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We are a neighborhood church with a global outreach!
For more than fifteen years First Baptist Church of Pendleton has been remodeling itself into a missional church. Through our general budget, capital fund-raising projects, and a number of grants, we have moved from a church which merely funds missions (although we still fund over 40 mission groups and projects) to being a church that DOES missions in our neighborhood and around the world.
Pendleton: We have built two Habitat for Humanity homes in Pendleton and have renovated numerous homes (roofs, new flooring, wheelchair accessibility, etc.) in the Pendleton Area. Twice a week about 65 meals are delivered in the Pendleton area from our kitchen through the S.O.U.P. (Supper On Us Pendleton) program, an independent 501(c)(3) organization. We partner with Operation Magi and Pack4 to provide Christmas gifts and backpacks to needy schoolchildren in Pendleton. We offer the Pendleton Community Counseling Center -- Pendleton's only pastoral counseling service. Our children and youth do a variety of mission projects in our town. As a recipient of the Bi-Lo "Food for the Hungry" program, we have food on-site for distribution to those who need it.
First Baptist Church of Pendleton has several missions-focused groups beginning with Mission Friends for 4- and 5-year-olds which meets at 6:30 Wednesday nights during the school year. This is led by Esther Davis and Jane Massey – long time leaders of this group. Children learn about what a missionary is and the types of work they do plus some hands-on projects during the year.
We have three groups specifically for women.
Lydia Group is led by Co-Leaders Dianne Hansen and Trish Nolan. They provide several activities during the year with the Collins Children’s Home. They also participate in other mission projects and have other meetings in members’ homes. They meet September – May and meeting times vary.
Robinson Groupis led by Esther Davis and meets the 3rd Thursday at 7 pm in members’ homes from September – June. This is a Bible study group. They also make a monthly contribution to the Andrew P. Stewart Center in Atlanta and provide non-food items for Clemson Community Care.
Roper Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, September – June at 9:45 a.m. in members’ homes. Their meetings have a Bible or missions program led by members. They do a service project in November for the Tribble Center for their early intervention clients and a work day in the spring to do some sewing projects. They also support with monetary gifts the WMU Foundation (focusing on human trafficking) and Safe Harbor women’s shelter. The group is led by Linda Harral.
All groups are open and would welcome new members at any time.
South Carolina: We have made numerous trips to Allendale, SC (one of SC's poorest counties) and to the Metanoia Ministry in North Charleston. We provide duffel bags and Bibles for foster children and prisoner packets for those incarcerated. Through the Angel Tree project we provide gifts for children in our wider area who have a parent in prison.
United States: We have a very active disaster recovery team. Since 2005 they have made dozens of trips to the Hurricane Katrina zone, Alabama tornado zone, and Atlanta and Nashville flood zones. Our youth group has particiapted in Summer Mission Camps in Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Alabama, and Georgia.
World: Through a generous grant from church members we have a fund that allows people to take international mission trips. To date, this grant has funded trips to Romania, Belize, Nepal, Thailand and Greece.
First Baptist Church of Pendleton 351 South Broad Street, Pendleton, SC 29670
PO Box 187, Pendleton, SC 29670-0187 (mailing address)