Missions at McGregor

At McGregor, we recognize our call to be the hands and feet of Christ in a challenging world. Inspired by God's love and energized by God's spirit, we seek to address local and global needs through hands-on service, mission-focused education and prayer, and financial support of outreach programs.

Charter for Compassion

"Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures...treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect."

--from the Charter for Compassion

With leadership from its Senior High Youth Sunday School class, McGregor Presbyterian Church has affirmed the Charter for Compassion as a public commitment to the principles expressed in the Charter. The Senior Highs also created a video about how to live by these principles. Follow the above link to learn how the Charter began and how people all over the world are pledging to uphold the Charter. Prayerfully consider how you can make a difference.

McGregor missions

All are welcome to participate in any of McGregor's mission opportunities, which focus on our church vision to nurture spiritual growth, build community partnerships, and practice God's justice. To find out how you can get involved, contact our Missions Committee chairperson.

  • Snack Packs

    The Snack Packs program helps feed hundreds of local schoolchildren in need by supplying them with weekly bags filled with 16 to 18 easy-to-eat, nonperishable food items. All volunteers are welcome to help pack the bags each Sunday of the school year immediately after the worship service. We deliver Snack Packs to students in six area school districts and at after-school programs and child-development centers in Lexington, Richland and Newberry counties. McGregor partners with the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo to provide this program.

  • Broad river prison ministry

    This exciting venture offers educational classes in world religions and Christian history for inmates at Broad River Correctional Facility in Columbia. McGregor's Missions Committee provides funds to purchase books for the courses, and volunteers from the church lead the classes.

  • breakfast for the homeless

    On the fourth Sunday of each month, McGregor joins with members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia to prepare and serve breakfast to the poor and homeless. Volunteers meet at Trinity to serve an early-morning meal of eggs, sausage, grits, biscuits, coffee, and milk, hand out bag lunches, and clean up the kitchen and dining areas, then return to Irmo in time for worship services at McGregor. To learn more, contact coordinator Jane Tyer.

  • refugee ministry

    In partnership with Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, McGregor has sponsored three refugee families as they establish their new homes in Columbia. We assist with housing, education, transportation, and cultural awareness until the family is established on their own. Refugee ministry enriches our understanding of other cultures and customs and continues to teach us what it means to be good neighbors to others. 

  • Green Group

    We are certified as an Earth Care Congregation through PC(USA), committed to caring for God's earth in worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Our Green Group oversees earth-friendly practices including roadside trash collection four Saturdays a year, our Learning Garden, community workshops, recycling and reuse of materials at church events, and environmentally focused worship programs.

  • abby's angels

    McGregor collects new and gently used clothing, baby items and household goods for this program, which operates as a partnership between School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties and community organizations. Donated items are distributed to families in need by school social workers. Many of the recipients are high school students living without a parent or guardian, as well as families needing assistance to help ensure their students' success in school. Needed items include clothing (infant through teen), diapers, toiletries, baby items, household goods, and packaged foods.

  • Missionary connections

    Helping to spread Christ's message of love and peace around the globe, McGregor supports missionaries serving in several different countries. Reverends Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather (pictured) serve with RECONCILE, a Christian organization in South Sudan that aims to bring peace and healing to communities broken and hurting from decades of war. Dan and Elizabeth Turk are working in Madagascar with the Malagasy people on issues of community health, gardening and environmental education. Rev. Dr. Darren Kennedy and his wife, Elizabeth, serve in Egypt, where he is a theology professor training pastors and lay leaders for ministry.

  • sharing god's love

    McGregor benevolences help support this Irmo ministry, which assists local families with basic needs. Sharing God's Love operates in partnership with area churches to provide food, clothing, and financial assistance when families are facing emergencies.