Westminster’s Commitment to Mission
The mission of Westminster seeks to be a caring, inclusive family of faith, demonstrating the grace and love of Jesus Christ in local and worldwide mission projects. Members and friends of WPC are encouraged to serve our community in the following areas:
SIGN UP HERE for September 10 – 17 Hosting Week
The network consists of local congregations who share hospitality (in the form of emergency shelter, meals, and short-term housing) with families that include children who are experiencing homelessness, and to help those families achieve self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment.
Our program is unique, because it comprises the only collection of emergency shelters in Greenville for single mothers with sons who are age seven or older. GAIHN is also the only emergency shelter in Greenville for single fathers with children. Most other local emergency shelters separate family members by gender, and only GAIHN will allow homeless fathers and mothers to remain with their children. GAIHN also is the only place that can accommodate families with many children.
Prepare & deliver a meal that serves 14 – 20 people
3 flexible hours
Serve as an evening host from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Serve as an overnight host from 8:30 p.m. – 7 a.m. Separate room(s) provided.
Help wash linens
3 flexible hours
Serve on Set-Up and Take-Down Teams
1 – 2 hours
Contact Julia Bellew or Beth Edwards to get involved or learn more about the ministry opportunities.
What does GAIHN stand for? Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network now joined with United Ministries.
Hospitality is the key- We as a congregation make the experience a true GAIN for guests & hosts alike. Families gain dignity and a way back to normalcy. As members of the church we gain a wealth of fellowship and the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life by doing what we do best at Westminster – gracious hospitality.
Hosting the program within our own facility in this very personal way provides hidden benefits for guests and for member of WPC. Guests feel the warm fellowship of God’s people in a very tangible way. Providing comfort and interacting with these struggling families brings the issue of homelessness to the forefront and puts a real face on this social issue. These families are not just “out there in a shelter”, they are guests in our church home and in real need of our hospitality.
Yet, temporary shelter housed in church facilities is only one part of what GAIHN does to address homelessness. Because of the generosity of so many member congregations, GAIHN has interim homes where guests “graduate” to on their road back to stable living conditions. Parents that demonstrate responsibility and complete milestones in required training programs become eligible for these homes. The next step for families beyond interim housing is section 8 housing or even home ownership. GAIHN works with those determined to help themselves to achieve permanent housing.
WPC is thankful to be a part of the hosting network with our members and beautiful church facilities. Quarterly we have up to 3 families stay at the church who check in on Sunday evening and check out the following Sunday morning by 7:00 a.m. GAIHN provides WPC with the names and ages of the families before they arrive as well as providing food preferences and any allergies.
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