Hurricane Sandy Relief

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy the North Carolina Baptist on Mission (NCBM) Assessors are trying to send groups to locations in North Carolina and New Jersey.

They are in need of volunteers to go to New Jersey on the feeding unit trips. Anyone interested in going to New Jersey to help needs to contact Todd Phillips by phone at 704-651-8932 or via email

Todd is also looking to start a list of  recovery volunteers for locations here in North Carolina and then head north. The primary locations in North Carolina will be at the Outer Banks. The NCBM is looking to send groups out in the next few days. If you are interested contact Todd Phillips or click here for more information and ways to donate or volunteer.



Operation Charlotte 2012 Recap

Last week over 70 students at Main Campus sacrificed three days of their summer to partner with surrounding organizations in the Charlotte area to do local mission work. The students went out of their comfort zone to reach people through the CUP Ministry, LA Food Bank, Jackson Park, Alexander Youth Network, Inspiration Station, Queens Grant and Hickory Grove’s Day Camp VBS. God used the students to spread the gospel and bring people to Christ. Watch this video recap of the week and like HGStudents on Facebook to see more pictures.

Operation Charlotte Day 1: Commissioning

Sunday, August 5, Hickory Grove commissioned two mission outings during the evening service. The first one that will take place is Main Campus’ Operation Charlotte. Operation Charlotte is a project to mobilize our students to reach out to their community by meeting needs in tangible ways with the intent of sharing the Gospel with those whom they come in contact with. The students will be specifically serving at Day Camp VBS, CUP Ministry, LA Food Bank, Jackson Park, Alexander Youth Network, Inspiration Station and Queens Grant. Things to pray for during Operation Charlotte: Pray over each specific location. Pray over projects at each site the specific team will be conducting. Pray that Gospel conversations will happen and people will come to know Christ. Pray for group safety and pray that God will be honored.

The second commissioning was for Sheldon Smith’s 6 month trip to Mozambique, Africa. Sheldon is going to stay with another missionary family from Hickory Grove. Lee and Tracy McDaniel moved their family to Mozambique last year and asked Sheldon to come help their 3 girls with school work along with sharing the Gospel to the surrounding communities on the weekends. Sheldon, who graduated from high school this past May, gladly answered God’s call and leaves Tuesday, August 14. Pray that she will be able to help the girls’ knowledge grow in their curriculum but also in their knowledge of the Bible. Pray for strength and peace for Sheldon and her family, Todd, Lisa and Madison Smith in the upcoming weeks.

Both collectively and individually the students of Hickory Grove are God fearing teenagers. Continue to pray for them as a whole and for the Lord to use them to spread the Gospel in His name.

Report: +1 Initiative: Charlotte, June 2, 2012

Hickory Grove impacted our community this weekend through the +1 Initiative Local Missions Day. About 200 volunteers reached out in six areas of service. Here is a report and gallery from this weekend:

Royal Oaks  – 30 volunteers worked hard outside trimming shrubs, planting flowers and weeding the flower bed by the bus lot. They also painted the teacher’s lounge and distributed food from the Latin American Food Pantry.

Hearts and Hammers Project – 40 volunteers completed two projects while washing windows and doing light yard work.

Jackson Park – 55 volunteers mowed, mulched, graded the grounds and cleaned the inside of campus to prepare for camp.

CUP Ministry  – 35 volunteers worked both inside and outside by sorting clothing, packing food, and doing general cleaning inside while others completed yard work of weeding flower beds, mowing grass, etc.

Hickory Grove Elementary School  – 27 volunteers pulled weeds, mended fence, sprayed insecticide, mulched and cleaned up the landscaping.

HGES Book Drive – 11 volunteers sorted and boxed books that were donated by HGBC and shelved books for the library.

+1 Initiative: Charlotte, June 2

See updates to event details below:

+1 Initiative: Charlotte returns June 2! We need volunteers in the following areas. To serve in one of the following opportunities,  call the Missions Office to register by May 25 at 704-531-4028.

Royal Oaks –North Campus Area

  • Trim Shrubs, weed beds, plant flowers in bed by bus lot and edge.
  • Paint small teacher’s lounge
  • 15 volunteers needed
  • 8AM-2PM

Latin American Food Pantry- North Campus Area

  • Distribute 50-100 bags of food at Royal Oaks Elementary School as Outreach for North Campus
  • 5 volunteers needed
  • 8AM-2PM

Hearts and Hammers Project

  • Priming and Painting
  • 20 volunteers needed
  • 8 AM-Noon
  • Meet at H&H Bldg at Main Campus 7:30 AM
  • Shuttle to site offered
  • High School students needed

Jackson Park

  • Cut grass and prepare 11 acres of grounds/soccer field
  • General light inside cleaning of campus to prepare for camp
  • 20 volunteers needed
  • 8 AM-Noon

CUP Ministry

  • Sort clothing, pack food, and general cleaning inside
  • Yard work of weeding flower beds, mowing grass, etc.
  • 7 more volunteer spots available
  • 9:00-Noon

Urban Restoration

  • Hand paint large bus including graffiti style scriptures inside bus
  • Assist at carnival booths-face paint, monitor bounce house, cotton candy & hotdog stands
  • Spots filled
  • 8:00-Noon

Hickory Grove Elementary School

  • Pull weeds, mend fence, spray, mulch and touch up landscaping
  • Spots filled
  • 8:00 AM-Noon

Book Drive

  • Sort, box and deliver books to Hickory Grove Elementary
  • Drop Prek-3rd grade level books in the drop box in the gathering place at Main campus.
  • Spots filled – Books still needed
  • 8:00-Noon

The +1 Missions Challenge is designed to engage every member of Hickory Grove more practically and more purposefully in the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Report: “Spring Fling” night at Hickory Grove Elementary School

On Friday night, April 27,  about 20 Hickory Grove members and staff had a great opportunity to engage our local community in a +1 outreach initiative with Hickory Grove Elementary School.

We partook in their annual Friday night community “Spring Fling” as a follow-up to our April 21 school beautification day.  We brought several games for the kids to play and were able to raise money for the school.

During our time there, we were able to interact with MANY community families and engage them in conversation about Vacation Bible School and Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  We passed out free candy, water, popsicles, and hundreds of VBS flyers.  God has given us a great opportunity and open door at Hickory Grove Elementary School. We look forward to continuing this intentional partnership for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the days ahead.

Report: +1 Initiative: Charlotte – Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training

Hickory Grove impacted our community this weekend through the +1 Initiative Local Missions Day and Disaster Relief Training. Over 100 volunteers reached out in five areas of service. Here is a report and gallery from this weekend:

Lois Lodge – 18 volunteers assisted at the Walk-a Thon for the Maternity Home. The praise team One Voice entertained while the others assisted with a bake sale, manned a bouncy house for kids and walked.

Hickory Grove Elementary School – 40 volunteers assisted with  installing mulch, pine needles, flowers, trimmed shrubs, repair fencing, picnic tables, and garden boxes to beautify the grounds.

Car Care – 7 men volunteered at the Car Care Ministry and repaired 18 cars of single moms. The Gospel was shared twice and 1 accepted Christ!

Clothes Closet  – 10 volunteers assisted with the clothes closet and 35 people from the community visited the “closet”.

Disaster Relief – 30 volunteers from Hickory Grove were trained in administration, recovery, medical and feeding to be prepared for disaster relief.

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