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ONGOING LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES – The Missions Task Force has made available recurring opportunities to give a hand up to our neighbors in the Columbus area. Volunteers are always welcomed to fulfill those commitments.

Purple Door Free Store – Purple Door Free Store is a new ministry dedicated to serving children and improving lives by providing for the clothing and basic living essentials for children in an atmosphere of kindness and respect.  The Purple Door Free Store provides new and gently used children’s clothing, coats, shoes, and books to children residing in the community zip codes of 43123, 43116, 43146, 43119, 43204, 43228, and 43223.  Additional assistance may be available outside of the service area for requests made by the members of Grove City United Methodist Church or other community referrals upon discretion of the church staff and PDFS Advisory Team. The PDFS is open every Wednesday from 6-8pm, personally serving one or two families at a time. If you would like to be a part of the team, contact John Hampson, 614/313-4666 or visit the sign up genius site.

Community Meal – An amazing meal is prepared for the community on the 2nd Saturday of every month and open from 4:30-6pm. All ages are welcome to help with setup, tear down and serving our community. Those in the kitchen must be at least 16 years old. 

Faith Mission – The Purple Door Church has committed to serve every fourth Friday at the Faith Mission in downtown Columbus. This Requires 6 people for 1 to 1½ hours on odd numbered months from 5–6:30pm to serve the women only. On even numbered months, the need is for 6 people to serve both the men and women from 5–8:30pm. There are no skills required, just a desire to serve with a smile and carry on friendly conversation with the clients. To sign up CLICK HERE or contact Jan Scharenberg at 614-266-0922 or at

Grove City ACTS – ACTS (Active Christians Transforming Society) is a yearly event, generally in May, that is sponsored by many of the churches in Grove City.  It is a one day event that provides landscaping, cleaning, painting, small home repairs to those who are physically and/or financially unable to get these tasks done on their own.  With so many churches in the city providing volunteers and projects it is a huge undertaking that literally takes over the city for that one day in May.  Notice will be posted in the Weekly Update well ahead of the event to get projects and volunteers.  Please contact David Walters at 614/419-1602 or for more information.

Angel Tree – In Partnership with Prison Fellowship, this unique program gives you an opportunity to share God’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners. Angel Tree®, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ through a simple gift. Children’s names and wish list is paired with a caring individual who will purchase the gift on behalf of the incarcerated parent.  For more information contact Pastor Karen at

Grove City Lunch Club – Launched in summer of 2018, this new ministry partnered with local churches and restaurants to provide hot lunches for families within the SWCSD throughout the summer. Watch for details of our expansion to include a lunch program over winter break. For more information contact Pastor Karen at

Community Clothing Closet An ongoing collection of new socks/underwear and gently used clothing are collected to be available to the staff within the SWCSD schools as needs arise for students. Contact Pastor Brandi at

Bed Brigade – Join the team to go and build bed frames for children throughout the community that may not have a bed to sleep on. For more information contact, Chris Roth.