Hibben United Methodist Church is located across the Cooper River from historic Charleston on Coleman Blvd, which is in the older section of Mt. Pleasant SC


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Mission Committee is to inspire our congregation to share God’s love through kindness in our community, nation and other parts of the world by identifying, coordinating and supporting opportunities for the congregation to serve as Disciples in Christ.

Below is a listing of programs which Hibben supports.

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)
Crisis Ministries (Downtown Homeless Shelter)
Uniforms for School Children
Good Neighbor Center (N. Charleston Homeless Shelter)
Salkehatchie (In and Out)
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
Disaster Relief
Hibben Helps
Christmas Projects
Hibben House
I Beam
Churches Recovering From Fire
Johns Island Rural Mission
Meals for Families in Crisis

Belize Mission


Medical Funds
Meals on Wheels
Epworth Children's Home
Children's Fall Festival
Youth Service Fund
Alston Wilkes
Wallace Family House
My Sister's House
Red Bird Mission
Florence Crittendon
Camp Scholarships
Water Missions International

Haiti Mission










A description of a few of the above programs follows:

Hibben Helps

Hibben Helps is a ministry to people in need of emergency financial aid. Hibben Helps is funded by donations received at the Altar rail on Communion Sundays and gifts designated to "Hibben Helps". Requests for assistance is handled by the Pastors and assistance is given at the Pastor's discretion in keeping with written guidelines The most common requests are for assistance with rent, electric bills, water bills, groceries, and automobile needs (gas, repairs, etc.). Hundreds of our neighbors and fellow church members are helped each year by this ministry.

East Cooper Community Outreach

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) is an ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to helping neighbors in need. The community which ECCO serves embraces the area east of the Cooper River and south of the Santee Basin.

ECCO, acting through community involvement and partnerships, renders assistance to satisfy community needs, including food, financial aid, tutoring services, counseling and dental care. This ministry, which began in 1990, improves the quality of life in a compassionate way that respects the dignity and worth of all. ECCO seeks to be a beacon of hope to our neighbors in need.

Anyone interested in giving their time, talent or treasure, can contact ECCO at (843) 849-9220. They are located at 1145 Six Mile Road in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29466. New volunteers are always welcome. For additional information, go to the ECCO Web site.

Crisis Ministry Homeless Shelter

Hibben members have a real opportunity to share our resources with those less fortunate. Churches in the Charleston area which participate in this worth while ministry take turns to feed the special guests at the homeless shelter. Hibben members donate both food and services.

Hibben is in a rotation with other churches around Charleston who participate in providing meals at the shelter on Meeting Street. We help out at the shelter about four weekends a year. We serve dinner on Friday evening and breakfast the following Saturday morning. We serve anywhere from 60 to 100 guests and most all of them like to have seconds. The evening meal includes meat loaf, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, rolls, cookies and lemonade; for breakfast, we have cereal, hard boiled eggs, grits with cheese orange juice and coffee. The guests love our menu and are most appreciative of what we do.


I-Beam is a branded mentoring program through East Cooper Ecumenical Network and stands for I Be A Mentor. I-Beam is aimed at building the literacy, self-esteem and social skills of Mt. Pleasant’s at-risk children. Our target group is at-risk 2nd graders because low 3rd grade reading scores are a reliable predictor of future prison space requirements, poverty level incomes and teen pregnancy rates. Mt. Pleasant schools do not qualify or receive Title 1 funds to assist low-income children in meeting academic standards.

The I-Beam program kicked off in Jan. 2011 and is currently in 3 elementary schools (Jennie Moore, Whitesides and James B Edwards) with 5 churches providing mentors (Hibben United Methodist, Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Greater Goodwill AME and Christ Our King). Hibben and St. Paul’s are partnering with Whitesides and we have 25 regular mentors plus a few others involved in various ways. Next Fall we want to move up to 3rd grade with our current students and start mentoring a new group of 2nd graders. As you can see our need for mentors could grow exponentially.

Mentors read with a child one day a week for 30 minutes and then go to lunch and socialize with them and their classmates. We help the student sound out words, explain words and phrases and sometimes relate life experiences with them that we have had and they have not. Some of the students are actually good readers they just don’t understand what they are reading. Reading a book about baseball is hard to understand when you don’t know what “stealing a base”, “run home” or “throw them out” means. It’s just a little bit of time and such a meaningful commitment.

The long term goal of I-Beam is to break the cycle of generational poverty by insuring that all Mt. Pleasant children succeed in learning how to read. It has been said that “you learn to read in the 2nd grade so you can read to learn the rest of your life”. Our short term goal is to recruit mentors who are willing to share one hour each week with an at-risk 2nd grade child, reading and sharing stories over lunch at school.

If you are interested in occasionally substituting for a mentor this year, thinking of mentoring next Fall or just want a little more information about I-Beam please contact Suzanne Johnston at skingjohnston[at}comcast.net.


Salkehatchie was founded as a S. C. Conference's Board of Missions' project in 1978 by Rev. John Wesley Culp. Since then, thousands of young people and adults have taken part in Salkehatchie. Participants from United Methodist churches in South Carolina pay $215 each for the privilege of participating in this project. The fees paid by participants pay for their meals and for the necessary building supplies. One base and a $5,000 budget in the early years has grown to more than 22 camps in different geographic locations and a budget of $290,000 in 1996. Salkehatchie's focus has not changed - Christian love and commitment.

Salkehatchie workers minister with hammers and nails to ensure that a family can live in a house where the roof doesn't leak, the floors don't sag, the lights come on in dark rooms, and the water flows in kitchens and bathrooms. Often it involves fixing up an old house fallen into disrepair. Sometimes it involves building a new house from scratch. Everyone can do something, whether you're a skilled carpenter, or a novice who doesn't know one end of a hammer from the other.

Additional information can be found by visiting the Salkehatchie Web site or by contacting the church office.

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

UMVIM is the fastest growing mission movement in the United Methodist Church today. UMVIM provides an opportunity for practically anyone to experience Christian mission around the world. All talents and abilities are accepted. Your requirement is your willingness to share your love for Christ with others often, of other cultures and languages. Teams are organized to serve year round to areas in the Caribbean, Latin America, Florida and many states, to Africa, and Europe.

On a local level, the purpose of UMVIM is to provide opportunities for South Carolinians to get personally involved in short-term mission projects at home and abroad. Mission services include construction, medical care, education, agriculture and supportive services.

For additional information,  visit their Web site at www.umvim-sc.org/.

Hibben House

Hibben UMC offers a hand-up, instead of a hand-out: a unique and wonderful opportunity for families in need to build and own their own affordable houses. The most recent project was the construction of a new home in nearby Hollywood SC. This project was a joint effort of Hibben United Methodist and Wesley United Methodist churches.

Epworth Children's Home

Epworth began its ministry in 1895 as an orphanage and has sheltered and cared for thousands of neglected, dependent children. In the early 1950's, the name was changed to Epworth Children's Home when it became obvious that many of the children needing care were not true orphans. Instead, they were children from broken homes, victims of abuse or family conflicts. The needs of children today are much the same as they were a century ago - to feel loved and safe: to be sheltered, fed and clothed; to learn; to grow in good health; and to experience Christian love and mercy.

Epworth is primarily supported by individual gifts, memorials, wills, trusts and designated gifts. They depend on gifts from friends who believe in this ministry. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Epworth and its supporters offer hope and help to children and families in crisis. Through their efforts, many troubled families are reunited and children are helped to become successful and responsible adults. Additional information can be found by visiting the Epworth Web site .


Killingsworth provides a supportive community for adult women in crisis. This includes room and board, counseling, adult education, spiritual development and community reorientation.

For additional information, contact the Executive Director, Diane Mosley at (803) 771-6359 or go to the Killingsworth Web site. They are located at 1831 Pendelton Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Alston Wilkes Society

The Alston Wickes Society is a private, statewide, non-profit organization which has created and supported opportunities to help individuals and families be responsible and productive in their communities since 1962. Services include employment, mediation, life skills, rehabilitation, prevention, volunteer, and transitional housing, which are provided to such at-risk groups as adult and juvenile offenders, former offenders, homeless veterans, emotionally disturbed youth, and their families.

For additional information, contact the Executive Director, S. Anne Walker at (803) 540-7223 or go to there Web site. They are located at 2215 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205.

Johns Island Rural Mission

The purpose of Rural Mission, Inc. is to provide human, spiritual and social services to Sea Island residents, migrant workers and transients. They provide migrant headstart services, crisis intervention, scholarship funds, work camp projects, emergency food vouchers (limited), information and referrals for families in need.

For additional information, contact them at Phone: (843)768-1720 or visit their Web site. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 235, Camp Care Road, Johns Island, SC 29455.

Water Missions International

Water Missions International (WMI) is a nonprofit, Christian engineering organization serving the water and sanitation needs of people in developing countries and disaster areas. WMI uses low-maintenance, appropriate water technologies for drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater management, and storm water control. 

WMI's mission is to provide sustainable access to safe water and an opportunity to hear the "Living Water" message in developing countries and disaster areas. Additional information can be found by visiting the WMI Web site.


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