“Using Christ as our example the purpose of the Palmetto Presbyterian Church Mission Team is to use our time and resources to assist those in need in our local community and in the world.”
Local Community Home Repairs and Handicap Ramps
For several years Palmetto has helped members of three small Huger United Methodist Churches by building handicap ramps and modest home repairs. We are expanding our efforts to a new opportunity to work through East Cooper Ecumenical Network of churches East of the Cooper River. A group called Operation Home is helping us identify and prioritize projects. Several times a year we will call on church members to volunteer their time and tools to help folks with health issues and who cannot afford these things on their own. You do not need any particular skill to help and youth are needed too! Several years ago we also helped build a “Presbyterian home” near Joe Rouse Road for Habitat for Humanity.
Amazing Grays Mission Projects
The Amazing Grays, our fellowship group of retirees, has raised funds the last two years for curriculum materials for a summer enrichment program in Cainhoy/Huger for up to 100 children. The program runs from mid-June to mid-July and is held at Cainhoy Middle School, and is largely run by the members of the Huger United Methodist Churches. Palmetto church members have done volunteer morning readings for the enrichment program. The Amazing Grays also provide lunch for Crisis Ministries three times a year, provide gifts at Christmas for seniors through Meals on Wheels, donate toys to ECCO at Christmas, give funds to the Haiti efforts, and bake a lot of cookies for Kairos Prison Ministries .
Denominational Special Offerings
Palmetto Presbyterian has three special denominational offerings a year approved by session. The first is supporting those in financial need at Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (the date of the offering is usually on -Mothers’ Day). The second is One Great Hour of Sharing - Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world; gifts to this special offering help provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed (this collection is usually in April). The third is Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC next to Presbyterian College. This is a home for disadvantaged children and youth who have been abused, abandoned or neglected (this collection is around Thanksgiving).
Youth in Mission
There are so many different ways the Youth and Children of Palmetto respond to the Great Commandment throughout the year. Whether they are collecting can goods for the food bank, making and selling keys for Keys for Hope, raising awareness about clean water needs around the world, they are seeking ways to reach into the community and world. The youth are looking forward to planning their first mission trip.
Palmetto has been involved with work in Haiti since our beginning. Our mission is to help the Haitian people provide a better way of life for themselves. Our focus is on productivity and education. We have a program to sponsor a child’s education, and we are building a school/church in Boucan Carrie and another in LaChapelle. We work with a number of artisans and women’s groups helping them to create products for sale in the US—a means to support themselves. We have relationships with an Episcopal Priest, a Catholic Priest and a Baptist Minister. We travel to Haiti regularly, and all are invited to participate in these trips. Our recent fundraising is helping to complete the roof on the newly constructed St. Michel’s church. In 2014 we will focus additional efforts on sponsoring the education of children.
Halos and Hands of Christ
HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support) is a non-profit agency that provides assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their caregivers. HALOS works directly with CCDSS. One of their joint programs is the Angel Tree when partners of HALOS are asked to provide Christmas presents for children that are clients of CCDSS (Palmetto is a HALOS partner). Palmetto Presbyterian has participated in the Angel Tree for several years.
Hands of Christ is a ministry led by Charleston area Presbyterian churches. Prior to each school year uniforms and school supplies are collected and distributed. Palmetto collected school supplies this year, and in past years we have been a distribution site and have helped with distribution at New Wappetaw Presbyterian in McClellanville.
Palmetto Presbyterian Church sponsors two collections a year for the ECCO (East Cooper Community Outreach) food bank. Grocery bags are handed out to our church members to fill with donations. Palmetto also collects Thanksgiving meals to be donated to the Huger United Methodist Churches. We also place boxes in the great hall that can be filled with items to restock food supplies for these Huger churches.
Kairos Prison Ministries
Kairos is an interdenominational Christian ministry presented by lay and ordained personnel in state and federal maximum and medium security correctional institutions for men and women. It grew out of the Presbyterian Pilgrimage weekend by adapting the three day methodology to the prison environment. By inviting leaders from the key environments of the institution, Kairos seeks to positively impact the prison environment with the message of Christ’s love through a series of meditations and talks to demonstrate this love and forgiveness. The outside community can support the weekend through prayer for the weekend and the sacrifice of time to make posters, bake cookies, and write letters.