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213 N. Lanford Road
Spartanburg SC 29301
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St. James UMC engages in mission within the local community and within the world and seeks to partner with organizations throughout the community that are involved in serving others. Explore how St. James is involved outside the walls of our building.

Want to get involved? Contact information is listed in the description of each outreach opportunity.

Check out the opportunities to serve our community:

 


Christmas Angel Tree
Each year we decorate a Christmas tree in the narthex with names of children in our community that are in need. We partner with Woodlands Heights Elementary School to provide Christmas. 

School Supply Drive
For over 10 years, St. James has collected school supplies for five District Six elementary schools, including Woodland Heights, Lone Oak, Jesse Bobo, Arcadia and Fairforest. These local schools were identified based on need. Each July we collect the supplies and deliver them to the guidance counselors before school starts each year. 

 

Mobile Meals
Mobile Meals delivers nutritious, hot meals to our frail and homebound neighbors throughout Spartanburg County. In addition to providing a meal, Mobile Meals also delivers love, compassion, and hope to those in need.

St. James has a Mobile Meals route (mostly in Woodland Heights), and they always need more drivers. If you are willing to help with this worthwhile project, please call Mary Jo Mahaffey at 864-587-8869.

Sunshine Club deliveries to shut-ins
The Sunshine Club visits our residents who are unable to get to church. They bring donated items to help make life a little brighter for those who are homebound. If you are interested in providing donations or going along on the visits contact Elouise Faulkner.

The Bethlehem Center
The Bethlehem Center is an outreach program of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, which is located right here in Spartanburg. They provide services to economically challenged individuals and their families who are experiencing difficulty meeting their financial obligations.

Donations are collected on the first Sunday of each month. They may be brought to the Communion table before either worship service

Spartanburg Soup Kitchen
The St. James Youth serve at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen on the fifth Sunday of the month. They help prepare meals and any other projects that need to be tackled. 

SPIHN (Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network)
St. James has served as a host church for the Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network (SPIHN) for more than ten years. Several times a year St. James welcomes homeless families to live in our building. Volunteers are needed to donate food, prepare the bedrooms, serve meals, play with the families, and stay overnight at the church. 

Please contact Sarah Rook for more information on how you can serve.

Thanksgiving food bags
Each year the St. James family donates items to provide Thanksgiving meals to residents who would do without. A list of requested items is printed in the newsletter and bulletin. Before Thanksgiving everyone brings their items to our altar where they can be prayed over and then distributed to those in need. 

Salkehatchie
Each year St. James participates in two Salkehatchie camps, Black Swamp and Union. Youth and adults volunteer their time to help repair homes for residents in these areas that cannot afford the repairs on their own. We have several fundraisers and supply drives to help equip these teams to do the work they are called to do. To learn more about Salkehatchie click here

 

In the summer of 2014, the Stewardship Committee challenged the Sunday School classes and small groups to "Dare to Share." Each group was given up to $300 to share God's love and make an impact in the community.

On September 28th, the congregation joined to worship together in the Fellowship Hall and to celebrate the culmination of the Dare to Share projects. In total, eight groups participated in twelve projects, including:

  • Hosting breakfast for the teachers at St. James Kindergarten to kickoff summer
  • Hosting breakfast for Woodland Heights Elementary teachers and donating underwear to the WHES Health Room
  • Donating clothes to a family of four from the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen
  • Hosting a Memorial Day picnic for SPIHN families
  • Hosting the 2nd grade reading kickoff party at Woodland Heights
  • Handing out cold drinks and popsicles at St. James Kindergarten and Tyger River Park
  • Donating giftcards to the families of Gibbs Cancer Center
  • Donating playground equipment for the SPIHN Day Center
  • Hosting a craft party for the SPIHN families
  • Delivering Subway giftcards to Hospice families
  • Donating to St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic and Hope Center for Children