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. Come back often to see what's our next mission.

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. We call it the Backpack Program. Around 40 children who would not have food over the weekend are helped.

Church members set up a carnival for a Back-to-School Bash each fall. With games, prizes, music, and food, everyone has a wonderful time.

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.

Our congregation supports many missions and we focus on a different one each month. This month's mission is......

Gear Up For Learning!

Aldersgate has been asked to provide these items : packs of notebook paper, pocket folders (with or with prongs), backpacks, and elementary level books. Please leave your donation in the hall by the office before August 9, 2017.

Our next project is to provide cookies for the annual Shaw Appreciation Picnic sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The picnic is held in September, so information will be coming out the end of August.

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 Sunday School classes 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.