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.

Summer Mission: Gear Up For Learning!

Aldersgate has been asked to provide these items : 150 packs of loose leaf notebook paper (wide or college rule), 50 pocket folders (with or with prongs), backpacks, and blue or black ink pens.  Please leave your donation in the hall by the office by August 12, 2018.

UMW Mission of the Month (May and June)

We are filling baby bottles from our narthex with loose change and returning the filled bottle on Father’s Day (June 17, 2018). The proceeds will go to the Sumter Pregnancy Center. 

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.