Outside the Parish | Church of the Holy Comforter

Outreach

Although we support such traditional Outreach ministries such as serving in soup kitchens, our primary focus is to partner with the community where we can have a more intentional presence and make a real world change in people's lives.

Columbia County Cares

Food Items for CCC | Church of the Holy Comforter

When shopping, pick up one extra item for a person in need. Columbia County Cares needs any non-perishable food items. Examples include rice, sugar, pasta, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and feminine products. Items are collected every Sunday in the little red wagon by the front door. All items collected go to local families in need. Contact: Vivian Vaiden, Administrator at vivian@holycomforterchurch.org.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Holy Comforter frequently partners with Episcopal Relief Development (ERD). The mission of ERD is "to heal a hurting world guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity. We take our mandate from the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 25."

We have raised money to buy goats, chickens and even a cow in developing countries to partner with families in enabling them to become self-sufficient. And, unfortunatley, there have been too many opportunities of late to provide assistance through ERD for disaster relief.

Kairos

This is an ecumenical ministry whose mission is to bring spiritual renewal to the prisons. For several years Holy Comforter has supported Kairos at Leath Correctional Institute for Women in Greenwood, S.C. There are opportunities to work both within Leath as well as assist the ministry "outside the walls", as they say in Kairos. Contact: Linda Bargeron at lhbargeron@gmail.com.

Mentoring at Martinez Elementary

We are in partnership with Martinez Elementary with our Reading Buddies program. Please think about sharing one hour a week to improve the lives of elementary school students. Can't do this every week? Ask a buddy to partner with you and come every other week. Contact: Jeanette James at jeanette.james@ccboe.net or j.james2007@comcast.com

Pathways

Ministering to the needy of Columbia County. We partner with other churches to provide toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap, detergent, feminine needs, dish wash, soap, and shampoo. This is part of our InterFaith Group in Columbia County.

Questions? Contact Outreach coordinators Mallory Halterman at mallory.halterman@gmail.com or Fred Hoogland at fredhoogland@yahoo.com

Scouting

Holy Comforter is home to several scout troops. Boy Scout Troop 10 was chartered here. We also host Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies. To get in touch with one of these programs, contact Church Administrator Vivian Vaiden at vivian@holycomforterchurch.org.