Since our first days as a church, 25 years ago, Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian has been hands and feet for Christ responding to the needs in our local community, local and international disasters as well as international missions. It has become an essential part of who we are as a community of faith – helping those less fortunate and opening our doors to those in need.
The Outreach Mission Team finds local missions where a large population of church members can participate. Over 70 members, children and adults, filled 20,000 meal packages for Hunger Fight in 2017. This is an increase from 10,000 meal packaged in 2016.
There are also core groups of members that participate at local missions around the area and are always looking for new people to join them:
we cook dinner on the third Monday of every month at Mission House for those homeless and less fortunate in the Beaches area.
Beaches Habitat for Humanity
Different Saturdays throughout the Year (TBA)
Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Jacksonville Beaches area. Volunteers need to be able to follow instructions and have some skill in using different building tools.
Overseas Mission Trips
16 (With Guardian) and Older
Every two years we partner with a wonderful mission group called El Porvenir in Nicaragua. We will do one of 4 things: plant trees for reforestation, build latrines, dig wells for clean water, or build stoves. Excellent experience for singles,couples or entire families. Financial Aid will be available for those who need it.
Other Serving Opportunities
Three to four Sundays per year, the BloodOne van comes to the church. Beginning at 8:00 am and until the last volunteer, those who are able donate blood.
Every 12 weeks on Thursday, a small group of members deliver meals to seniors at the Beaches. The meals are provided by the Jacksonville Beach Senior Center.
Every 8 to 10 Weeks @ Fellowship Hall
Family Promise is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness. Here at Hodges we have one to three families who will stay with us every 8 to 10 weeks. We need volunteers who will offer to cook a meal, donate food, or spend the night.
Last Two Weeks of Nov. through First Week of Dec.
This is an opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for children in need. A Christmas tree with decorative angels, each with the name of a child and a list of items the child would like to have for Christmas, is set up in the Narthex of HBPC. Members of the congregation purchase the gifts, which are provided to the Salvation Army before Christmas for distribution.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance projects created by local disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA, Hurricane Ike in Galveston, TX, floods in South Carolina and Hurricane Matthew in St Augustine, FL.
A Sunday in November @ 1:00-3:00 p.m. On Jax Beach
Anyone who can walk or be pushed can be a part of this fun outdoor activity that raises money to feed the hungry. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around