Our “Berea House” Ministry began in 1998 when a Sunday School class came alongside one of our staff members in reaching out to the Riverside Community. The initial idea was for a food and clothing pantry. That idea changed when it was clear that the skills and gifts of the class were in education. So, the ministry became an after-school tutoring program with snacks and Bible study. It has operated under that basic idea ever since.
Over the past few years, the ministry has expanded to include volunteers from the entire church family, North Greenville University (MFuge Teams), and the Heller Service Corps of Furman University. As these volunteers cooperate together, the community is impacted through education, mentoring, and Bible training. Though the group of kids is small (typically 10-15 kids), the impact is evident. The kids return each week for another day of fun and mentoring.
During the summer, the program operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays as volunteers with MFuge Camps arrive ready to serve. These teams of middle and high school students play games, share conversations, and teach Bible stories. The day usually begins around 10:45am and concludes around 2:30pm.