In Our Community
SERVE in our Community
Benevolence—Through Christ-like support for those in need, we greet, counsel, pray and present the gospel to clients. Volunteers bag and deliver food and other items in grocery carts to each family to take home. Other volunteers examine past due rent or utility bills and provide financial assistance. At Thanksgiving, families are offered turkeys and all the trimmings, and at Christmas parents are invited to come to our Christmas store and purchase gifts at a very low price. These gifts are provided by our membership. Many, many volunteers are needed to make this a success. Contact the Benevolence office if you are interested in serving.
Bridge—A complete church with minister, music, meals, clothing, and other needs is set up each Sunday under the Calhoun Expressway on Fifteenth Street in Augusta. Many have come to meet the Lord through this mission. Volunteers are needed on site from 12:15-4:00 on Saturdays. Other opportunities include clothing prep each week and food prep on Wednesday night of the weeks we provide the food. Please contact Hugh Hollar for more information.
English as a Second Language (ESL)—On Wednesday mornings, this mission reaches to a population that does not have fluency in the English language. Adult students come together with dedicated volunteers to hear and speak English. Volunteers also bring a brunch for the student, providing for a time of fellowship and relationship building. Contact Cyndi Busby for more information on how you can serve.
Men on Mission—A group of dedicated men can get a lot of work done in a short time. These men repair windows, make ramps, repair damaged property, paint, repair doors, replace rotten wood, and many other tasks that the poor and elderly in our community are unable to do for themselves. Also, they are ready to take equipment and go to disaster areas for cleanup and rebuilding. The Men on Mission meet monthly for a fellowship dinner on the last Wednesday night of the month in the Sun Room of the Fellowship Hall. Contact Allen Hardin for more information.
Copeland Elementary—We have an ongoing partnership with Copeland Elementary School just down Jackson Road from the church. This involves adopting classrooms, providing goodie-bags for the teachers, assisting as science fair judges, supplying some candy for the fall festival, offering space for pre-planning meetings and lunch, and many other opportunities. Contact Ann Taylor for more information.
Family Promise— We partner alongside other churches through Family Promise to help low-income families with children in Augusta and the surrounding area achieve lasting independence by providing safe shelter, meals, and support services. On a quarterly basis, a dedicated area of our church is transformed into a dormitory for up to 3 families (16 people) for 1 full week. Bedrooms with linens, blankets, towels, lamps, alarm clocks are set up by a crew of church members. We meet the families’ needs for the week—including meals, hot showers, assisting with homework, sleeping over, and being a stable presence for homeless families with children. Volunteers are needed in every area to provide comfort for these transitioning families. Contact Pam Thomas or Anita Aguirre for more information.
Jesus’ Special Followers—This Sunday School class for special needs adults provides Christian education for physically and/or mentally challenged individuals. Everyone needs an opportunity to learn on their own level that Jesus died for them and that He has for all of us. Volunteers are needed each Sunday during the regular Sunday School hour to help the individuals load and unload from the transportation provided. Contact Beth Pollock for more information.
Women’s Missionary Union—At present there are 2 active women’s groups who meet each month.
The Lucy Wright Parker Mission Group (morning meeting) and the Serendipity Mission Group (evening meeting). These groups enjoy guest speakers, a meal together, and discuss ways to minister to the community. They serve at the soup kitchen, St. Johns Towers, Friendship Community Center, and many other ministry opportunities in our community. They pray together and support each other.
Helping Hands—This long time mission meets every Monday morning. This is a group of creative and talented ladies who use their skills to serve a needy population. They sew purses for the Lydia Project (a ministry that reaches women who are being treated for cancer). They knit baby caps for newborns in the neonatal nursery, make bedrolls, stocking caps, and scarves for the homeless.