Through the ministry of our congregation, FPC Aiken shares God’s love locally, regionally, and globally.
Locally, our congregation shares its community-centered compassion and reaches out to those within the Aiken community who might need assistance, support, or just a temporary hand-up for any number of reasons.
Through the use of our time, talents, and treasure, we partner with ACTS, Children’s Place, Christ Central, Community Medical Clinic, as well as a number of other nonprofits in the area.
We’d love to have you share in our journey. To get involved with our local Missions opportunities, we invite you to contact Mike Loftus, Chair of the Missions Committee or the resources below.
Thank you for your contributions!
Please leave your contributions for ACTS in the baskets in the narthex wings or at the Henderson Lane office entrance.
September: canned vegetables
October: grits, oatmeal, or cereal
ACTS needs volunteers!
ACTS needs volunteers in many areas: which one is right for you?
Help customers & cashier in the Resale Store
Pick up food and donations
Help with special events
Provide some refreshments for special events
Help prepare the newsletter for mailing
Be a Senior Food Home Delivery substitute driver
Tackle small repair projects
Starting November 3rd
We are excited and blessed to begin our 9th year of the Giving Together Store. When we decided to open our Christmas Store, and later a Birthday Store, we felt confident. We knew of your giving hearts and generous spirits—your love for the community. We knew that, together, we could make a difference not only for the children’s sake, but for the parents, who had fallen on difficult times and were struggling to get back on their feet—people looking for a hand up, not a handout. Costly presents were not in the budget.
Eight years later you’ve made it possible for nearly 1,000 children to receive Christmas and birthday presents. Through the store, parents will be able to purchase new toys and clothes for their children for a modest cost. Thanks to your generous Christmas donations, we’ve even been able to provide bicycles the last three years. We hope to do it again this year. In addition, the parents can pick up free stocking stuffers, stuffed animals, and gift-wrapping supplies. The store is a true collaboration between our community and the parents to provide for these children.
Our official Christmas Drive to restock our shelves will begin November 5. Drop-off collection boxes will be located in the Narthex and at the office door on Henderson Lane. We are collecting toys for children (infants-age 12) and gifts and clothing for youth (ages 13-17). We will also have boxes to collect socks and underwear that will be donated to ACTS for their client clothing shop.
During the year, birthday gifts can be left at the office.If you don’t have time to shop, we will be happy to do it for you. We rely a great deal on contributions of money to restock the store during the year and fill in any gaps we have. Checks can be made payable to FPC with “Giving Together” on the memo line.
We are in need of 18 inch dolls as we've had amazing seamstresses create beauitful outfits; these dolls would showcase them wonderfully. We are also in need of your help as volunteers for our stores. During Christmas Store week, December
3-7, we will need cashiers in 3-hour shifts. During the year, the Birthday Store is open one day
throughout the week, so we need people to be available for scheduled clients’ appointments. You can volunteer by calling the church and signing up.
(all items new and unwrapped)
• Baby learning toys • Dolls • Toy cars and trucks • Balls (basketball, football, soccer) • Pumps and needles for balls
• Baseball gloves • Fishing poles • Board games • Craft kits • Card games (e.g., Uno) • Journals • Make up, nail polish
• Jewelry • Men’s cologne, toiletry sets • Sleeping bags • Riding toys (trikes, bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc.)
• Inline skates • Tents and play tunnels • Punching bags • Sweatshirts and jeans for ages 13-17 (all sizes, including XXL)
• Socks and underwear (all sizes and styles, children and adults) • Stocking Stuffers • Gift Wrap • Stuffed animals
Mission: As a therapeutic childcare center serving 110 children everyday between the ages of 2 and 6, Children's Place works toward the vision of a safe and nurturing environment for every child in Aiken County
Opportunities: Reading to the children, helping with homework after school, and answering the phone
Mission: Dedicated to meeting the needs of the poor and disadvantaged in our community by first providing basic needs of food and clothing and then providing education and training in areas needed to secure and retain employment
Opportunities: Preschool readiness; after school mentoring of children and youth ages 5-18; GED tutoring; and introduction to vocational skills (to name a few)
Mission: Dedicated to improving the quality of life for impoverished, uninsured residents of Aiken County by providing ongoing healthcare in a professional setting
Opportunities: Volunteer pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, physicians,nurses, receptionists, (checking patients in and out, answering phones, ordering/checking medications, and data entry)
Mission: Provides quality, affordable housing to partner families in need by binding together volunteers, businesses, local government, professional/social organizations, and churches
Opportunities: Various tasks associated with construction of houses, services on various committees, various tasks at the ReStore and in the office