God’s people are challenged through the Scriptures to care – for Jesus’ sake – about the communities in which they live. Old Testament believers who found themselves in exile were told, “…seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…” (Jeremiah 29:7). Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14).
The following ministry opportunities are ways we might increasingly care for the welfare of our city.
Local Missions Table
A Local Ministry table will be set up on Sundays in the Atrium for the congregation to see the opportunities for getting involved in local outreach. The ministries that will be displayed in the month of August are Child Evangelism Fellowship, International Friendship Ministry, and Young Life. Stop by and learn more about these great ministries that First Presbyterian Church supports.
International Friendship Ministries Welcome Back Banquet
First Presbyterian Church is once again hosting the International Friendship Ministries Welcome Back Banquet. This annual banquet is held at the beginning of the school year to welcome international students to the Columbia area. It will be held Friday, August 26, in the Family Life Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to host tables and serve food. If you are interested in helping, please register here.
If you have any questions, please email Lisa Eargle at [email protected].
Daybreak LifeCare Center
Daybreak LifeCare Center is looking for mature Christian women willing to build relationships and share their experiences with our clients. If you’re open to offering some of your time, consider applying to be a Mommy Mentor today! No formal training is required. We simply desire people who love the Lord Jesus and want to love women in need of support as they go through a first-time or subsequent pregnancy. Complete our volunteer application at www.partner.daybreakcola.org. If you have additional questions, please contact Wendy Gilliard, Director of Client Services, at [email protected] or 803.771.6634 x404.
- RIGHT NOW: to help faciliate summer programs!
- to help facilitate their after-school programs which includes helping students in 5k-5th grade with homework, creating crafts, and science experiments.
- to serve as mentors, being paired with one student and spending (at minimum) an hour a week with them, helping to guide them to right decisions as they grow.
- to serve as "reading buddies" in the afterschool program, by allowing 5k-4th graders to read aloud to them for 30-45 minutes, once a week or every day.
Foster Care Resource Closet
A Foster Care Resource Closet is located on the second floor of 1420 Lady to serve those with foster children. Items being collected include clothing, shoes, equipment, and toys. A detailed list of accepted donations can be found here. Volunteers are needed:
- to donate items.
- to organize the donated items into their collective spaces.
- to volunteer during operating hours to help those shopping.
- to pray for those who are shopping there.
Donations can be dropped off in the marked box located in the security office in the 1420 Lady Building.
A Moment of Hope
A Moment of Hope trains and mobilizes prayer volunteers and sidewalk counselors to be present in front of Columbia's abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood, to provide gospel-centered help and alternatives to women arriving for abortion appointments.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Mark Baumgartner, Executive Director, at 803-348-1984.
We believe that all people are made in the image of God and are therefore important and special in His sight regardless of their mental and physical abilities. Thus Camp Joy ministers to those who are mentally challenged. Campers must be at least 13 years old and have self-help skills. Camp Joy is designed to have a one on one camper to counselor ratio. The staff is experienced in working with a wide variety of chronological and mental ages and abilities.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact David Harrell.
Campus Crusade for Christ - USC Campus
Cru is a ministry that seeks to reach the next generation of leaders on the college campus by winning students to Christ, building them in their faith, and sending students into the world and workforce to be lifelong laborers for the sake of the Gospel. As a ministry, Campus Crusade is in three or four different niches on campus at USC, and always has a variety of volunteer needs in both their ministry to Greeks through their Greek Impact ministry, or through their traditional Cru undergraduate ministry. There is always a bible study to be launched, a student to be mentored, and an event at which to serve.
Capitol Ambassadors is a Christian ministry that exist to “make disciples” of Jesus Christ in the political arena in America and around the world. This involves developing relationships with elected political leaders at all levels of government, political support staff and governmental advocates who share the vision to reach men and women in politics with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Interested in more information? Contact Jeff Lingerfelt.
The mission of Child Evangelism Fellowship is “reaching children and young people, preparing others to reach children, and offering tools to do the job.” The ministries of Child Evangelism Fellowship include Good News Clubs where trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes, just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson along with songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme. First Presbyterian currently supports a Good News Club at a local elementary school.
Interested in getting involved with the Good News Club? Contact Lee Hess at 803-727-3267.
The Christian Counseling Center
The Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church provides Biblically-based clinical counseling and preventative services in order to build vibrant lives and strong families. The ministry of the Center is available to all who seek personal and relational wholeness.
Christian Medical Dental Association
The Christian Medical Dental Association provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.
CIU Prison Initiative
Each year, fifteen qualified inmates are selected through an application and interview process to participate in the two year program taught by CIU professors. After graduation they receive an accredited associate of arts degree in Bible and are assigned (re-located) to prisons throughout South Carolina where they become missionaries and ministers in the various facilities.
The Cooperative Ministry
The mission of Cooperative Ministry is to increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs. They help meet immediate needs as well as provide resources and teaching skills for long term sustainability.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Rhemie Gantz, Client Relations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at 803-799-3853 ext 650.
Daybreak LifeCare Center exists to serve men and women who are facing unplanned pregnancies. Through free services to include pregnancy tests, options consultations, ultrasounds, and our men’s program, Daybreak provides sound information and support to help individuals make a confident pregnancy decision. Through Taylor’s Boutique, Daybreak offers maternity clothes and baby items and equipment that clients are able to earn through our Baby Bucks program or receive for free on our Community Care Days. Daybreak seeks to connect the church with clients through our Mommy Mentor Program where moms in churches are paired with a client to form a relationship and share life experiences with one another. Daybreak also offers Abortion Recovery Assistance, which is a Bible study specifically for women who have experienced abortion and are in need of healing.
If you are interested in more information or volunteering, visit our website at www.partner.daybreakcola.org or contact us at 803.771.6634.
Ezekiel Ministries exists to share the love and truth of Jesus to families in inner-city Columbia. They do this by providing tangible help in the areas of education and family literacy. Their two main programs are an after-school and mentoring program for under-resourced children. Eze-Farms is involved with Ezekiel Ministries.
Interested in more infomration or volunteering, visit www.ezeministries.org/ways-to-help.
An association of Christian business and professional men and their wives who are dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony and by providing Bibles and New Testaments.
The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. They are currently in need of volunteers to help in their Emergency Food Pantries by sorting, stocking, and distrbuting food to their clients. Any interested volunteers must attend a one hour orientation class.
International Friendship Ministries is a private Christian organization which seeks to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to international students through sincere friendship and service. They provide free weekly dinners, informative classes, fun programs, and affordable opportunities to tour nearby attractions during school breaks. Whether it is a trip to the store, moving furniture from one apartment to another, or help with conversational English, International Friendship Ministries seeks to offer practical help as needed. They also assist students who want to know more about the Bible and Christianity to find a Bible study or an international class within a local church.
Interested in more information, or volunteering? Contact Raj Aluri, President of IFM, at 803-318-0800.
Intervarsity at USC
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of South Carolina is a community of grace, sent by God's love to invite all USC students to know Jesus. Their goal is to motivate the community to prayerfully live on mission for Jesus by inviting and welcoming students of every ethnicity into deep community in small groups. They would love to have members of your church volunteer with their ministry by mentoring college students, providing meals/snacks for ministry events, and helping us connect with students and faculty from campuses all around Columbia who may be interested in seeing this vision become a reality at USC and campuses across the state.
Interested in more information, or volunteering? Contact Lizzie Keegan.
Midlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Oliver Gospel Mission
The Oliver Gospel Mission seeks to provide a Christ-centered environment that is compassionate, yet firm, and designed to instill both hope and responsibility for the purpose of life transformation. Their goal is that those in need that arrive at their door will receive the tools they need to live fulfilled, functioning, and fruitful lives, ready to contribute to and enhance the community.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Dustin Smith.
Palmetto Family Council
The mission of Palmetto Family Council is to persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication, and networking. They focus on seven core values as they relate to the family including faith, marriage, parenting, education, stewardship, commerce, and culture.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Kevin Caiello.
Pearls Columbia is an organization in Columbia, SC that provides support, hope, and restoration to women who are exploited by the sex industry. They offer support to women working in the sex industry during our monthly outreaches, as well as support, mentorship, and aftercare programs for women who desire to leave the industry. Our vision is to see women restored to new life – mind, body, and spirit — by the transformative love of Jesus Christ.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Email here.
Providence Home is a transitional home for men in recovery from substance abuse and other issues. They believe that no matter what a man is struggling with, the solution is always a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is our Hope, our Comfort, and our "Way of Escape", I Cor. 10:13. Men contribute financially toward their recovery each week and receive a variety of holistic services to benefit their physical and mental health, family and social relationships, spiritual growth, employment attainment and stability, and financial health.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Rob Settle, 803-779-2927.
RUF is a campus ministry with "A heart for the Gospel. A heart for the campus." Their large group meets once a week, they hold weekly small groups, and offer one-on-one meetings with members of their staff. They also sit on campus every Wednesday and provide a homemade baked good for students to snack on while visiting with staff and other students. They are always in search of someone to bake these goods (between 20-30) or families willing to open their homes for a holiday party or event.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Sammy Rhodes, RUF Campus Minister.
The purpose of RUF International is to welcome international scholars and their families from all nations, help them explore and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a safe and non-threatening environment, and to equip Christian internationals to be servant-leaders for God's Kingdom. This is their first year of ministry on campus.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Scott Andes, RUF International Minister, 803-261-4241.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Lisa Huffman.
Side by Side Ministries
Side by Side Ministries works to support and minister to the female spouses of medical students, residents and practicing physicians. They meet twice monthly in a home for prayer, fellowship, and Bible study.
They are a faith based Biblical discipleship training program for men ages 18-45, who have found themselves trapped in the clutches of addiction. Their program is unique in that we provide a full year of residential care, where the men study the Bible, attend Chapel Services and learn healthy living patterns that will equip them for a productive lifestyle after Teen Challenge.
Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school and high school students in 20 schools across the city of Columbia. Young Life thinks the world of kids. They believe that they deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life leaders are caring adults who come sharing the hope of Jesus Christ as well as lasting friendship with kids. Young Life is also all about fun. From club and camp to campaigners and other activities, teenagers have a blast laughing, trying new things and being with their friends. Volunteer opportunities include: serve as a Young Life leader, serve on an adult YL Area Committee, and serving on a school parent support team.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Katie Lindemen, [email protected], Metro Admin.
Young Life - Urban Ministry
Young Life Downtown Columbia is an outreach to high school students. They specifically serve under resourced, inner city schools. Their approach is to go where kids are and reveal God's love and pursuit of them. Their hope is not to present a program but to present a person who will commit to building a lasing relationship. They do this by way of college students who commit 8-10 hours a week in one of their four high schools. As of now their volunteer leaders serve at Eau Claire, Keenan, Columbia High and they're in the initial stages of ministry at CA Johnson. Our prayer is to offer community to students who are seeking to know Jesus and want to grow in their faith.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Rick Palmer, Area Director.
Their vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Midlands YoungLives.