A great asset to the Sandhills community is the abundance of schools that provide children with the gift of education. Each student, teacher, staff member, and administrator are to be valued. Unfortunately, many school-aged children do not have sufficient resources to have all of their needs met. Though donating school supplies is a meaningful way that we help school-aged children, securing appropriate food and clothing is also a useful way we serve them. Our effort to help meet the needs of school children is one of the ways that we live into our missional responsibility as a community of faith. Below you will find information about the ways folks from SPUMC are involved in serving kids from the schools. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
Angel Tree Adoption (Nov. 10 & 17 after both worship services):
This is a long-standing tradition of giving by the SoPines UMC church and you can select your Angel now! Every year the church supports local families and At-Risk/Homeless High School students. This year the church has selected 23 families (20/3member & 3/5member) and 30 high school students. In addition to the families and students, Food Lion $20 gift cards are also needed for distribution. Click the photo above for more information regarding the selection and next steps.
Children's Clothing Project:
In December, the United Methodist Men sponsor this project to provide needy children at Southern Pines Primary School with new clothes. On the chosen day, members from the church meet at the school and pair up with a child to take them shopping at the local Belk store.
Fruit Cups for High School Students:
Poverty is not only an issue for other communities and counties. Here in Moore County, poverty is real and affects people of all ages. One of these groups of people is high school youth at Pinecrest. As a way to help make sure these kids are getting nutrients, SPUMC is working with other area churches in the area to provide granola/protein bars, fruit cups, juice boxes for distribution at Pinecrest High School. There is a donation box located in the Fellowship Hall.
This mission helps not only At-Risk high school students, but these bags are also distributed at the weekly Food Pantry distribution as part of our Community Missions. Food Pantry happens every Monday at 10 AM in the entryway of the lower parking lot. The Food Pantry is part of SoPinesUMC Community Mission group, click to learn more.
By joining with members from other local churches, impoverished children from our local schools are provided food for the weekend. Packed every Thursday, these backpacks are sent home on Friday afternoons.
Communities in Schools:
In addition to school children having the appropriate clothing and proper nutrition, it is also essential for them to have access to a mentor who meets with them regularly to encourage and help them set goals. Communities in Schools connect school children with mentors who live in the area and are devoted to their progress and development. SPUMC is privileged to supply some of the mentors who are committed to making a difference by spending time and speaking words of encouragement into the lives of these young people. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the SPUMC office.