Serve the community

Kindness Outreach:  Making a Difference through Loving Our Community.

We are passionate about loving our neighbors and sharing the love and message of Jesus with everyone. Serving with our Kindness Outreach ministry will allow you to make a difference in our immediate community, as well as city-wide through our strategic partner relationships. We are honored to serve along side the following ministries and we hope you will too. 

If you're interested in connecting with our community, let us know.  Our Outreach Ministry will get in touch and connect you with others who are already volunteering in the ministry that you are interested in. Let's make a difference by loving our neighbors!

 Click the graphic to hear about our                       philosophy on Kindness Outreach; fair

  warning - Pastor Jeff gets emotional!

current outreach project

Join us as we continue our annual outreaach for our community partner, Rice Creek Elementary.  60% of the children at this school receive free or reduced meals.  Many of these families are homeless, and our goal is to provide families with a 3-day supply of food that is non-perishable and easily prepared. 

For more information, contact the Assistant Director of Outreach & Next Steps at

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If you're looking for a way to connect with and serve the community during this time of social distancing, Virtual Mentoring or Rockin Readers may be for you.  In partnership with Rice Creek Elementary School, we are recruiting volunteers to mentor and/or read to students via pre-recording or livestream.  A list of books and grade levels will be provided for you to choose from.
For just 15 minutes of your time, this is a great way to bless and reassure students that we are still here to support and love on them.

Click the graphic to register or for more information, contact the Assistant Director of Outreach & Next Steps at

community partners

We believe that the church should not be turned inward, but should look for ways to reach out to the community around it.  We have created partnerships with local organizations to accomplish this.  

We'd love to connect you with  our community partners.  Let's make a difference by loving our neighbors!  Click on any of the graphics for more information about each partner.

The Transformation & Transition Project is a Christian non-profit organization based in Columbia whose pursuit is to: 


1 - Assist Returning Citizens

To prepare and assist individuals for a successful transition into society after being released from incarceration.  This is the primary focus of this organization, and all other efforts support this cause.  A relational approach is taken to endeavor emphasizing mentorship, discipleship, and inclusion into Christ-centered community. 

2 - Recruit Churches

To establish a network of churches that are actively involved in transition ministry and committed to providing loving, Christ-centered community to returning citizens and their families.  This involves long-term investment in meaningful relationships.

3 - Network Resources 

To facilitate coordination between organizations and individuals who can assist with reintegration.  There is a wide range of needs represented among returning citizens and no single organization is positioned to address them all. 

Rice Creek Elementary School


We partner with Rice Creek Elementary School all through the year, in many different ways, such as 

  - the Mentors In Motion program

-  Fill the Pantry

- Fill the Trailer

- Summer backpack program 

The Cooperative Ministry serves the Columbia area as an instrument of God’s love by providing a coordinated charitable response to assist those in need. They seek to improve the quality of life for the people they help by providing direct assistance, counseling, prayer, and guidance to other available community resources. Contact the The Cooperative Ministry volunteer coordinator at 803.799.3853 to serve.

                                    From the inception of Sandhills Community Church, we wanted to represent the Lord Jesus                                                   Christ in our community.  Our goals have involved both gospel proclamation and gospel work.                                             Like any other church, we want to live a life of generosity.  Part of this is determining the

                                    best way to respond to the many needs before us.  We receive phone calls every week, and                                                   some visits, from people looking for assistance. Unfortunately, we discovered some these requests were not legitimate.  This created a dilemma.  How do we demonstrate the grace of Christ in such a way that we can be a genuine help to those truly in need?  

A member of our church told us about The Cooperative Ministry.  We heard the mission statement and realized The Cooperative Ministry shared our heart.  "To increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs."  This organization partners with those really trying to make it in life, but who struggle from time to time.  This timely aid maintains, and often restores, the dignity of these individuals. 

Practically speaking, it's always easier to partner with an organization doing something well than to try to create a whole new system yourself.  The Cooperative Ministry was formed by local churches coming together to address an issue with which they each struggled - how to best help those in need around them.  Our church is now actively involved in The Cooperative Ministry.  We give an annual gift as part of our church budget.  In the month of December, we encourage our people to make a gift to The Cooperative Ministry.  We encourage our people to contribute to the 'Autos for Opportunities' program.  We have also partnered to help sort clothing.  We have been blessed by our partnership with The Cooperative Ministry and believe it is making a Christ-like difference in our community.  

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