Local Missions

“...and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth”
- Jesus, Acts 1:8

We are called to share God’s love with the world. That means the people next door, across the state, and on the other side of the globe.

At Advent we begin the work of making God's love real right in our backyard. You can read more about our local mission efforts by clicking on the tabs below. Those tabs noted with a (*) are Cornerstone Missions.

* United Ministries/Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network

United Ministries

United Ministries/Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) serves and empowers those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. Services include Education & Employment, Crisis Assistance and Homeless Services. Advent supports United Ministries through financial support, partners with them to provide emergency shelter for families and provides bridge housing for families that are taking a step toward independence. Families are hosted in the Christian Life Center four weeks each year and Advent currently provides five bridge houses from the generosity of the Advent family.

To learn more about United Ministries, please visit united-ministries.org.

To learn how you can help this ministry at Advent, contact Leigh Randall

* Hope Academy

Hope Academy

Founded in 1997, Hope Academy (located at Advent for 20 years) provides inclusion-based classrooms, allowing children with special needs (primarily autism) to learn side-by-side with their peers. Hope Academy provides an opportunity for all children to learn that differences are to be celebrated, not feared. Advent continues to provide financial support to Hope Academy

Backpack Blessings

Backpack Blessings

Thousands of low-income children in Greenville County rely on food support from the National School Lunch Program. Over weekends and school holidays, when school is not in session, children are at risk of going without food. A lack of food affects health and physical development and their behavior and school performance. Advent UMC through Backpack Blessings has partnered with local elementary schools working with guidance counselors who identify children that have a need for this ministry. The Backpack Blessings program currently provides 188 children with child-friendly, easy to prepare food to take home over the weekend. To serve with Backpack Blessings, your food and monetary donations help support the mission. By sharing the mission to other groups, Boy/Girl Scout troops, schools, National Honor Society and Beta clubs, Sunday school classes and businesses can collect items to help keep our pantry full and bags being sent to the children who need them.

Items used for Backpack Blessings

  • Juice Boxes/Pouches (100% juice or lower sugar preferred) - no fruit punch, sports drinks, etc.
  • Instant Oatmeal packets
  • Cereal (single serving size only)
  • Microwavable Pasta or Macaroni and Cheese (single serving size only)
  • Franks and Beans (single serve pop-top cans only)
  • Applesauce Cups
  • Fruit cups or pop-top cans
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Peanut-Butter/Cheese Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Pudding Cups
  • Raisins (single serving size only)
  • Pretzels/Gold Fish (single serving size only) - no potato chips, nacho chips, etc.

For questions or if your group/business would like to set up a collection please contact Carolyn Hamilton.

Harvest Hope

Harvest Hope

The mission of Harvest Hope is to provide for the needs of hungry people. Advent UMC partners with Harvest Hope to provide financial support, food donations and hands on service in their food pantry and warehouse. Food donations can be left in the bins in the Narthex.

Food Pantries

Food Pantries

Advent UMC provides donations for additional food pantries in our area. Donations can be left in the bins in the Narthex.

Some of the local pantries we support include:

God’s Pantry

Golden Strip Emergency Relief and Resource Agency

United Ministries

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

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Established in 1998, the Golden Strip Church Coalition (GSCC) is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry that has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to break the cycle of poverty and build homes for hardworking families who are unable to qualify for a mortgage. Advent is a partner church in the GSCC and provides financial support. In addition, Advent volunteers assist with the Golden Strip Church Coalition build.

For further information on HFH in Greenville, please see their webpage.

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Karen Schultz.

March Mission Madness

March Mission Madness

March Mission Madness (MMM) is an annual day of community outreach for Advent. Held on a Saturday in March, MMM offers a half-day local mission opportunity for the entire Advent family. For more information please contact Lindsay Heffron.

SantaHatchie

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SantaHatchie

During the winter break, Advent students and adults come together to help provide home improvements to create drier, safer and warmer homes in our community. This local mission allows the Advent family the opportunity to serve alongside each other while developing relationships with the families served. For more information contact Leigh Randall.

Triune Mercy Center

Triune Mercy Center

Triune Mercy Center is a non-denominational church and mission that ministers to the homeless in downtown Greenville. Advent supports Triune through financial support and every fifth Sunday, Advent serves a hot meal at Triune. Volunteers are needed to provide the meal, serve the meal and clean up following the meal. In addition, we collect five needed items such as art and office supplies and canned goods to take on the Sunday when we serve meals.

For more information about Triune Mercy Center, visit their website.

If you have any questions, you may contact Phyllis or Jim Cashion .

Advent Helping Hands

Advent Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a ministry that provides service to those in need of support. The need could be a situation of aging, sudden illness or other inabilities related to taking care of their property. Examples of work include things such as: house maintenance, yard work/repair, or errand running.

If you need help, know of someone does, or want to volunteer with Helping Hands, please contact Jim Grayson.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an interdenominational Christian sports ministry that exists to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. Advent members Tim & Rena Steele serve as local missionaries on the Greenville FCA Staff. Advent helps support FCA through financial contributions and partnering with them for ministries like summer basketball camps. For more information contact Tim & Rena Steele.

Emmanuel's Hammer

Emmanuel's Hammer

Emmanuel’s Hammer works with community service organizations, churches, and government agencies to identify homeowners who have experienced a home disaster or who are facing a critical situation that affects the safety, sanitation, or security of their home. Advent supports Emmanuel’s Hammer through financial support and also working on Emmanuel’s Hammer homes through SantaHatchie, March Mission Madness and Helping Hands ministry. For more information, contact Jim Grayson or visit their website.