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
Hope Academy
Backpack Blessings
Harvest Hope
Food Pantries
Habitat for Humanity
March Mission Madness
SantaHatchie
Triune Mercy Center
Advent Helping Hands
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Emmanuel's Hammer

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
  • 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.

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

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 188 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 bins located in the Dining Room of the Christian Life Center.

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

Harvest Hope

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 Dining Room of the Christian Life Center.

Food Pantries

Advent provides donations for additional food pantries in our area. Donations can be left in the bins in the Dining Room of the Christian Life Center.

Some of the local pantries we support include:

Habitat for Humanity

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.

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.

Our half day of service entails projects like:

  • Light construction
  • Painting, landscaping
  • Missional activities to families in need

SantaHatchie

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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