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 2022.  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. 

2022 Schedule


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








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



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


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



For the month of May, the ministry will focus on providing support to the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County, a non-profit organization that provides temporary emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and their children, for roughly 30 days, with services such as court advocacy, hospital accompaniment, and a 24/7 crisis line. They provide support when and how someone needs it most. Staff members are available for speaking engagements and awareness events regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking.
These are the current posted needs for the Family Crisis Council:
  • Gift Cards – Wal-Mart and/or Dollar General
  • Baby formula
  • Baby Orajel
  • Baby lotion
  • Infant, child, and adult cold medicine
  • Diapers (size 4 & 5)
  • Pull-Ups all sizes
  • Baby Wipes
  • OTC Tylenol, ibuprofen, and allergy medicine
  • Ethnic hair care products
  • Liquid hand soap (anti-bacterial)
  • Boxed facial tissues
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish detergent
  • Pine Sol
  • Lysol & Febreze spray
  • Mops & brooms
  • Paper towels
  • Miscellaneous cleaning supplies
  • Quart freezer bags
  • Trash bags (13 & 30 gallon sizes)
  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Twin & Queen Size Air Mattress with internal pumps and sheets
  • win size bedding (sheet sets, blankets, & pillow cases)
  • Non-perishable snack items
These items can be brought to the church on Sunday mornings and placed in the blue bins in Langford or the baskets in the Narthex of the Sanctuary, or during the week to the church office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
If you choose to make a monetary contribution, please make your check to First United Methodist Church China Grove and write on the envelope or check for the Family. On behalf of the N.O.W. committee we thank you in advance for meeting these needs in our community.




We will be collecting school supplies for our 12 Baskets Ministry during the month of July. You can drop off items in the blue bins by the church office, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or on Sunday mornings. These items will be split between our upcoming Back to School Bash and area schools.
School Supply List Needs
#2 Ticonderoga Yellow Pencils
Loose leaf notebook paper
24 pack Crayola Crayons
10 pack colored pencils
Composition Notebooks
Pocket folders
Glue sticks
Classroom Supplies
Hand Sanitizer
Paper Towels
Clorox Wipes
Dry Erase Makers
Ziploc Bags
Post it Notes



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. First Church has been ardent supporters of this outreach program for many years.  This is a joint venture between the North Carolina 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 through September 30. 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 shoes, school supplies, twin bed mattresses, children’s clothing, Christmas boxes, home furnishings (sofa, tables, chairs, bed frames, chest of drawers), kitchen supplies (pots and pans, kitchenware), bedroom supplies (sheets, towels, blankets), and hygiene supplies. Items cannot be electrical. 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 or questions. 

Christmas shoe box donations for Project AGAPE will be accepted as well. 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.






We are accepting donations for UMCOR to purchase flood buckets as our 12 Baskets collection for the month of October. Our youth and children’s ministries will fill these buckets in November.






We are planning to collect monetary donations for the State Veteran’s House in Salisbury to help them purchase much needed items for veterans there.




                                                                                                                     We will be collecting baby items for Rowan Helping Ministries.