LOCAL MISSIONS

Transforming the world through community outreach

Advent has many local mission opportunities for the Advent family and those in the community to spread the love and joy of God. We want to make serving available to all and hope you will join us in our local efforts to serve within our community.

Learn more about some of the organizations we partner with below.

United Ministries/Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) 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
  • Provides bridge housing for families that are taking a step toward independence and works with IHN to help set up homes for each new family.

Families are hosted in the Christian Life Center three weeks each year, and Advent currently provides five bridge houses from the generosity of the Advent family. (Currently suspended due to the COVID pandemic).

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, physical development, their behavior and school performance.

Advent, 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 250 children with child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food to take home over the weekend.

To serve with Backpack Blessings:

  • Donate food
  • Give monetary donations
  • Share the mission with groups like Boy/Girl Scout troops, schools, National Honor Society, Beta clubs, Sunday school classes and businesses, and ask for food donations

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/Goldfish (single serving size only) no potato chips, nacho chips, etc.

Food donations may be left in the donation bin marked Backpack Blessings located in the breezeway entrance of the Connecting Space.

Please contact us with any questions about groups, business collections, donations, or individual support.

The mission of Harvest Hope is to provide for the needs of hungry people. Advent 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 breezeway located by the Connecting Space. 

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.

Our half day of service entails projects like:

  • Light construction
  • Painting, landscaping
  • Family friendly service opportunities
  • Missional activities to families in need

Meals on Wheels is a home food delivery program designed to provide nutritious meals and a daily visit to the homebound in Greenville. Advent will be starting a meal route if we have enough folks to volunteer.  The goal is to have a team where each person only needs to drive the route once a month.

This is an Advent outreach that endeavors to connect with local military veterans and their families and endeavors to assist them by providing food, clothing, helping with Christmas gifts for the children, etc.

During the winter break, Advent students, college students, children, 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.

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 on the first Sundays in March, June, September and November, 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.

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.

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.

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 working on Emmanuel’s Hammer homes through SantaHatchie, March Mission Madness, and Helping Hands ministry.

JUMPSTART disciples current and former prisoners and assists with re-entry to society. We accomplish our mission through Community Partnerships to address the spiritual, educational, employment, healthcare, housing, and family relationship needs. We also provide temporary transitional dormitory style housing for those who have been released and are willing to be discipled and mentored and are looking for a safe and successful transition back into society.

Advent partners with the Jumpstart program by providing financial support. We also hope to provide volunteer support as needed.

Strides tutoring provides access to tutoring for students who have fallen behind and are not able to afford standard tutoring costs. They do this by providing a sliding fee scale, in order to make it affordable to low income parents, allowing poorer students access to instruction. Advent partners with STRIDES by supporting them financially and providing opportunities to work with them as a volunteer or paid tutor.

For more information or to get involved with any of our mission opportunities, contact us.

We’re Saving a Seat for You This Christmas!

We hope you will join us this Christmas for worship at both of our campuses: Five Forks and Scuffletown!

Advent Five Forks Campus

Saturday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Services

1:00 pm – Family Service: Birthday Party for Jesus

3:00 pm – Traditional Service

5:00 pm – Contemporary Service

9:00 pm – Traditional Service

Sunday, December 25th
Christmas Day

ONLINE ONLY SERVICE – available via https://adventumc.online.church/

Advent Scuffletown Campus

Friday, December 23rd
Christmas Under The Stars – Rudolph Gordon School Football Field

5:30 pm – Hot Chocolate & Kids’ Crafts

6:00 pm – Worship Service

Sunday, December 25th
Christmas Day

ONLINE ONLY SERVICE – available via https://adventumc.online.church/