Mission Opportunities

The Bridge Presbyterian Church will cultivate the habit of being a blessing — the tangible touch of God to people in Northern Brunswick County.  This habit will be nurtured by the Mission Team of the Bridge.  The Mission Team is responsible for cultivating mission partnerships with local, national and international organizations and agencies.  This team meets monthly for creative planning, focusing on how the bridge can be a blessing to the local community by developing and maintaining sustainable partnerships with agencies and schools.

The vision at the Bridge is that most mission activity happens within small groups.  The Mission Team works with small groups and small group leaders to resource opportunities and help sustain partnerships so that small group participants are able to connect with God’s purpose through their small group. The Mission Team also develops mission opportunities in which the entire congregation can participate.

Presbytery Disaster Assistance

Your Mission Team is excited to head up this important project that will ensure that we, the bridge, do as much as we can to assist our brothers and sisters affected by the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  As Doug explained on Sunday, our goal is to raise at least $5,000 for health and school kits that will be assembled and sent to Houston and Florida.  In order to ensure that we raise these funds as quickly as possible, we are asking you to do the following:

Make your checks payable to the Bridge Presbyterian Church, with PDA written in the memo section.

–  Place your checks in the special baskets that will be offered by members of the Mission Team  at the end of service.
–   If you plan to give cash, place your cash in the special baskets also.
–   Ken & Mary Campbell are constructing a goal thermometer so that we can all see our progress each Sunday.
–   If you have questions or require further clarification, please see a member of the Mission Team.

Let’s strive to reach our goal within the next few weeks.  Families in affected areas really need us. 

Ongoing mission projects at the Bridge include:

American Red Cross – The bridge participates in blood drives twice a year in Leland.

Diaper Drive for Homeless Babies – We have an on-going diaper ministry to support Streetreach as they work with homeless families that have babies.  There is a bin in the back of the worship center marked “For the Babies.” Please place your diaper donations there.

Kid’s World Academy (KWA) – In April we had an Easter Mission Project for KWA.  We raised money to buy books, fun Easter games and healthy snacks for the kids.  We were also able to donate $250, in the form of a VISA gift card to the school for supplies.  The children were thrilled, and Miss Anita, the school’s director, said, “she loves the Bridge.”

Leland House – Once each month we hold a worship service at Leland House, a local nursing home and memory care facility. Many of the residents faithfully attend our monthly worship services and enjoy fellowship time with us after the service.

 

Matthew’s Ministries – We fill food bags throughout the regular school year and make weekly deliveries to a local elementary school in north Brunswick county. We work closely with another local church to help them manage a storage warehouse, unloading, organizing and storing thousands of pounds of food each month. Additionally, we help arrange a supply of food for a local civic club, who packs for and delivers weekly to a Leland Elementary school. We also serve as local contacts to collect and store food items collected by a regional grocery store for the benefit of the food backpack ministry.

Plastic Bags Mission Project 

The bridge Presbyterian Church, in partnership with Brunswick County StreetReach, a 100% VOLUNTEER charitable organization, is in need of plastic bags to make sleep mats for the homeless (http://www.bcstreetreach.org/).  These mats when completed are waterproof and provide some shelter for the homeless against the elements.  It takes 1,000 plastic bags to make one sleep mat and that’s why we need your help.

We are collecting plastic bags and need as many as we can obtain because not only are we putting these mats together for Brunswick County residents, but will also provide mats through our Presbytery to some of the towns that are still suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.  So we’re asking the following:

  1. Give us your bags rather than recycle them at the grocery stores or recycling facilities.
  2. Drop off your bags at 497 Olde Waterford Way Suite 105, Leland, NC 28451 on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 am.  Interested in helping to make these mats? Please come to the bridge Presbyterian Church at the address, day and time listed above or contact Mary Campbell at:  carlisecampbell@gmail.com

We need lots of plastic bags and people willing to lend a hand.  Please consider helping.  What do completed mats look like?

The Mission Team recognizes that a small group and/or covenant partner might want to undertake a mission project outside of the planned projects.  Therefore, the Mission Team has developed and maintains a list of vetted agencies that anyone can refer to in order to carry out their own mission project.

Opportunities to Contribute Time and/or Skills or Money:

Communities in Schools (CIS): Mission is “to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”
Nancy Lamb, Executive Director – 910-457-3494
Bonnie Jordan, Programs Operations Officer – 910-754-6287
www.cisbrunswick.org

  • Dropout Prevention Program: Call 910-754-6287
  • Administrative Office: Call 910-457-3494
  • Adopt a School: Call 910-457-2916
  • After School Program: Call 910-253-5327, x1432

CIS Thrift Shop: (Leland, Village Road) – 910-457-2916
-Receive and sort donations and greet customers

Diaper Bank: (housed at Grace United Methodist Church – Wilmington)
Leigh Robertson/Anna Lair910-632-0636
www.ncdiaperbank.org – click on branches to find the Lower Cape Fear tab
Pack diapers on Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 at Grace United Methodist Church. Individuals or groups are welcome. Volunteers should contact the local branch (see above) to establish times.

Habitat for Humanity – Brunswick County
Hope Shirley, Volunteer Coordinator – 910-454-0007
www.brunswickcountyhabitat.org
-Need both construction and non-construction volunteers

Hope Harbor Home and/or Hope Harbor Thrift Shop (Domestic Violence)
Tommy Griffin (Bolivia Office) – 910-754-5726 – coachtgriffin5@yahoo.com
Trish – Leland Store – 910-371-0058
-Volunteer in thrift shop, Sit with clients awaiting trial, adopt a family for Christmas

Hospice – Lower Cape Fear Hospice
Haylie Long – 910-515-5038 or 910-796-7029
Haylie.long@lcfh.org

Leland House – Assisted Living and Memory Care for Low Income Seniors
Haily Morgan – Activities Director (See Ruth Hepner or Luana Queen for contact assistance)

Meals on Wheels – Facilities provide meals to home-bound adults 60 years of age and older residing in Brunswick County.
Sarah Powell – Volunteer Coordinator – 910-754-2300
www.BSRINC.org

New Hope Clinic
Sheila Roberts – 910-845-5333
newhopeclinicfree.org