12 Baskets Ministry

Jesus miraculously fed 5,000 men one day with only a few loaves and fishes, and twelve baskets of leftovers were even gathered after everyone had eaten.  Here at First Church, we believe that we can continue some of that same miraculous generosity by reaching out to a different ministry in our local community, nation, or world each month.  Below is our schedule for 2021.  Donations of goods (when applicable) can be brought by the church office and placed in the blue bins outside the church office anytime the church is open.  You may also bring them with you to worship on Sundays and there is a collection point in the narthex of the sanctuary as well. 

2021 Schedule


Souper Bowl of Caring

We are currently collecting nonperishable food items as part of this month’s 12 Baskets Ministry in conjunction with Souper Bowl of Caring, a national youth-inspired movement working to tackle hunger in local communities. 
These donations will benefit Rowan Helping Ministries in Salisbury.
You may bring your nonperishables for donation to the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The Souper Bowl of Caring drive will end on Super Bowl Sunday (February 7) in a culminating event on the church grounds. Stay tuned for more details about this in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah King at mackandsarah@firstumcchinagrove.org.
Thank you for helping us fill this need.








Stayed tuned for more details about our February 12 Baskets collection. 



Diapers for Rowan One Church One Child


Diapers for Rowan One Church One Child



For the month of May, we will collect puzzle books and make gifts bags for area nursing home residents. 


For the month of June, we will collect individually wrapped snacks and bottles of water for our youth who will be going on a mission trip in July.


For the month of July we are collecting school supplies for our upcoming Back to School Bash in August as part of our 12 Baskets Ministry. The following items will be accepted for donation: pencils, pens, college- and/or wide-ruled paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, erasers, and rulers. The Bash will be held on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot as a way to provide students in Rowan County with free school supplies for the upcoming school year. Items can be dropped off on Sunday mornings during either worship service, or placed in the blue bins outside of the church offices in Langford Hall. Church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Stay tuned for more details about our August 12 Baskets collection.




For our September 12 Baskets Ministry, we will be collecting items to benefit Project AGAPE. We have been ardent supporters of this outreach program for many years.  This is a joint venture between the NC Conference and the Western NC Conference of The United Methodist Church that works in mission and ministry with the people of Armenia.

Donations for Project AGAPE will be accepted during the last two weeks of September. These can be dropped off at the church office anytime between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The following items will be accepted: New and used children’s clothes, new shoes (all ages), household and hygiene items. Items that cannot be accepted include toothpaste, food, electrical items or anything that has batteries. Please email Wanda Watts at wattswe@windstream.net for more information.

Christmas shoe box donations for Project AGAPE will be accepted Sept. 27-Oct. 1. These can be dropped by the church office anytime between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Packing lists are available in the church office, and boxes can be found at the entrance of Langford Hall. For more information, email Wanda Watts at wattswe@windstream.net.








During the month of October our Children’s Ministry will be collecting socks for the homeless. Our 3rd through 5th graders will head this project up and then take the socks to Rowan Helping Ministries in November. Each Sunday we ask that you bring a different type of Sock.

October 3rd – White Socks

October 10th – Colored Socks

October 17th – Pattern Socks

October 24th – Funky Socks

October 31st – Holiday Socks





Stay tuned for more details about our November 12 Baskets collection.




Stay tuned for more details about our December 12 Baskets collection.