Ways to Serve our Community
After School Tutoring Program
This program provides support to both children and parents in single home environments suffering from the ill effects of poverty. It is available for families within a mile radius of the church campus. Support for children includes homework assistance, tutoring, the arts, and sports. Support for parents includes a place to rest while their children are cared for, an area to do laundry, and people to assist in strengthening skills.
HELP of Beaufort is one of only a few emergency food pantries in northern Beaufort County. They are open Monday-Friday to assist people with emergency needs. SIPC supports this faith-based effort through financial partnership and by helping keep their pantry shelves stocked. On the first Sunday of each month, SIPC members and friends can bring donations of rice, grits, and other non-perishable food items to worship. Volunteers deliver the donations to HELP where they go directly to people in need.
Family Promise provides shelter and support to families without a place to call home. As a host congregation, SIPC becomes their home for one week each quarter. Families eat dinner and sleep at the church, accompanied by volunteers who prepare meals and spend the night. During the day, children go to school or daycare, and parents either go to work or utilize the Family Promise Day Center in Bluffton to look for work or further their education.
Cold Weather Shelter
Homelessness is an often overlooked reality in our area. SIPC has responded to the needs of our homeless neighbors by opening an emergency cold weather shelter on nights when the temperature drops below 32. The American Red Cross provides supplies and volunteer training.
Operation Serve for Youth
Operation Serve provides our youth with the opportunity to serve the members of our church and community. Youth meet at the church for a brief time of prayer and then break into small groups to go out into the community to serve. Many people from our church see this event as a way to support the work and ministry of SIPCY and the funds collected through Operation Serve enable us to provide programming and help defer the costs of youth activities throughout the year.
Local & State Mission Partners
Through financial commitments and volunteerism, Sea Island contributes to many local and state groups and agencies doing the work of the gospel, including:
Circle of Hope Hospitality House
Good Neighbor Medical Clinic
Gullah Farmers Cooperative Association
HELP of Beaufort
Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity
Presbyterian Communities of SC
Thornwell Children’s Home