SERVE

Opportunities to Serve

St Matthew works to continue Christ’s work in the world by connecting the congregation with ministry opportunities that “help the least of these.” All of our mission efforts need volunteers as well as financial assistance. Please email: connectwithmission@stmatthewumc.net if you would like to get involved or need more information about any of the ministries listed below.

Epiphany
Members participate in this ministry whose mission statement is “To show Christ’s love to troubled and incarcerated youth”

Epworth Children’s Home Epworth Children’s logo
A home sponsored by the UMC for more than 75 children who have in some way lost their families. We contribute money. For more information about Epworth Children’s Home you can visit them on the web at www.epwowrthchildrenshome.org.

Fostering Great IdeasFostering Great Ideas
At Thanksgiving we help foster children by preparing and serving a meal, “Thanksgiving Grace,” to foster children and their families. At Christmas we collect teddy bears to give to foster children for comfort during stressful times – “Operation Bear Hug.” We donate luggage to children in foster care to use when they move to a different home – “Carry On“. We also have an “Angel Tree” which has tags that support foster children in Greenville, through gifts of money, toys, clothing, etc. Learn more about how to help foster children: Fostering Great Ideas.

Global Ministries
UMVIM (Volunteers in Mission) is a program of the United Methodist Church that enables participants to give of their time and talents to mission projects within our state, our nation, and around the world.

Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN)GAIHN logo
We house homeless families in our church several times a year. Members provide breakfast and dinners, spend the night with our guests and move our guests in and out. We provide money monthly to pay utilities for one of GAIHN’s transitional houses.

Operation Christmas Childocc logo
Every autumn we collect filled shoeboxes to help with this global ministry.

SalkehatchieSalkehatchie logo
Teams of adults and youth go to sites in South Carolina to repair owner occupied homes. (1 week). St. Matthew contributes money and people power. Learn more about Salkehatchie

School Supplies for local schools.
Each year we collect school supplies to give to the guidance counselors at area elementary and middle schools.

Triune Mercy CenterTriune Mercy Center logo
We provide a hot meal on the 5th Saturday of the month for approximately 100 hungry people. Members cook and serve the meal. Learn More About the Triune Mercy Center

United MinistriesUnited Ministries
We provide money monthly to assist the less fortunate with rent, utilities and medicine; to assist in helping adults study and take the GED test, and to help with the job assistance program. We collect items for Place of Hope. We have on-going donations of non-perishables for the UM food pantry, with a special collection on Thanksgiving. Food Collection Baskets are in the Narthex, Office,Family Life Center, and in the adult, youth, and children’s Sunday School halls. Learn More About United Ministries.

Missions Fund
St. Matthew has a Missions Fund. Contributions to this fund may be made in honor of in memory of loved ones.

Highlights

  • Flood Bucket
    Flood Buckets
    Want a hands on way to help our fellow Americans devastated by flooding?  Make an UMCOR flood bucket or contribute supplies to assemble them....
  • St. Matthew UMC Pumpkins
    It’s Pumpkin Time!
    The Pumpkin Patch is open open daily September 28 through October 31. Hours are 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Bring a mask, your family and friends, take a photo in...
  • Worship Volunteers Needed
    Worship Volunteers Needed
    Would you like to be a part of our Return To Worship Volunteer Team? Volunteer today to help us return to worship as safely as possible....
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    St. Matthew COVID Care Team
    If someone you know has fallen ill and they or their family would like someone to reach out to them, please contact Rev. Chrisie...
  • Packing food boxes
    Volunteer to Pack or Deliver Emergency Food Boxes
    St. Matthew UMC is partnering with the YMCA and several other comunity resources to distribute emergency food boxes to families living in area hotels. Boxes are packed at St. Matthew....
  • "serve others" written on a note with a red felt heart
    Support Greenville County Juvenile Detention Facility
    Individuals or families can support Greenville County Juvenile Detention Facility by ordering items from their Amazon registry....
  • United Ministries
    United Ministries
    United Ministries serves and empowers those in our community who are striving to achieve self-sufficiency....
  • Rebuild Upstate Workday
    Rebuild Upstate Workday
    Get Involved. Join us for a church-wide Rebuild Upstate work day on November 7, 2020! On Saturday, November 7, St. Matthew will be working on a variety of indoor and...
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network
    Virtual Hosting: Interfaith Hospitality Network
    In light of COVID-19, we are unable to host our IHN guests during the week of May 3-10. Instead, we will have a VIRTUAL hosting week!  Instead of signing up for...
  • Rolling River Rampage
    Volunteers Needed: Vacation Bible School!
    VBS 2020 depends on what life looks like as we get closer to the date. We hope to be back to normal by our date but if not, we will...