Ministries

Children

Mill Grove offers wonderful activities for children of all ages – all year round. Our ministry with children and families strives to form strong relationships with each other and with Christ. Have a look at what’s happening on our campuses!

Connect with our Children’s Ministries on Facebook!

Karate/Self-Defense

Thursdays
6:30-7:30pm
HBC Youth Building

Join us for great exercise and fun while learning self-defense. Available for ages 8-80 and all ability levels.

Cost is $10 per month per student (with a maximum of $25 per family per month). Proceeds go to Mill Grove.

KidZone Preschool

KidZone Preschool at Mill Grove UMC is a Monday-Friday (9am-1pm) preschool program for children ages 1-5.

An effective church-based preschool embraces sound child development principles in order to provide nurturing and guidance for young children in a Christian setting. In a loving secure environment, children learn to trust adults other than the parents while developing confidence in themselves and their abilities. Children learn to love successfully with others and are free to explore their own capabilities and the world around them.

A successful preschool:

  • Works to develop a feeling of self-worth in each child, building confidence in ability and worth by providing situations in which each child can succeed.
  • Aids children in learning to understand and live in God’s world.
  • Encourages self-expression through language, math, music, art and play.
  • Nurtures a child’s individual needs while in a small group setting.
  • Introduces life skills to help children understand and manage their emotions. These life skills are necessary to build a strong foundation for forming strong personal relationships in the future.
  • Appreciates a child’s unique talents and needs.

Classes & Studies

Disciple Training

Tuesday nights beginning in autumn

Disciple Training is a great opportunity to learn more about the Bible, develop or strengthen your relationship with Jesus Christ, and to create lasting relationships with fellow Christians. Classes include: Disciple 1, “Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study,” and Disciple 3, “Remember Who You Are.”

Financial Peace University

This 9-week class aims to help teach God’s way of handling money through the guidance of Dave Ramsey.

Short-Term Bible Studies

A variety of short term Bible studies will be offered throughout the year. Examples include many Beth Moore studies, Spiritual Disciplines, M.A.G.I. (Members Applying Their Gifts Intentionally) and many more.

See the bulletin for more details.

Fellowship

JOY Club

First Thursday of each month (except Jan & July)
11:30am – 1:00pm
HBC Worship Center

The Joy Club is our senior adult ministry that is open to all senior adults (55 or older) in the community and meets at the Hemby Bridge Campus. A wonderful lunch is served at 11:30am followed by a great variety of programs. It is a time for fun, fellowship, and a chance to meet new people. An occasional trip to NarrowWay Theatre in Fort Mill has been included in this ministry as well as an occasional day trip.

SISTERS (Formerly UMW)

Third Sunday of each month
5:00pm
HBC Room 206

The SISTERS are looking for more than a few good women to gather for fun, fellowship, service, and praise. SISTERS is an acronym for: Sisters in Service Together Exalting the Risen Savior. We were previously known as the United Methodist Women.

At our monthly gatherings we plan events, discuss fundraising, determine who we can help and how…but we also have fun! There are no dull Jane’s in this group. We enjoy food and fun activities, such as making snowmen that we sold at our annual Christmas Tea, and making wreaths for Easter we can hang on our doors. We hope to see you soon!

Taste of Mill Grove

Spring

Each year, the SISTERS group at Mill Grove hosts a fundraising evening of fun and food. The Taste of Mill Grove is similar to The Taste of Charlotte, but with a little dash of something extra! Church members can sign up to be a ‘vendor’ and showcase the dishes they are best known for by providing small ‘bites’ for ticket holders to sample. In addition to sampling food from wonderful cooks, there will also be live and silent auctions. This is a family and community event!

How can you help?

  • Be a ‘vendor’: Cook your best dish and serve a little ‘taste’ to those attending.
  • Provide items for the silent and live auction.
  • Attend! The more the merrier!

All proceeds will go toward helping families or individuals in need within the church or community and will be distributed by the SISTERS.

Love & Prayer

Grief Share

This is a grief support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one.

HUGS Ministry

Tuesdays
10:00am – 12:00pm / 6:00 – 8:00pm
HBC Room 203

There is something so special about a handmade quilt. But as special and warm as each quilt is, it is so minute compared to the warmth felt when God wraps His loving arms around you. There is nothing like having the arms of Jesus hold you during times of pain or sorrow. The ladies of HUGS make quilts with love and prayer to minister to hurting people and newborn babies.

HUGS, a prayer and quilting ministry, is expanding at the end of our 7th year of ministering and we have given nearly 200 homemade quilts for joyous occasions as well as to hurting people. We put these names on our prayer board and we keep these folks in our prayers. There are so many hurting people in the world today and as Christians, it is our responsibility and our privilege to let them know that God loves them. God can use anything to speak to people. It is not the quilt we make and give, but rather the prayers and people God uses to make the quilts to minister to hurting people.

Now, at the end of our 7th year, we have begun a new area of HUGS: that of making baby shawls for the newborns in our church. Along with the baby shawl, we give a picture frame with a special poem which has the baby’s name in the poem as a keepsake for parents.
God has blessed our HUGS Ministry in many ways. We welcome all who want to work in this great ministry.

Shut-In Ministry

This ministry is vital to our members who are shut-in their homes due to medical conditions/procedures or an inability to travel. We have a team of members who are committed to visiting our shut-ins on a weekly basis.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss, and many other life difficulties.

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    or look for persons wearing Stephen Minister name badges on Sunday mornings

Service

Common Cupboard Food Pantry

The Mill Grove Food Pantry has partnered with Common Heart Ministries to better meet the needs of the hungry in our community. We now participate in serving over 400 families a month.

Homeless Shelter

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

Mill Grove lines up monthly meals for the Union County Community Shelter for the second Wednesday of each month. The meal for about 75 people is prepared in advance and served at the shelter at 5:00pm. Servers should arrive at 4:30pm. Only about 5 people are needed to serve, and you will be finished by 6:00pm.

A very special thank you is extended for those who have already signed up.

Kairos Prison Ministry

During the initial Kairos weekend, volunteers serve as God’s instrument through which His love, grace, and mercy are expressed to the participants/guests in a real and profound way. God begins changing hearts.

Following their weekend experience, participants/guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their life choices and their relations with God; they are invited to engage in small accountability groups. Kairos volunteers continue to return monthly to provide mentoring and guidance through these accountability groups. It is here that Kairos participants/guests begin to replace old ways of thinking with new and they learn they are not alone on this journey. They realize there is a hope for a future. The prison environment begins to change; family relationships start to heal…..God is transforming lives.

Each year, 25,000 inmates and their family members are introduced to God’s love, grace, and forgiveness through Kairos.

Operation Christmas Child

Winter

Since 1993, more than 100 million children in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

Provide a gift and share God’s love to children around the world through a gift-filled shoebox. Shoeboxes and brochures will be available in the Welcome Center.

During December, Mill Grove volunteers go the Charlotte Processing Centers. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Signups are available at the Welcome Center.

Room in the Inn

Friday evenings (December 1 – March 31)

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Isaiah 58:7 (NIV)

Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center (Charlotte) has been working with congregations of many faiths and colleges to open their facilities one night a week to provide shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. Each site, including Mill Grove UMC, offers a warm, safe place to sleep and serves two meals (dinner and breakfast) and returns guests the following morning.

The ministry is a unique way for people of faith to become directly involved with people who are homeless. The simple goal is to keep homeless people from freezing. A greater goal is to provide a loving relationship to homeless, at least for one night.

RITI is a way to bring alive the Biblical admonition “love thy neighbor.” In fact, the people we serve are called NEIGHBORS. Please prayerfully consider becoming a part of this vital outreach.

Youth

Middle and high school students meet in the HBC Youth Building from 5-7:00pm each Sunday evening.

Our program includes dinner, group games, free time, worship, and small group study. In addition to the Sunday night program, a variety of fun activities and service projects are offered throughout the year.

Connect with our Youth Ministries on Facebook!

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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