Many from First serve as volunteers in these ministries both as board members and laborers. Weekly volunteers from First Presbyterian are making a difference as they provide medical care, food service, and spiritual guidance in these local ministries.
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Providing abortion clinic alternative services for those in Florence, Quinby, and Darlington, South Carolina.
Christian Learning Centers of Florence County
The Christian Learning Center of Florence County is a release time program for the public schools in Florence County. Release time is a time set aside during the school day when students may leave the school property to attend Bible classes off campus. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for public school students in Florence County to understand biblical principles and apply them to their lives, family, and community.
East Florence Gathering
The Outreach had its beginnings in 1970 following a lay renewal at First Presbyterian Church. A Bible Study Group rented a small house in the east Florence area, where Sunday afternoon meetings were held. Gradually, neighborhood children, primarily black, started to come and soon became regular in attendance. The number of participants became so large that we began meeting at First Presbyterian Church, then at Trinity Presbyterian Church for a short time. In May 1987, we moved into our present building at 320 National Cemetery Road. The building consist of a large multi-purpose room with a concrete floor. It is used for basketball and other games as well as for meetings and eating. There are six classrooms, a kitchen, office, library, and bathrooms. Outside is a large playing field and playground equipment.
Family Promise of Florence’s Mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Host congregations in Florence takes turns providing families with provide overnight lodging, meals, and hospitality. Volunteers serve meals, play with children, stay overnight, etc.
Florence Habitat for Humanity
This nationwide organization seeks to build affordable homes in Florence that can be owned by qualifying families. Sweat equity is part of the purchase agreement as well as a strict plan for financial responsibility for these families. Volunteer teams build these homes. Social Service Agencies refer families to Family Promise and may also help find housing, jobs, and other services. They provide transport and a Day Center, where families can make phone calls, tend small children, search for housing and jobs.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports ministry in America reaching over 1.5 million people annually. It provides a positive peer group as an alternative to the negative pressures so prevalent in schools today.
Habitat for Humanity
Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Helping Florence Flourish
Working Toward A Visible Demonstration Of The Unity of the Body Of Christ to Bless Florence. They surveyed area community and religious leaders in Florence and have identified four focus areas to work on in our community: Education, Homelessness, Deterioration of the Family, Racial Division. Through the willing coordination of local non-profit organizations, Florence churches, and volunteers, HFF seeks to make visible, positive changes in those four critical areas.
iHope is a non-profit ministry dedicated to professional counseling and care rooted in biblical principles.
Intervarsity is an undergraduate student ministry at Francis Marion University. The Purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture and God’s purposes in the world.
Lighthouse Ministries is a cooperative effort of the Florence Christian congregations to assist individuals and families in emergency situations.
Manna House is a soup kitchen that serves lunch to those individuals who are unable to afford meals. It also provides emergency food relief to those in need.
This free clinic provides needed health care services to those who cannot afford the care and does so with the express purpose of sharing the gospel.
House of Hope of the Pee Dee
This includes the House of Hope For Women and their Children, House of Hope For Men, and the House of Hope Mission Mart. The House of Hope For Women and their Children serves homeless women and their children. This excellent facility assists these homeless women by teaching them parenting skills, as well as working skills. The House of Hope For Men is a shelter for men. It is a Christian mission devoted to helping those who are in need and are homeless. The school house in Effingham serves as a dormitory and accommodates up to 40 men.
PADD is a faith-based, nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide the highest quality of life and the greatest possible level of independence for each developmentally disabled resident within the context of a community-based residential facility.
Parking Lot Mission
The Parking Lot Mission includes a weekly devotional followed by a hot breakfast provided by families, individuals, and local churches. Additionally, individuals and groups distribute food, personal items, household goods, and clothing. Through weekly contact and fellowship, we are able to develop relationships with the participants and identify other life needs, including housing, employment, health, and spiritual, and to facilitate meeting those needs in the best manner possible. The Parking Lot Mission devotional begins on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and breakfast begins at 8 a.m. in the rear parking lot of HopeHealth in Florence.
A Florence retirement community. “We Are A Compassionate Christian Ministry Dedicated To Enriching The Quality Of Life For Seniors Of All Faiths.”
Resurrection Restoration Center for the Homeless
Resurrection Restoration Center for the Homeless (RRCH) is a nonprofit 501c3 transitional housing program. RRCH is well-known in the community for our willingness to work with participants in helping them obtain the highest level of independence and full integration into the community.
This is a Presbyterian ministry that seeks to provide a home for orphaned and neglected children.