Local Missions

CMONA (Community Ministry of North Augusta)

This organization provides assistance to those in the North Augusta community who are in need of a variety of help.  Applicants are screened by an interviewer who determines ways that CMONA can help. This ministry is staffed and supported largely by local churches that provide volunteers and financial support. Grace’s Mission budget contributes monthly to CMONA. The Thrift Store offers clothing and household items to our community at a reduced price. All revenues generated go toward assisting CMONA clients. Volunteer duties include sorting clothes, merchandising the store, interviewing clients and more. Call 279-5771 to volunteer your time to this important ministry, or contact Polly Hargrove.

Mission Possible

This ministry aids homebound and older members of our congregation needing assistance. Volunteers meet and go out into the community   assisting with local home repairs and/or yard work. Construction expertise is not required, just a willingness to be of help to someone who does not have the means to do the work themselves. Mission Possible is held twice a year and is headed by David Blevins.

Ramp Ministry

Ramp Ministry is a mission of the church where those who are in need of minor home repairs or handicap accessory ramps and cannot financially afford them can be helped. Other small repairs are made available to those in need. This is funded by the church under the Missions/Outreach committee and is performed by the membership. Requests come to the church secretary from a variety of sources (hospitals, extended care organizations, CMONA, etc.) Once the need has been established and confirmed, a date is set and volunteers are contacted for their availability. The work is normally scheduled for the first available weekend and is usually performed in one day. The goal of the Ramp Ministry is to demonstrate and share God’s love through helping those local folks in need.

Early Response Team

Grace United Methodist Church provides response to disasters, such as damage from floods, tornados or hurricanes, under supervision by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in coordination with SC- UMVIM.  Approximately 20 members of Grace are trained and available to be on call when a disaster occurs. Individuals interested in training should contact Caroline Dennis.

North Augusta Salkehatchie

Salkehatchie is a youth-driven mission of the United Methodist Church that began around 1983. Youth, with adult guidance, work to improve the homes and lives of people in South Carolina. Spending one week doing as much as possible, leaking roofs are repaired, floors secured, and structural issues are corrected. Skills are learned, friends are made and lives are changed. Individuals pay a registration fee to participate and these funds are used to purchase building materials. There are over 50 Salkehatchie camps around the state throughout the summer. In 2016 Grace hosted its fourth North Augusta Salkehatchie Summer Service mission camp. With Annual Conference funding and local donations and volunteers we worked along-side those who came from other Methodist churches outside the area to repair houses for those in need.

Family Promise

Family Promise is committed to helping homeless families with children in our area to achieve lasting independence.  They do this by providing safe shelter, meals, day care, and support services such as case management and assistance in securing employment and affordable housing.  Grace UMC is one of 25 local churches to host up to three families for a week at a time.  Two or three times a year, we house these families in our youth wing and provide meals. Volunteer opportunities include loading and unloading beds, setting up the guests’ rooms, providing meals, being an evening host, and being an overnight host.  Contact Margaret McKibbin or Caroline Dennis for more information.

Operation Christmas Child

Grace UMC participates in Operation Christmas Child, an international agency through Samaritan’s Purse which distributes Shoe Box Gifts to children throughout the world.  Essentially, we are spreading the love of Christ to children and their families who might not know Him otherwise.  Members of the congregation are invited to participate in this special ministry by picking up a shoebox available at the church, filling it with requested items, and returning it to the church. Contact Olivia Hoy for more information.

Community Support

The Missions Committee sponsors the Tip, Toes and Taps dance program in February that supports the “Feed the Hungry” program. Last year, over $1,500 was collected for the Garden City Rescue Mission. In addition, there is a group of ladies who prepare and serve a meal at the Center once a month for approximately 65 men.  They also collect items that are needed at the Center, and in December prepare “Blessing Bags” with items needed for warmth.  If you would like to work with these ladies contact Kay Poss.

On the Horizon

New opportunities are being explored and you may hear more soon. A program called Help Open People’s Eyes (HOPE) is matching local churches with local schools in a partnership to share ideas and resources. Grace will be working with NA Elementary School.