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.