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 2020.  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. 

2020 Schedule

March

Rowan One church one child

Rowan One Church One Child (ROCOC) is a partnership between Rowan County Department of Social Services (RCDSS) and Rowan County churches whose purpose is to ensure healthy, safe and protective outcomes for Rowan County children and teenagers who are victimized and traumatized by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect, or dependency who are currently receiving Child Protective, In-Home Case Management, Foster Care or Adoption services from the RCDSS Children Services Division. ROCOC’s goal is to keep birth families intact or assist relative caregivers who provide care to children. 

Learn more by clicking here.

Their resource center is in need of pull-ups, hair conditioner, and socks.  Your donations can be brought by the church through the end of the month.  Thanks for your support of this ministry! 

April

bathing supplies for the homeless shelter

We support Rowan Helping Ministries in a variety of ways through the year, but this April we intend to focus on their need of bathing supplies for the homeless shelter in Salisbury.  Donations of soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, washcloths, towels, and deodorant will be collected through the end of the month. 

May

Family crisis council

The Family Crisis Council works to support victims of domestic violence and their families.  We will post a list of their critical needs as we get closer to May. 

June

Reconstructing armenia

Many of our members have been a part of building teams to Armenia with Project AGAPE.  We will be collecting supplies and donations of financial support as well during the month of June.  Please continue to keep the people of Armenia in your prayers. 

July

Back to School Supplies

With school starting back in early August, it is extremely important for us to help the most needy in the China Grove community with free school supplies.  

 

School Supplies Needed

Copy paper
Pencils
Crayons
Markers
Rulers
Scissors

 

These items can be dropped off at the church and placed inside, or beside, the clear container outside of the entrance leading to the church offices.
Please contact the church office at 704-857-9713 if you have any questions.

August

Terri hess House: Freedom from child abuse

We will be collecting supplies for the Terri Hess House in the month of August to help alleviate the problem of child abuse in our area.  More details to come. 

September

Keeping Children Clothed in Armenia

Our 12 Baskets Collection for September will go to benefit Project Agape in Armenia.  We are collecting new and gently used children’s clothing and new shoes to give to the children in Armenia in place of Christmas Shoe Boxes this year.  You may bring your donations by the church office anytime during the coming weeks. 

october

Canned FOod Drive

Starting Monday we will be collecting canned and non-perishable food as part of our 12 Baskets Ministries. Items can be dropped off at the church during the week or brought to Sunday service on Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1 by end of worship. You may also bring canned goods and non-perishable foods to our Halloween Candy Dash on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Items collected will benefit Rowan Helping Ministries’ “Trick or Treat So Others May Eat” annual food drive. Thank you for helping us participate in this event and filling this need.

 

November

Toy Drive

We are currently collecting new or gently used toys, coloring books with crayons, and storybooks for Main Street Missions’ Christmas store as part of this month’s 12 Baskets Ministries. You may drop those items off on Sundays at the 9 a.m. indoor service or the outdoor service at 11 a.m. There is a basket located in the narthex of the sanctuary under the stained glass window. A collection basket for the outdoor service will be located by the hand sanitizing station to place those items in. You may also bring them by the church during the week, Monday – Thursday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The collection will end Wednesday, December 2. If you have any questions please contact Sara Joines at sara@firstumcchinagrove.org. Thank you for helping us fill this need.

 

december

blanket Drive 

We are currently collecting new blankets for Rowan One Church One Child as part of this month’s 12 Baskets Ministries.

Please see the following video link for our Blanket Drive.

You may bring these by the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Blankets can also be placed in the collection box located in the narthex of the Sanctuary at the 9 a.m. indoor service, or by the hand sanitizing station at the 11 a.m. outdoor service. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah King at mackandsarah@firstumcchinagrove.org. Thank you for helping us fill this need.