The Witness & Mission committee of St. Giles sponsors several special offerings that provide necessary resources for local and national mission and service organizations.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about how you can participate in these ministries, please contact Rev. TJ Remaley (Associate Pastor for Family Ministry & Discipleship) or anyone who serves on the Witness & Mission committee.
|Presbyterian Hunger Program: Cents-Ability
“Cents-Ability” is a program of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, which provides an opportunity to give “cents” or bills to a charity dealing with food. St. Giles donates funds to Triune Mercy Center, United Ministries, Meals on Wheels, and Greer Community Ministries. This money is collected in animal banks made by our youth during church dinners. Look for these banks on tables during our Wednesday night meals.
|Presbyterian Church (USA) Special Offerings
One of the hallmarks of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is its connectional nature; opportunities abound for local congregations such as St. Giles to participate in the ministries of the larger denomination. By participating in the Special Offerings of the PC(USA), St. Giles is able to support disaster relief and peacekeeping efforts both locally and around the world. For more information about the denomination’s Special Offerings, visit specialofferings.pcusa.org
|Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities seek to improve the health and well being of children by assisting their families. For over 25 years, the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville has been a home for critically ill or injured children and their families, providing hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most. St. Giles supports their ministries through the year-round collection of soda can tabs. Several members of St. Giles also volunteer with Ronald McDonald House functions. For more information, visit the Ronald McDonald House website at www.rmhc-carolinas.org
Safe Harbor is dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in the upstate of South Carolina, offering a continuum of services. The organization provides safe emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and transitional housing, as well as community outreach and teen dating violence education in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee counties. St. Giles’ Presbyterian Women hold annual fundraisers in support of Safe Harbor’s efforts. For more information about Safe Harbor, visit their website at www.safeharborsc.org
|Soles for Souls
Through the simple collection of shoes, we invite our entire congregation to bring in their gently used shoes and place them at the front of the sanctuary during worship. Shoes are donated to various local ministries.
|Share the Warmth
Through the collection of any coats, sweaters, sweat shirts, gloves etc., we will invite our entire congregation to bring these items to the front of the sanctuary during worship. We sponsor this special offering each fall to capture unused closet donations for the Triune Mercy Center and for United Ministries. Children and Youth from our Sunday School classes and from the St. Giles Preschool lead the way! We are excited to see what we can do to warm our community.
|Stamps for Mission
Through the simple collection of used postage stamps, we are able to contribute to various ministries of the Sisters of the Holy Cross (Notre Dame, IN) in their efforts to alleviate poverty in the United States and throughout the world.
Ukirk Ministries (meaning “University Church”) is the campus ministry of the PC(USA). St. Giles has many members who have benefited from UKirk at Furman, Clemson, and other local universities. We support local UKirk organizations with direct financial assistance, as well as through the support of Foothills Presbytery. Several of our members also contribute by preparing meals for Furman’s ministry. For more information, visit the UKirk website at www.ukirk.org