Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Recently Helping Hands of Georgetown, Inc. hosted its second annual Covenant Church Appreciation Luncheon. The event, held at Duncan Memorial U.M.C. in Georgetown, was a celebration of the churches whose support has allowed Helping Hands to provide “Hope for Help and Help to Change” for 25 years.
Helen Smith, who chairs the Helping Hands Covenant Church Advisory Council, welcomed the event’s 90 guests, representing 18 local churches. “My heart was so overflowing with all the people who came, extending their hands and their love to Helping Hands” she said afterward.
Following the blessing from Bishop John Smith, Jr. of Greater Bibleway Church, guests enjoyed their meals during a vocal performance by Pastor Kenny Johnson of Ringel Heights Baptist.
Reverend Dr. Ben Gafford then spoke as to what led his church, Trinity U.M.C., to become a Covenant Church. He explained that supporting Helping Hands was a great way to express the passion for giving that his congregation shared, and as their giving has increased, so have their blessings.
Covenant Churches founded Helping Hands in 1989, and continue to provide support in a variety of ways; including leadership, food drives, and financial contributions.
“We see it as an extension of our church, as part of the charitable wing to the community,” said Bishop Smith.
With their support, Covenant Churches make it possible for Helping Hands to provide basic needs assistance to Georgetown County residents living in poverty, as well as programming that helps individuals change their lives and rise out of poverty.