Outreach: Domestic and Foreign

Bag Lunches

One of our most popular ministries is the making of hundreds of bag lunches every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the Parish Life Kitchen. These are prayed over and sent to Emmanuel Methodist for distribution.
Nelson Harrell
Glen Ayres

Bicycles (Christmas season)

Donated bicycles are collected from the community and refurbished and then given to underprivileged children at Christmas time. This is currently sponsored by the Evening Optimist Club, but you are invited to participate with our church family in this ministry.
Tom Lawrence


Compassion International is a Christian Child development and child advocacy ministry dedicated to helping over 1.7 million children in need worldwide. Compassion’s programs help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name and enable them to become responsible, fulfilled adults. Compassion works in 26 countries.
Rebecca Tutt

Cursillo in Christianity

Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ. This short course in Christianity is designed to build up leaders within the church. Attendees travel to Camp St. Christopher (Seabrook Island, SC), joining with other Anglicans for singing, worship, listening and discussion.
Stephen Arscott

Grandparents at Prayer (G@P)

G@P’s desire is to promote effectual Christian grandparenting that is intentional about strengthening the family as designed by God and leading our children and grandchildren to authentic, whole-hearted faith in Christ. G@P meets at 4:00-5:00 every 2nd Sunday of each month in the Sanctuary.
Betsy Acken

Grief Share

A 13-week program for men and women grieving the death of a family member or friend. This is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
Fr. John Sosnowski

Ladies, Laughter, and GRITS

This is a multi-generational group of women that come together to hear a message directed to a woman’s heart. It is a great place to bring your friends to enjoy food, prayer, laughter, worship, and edification in the Lord. We meet quarterly on a Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Kim Kaiser

Jail Ministry

This ecumenical mission is composed of men and women who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are incarcerated. They meet every Wednesday 6:30-8:00 PM at the Sumter Lee County Jail.
Charles (Squeaky) Alessandro


An ecumenical prison ministry that shares the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men and women to become loving and productive members of their communities. Volunteers are needed for baking cookies, cooking meals, transportation, housing prayer and monetary offerings of support.
Arthur Wilder

Men’s Ministry

All men and boys are invited to the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM for breakfast and a Speaker.
Ben Cromer

Recovering Sight Ministry

We train sight impaired individuals of any age to use computers equipped with special software that provides access to the world through email and the internet. We welcome drivers and teachers in this very rewarding effort.
Neil Towery


A Ropeholder is one who holds the ropes of support as others venture out to do the Lord’s work. At Holy Comforter, you can become a Ropeholder by providing a monthly pledge which is divided among our missionaries in the field to help support their Kingdom work.
Fr. Joe Rhodes

Sharing of Ministry Abroad (SOMA)

This ministry helps to equip local leadership in the power of the Holy Spirit around the world. Lay people and clergy are invited to participate. If you are interested in supporting SOMA or being a part of a mission
Fr. Marcus

Shoe Fund

Sumter children cannot attend school without shoes. Some children are attending school in shoes that are too large, too small or composed of duct tape and cardboard. Our area school nurses call Holy Comforter to notify us, this ministry then arranges for the child/children to visit a local store and be fitted for a pair of quality shoes.
Tootie Adams

Thanksgiving Turkey

Every November Geraldine Singleton cooks turkeys in Holy Comforter’s kitchen. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving Ms. Geraldine and a team of volunteers assemble in a local community center to feed anyone that walks through the door.
Rebecca Tutt

Trunk n’ Treat

Trunk or Treat is a new outreach program on Halloween. It is a safe, fun place for families in surrounding neighborhoods to bring their children. Costumed parishioners decorated their cars and handed out candy or small toys, while clergy gave blessings.
Olivia Sporinsky

Vacation Bible School

Can you cook?  Sew?  Build?  Teach?  Play games? Organize?  We need you for VBS!  Each summer the Christian Education wing is transformed into a Bible-themed adventure. Children from preschool through 4th grade are invited to attend June 19-23, 2017.
Olivia Sporinsky

Where I’m Needed – Go Serve (Win-gs)

We are interested in helping you become actively involved in missions. Individually or your family, within the city of Sumter, the state of SC, the USA, or a foreign country. The mission field is TODAY-right where you are and we’re always on a mission!
Fr. Joe & Tina Rhodes