Mission Partners

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”

Our commitment to community outreach and service is an integral part of our vision, mission and core values. We feel and pursue a special calling to reach out to those on margins facing challenges of food insecurity, affordable housing and educational opportunity. What we do to show love for our neighbors matters deeply: ordinary acts of compassion that witness to God’s presence and grace in our world.

Housing

Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for HumanitInternational, a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with community members to build and renovate homes in Brunswick County. Contact (910) 454-0007 or visit https://www.brunswickcountyhabitat.org.

Brunswick Partnership for Housing (BPH) is a local, volunteer, non-profit 503(c)(3) organization. They provide safe transitional housing and a stable living environment for homeless families who seek a permanent place to live, work and raise their families.

Education

Brunswick Community College Scholarship – We sponsor a student at BCC with a 2 year scholarship for tuition. We also help with the cost of books, and incidental needs.

Southport Elementary School – A “Back to School” Drive is traditionally held in February/March to help teachers replenish many classroom supplies to carry them through the end of the year.

School Clothing Closet provides basic closing items to our local elementary school for use when then find a significant needs. It is typically replenished twice a year.

Food

Matthew’s Ministry is a private, non-sectarian children’s food Backpack Program serving 26% of Brunswick County’s children that are food insecure. The Backpack Program provides weekend food in a backpack for children who do not know where they will find their next meal. It is an all volunteer organization. Contact (901) 457-9459 or visit www.matthewsministry.com.

Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry, located in Boiling Spring Lakes, provides food for those in need.

Rise Against Hunger – is a Meal Packing event that provides a fun, educational way for groups to lend a hand to people facing hunger across the globe. The event combines an assembly line process with an educational experience to not only make a significant impact worldwide, but to touch the lives of participating volunteers

Meal Ministry is an ongoing ministry to provide home-cooked meals for those recovering from illness, surgery or other life struggles.

Souper Bowl Sunday Offering impacts our local community by collecting money and food on Super Bowl Sunday. 100% of the collections are donated directly to the Food Pantry.

Human Needs

Community Counseling Center helps returning veterans, newly released prisoners, and all who need assistance to successfully transition back into our communities.

Samara’s Village is a community-based nonprofit (501(c)3) organization, the first and only of its kind in Brunswick County; targeting the problematic teen pregnancy rates in Brunswick County.

Angel Tree provides Christmas gifts for five families with ongoing care. It also supports Matthew’s Ministry, Food Pantry and Providence Home for teen shelter residents. The Mission Committee also maintains contact with the families throughout the year to provide support, cheer and spiritual guidance during holidays and special occasions.

Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Human Needs Fund provides emergency financial needs including housing, utilities, and medicine.

Children’s Hope Alliance helps more than 3,500 children across North Carolina, providing a caring home for abused or neglected children, as well as early childhood development for low income families, counseling services, and foster family programs. Programs and services create hope for hurting children and families in three ways: healing the hurt, providing a safe home and encouraging a healthy start.. Visit www.childrenshopealliance.org

Hope Harbor is a domestic violence shelter in Brunswick County, providing a caring and comfortable refuge where women and children can feel safe, find support, and use goal-setting techniques to plan for the future. Basic assistance is offered for needs like medicine, food, clothing, baby supplies and emergency transportation. Contact (910) 754-5726, or visit https://www.hopeharborhome.org.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice provides healthcare, assistance and education to support patients and families facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness. Individualized care offers compassion, dignity, comfort, respect, and someone to call for assistance day or night. Contact (910) 796-7900, or visit www.hospicandlifecarecenter.org.

New Hope Clinic provides basic medical and dental care, diagnostic services, and prescription drugs at no cost to low income, uninsured residents of Brunswick County. Director Sheila Roberts and dedicated volunteer professionals are committed to enhancing the quality of life, while preserving the privacy and dignity of every patient. Contact (910) 845-5333 or visit www.newhopeclinicfree.org.

Providence Home offers a nurturing atmosphere of safety, food, clothing, and shelter to youth who are in need of a short term, safe haven. It is open for youth from several counties in southeast North Carolina who cannot remain with their families due to their high-risk environment. Contact (910) 457-0440 or visit https://www.providencehomenc.com/.

Southport/Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Fellowship Walk offer financial aid for hunger relief in our community. Adult and children volunteers join our annual Walk Team and encourage the congregation to support them with donations.

Amani Children’s Foundation supports infants orphaned by poverty and AIDS. Hand-painted ceramic beads crafted by Kenyan artisans are purchased to make jewelry. 100% of proceeds support New Life Home Orphanage in Kenya. We participate in world mission by supporting Drs. Jane & Chad Stephens, who opened the bead factory in Kenya, and help run the New Life Home Orphanage.

Southport Health and Rehabilitation Center Care Devotions are shared for one month with senior citizen residents.

Knitting Ministry meets regularly to knit prayer shawls, given to those who are sick or grieving as well as premie baby caps that are donated to hospitals.

The Community Assistance Team is made up of volunteers from the church who do repair, care and improvement projects to the homes or yards of church and community members.

Denomination and Wider Church Offerings:

Christmas Joy Offering, received during the Advent/Christmas season, is shared by the Presbyterian Board of Pensions and Presbyterian Racial Ethnic Schools/Colleges.

One Great Hour of Sharing, received on or near Easter Sunday, makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer from human and natural disasters.

Peacemaking Offering, received on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October, supports peacemaking efforts of the church locally, nationally and globally, witnessing to God’s gift of peace in the world.

Presbyterian Theological Fund (TEF), part of the ministry budget of Southport Presbyterian Church, provides financial aid to students in PC(USA) seminaries.