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The Graham School Initiative
Aldersgate has had a partnership with Graham Elementary School for more than 20 years. The church supports students and their families as well as Graham Staff in a variety of ways. Graham is a year-round elementary school located in west Shelby.
Kairos Inside is a ministry whose mission is to develop a Christian community inside prisons. The Kairos Inside program brings positive and negative leaders together, in both male and female institutions, for a 3 ½ day Weekend led by same gender Kairos volunteers. The Weekend is based on a series of talks, discussions, chapel meditations, and creating a Christian community. For many participants, the Kairos Weekend creates the desire to become a Christian, and for others the desire to continue his/her spiritual growth. Our church has been supporting Kairos Inside for 27 years. The current active volunteers from Aldersgate are serving at Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, NC. There are other programs at Foothills CI in Morganton, Craggy CC in Asheville, Avery Mitchell CI in Spruce Pine, Mountain View in Spruce Pine, Swannanoa CI (Women’s prison) in Swannanoa and Marion CI in Marion.
You can become more involved with Kairos Outside by:
For more information, please contact Charlie Walls (704-7-472-8462, [email protected]).
Kairos Outside offers a comfortable, non-judging retreat for women to support each other as they journey through the incarceration of a friend or relative. The Kairos Outside Weekend is a 2.5-day program based on a series of talks by volunteers designed to address the pain of enduring separation from the one inside and the judgment of others from their community. Guests hear the talks in small family groups. The program is interspersed with music, prayer, and fun activities.
Volunteers can participate by:
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jeanne Patterson ([email protected]).
Homeless Shelter Meals: our Sunday School classes, small groups, and ministry areas serve a meal on a rotational basis at our area homeless shelters. If you are not connected to one of these groups and would like to serve, please contact Garnette Walls at [email protected].
Meals on Wheels is dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. Volunteers for Meals on Wheels deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. Meals on Wheels strengthens our community, one senior at a time. To volunteer on the Aldersgate Meals on Wheels team, contact Charlie Walls (704-7-472-8462, [email protected]).
Food Pantry and Hospice Collections, we collect a variety of food pantry and Hospice items throughout the year in the welcome center at the church. Please see your bulletin and newsletter for a list of needs.
Meal for Crest Football Team each fall the Aldersgate Mission Team provides a meal for the Crest Football Team. If you would like to participate in planning or preparing this meal, please contact Carl Hughes at [email protected]
Gleaning with Society of Saint Andrew
We are hoping to participate in a gleaning project in the summer of 2020. To join the gleaning team, please contact Rev. Carrie Carpenter at [email protected]
Mission Response Center Trip
More information coming soon!
Migrant Assistance Project
More information coming soon!
Project AGAPE is the collaborative effort of both United Methodist conferences in North Carolina, who have worked in cooperation with the Armenian Apostolic Church since 1993/1994, some 6,000 miles away in the Euro-Asian part of the world. This ministry of the Western NC and North Carolina Conferences serves the Kashatagh region, the sole humanitarian aid partnership licensed by the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) government. Long-standing, multi-layered conflict prevents any other humanitarian group from working with the people of this area, who struggle with this way of life. In more than two decades of ministry, Project AGAPE has shared the love of Christ by continuing early projects and adopting new efforts for and with the people of Armenia and Artsakh, as this ministry serves those in Kashatagh and in border villages. It isn’t a matter of the conferences giving time, talents and money. Project AGAPE efforts help the people learn and grow into better lives for individuals, families and the communities. The Aldersgate Missions Committee has made Project AGAPE a priority ministry. More information coming soon about an important opportunity to help supply our Armenian brothers and sisters with much needed supplies.
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Our assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 20 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly and has a shelf-life of two years.
October 24, 2020