Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Pisgah UMC is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Pisgah members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as volunteers cooking for cooks for Christ to preparing the church bulletins.


cooks for christCOOKS FOR CHRIST

Cooks for Christ does chicken bog fundraisers for community members who are in great financial need, due to high medical expenses.  The meals are prepared and served at the West Florence Firehouse by a group of volunteers from all over the Pee Dee area.  There are typically 8-10 events per year.

     How to help:   Volunteers are needed to prepare the food (usually 2 days before the event) and all day during the event to cook and serve the food and to deliver meals.




Epworth Children’s Home is the Methodist home for children (ages 4 to 18) who need a temporary or permanent home for any reason.  The home provides shelter, meals, clothing and various other needs in a loving and nurturing environment.   Epworth also provides child care, family therapy, parenting support, parenting education, and related services to strengthen families.

     How to help:  Pisgah supports Epworth financially through special offerings at Mother’s Day, at the start of school, and by providing gifts for many children at Christmas.  Epworth also needs volunteers to help with building repair, work with the children, and financial support.       

 Epworth Children’s Home:  (803) 256-7394

2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205




Family Promise is a network of churches that provides a safe temporary home for homeless families.  Each host church hosts the families one week each quarter of the year, providing meals, shelter, and fellowship.  During Pisgah’s week to host the families there are many opportunities to volunteer.


good news club1GOOD NEWS CLUB

The Good News Club is a club that meets after school at Lucy T. Davis Elementary School.  

The children learn about Christ and are nurtured in their faith through Bible lessons, songs,

and activities.  They average about 55 children each Monday afternoon.

     How to help:  Volunteers are needed to help with the club on Monday afternoons. 

Training is provided.


logoHEIFER PROJECT   (our children’s mission project)

During the children’s sermon each Sunday the children give an offering to help the Heifer Project.  Heifer Project provides animals, along with training in their general and veterinary care, and trees to people in need around the world.  The recipients “pass the gift” of the first offspring of their animal to another family in need.  Pisgah has donated heifers, chickens, llamas, water buffalos, pigs, bees, sheep, and trees.

How to help:  Contributions can be made through Pisgah UMC or using the www.heifer.org web site.   A gift catalog with gifts of animals at a range prices is available.

Heifer Project:  (800)-422-0474    Heifer International   PO Box 8058,  Little Rock, AR  72203-8058




he House of Hope provides services for homeless men, women, and families at a men’s shelter in Effingham and the women and children’s shelter on Darlington St. in Florence.  Residents can stay for up to several months and receive assistance with a range of needs including shelter, food, counseling, and life skills. The Mission Mart is a thrift shop run by the residents and volunteers that helps support both shelters.

How to help: Volunteers are needed at both shelters to teach life skills classes (clothing repair and laundry, basic home handyman skills, financial skills, cleaning, etc.), provide child care for classes and appointments, transportation for work and appointments, provide meals (for 20-30), or throw a monthly birthday party.   http://www.hofh.org/


House of Hope for women: 1020 W. Darlington Street, Florence, SC 29501  (843) 667-9000


House of Hope for men: 1327 Olanta Highway, Effingham, SC  29451    (843) 661-5377




Lighthouse Ministries provides assistance to families and individuals with limited resources. It helps with mortgages, rent, utilities, prescription medicines, traveler’s aide and small, emergency food supplies.  Only partial payments can be offered for the various needs and these are made directly to the companies by check from Lighthouse.  Lighthouse also assists the participant in finding additional resources and other area agencies to help them move beyond their crisis.

How to help:  Lighthouse Ministries needs volunteers to serve in various capacities such as interviewing applicants to help assess their needs, clerical work, computer data input, answering telephones, and stocking pantry shelves.  

Lighthouse Ministries:  201 E. Elm Street, Florence, SC 29501     (843)629-0830




mannahsecMANNA HOUSE

The Manna House is a soup kitchen and emergency food pantry that serves the hungry in the Florence and Darlington area.   Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 am and lunch from 11:00 am to noon, Monday through Friday.   The emergency food pantry provides a 2 week emergency supply of food for the family up to 4 times a year.

How to help:  Volunteers work in the kitchen serving breakfast or lunch.  People from Pisgah join others in volunteering in cooking and serving at the Manna House the first two Tuesdays of every month from ~10 am – noon. 

People are also needed to pick-up donated food and organize canned food drives (pick-up by Manna House is available).

Manna House:  450 Jarrott Street,  Florence SC    (843) 667-6077

     mailing address:  PO Box 13541,  Florence SC  29504



Pisgah is an active participant in the conference effort to learn about the Native Americans in South Carolina and to reach out to the community.  There is a Native American Sunday service yearly.  Pisgah collects donations for Christmas elder baskets, have helped with wheelchair ramps, and tries to help meet other needs.

How to help:  Volunteers are needed to help collect supplies and to help with service projects as they arise.



Salkehatchie is a program run by the Methodist Church in South Carolina that repairs and improves substandard housing throughout the state.  Youth and adults from all over the state work together on the houses and enjoy fellowship, worship, and good meals while staying at a local church.  There are many week long camps each summer.  Pisgah UMC usually participates in camps in Columbia, Catawba (Rock Hill) and Johnsonville. 

The Santahatchie program works on housing in the Florence and Darlington County area in the week after Christmas. 

All youths (14 – 18 years old) are welcome as well as adult leaders (construction skills not required).  The church sponsors volunteers for both the Salkehatchie and Santahatchie programs.




The Volunteers in Mission program sends volunteers to areas in need all over the world for a short term (2-4 week) mission trip.  The UMVIM workers construct new facilities, repair existing buildings,  provide medical and dental needs, help with bible school programs for the children, and a range of other programs.   All with an interest and commitment to serve in this way are welcome.   There is a charge to participate in this program.