The outreach ministry is dedicated to reaching outside our immediate church family to reveal the love of God to our community. Throughout the year, we are actively involved in many ministries that are always looking for additional ways to share and show God’s love to those around us. These are some of the ongoing outreach projects. If you’d like to get involved please contact one of the coordinators, Terry or Angela Johnson about participating in this exciting area of outreach ministry at Garris Chapel. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirkwood Retirement Center
The Outreach Team along with the GC Choir host a mini Christmas cantata with refreshments for the residents each December.
FLOK (For the Love of Kids)
This is the weekend backpack feeding ministry that runs through the school year. Children are selected by the school counselor and backpacks are dropped off each Friday with food for each child for the weekend. On Monday the children return the backpacks so they may be distributed again the following week. Sabrina Paphitis is our FLOK coordinator.
Relay for Life
Garris Chapel UMC participates in the annual Relay for Life that raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
Cures for the Colors
Garris Chapel UMC is always an active participant in the annual Walk/Run and other special activities for Cures for the Color.
Wayne Pregnancy Care Center
We take an active part in filling baby bottles with change to support the Wayne Pregnancy Care Center. We are also a sponsor of the annual Cherish Life Banquet.
Heart and Soul Ministries, Inc.
You can help make a difference by supporting the “Praying for You” card project. Heart and Soul Ministries provides the “Praying for You” card and you provide a $5 McDonald’s gift card to place in the card with a message of encouragement. This project is a huge blessing as Heart and Soul Ministries works to make a difference with runaways. You may not be able to “GO” and personally minister to those lost but you can help us as we “GO”.
Operation Christmas Child
Each year, we provide empty shoe boxes for the congregation to fill with Christmas goodies for needy children. In addition to the shoe boxes, the church covers the cost of the shipment. Shoe boxes will usually be available during the month of October since the shipment is due the week before Thanksgiving. We have traditionally sent about 100 boxes.
Wheelchair Ramp Ministry
A team of volunteers that are well trained to build ramps and other items for a person to remain in their own home environment. While the volunteers are working at the construction site, this becomes a mission field to share Christ and His great love.
Care for Bereaved Families
Garris Chapel has a wonderful reputation of taking care of grieving families within our church family.
Mission Work Teams
Annually, the Carolina Cross Connection provides our youth and adults the opportunity to go to western North Carolina each summer to help residents in need. Garris Chapel has sent work teams to other states to assist with natural disasters. Some of our church family have also been on work teams to other parts of the world.
Red Cross Blood Drives
We host a blood drive at least twice a year, usually in February and August. We welcome those in the community to participate in these events.
The Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro, Inc.
Providing monetary donations, food that may be pre-cooked or items that can be cooked on site. We also try to assist with paper products throughout the year.
Kitty Askins Hospice Center
What is the Kitty Askins Hospice Center? 3HC’s inpatient hospice facility has been described as “… not a nursing home and not a hospital! It is a peaceful and glorious place for persons to be free from pain resulting from their infirmities, to rest, be at peace, to relax, to be supported clinically and emotionally while surrounded by their family and friends, to be cared for in a rather luxurious manner as they prepare to leave this earthly place.” The GC Outreach Team strives to assist the director & staff with special items needed during the year.
Christian retreat and youth ministry campground. We try to assist the leadership with support and supplies that will help keep the doors open to assist people of all ages strengthen their daily walk with Christ. Located on a blessed and beautiful campground in Ayden, NC.
Four Day Movement
The 4 Day Movement is a Divine Assignment in which we can help those in need 4 days at a time. Many of us have resources or are capable of helping those who are hurting, downtrodden, broken, or simply just need a helping hand. Please join us in helping take care of those in need 4 days at a time.
Christmas Outreach to Spring Creek Elementary School Children
Each year during the holiday season, we will honor our FLOK kids and families to help them with several items and gift cards to help purchase some needed food items.
Spring Creek Elementary Initiative
Our focus is to assist Spring Creek leadership with activities that are taking place throughout the school year and partnering to establish mentors for students that may need encouragement. We also strive to honor Spring Creek Staff/Teachers by providing them with a luncheon and trying to make their wishes come true through the support of donations provided through the “wishing well”.
United Church Ministries of Wayne County
This Ministry is designed to assist families with items such as rent assistance, medicine, canned and frozen foods, plus many other specialized areas of services.
Stop Hunger Now
Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, SHN has provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries. They are based in Raleigh, N.C., and operate throughout the U.S. and through affiliates in developing countries.
Methodist Home for Children
We work to provide safe, stable homes where children can thrive and live fully into their God-given potential. While not always traditional or biological, an MHC home is where child and family are equipped to succeed. We build on strengths, nurturing hopes and goals, and prepare all in our care to imagine and shape their own futures.
Warm The World
In November we provide donations of coats, gloves, blankets, hats, etc. to First Baptist Church who give these items to the homeless in our community