Seacoast Local Missions Response to the Coronavirus

During this unprecedented time of disruption, fear, and uncertainty, we are expanding our ministries at Seacoast Church. Although we are faced with some significant limitations, we believe this is an opportunity for us to do more, not less. We believe God will bring new ways for us to make a difference in our communities. 

Here’s how to help:

  • Pray…because it is the most important thing we can do! 
    • Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. 
    • Pray for the healthcare workers, political leaders, and public health administrators making difficult decisions. 
    • Pray for those who are being financially impacted. 
    • Pray for our local and global partners, who will be impacted financially and relationally. 
    • Pray for God’s protection for our communities and for the swift end to this pandemic.
  • Remember: We are not a people driven by fear. We have been given power, love, and the ability to think calmly and act clearly during a time of confusion. Share the hope you have in Christ. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
    • Be mindful of those who struggle with depression or are prone to anxiety. Reach out and invite them for a meal, bring them food or needed items, or just share an encouraging word.
  • Act: Be the hands and feet of Jesus.
    • Grocery shop for an elderly neighbor or friend with compromised immunity.
    • Plan a meal with a neighbor. Invite a family over for dinner or movie night. 
    • Offer to watch a neighbor’s children if they are still required to work. 
    • During this time, we strongly encourage everyone to follow state and local guidance and the guidelines set by the CDC.
  • Give: Give generously, especially to those whose livelihoods have been impacted. As events are canceled and social distancing is encouraged, the financial impact may become overwhelming.
    • Give non-perishable foods, toiletries, and baby supplies to Lowcountry Blessing Box Project. Boxes are located all over the state of SC. Use this map to find one near you.
    • Think of someone in your circle who may be struggling and pay a power bill for them, buy their groceries, or find another way to ease their burden.
    • Give Online. If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to set up online giving. We rely on the generosity of our people, especially during this season when we cannot gather together in person. Your giving enables us to continue to serve our cities and our world. You can give online at seacoast.org/give or Text to Give, by texting an amount to 320320.

 

What We’re Doing Together:

  • We encourage you to set an alarm to pray together as a community at 2:17 pm every day. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • We will be sharing daily encouragements online soon. This is an opportunity to pastor, encourage, and connect with people wherever they are.  
  • All of our Seacoast campuses are calling attendees older than 75 years old, to check in and see what we can do for them. We are committed to caring for those among us who are at higher risk.
  • We developed a comprehensive online resource for everyone to be able to experience Seacoast at Home.

 

Serve Opportunities:

(Additional opportunities will be listed as they become available. Please check with your campus for more information.)

The North Charleston Dream Center

  • Currently, the Dream Center Pantry will be open only on Thursdays, 9 – 11 am. They are accepting non-perishable food donations daily. If you can assist with the drive-up distribution, please register. Contact Pablo Morales with questions, pablomorales@seacoast.org.
  • The medical clinic is open Thursdays 9 – 11 am to refill prescriptions for existing patients ONLY. No testing or new patients will be accepted at this time.

West Ashley Campus

  • The West Campus Food Pantry will be delivering food to those in need. If you are in need of food or able to assist with food orders and delivery contact: beckylind@seacoast.org.
  • Car Care will be open on the 4th Saturday of the month, 8 am – 12 pm.

Lowcountry Food Bank

  • The Lowcountry Food Bank is packaging Disaster Relief Boxes and is looking for volunteers to sign up for different blocks during this week. If your team is looking for opportunities to serve, this could be a great place to start. Kids need to be 12 or older. Click here to SIGN UP.

ECCO

  • ECCO is operating Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. They are in need of non-perishable food items, specifically canned meals that only need to be heated, as well as bottled water, and cleaning products. For serve opportunities visit: eccocharleston.org/volunteer/

Meals on Wheels

  • Meals on Wheels assists the elderly and those who are homebound regardless of age. They are also making services available to anyone who is quarantined due to the virus or at a high risk. Meals will be delivered in a cooler that will be left at their homes, so the risk of cross contamination is significantly lower. To volunteer visit: mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch.

*As the situation continues to evolve, serve opportunities are likely to change. Check with organizations regularly for updates.

All of these organizations have a large number of retirees who volunteer, and each organization has asked them to stay home so they do not put themselves at risk. This means there are a lot of opportunities to bridge the gap. Please join us in serving our communities when they need us most.