Central UMC digs deeper in Florence community
Central United Methodist Church has been encouraging its members to “dig deeper” in the Florence community. On Sunday, Feb. 5, the mission focus “Digging Deeper” was introduced in Central UMC’s casual service, The Well.
The goal of “Digging Deeper” is to spark an interest among Central’s members and visitors to get involved in the Florence community, not just through monetary donations, but as the “hands and feet” of Jesus.
Each month, a representative from a local non-profit agency (most in Central’s own neighborhood) is invited to The Well to share information about volunteer opportunities at that agency. Organizations represented so far include Help4Kids, the American Red Cross, All4Autism, the Pee Dee Coalition, and Lighthouse Ministries.
A busy weekend for Central began on Friday, June 23, as members and volunteers from the community worked together with Helping Florence Flourish and Feeding Children Everywhere. A total of 51,840 meals were packaged as part of the Feeding Florence hunger project held at Central UMC. Approximately 300 people participated in the event, including 80 children attending the annual Mission Camp sponsored by Central UMC, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Luke Lutheran Church in Florence.
Community service moved to Briggs Elementary School on Saturday, June 24, led by Central UMC member Ed Love. As part of the community-wide ServeFlo week of service in Florence, a group of nearly 50 volunteers, including members of Central UMC and Good Shepherd Presbyterian, gathered at the school. The volunteers worked on landscaping, repainting the bus entry area, refurbishing the baseball field, and repairing the underpinning on a mobile classroom unit.
The weekend concluded on Sunday, June 25, with an abbreviated service in The Well, followed by the first “Digging Deeper” Community Workday. A total of 71 individuals of all ages participated in the workday, working at five different locations. There were 500 lunches packed for hungry children in the Florence area, several shelving units put together, three picnic tables and three benches constructed, lots of bushes trimmed and weeds pulled, 41 notes written to Central loved ones...and one squirrel hole repaired. Representatives from local social service agencies will continue to visit The Well throughout the remainder of the year with the next “Digging Deeper” Community Workday planned for January 2018.
For more information about “Digging Deeper,” The Well, or any of the service projects listed above, please contact Central United Methodist Church at 843-662-3218.