Below are Columbia area ministries supported by First Presbyterian Church:
Bethany's mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Stephanie Miller, Office Coordinator, at 803-779-0541.
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.
Campus Outreach's mission statement is "Glorifying God by Building Laborers on the Campus for the Lost World." The purpose is do all things to the glory of God by Evangelizing (the lost), Establishing (new Christians in their faith), Equipping (Christians on how to walk faithfully with God) and Exporting people into the local church as they leave college. Much of their efforts are in tandem with FPC trying to have students be a part of FPC on Sundays and other times throughout the week. From week to week it is their aim to meet non Christians and share the gospel with them and help Christians grow.
Interested n more information or volunteering?
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 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 Ministries operates under three focus areas: Prevention, Intervention, and Attention. The Prevention area seeks to encourage abstinence, self-respect, and abundant life decision making in pre-teen, teen, and college age youth through R.E.A.L., our student ministry program. In the Intervention area, they provide sound information and support to help individuals make a confident pregnancy decision, receive healing, and establish a foundation for life and healthy relationships moving forward. This is accomplished through their pregnancy medical clinic, Daybreak LifeCare Center. Lastly, in the Attention area, they want to meet the ongoing life skill needs of our clients directly through Daybreak programs and indirectly by partnering with other organizations that excel in those areas. Two of the primary programs are Abortion Recovery Assistance, a Bible study specifically for women who have experienced abortion who are in need of healing, and Taylor’s Boutique, which is our baby boutique full of maternity clothes and baby clothing/items that our clients are able to shop in with the “baby bucks” they earn from the Baby Bucks Program.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Linzy Laird, email@example.com, Director of Client Services and Community Engagement.
Hannah House is a Christian based transitional housing facility, under the umbrella organization of Christ Central Ministries Inc. Their program fosters personal and spiritual growth to women and children. The women are offered the opportunity for advancement in education, knowledge of health and wellness, life skills, assistance in goal setting and personal support towards achieving goals.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Robin Rankin, Volunteer Coordinator at 803-771-4357.
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.
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.
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? Check out their website at olivergospelmission.com.
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, Kevin@palmettofamily.org.
Providence Home ministers in the name of Jesus Christ in word and deed to disenfranchised and dislocated men who desire to reenter the mainstream of life.
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 Anna Howard, RUF Intern, 828-446-8204.
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 Sarah Newcomb, firstname.lastname@example.org, the Carolina's Director of Public Relations/Volunteer Services/Disaster Services.
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@example.com, Metro Admin.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Area Director.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the above ministries, or would prefer a phone number for a ministry, please contact Alana Tyler at email@example.com or 803-799-9062.
This page last updated January 29, 2018.