Local Outreach/Mission Emphasis

South Aiken Presbyterian Church (USA) strives to be Christ to all whom we encounter. We seek to improve livelihood and well-being holistically through local outreach opportunities. Check out our local mission involvement below as we seek to

"Open Doors to Christ".

  • ACTS of Aiken

    ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) is a consortium of approximately 80 churches throughout Aiken County for the purpose of providing an organized single source of emergency assistance in food, clothing, utilities, and basic home furnishings (furniture, kitchen items, etc.) to those in need. The ACTS building is located on 340 Park Avenue SW in downtown Aiken. Your donations are always welcomed.  Hours are Monday – Friday, 11am to 3pm.

    Our church gives consistently by having collection boxes in the Narthex and the Family Life Center by the office.  The items left in the boxes by generous donors are collected by the Witness & Service Committee and taken to ACTS once per week.


    The current AIMS newsletter along with Spirit Express provide the current and next month's food needs.


    http://actsofaiken.org/

  • Golden Harvest Food Bank of Aiken County


    The Food Bank provides quality food and other grocery products to those in need.   There are several SAPC groups who volunteer by sorting, filing, stocking shelves and special projects. And, we collect food each year through Souper Bowl of Caring, as well as, provide financial support throughout the year.

    https://goldenharvest.org/about/what-we-do/

  • Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity is a national and international organization. We support Habitat locally in Aiken County.


    For many years, SAPC has had a strong outreach program with Habitat.  SAPC has been a sole sponsor and joint sponsor numerous times.  If SAPC  is not a sponsor for the 'current' build, our members still show up and help build for the good of the Aiken community. 

    The grandest moment of the process is the Dedication Ceremony, where all attendees bring household gifts for the new owner and family.  It is such a blessing to 'Open Doors to Serve Christ' and the people of Aiken by helping new homeowners with necessities.


    http://www.habitataiken.org/
     

  • Kairos Prison Ministry

    “I was in prison and you came to visit me”.  Matthew 25:38


    Kairos is an interdenominational Christian ministry designed to be presented in state and federal medium and maximum security correctional institutions for both men and women in the U.S.  The Kairos volunteers come from many Christian denominations but present only those principles that all share in common.  South Aiken Presbyterian supports this ministry with several volunteers that join a larger group visiting a selected prison for a weekend several times a year.  These visits are supported by the congregation through weekend prayer vigils and the baking of several thousand dozens of cookies for distribution to the inmates.

    You can become involved by baking cookies twice a year or by attending the Kairos Retreat weekends. Information for the next SAPC Cookies for Kairos collection will be posted in our weekly bulletin.


    http://kairossc.org/

  • Schofield Mentoring Program

    Schofield Middle School is located in Aiken, SC and is one of 14 middle schools in Aiken School District. It is a public school that serves over 60 students in grades 6-8.

    After a discernment process, SAPC found ourselves wanting to assist kids at risk.  Schofield School allowed our church to partner with Friendship Baptist to begin mentoring students and the program began in the 2012 school year.


    To learn more details about the school, go to their website: http://www.schofieldm.acps.schoolfusion.us/

    Contact the church to obtain details of the program and application forms.

  • Secret Santa

    South Aiken Presbyterian Church established the Secret Santa program in Aiken County in 1987 by bringing holiday cheer to the economically challenged families and children of our community.  SAPC continues to serve as its managing organization. The program involves providing eligible children with up to three wrapped Christmas presents at a total value of about $50 from a “wish list” that each child has provided.  Eligibility of children is based on family need and income level. Many other churches, civic organizations, and groups throughout the area (in the true spirit of ecumenism) sponsor children each year. We need volunteers to sponsor a child, shop for gifts, wrap gifts, and hand out gifts on distribution day.

    Since the program’s inception over 24,000 children have been served.  Christmas 2015 saw nearly 500 Aiken area children benefiting from the Secret Santa program. The program starts up in early November of each year.  If you would like more information on this ministry please call the Secret Santa line at 803.648.1214.

  • Friendship Baptist Partnership

    Some time ago, South Aiken PCUSA & Friendship Baptist Church began a partnership that has grown and developed over the years. We worship together twice a year (Spring & Fall), lifting our voices high in a spirit of praise and reconciliation. Our partnership also includes joint efforts in the ACORN Mentoring Program (Schofield Middle School) and the Megiddo Dream Station of Aiken (housed at Friendship Baptist).