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.

  • Presbyterian Hunger Program

    The Presbyterian Hunger Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) works to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes.  Hunger can be extremely complex phenomenon with economic, political, and social causes, but a local congregation can make an impact on local hunger.

    As Hunger Action Congregation within the Presbyterian Hunger Program, McGregor works to make an impact on local community.  Our McGregor Snack Packs Program delivers weekly snack packs to five local schools to ensure hungry school children have food for the weekend.  We volunteer monthly to help serve breakfast to the homeless at a sister church.  McGregor annually supports the Souper Bowl of Caring and contributes to local food banks, such as Harvest Hope, Sharing God's Love, and The Cooperative Ministry.

  • Snack Packs

    McGregor began its Snack Packs Program in 2011.  With the help of many volunteers we provide around 180 Snack Packs that are packed and delivered each week to 5 local schools of Lexington-Richland School District 5.  A Snack Pack contains 14 to 16 easy to eat non-perishable food items.  School social workers distribute these packs on Friday to students in need.  These students are able to return to school on Monday morning healthy and ready to learn.  To learn more, contact Debbie Grabbatin.

  • 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.

  • Family promise of the midlands

    Family Promise of the Midlands is an affiliate of Family Promise, a national non-profit initiative that began in 1986.  The mission of Family Promise is to help families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence.  Faith-based congregations help guest families work toward that goal by providing temporary shelter, meals, and hospitality.  Helping guest families regain their housing, independence, and dignity transforms lives and reduces homelessness.

    McGregor contributes financially to Family Promise of the Midlands and partners with Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church to provide one week of hospitality and evening meals quarterly for the guest families.

  • refugee ministry

    In partnership with Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, McGregor has sponsored four 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.

  • Missionary connections

    Helping to spread Christ's message of love and peace around the globe, McGregor contributes to the support of 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.