (no stainless steel pads with soap in them)
1 clothesline (50-100 feet, cotton or plastic)
24 count roll of heavy duty large trash bags (33-45 gallon size)
5 N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3mm thickness – no surgical masks)
2 pairs kitchen gloves (should be durable enough for multiple uses)
1 pair work gloves (cotton with leather palm or all leather)
1-5 gallon bucket with resealable lid (no buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner)
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.