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Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church

est. 1831

 


 

Ministry to Children

When a child is baptized in the Presbyterian Church, the congregation commits to stand with and to help the parents in nurturing that child in the faith. Though it remains primarily the responsibility of the parent, the church has an obligation to assist the parent in this great undertaking. The following are some of the ways that Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church has chosen to fulfill this privilege and obligation.

Sunday School

Sundays 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Our weekly program of more structured systematic study is held on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is provided for all age groups. Feasting on the Word is the curriculum currently in use.

Present Age/Grade Groupings and Locations:
Sanctuary Building (Downstairs) Sanctuary Building (Upstairs)
Crib Nursery Preschool / Kindergarten
Toddler Class Grades 1 & 2 (Explorers Classroom)
Children's Class Grades 3, 4, & 5 (Adventure Classroom)

Bibles are presented on Promotion Sunday by the congregation to those entering the 1st grade. Each summer grades 1st - 5th are combined for a summer of exploring different topics. Some topics in the past have included a study of missions and the Ten Commandments, as well as competition in Bible memory games such as Bible Baseball and Bible Soccer.

Childcare

Sundays 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Crib and Toddler childcare is provided during Sunday School and the 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service. A staff person, assisted by both youth and adult volunteers, is in charge of the crib nursery during the Sunday School and 11:00 a.m. Worship. Additional nurseries are provided as needed for occasional church functions.

Worship Readiness

Sundays 11:00 a.m. Service

Worship Readiness is a program designed to assist parents of children from age 4 through grades 1 in teaching their children concerning worship. The program is conducted during the 11:00 a.m. worship after the children are released following the Children's Moment. It includes a familiarization with the basic creeds and liturgy of our church: the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, the Gloria Patri, the Doxology, etc. Parents rotate leadership on weekly intervals. Children are picked up from the middle upstairs room in the sanctuary building following Worship. Worship Readiness Prayer books and Hymnals are presented on Promotion Sunday as children enter the 2nd grade, after which children remain with their parents for the entire worship experience.

Children's Moment

Sundays 11:00 a.m. Service

Children's Moment is a time designated during the 11:00 a.m. worship service when we act upon our belief that children belong with the worshipping congregation. The gospel is for all persons, regardless of age, and worship is a corporate action in which children are participants with adults. At the appropriate time, children are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary, and the minister shares a portion of scripture in storytelling style.

Children's Bulletins

Sundays 11:00 a.m. Service

Children's Bulletins are provided during the 11:00 a.m. service for two different age groupings of children. One bulletin is geared toward the non-reader, those children who are ages 3 - 6, most of whom participate in the Worship Readiness Program. A separate bulletin is geared toward those children who are ages 7 - 12. These bulletins are offered as a tool to assist those parents whose children remain with them for the entire service.

Births and Baptisms

Sundays 11:00 a.m. Service

Births of children of members on the active roll and grandchildren of members are recognized at GMPC by placing a rose on the Communion Table during the morning worship, after which the rose and a gift book are delivered to the home. Baptisms are a special part of our worship and are performed while the worship readiness children are still in the sanctuary so that they can be a part of this worship experience. In addition to a baptismal certificate received during the worship service, families of baptized babies also receive a framed cross-stitched design with child's name, date of baptism, and scallop shell, symbol of baptism.

PresbyCrew

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.

PresbyCrew is a monthly program (during the school year) for children in Kindergarten thru 5th grade. It incorporates storytelling, song, crafts and play to introduce children to the gospel. It is hugely popular and children are encouraged to bring their friends to this twice a month celebration of Gods grace.

Children's Choir

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday during PresbyCrew

GMPC offers a choir for children in Kindergarten through the 5th grade. The choir meets during PresbyCrew music time monthly (during the school year). The Children's Choir will have the opportunity to share in leading worship throughout the school year.

Children's Computer Lab

Every 1st & 2nd Sunday 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Computer Lab is held monthly on the 1st Sunday for children in Kindergarten - 2nd grade, and on the 2nd Sunday for children in 3rd - 5th grade. It offers faith based programs, designed to uphold christian values, while learning about Jesus.

Catechism Class

Summer Sundays 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

During the summer months, a catechism class is offered for students interested in memorizing the Catechism for Young Children: An Introduction to the Shorter Catechism. Geared toward those students in rising grades 3 through 5, the class reviews the 145 questions and answers and provides a "trial run" for youth prior to reciting the catechism to the minister. The Synod of the Mid-Atlantic awards a certificate upon completion of this task. A member of GMPC who wishes to remain anonymous provides a check for $50.00. Both are presented during worship on Promotion Sunday. The same is offered from our anonymous donor for memorizing the answers of the 107 questions of the more advanced The Shorter Catechism. The Synod of the Mid-Atlantic also awards a certificate for this accomplishment. Booklets are available from the teachers or from the church office. To receive the certificate and cash awards, the catechism must be recited at one sitting. If both are attempted, they may be done at two different times. The Catechism may be recited independently from class. Fifteen or under is the age limit according to guidelines from the Synod. A plaque has been placed in the hallway of the Sanctuary Building to honor our youth for this accomplishment.

Vacation Bible School

Annually in June

GMPC's week of Vacation Bible School is an opportunity for more informal structured learning than is possible on Sunday mornings. The teaching of Scripture through art, stories, activities, projects, and music is basic to V.B.S. which is held in June. V.B.S. is offered for children age 4 (by August 15) through grade 5. Youth grades 6 - 12 serve as volunteers.

Puppet Ministry

A puppet ministry is provided for and by kindergarten through 12th grade students at GMPC. Classes to learn to manipulate the puppets are available and typically offered beginning in the Fall. The Puppet Ministry is incorporated in many of GMPC's program: PresbCrew, V.B.S. Christmas Joy and used in performances through out the community, as needed. GMPC's adults serve as assistants and drivers.

 


 

Ministry to Youth

GMPC seeks to broaden and deepen the spirituality of youth participants by urging and making possible their involvement with others in the worship and work of the church. It frees youth for this involvement by considering them responsible members of the church, rather than a group set apart which must duplicate every church activity on the youth level. GMPC assumes that youth and adults, seeking to be led by the Spirit of God, plan together to meet the particular needs of the young people in the congregation and in the community. The youth ministry of GMPC involves two groups which parallel the divisions of local public schools: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

Sunday School

Sundays 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School addresses the need for more formal structured learning. Meeting from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning, youth Sunday School classes are offered.

Confirmation/Commissioning Class

Winter to Spring Sundays 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

A nine week study is held each Winter to Spring for ninth graders (ages 14 & 15 on up), to prepare for examination by the session for reception into active membership in the life of the church. The course is team-taught by the minister and two church officers. The study is customarily designed for youth on the baptized roll of our church, who have arrived at the age of discernment and wish to affirm the covenant into which they were received in infancy or early childhood. Participants of this class are examined by the Session and received as members on Easter Sunday. Privileges conferred upon those who complete the study and profession of faith before the congregation are: (1) Vote in congregational meetings; (2) Eligibility to hold office of elder or deacon.

Acolytes

Sundays 11:00 a.m. Service

Acolytes help emphasize God's presence with us in worship by "bearing the flame" at the beginning and conclusion of the service. At GMPC this ministry is assumed by our students, grades 3-8. An adult member appointed by the worship committee organizes this dimension of our worship.

Youth Groups

Sundays 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Youth Groups address the need for a more holistic and less formal approach to exploring the faith. GMPC offers two youth groups; Jr. High Youth (grades 6th - 8th) and Sr. High Youth (grades 9th - 12th). The youth group's structure is defined by the balance of three elements: study, service, and social activities. Programs include mission projects, outings, study, and worship. Business includes planning retreats, lock-ins, fund-raisers, service projects, etc. Youth involvement in planning and carrying out the program is integral to the youth ministry at GMPC.

Scouts

Sundays 6:30 p.m. - Boy Scout Troop #27 Sundays 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. & Mondays 5:15 p.m. - Cub Scout Troop #27

Scouting strives to serve our youth in three basic ways. The scouting program helps young men and women develop self confidence through the tasks that they perform. Scouting promotes community citizenship, including membership in church, school and family. Finally, scouting serves our youth through its outdoor program including camping, hiking and water activities.

 


 

Ministry to Adults

Corporate worship at its best, engaged in by a faithful people with a profound sense of their identity as the community of faith, is the focal point for congregational life. We are called, forgiven, redeemed, taught, nurtured by God, and strengthened for our daily tasks in the world. Some of the programs offered for adults in our church to enhance and supplement corporate worship are described below.

Adult Midweek Study

Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Studies are typically offered during the mid-week for adults in the fall and winter/spring. A variety of times and subjects are included to fit time schedules and interests. While some studies have been conducted by the laity, they are primarily taught by the minister, in particular the classes offered in the winter/spring.

Sunday School

Sundays 9:45 a.m.

Sunday School gives an opportunity for structured learning as well as time for fellowship with other adults. Meeting from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning, four adult classes explore the faith. Various teaching methods are used in different classes. Feasting on the Word is the curriculum currently in use. The classes are as follows:

Cornerstone Class: lecture/discussion style, occasional socials, preparation for the lighting of luminary candles at Christmas, college age through mid thirties (single and married).

Care Class: lecture/discussion/small groups, quarterly socials, Thanksgiving and Christmas community service projects, putting up the Chrismon tree during Advent.

Memorial Room Class: lecture/discussion style, various age groups ranging from young adults to grandparents (married and single, male and female), Christmas community service projects, putting up the Christmas candles (electric) during Advent, breakfast each fifth Sunday, Super Bowl oyster roast.

Pathfinder Class: lecture/discussion style, young adults, twenties through early forties, married and single, male and female.

Worship Services

Sundays 11:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

The Lord's Supper is celebrated the first Sunday of each month. Every other first Sunday we receive the P.A.T.H. Offering (Presbyterian Answer To Hunger) GMPC keeps 25% for help within the local community, and an Almsgiving collection is received for the Sampson Crisis Center. Other services include: Preaching & Teaching the Christian Faith, held bi-annually (odd years) on Reformation Sunday in October; Kirkin' O' the Tartans, held bi-annually (even years) on Reformation Sunday in October. In 2006, GMPC celebrated our 175th anniversary in conjunction with the Kirkin' O' the Tartans service; Ash Wednesday Service; Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Service, held the Thursday before Easter; Community Easter Sunrise Service, held 6:30 a.m. Easter Morning at the Clinton Cemetery; Community Thanksgiving Service, held the Sunday before Thanksgiving; Advent Luncheons, held at Noon on the 1st three Wednesday's of Advent; Lessons and Carols Service during Advent; Christmas Joy Program, held the second or third Sunday in December and the Christmas Eve Services, held in December at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Music Ministry

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. - Adult Choir Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. - Handbell Ensemble

One way that people may give God glory is in corporate singing. Hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs are the prayer and praise of the entire congregation, and thus all present participate as the true choir. All music in worship serves the purpose of worship (listening, singing, musical instruments) and should represent the best that Christians have to offer God. Our music ministry at GMPC includes both a chancel and handbell choir. Special occasions for worship are offered at various times throughout the year by our choirs in addition to their participation and leadership in the Sunday morning service.

Preaching and Teaching the Christian Faith

January or February

The Worship Committee sponsors a bi-annual two-day event (Saturday & Sunday) publicized throughout the county, when a church leader of regional, national, and sometimes international acclaim, leads our two day event offering a Saturday morning workshop and 3 worship experiences. In recent years, William Willimon and James Efird of Duke University Divinity School ('95, '98, '00 - '04 & '08 - '12), William Arnold of Union Theological Seminary ('96), Tom Long of Princeton Theological Seminary (both '94 & '97), and Eugenia Gamble of First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL ('99), Dr. Rodger Nishioka (2005), Dr. Eileen Lidner (2006), Juan and Kathy Trivino (2007), and Rev. Mark S. Bryan, Ph.D. (2015) have led the program.

Visitation of Homebound or Nursing Home Members

Because we are a community of faith, GMPC takes seriously our responsibility to be in touch with those members who are isolated due to health problems. Visits are made by members, as well as by the minister, in addition to notes and phone calls. Opportunities to receive communion at home and the nursing home are offered every other month to those who desire to do so.

Prayers for All

GMPC's Prayers For All may be initiated (or updated) by anyone for any GMPC member or non-member and/or their immediate or extended family. Out of respect for privacy, it is the responsibility of the person who initiates the request to obtain the permission or consent directly from the person (or family) for whom the prayers are intended. Prayer requests may be submitted through the church office or by filling out a Prayer Request Card, located in the pews, and placed in the offering plate. Each request will be sent to the entire congregation via group email and/or phone tree.

Presbyterian Men

2nd Sundays, 8:15 a.m.

The purpose of the organization of the Presbyterian Men of GMPC is to provide an opportunity for our men as individuals and as a group, to grow in the knowledge of Christ, be strengthened as members of His Body, and to enjoy the fellowship found in gathering with brothers of the faith.

The format of the PM consists of breakfast and fellowship together, followed by a guest speaker. The PM gather on the second Sunday of each month in the fellowship hall at 8:30 a.m., September through May. Guest speakers usually address issues affecting our city and county.

Presbyterian Women

The purpose of the women of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. is to provide opportunities for women, as individuals, and in groups, to grow in the knowledge of Christ and to be strengthened as members of His Body in our contemporary world in order that they may understand and fulfill the particular responsibilities they have in the family, in the congregation, in the community, and around the world.

Every woman member of GMPC is automatically a member of our PW and is invited to attend all PW meetings (circles, quarterly gatherings, joint meetings of the PM and PW). Each woman is assigned to a circle, a small informal group that meets each month for Bible Study, Christian fellowship and service. Each fall, a booklet is printed containing their responsibility assignments, including placement on a social activity committee and on a flower committee.

An important aspect of the PW is the ministry to our bereaved families whereby a meal is prepared by circle members and is typically served in the fellowship hall (or as requested) at a time and place indicated by the family.

Congregational Fellowship

Other opportunities of fellowship for adults at GMPC include our annual congregational pig picking in early March. During this fellowship meal, members who have joined our congregation during the past year are recognized as our special guests for the evening and are welcomed anew to our fellowship.; Summer Picnics, held on two Wednesday nights of July and August at 6:30 p.m.; 1st Wednesdays Family, Friends and Fellowship Dinners, held on the first Wednesday monthly, October - May at 6:30 p.m..; and Refreshments following our Christmas Joy Program in December.

Senior Adult Events (Young at Heart Group)

Both day and overnight trips; service projects; various programs; catered meals; and other events sponsored by the Congregational Care Committee provide opportunities to interested adults in our congregation for fellowship and exploring new avenues in our faith pilgrimage. An Adult member(s) is appointed to organize and lead this group.

 


 

Ministry through Mission

Endowment Fund

The Session of Graves Memorial established an Endowment Fund in the fall of 1997. The fund is meant to expand and enrich the ministry and mission of Graves Memorial, both locally and globally. It is a permanent account to accept financial gifts and is intended to provide additional support for church ministries beyond the requirements of our annual operating budget. The endowment is administered by a five member Endowment Council and the church treasurer serves ex-officio.

There are currently five designated funds: Property Fund, Sanctuary Fund, Organ Care Fund, Local Benevolence Fund and Missions Fund. In 2006 the Session approved all undesignated gifts to be applied to the Building Fund (and if needed the property endowment funds could also be utilized for the building project).

Local Missions Supported by Our Church

Home Delivered Meals

(known by some as Meals on Wheels)

Home Delivered Meals is a non-profit organization that delivers meals to homebound and handicapped clients within the Clinton city limits. Meals are paid for on a contribution basis according to how much the client is able to pay. GMPC provides drivers on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays monthly who are scheduled by a member of the Community Service committee.

Community Garden at Clinton Crossing/Clinton Courtyard

After researching the community for the establishment of a community garden, GMPC members found an ideal location at the Clinton Crossing/Clinton Courtyard (105 Royal Lane, Clinton, N.C.) homes for seniors and other vulnerable individuals. Under the leadership of Sharon Funderburk, GMPC's Helping Hands and Hearts Mission team built five raised-beds on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The garden provides not only a healthy food alternative for the community, but a place for youth, seniors and other church members to engage in teamwork activities through the maintenance of this resource. To supplement needs of this community, Burch Farms generously donates other fresh produce and GMPC members make monetary and physical donations throughout the year.

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads (1086 Susie Sand Hill Road, Elizabethtown, N.C.) is a program designed to address addiction(s) through a faith based approach, providing compassion and support in an all male environment. This program is primarily designed to produce in each man a more effective lifestyle in which he allows Jesus Christ to take full control. GMPC has been a part of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads since 2014, providing support thru our annual budget ($1000.00).

Sampson County Domestic Violence Center

U Care, Inc. opened its Emergency Shelter, June 23, 1997. It houses domestic violence victims and their families. Services available to the public: Emergency Shelter, Court Advocacy, Victim Advocacy, Education/Trainings, Counseling by psychologist, Youth at Risk Services, 24 hour Crisis Line, Court mandated batterers' program, Follow up services. Our support of U Care is indicated with financial support through our Fifth Sunday Loose Offering in addition to our annual budget (2012 budget - $3,000), as well as volunteer support and work done by Adult and Youth members of our church. A member of the Community Service Committee is our diaconate liaison with this organization.

Sick and Relief

In GMPC's annual budget, money is set aside to assist member families experiencing some specific crisis or need. Where it is not used for the first and primary purpose, it is then made available for general benevolences most often on a local level. The 25% of our P.A.T.H. offering supplements this line item as needed.

Presbyterians Answer to Hunger (P.A.T.H.)

This offering, collected by GMPC since 1986, is sometimes called the 2 Cents a Meal Offering. Families are requested to 'set aside' this amount per person, per meal in your family home and given on Sundays when Communion is observed, which is the first Sunday of every other month. (Whenever Communion is moved, usually no more than a Sunday forward or backward, the P.A.T.H. and Alms offerings move with it). Of this, 25% is withheld and used to supplement our own 'Sick and Relief' benevolence. The remaining 75% is forwarded to our Presbytery of Coastal Carolina. The presbytery's disbursement formula what they receive from participating churches is as follows: 40% for International support (countries such as Haiti, Malawi and Bangladesh); 25% for PC(USA) hunger projects; 25% for local hunger programs within our Presbytery and 10% for administration.

Prayers & Squares, The Prayer Quilt Ministry

GMPC has been part of Prayers & Squares, The Prayer Quilt Ministry, since January 2006. Prayers & Squares is an interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of a hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need. GMPC Prayer Quilt Ministry volunteers meet on the 3rd Tuesday monthly at 9:30 a.m. in the GMPC Fellowship Hall. A prayer quilt can be requested for any person experiencing physical, emotional, spiritual or other difficulties . Once a quilt is requested, an invitation is extended to the congregation to tie knots into the quilt representing a prayer, love and concern for the recipient. What makes each quilt so special is not the pattern, color or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is symbolically tied into each one. These comforters are a statement of faith, and a testimony to our belief in God and in the power of prayer.

Helping Hands & Hearts Mission

Helping Hands and Hearts was founded here at GMPC in October 2009, in an effort to discover ways we can use our hands to assist the elderly and physically handicapped folks in our church & community. It is entirely a volunteer effort that focuses mainly on building wheel chair ramps, according to city regulations, for those in need within the Sampson County area that are unable to afford the cost of constructing a ramp themselves. The Presbyterian Men are charged with coordinating projects and volunteers. Funding is provided by GMPC though a designated gift.

Infant Cradle Ministry

Under the guidance of Clayton Dunn, GMPC launched the Infant Cradle Ministry in April 2015 to build and provide infant cradles free of charge for the transporting of the stillborn child's remains from Sampson Regional Medical Center to a place of the parents' choosing. It is our prayer that these cradles express the love of Jesus to these families during this time of sorrow and need.

Christian Food Bank of Salemburg

GMPC has been a part of the Christian Food Bank of Salemburg since April 2014. The food Bank is a Christian, non-profit organization from our community that provides food to homeless, poor and low income citizens of Sampson County, N.C. every 3rd Saturday, monthly. Youth meet on the Wednesday prior to the third Saturday at 6:45 p.m. and Seniors meet on the Thursday prior to the third Saturday at 9:00 a.m. to help sort and pack food bags. Adult & Youth Volunteers help distribute the food bags on the third Saturdays (volunteers should arrive prior to 9:00 a.m.). GMPC supports this program thru Adult & Youth Volunteers, collected items (Most Needed Items: Dried Beans, Peanut Butter, Breakfast Items, Can Soup, Can Vegetables, Rice/Pasta, Can Fruit & Recycled grocery bags, collected daily) in addition to our annual budget ($1000).

First Baptist Church Soup Kitchen

The First Baptist Church Soup Kitchen (408 College Street, Clinton, N.C.) is held on Thursdays, weekly from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. *11:00 - 3:00: Cooking, *3:00 - 5:00: Deliveries, *5:00 - 7:00: Serving. (Volunteer for the whole day or as your schedule allows.) GMPC began assisting First Baptist Church with their soup kitchen in May 2015 by providing donations of cakes and desserts on the second Thursday monthly and through church volunteers who assist in the cooking, serving and cleaning of this outreach ministry.

Backpack Buddies Food Ministry

GMPC has been a part of the Backpack Buddies Food Ministry since 2010. Backpack Buddies is a Christian, non-profit program organized by the First United Methodist Church of Clinton, N.C. in the fall of 2008. Backpack Buddies provides weekend food to over 250 'food insecure" Clinton City School children, ages PreK - 8th grade, weekly. Volunteers meet at Sunset Avenue School every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to sort and pack the bags. GMPC supports this program thru Adult Volunteers, collected items (Most Needed Items: Canned Soups, Multipack 100% Fruit Juice, Raisins, Multipack Individual Fruit Cups, Pudding Cups, Low Fat Granola Bars, Pop Tarts, Trail Mix, Multipack Individual Cereals, collected daily) in addition to our annual budget ('15 budget - $1000).

Diaper Bank of Sampson County

The Diaper Bank of Sampson County, initiated by Chris Driver and other organizers here at GMPC in July of 2015, is a local unincorporated nonprofit organization that collects donations of diapers (all brands and sizes, to include adult diapers), diaper wipes and diaper rash cream to assist local families who are in need. Diapers are wrapped in packs of 25 and distributed by the Sampson County Health Department every Wednesday from 12 - 1 p.m. at the county complex. One pack of diapers is given per child per month to those who qualify. GMPC provides storage and wrapping space for the diapers, that are collected here at GMPC and through out the community, before being distributed to the health department.

Regional Mission Trips/Projects

GMPC has made missions a priority by underwriting mission trips through the general budget and our Endowment Fund. In 1997 adults and youth traveled to Washington, D.C., for our first mission trip, where they worked in a local soup kitchen and other ministries to the homeless. In 1999 members of GMPC performed similar task in Chicago. In 2000 the youth traveled to the Asheville area and assisted the local Habitat for Humanity. In 2001 members from GMPC traveled to a Native-American reservation in Arizona and assisted with Bible School and the building of a new church. They also visited Las Vegas and worked with the Salvation Army. In 2002 the youth assisted Habitat for Humanity in Wilmington. In 2003 the church sent a group to Philadelphia where they worked with an organization dedicated to restoring dignity to the homeless. In 2005 a group returned to Washington, D.C. where they worked in our nation's largest homeless shelter. In 2006, the GMPC church adopted a group of seasonal farmers in Newton Grove, N.C. and also participated in the Migrant Farmworkers Festival 2006 - 2011. In 2007 the youth traveled to Brownsville, Tenn. where they repaired homes of the elderly and disabled. In 2014, the youth traveled to Raleigh, N.C. for the week and joined forces with Raleigh Youth Mission where they were able to serve in a variety of mission settings. Each experience has served to assist our membership in understanding poverty and the effect it has on the human spirit.

International Missions

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Co-workers

Graves Memorial supports two mission co-workers in Southeast Asia (Chiang Mai, Thailand), Andy and Ellen Collins. The Collins work with Interserve/USA, an interdenominational, international mission agency with strong roots in the reformed tradition. Interserve is committed to ministering to the whole person as it proclaims through word and deed that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Andy works with the audio-visual production arm of the Christian Communication Institute (CCI), part of Payap University, the only Christian university in Thailand. Founded by Disciples missionaries, CCI communicates the Gospel through traditional Thai folk drama, music and dance. Ellen pursues her interest in health education and Children Ministries. GMPC's current level of support is $2,500 per year, not counting particular requests and needs for projects.

Our Mission Statement

Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church was established in Clinton, N.C. in 1832. Our sole purpose is to glorify God, proclaiming through word and deed the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. We trust God's spirit to lead and nurture us in all our community and congregational endeavors. We desire that all who come through our doors find deeper faith, larger hope, and more complete love.

Vision Statement

FAITH: We commit ourselves to becoming a more dynamic and faithful congregation and will worship in an open and accessible way that invites people into a deeper relationship with God and with the church. We seek to be responsive to the changing worship and education needs of our children, our youth, our adults and our elderly while holding onto our traditions and our core beliefs.

FELLOWSHIP: We acknowledge that Christianity is multi-cultural, and at the heart of all expressions of God's glorification lie core truths and faith. We desire that all that enter our doors will find comfort, companionship, love and acceptance. We will strive to make our facilities adequate and conducive to worship and fellowship. As we seek to maintain our integrity among ourselves and our neighbors, we will work toward open and honest communication.

MISSIONS: We are here for the people of our community and world. We will emphasize our common connections with God and each other, not those things that separate us. We will be evangelical, seeking to make disciples of people near and far, serving all those in need: the poor, the sick, the lonely and the powerless. We will look for opportunities for mission at our doorstep and beyond.

Missions Supported By Congregations

Where Does Your Money Go?

Being a connectional church means sharing in mission and programs with the community of faith from congregations to presbyteries, to synods, and to the General Assembly. Some examples of where your money goes beyond GMPC include:

  • Worldwide Ministries supports missionaries and volunteers in varies countries.
  • There are worldwide missionary partnerships and health ministries.
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
  • There are several care agencies in the bounds of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic including Barium Springs Home for Children, Volunteer Families in North Carolina, and Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina in our state
  • Presbyterian colleges in North Carolina
  • New church development and redevelopment in our Presbytery
  • Youth and Outdoor Ministries including two camps
  • Campus Ministry at UNC-Wilmington and Fayetteville State University
  • Presbyterian Women and Presbyterian Men
  • Haiti Ministry project
  • Leadership training in Evangelism and Worship
  • Presbytery Leadership School
  • Seamen's Ministry in Wilmington and Morehead City
  • Racial/Ethnic Ministries
  • Presbyterian Counseling Center in Wilmington
  • Women's Prison Ministry
  • Lay preacher and interim pastor training
  • Mission education and resources
  • Support for chaplains and military personnel
  • Ministry to farm workers
  • Financial aid for seminary students from Presbytery
  • Service to retired ministers
  • Annual consultation with candidates and inquirers
  • Pastoral oversight
From this partial list, you can see the importance of and the necessity for the gifts of all churches - the tithes of all churches - so the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina as a community of faith can further the Kingdom of God in this place and beyond.