Gilwood Church :: Outreach



The best opportunity for the church to do God's work is through community involvement. Gilwood has always been a big supporter of its community. We have many opportunities for our members to help their brothers and sisters locally.
Witness/Mission Committee:
The objective of this committee is to seek ways for our congregation to serve God and show Christ’s love to our brothers and sisters in our community and the world. We are involved in the Church at large, the Presbytery, the local community and the congregation of Gilwood Presbyterian Church to provide out reach ministry for those in need. Various projects we are routinely involved with include:
Crop Walk - World Wide Hunger Relief
Crop Walk benefits the hungry around the world and a large portion of the funds raised (25% last year) remain in the local community. It is usually a great afternoon to walk for a good cause. Anybody can participate in the walk. We usually have a number of our youth participating. This is a yearly event, usually the first or second Sunday in October. 
 Blood Drives
In cooperation with the Red Cross, Gilwood sponsors at least three blood drives per year. Members volunteer for set-up and additional help. Our drives have been very successful in 2009. 
Habitat For Humanity
Gilwood supports Habitat financially, and we are hoping to participate in building projects in 2010. 
CCM food collection
Each month in the newsletter various dry goods or other household items are featured. We leave our donations in the shopping cart in the Commons Area. There is another cart in our fellowship hall. Food is taken monthly to CCM (Cabarrus Cooperative Ministry).
We support CVAN financially as well as in other ways when opportunities arise. In 2003 we scraped and painted an entire house for them, with about 30 members participating, in Project GASP (Gilwood Association for Scraping & Painting).
Souper Bowl Of Caring
We participate annually in the “Souper Bowl of Caring”. On Super Bowl Sunday our youth collect money and canned goods for local food ministries.
 Mission Trips
In recent years Gilwood has sponsored fully-funded mission trips to El Salvador, West Virginia, and the Gulf Coast for members who felt called to participate. 
Other Activities
Gilwood provides financial resources to the Northwest Cabarrus High School Bible Association and the Cox Mill High School Bible Association, which allows Bible classes to be taught in these local high schools.
 We also provide financial resources to Hospice, and have participated in several projects to benefit their support programs. One memorable project was the collection of teddy bears in Vacation Bible School in 2009 to be used in grief counseling with children.
Many other outreach opportunities exist among various groups that exist in the church such as Kingdom Kids, SHAG (Senior Highs at Gilwood), Adult Sunday School classes, and the Women's Bible Study groups. 




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