School Outreach

HGUMC supports Hickory Grove Elementary School with programs that provide food for the weekends, uniforms, underwear, socks, or other needs as requested by the school. Members also provide support by being a reading buddy. 


SNACK Pack is a ministry that supports the highest at need students at Hickory Grove Elementary. The idendified students will receive a bag of food to take home each weekend during the school year.

SNACK Pack stands for:

Food provided is:
2 breakfasts                       2 dinners
2 lunches                           4 snacks

When a long weekend occurs, the same food is added for the number days school is out. A gift card is provided four times a year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, End of Year).

SNACK Pack is currently serving 48 kids (33 families) every weekend. 

Contact one of the following to find out how you can help:
Jennifer Stribling
Jennifer Scoggins


Seats and Feet

This ministry fills in the gap for needs that arise throughout the year at Hickory Grove Elementary School. The ministry grew out of a specific need expressed by Hickory Grove Elementary School at our Children’s Sabbath worship service in 2016.  Our speaker, from the school, stated there was a pressing need for socks and underwear for students who got dirty during the day or needed those basic articles of clothing. Our church stepped up immediately and collected an overwhelming amount of not only socks and underwear but school uniforms which were also badly needed.

At this time, the school does not need socks and underwear for their students, but there are other ways we, as a church community, can partner with the school right next door.   


Hickory Grove Elementary EOG Help Needed

HGUMC has an awesome opportunity to make a difference at Hickory Grove Elementary School!  

EOGs (end of grade) testing will be done May 29th - June 7th.  Schools all over our state need volunteers to help during those days. We have a school right next door to our church campus that needs our help! We may be in the classrooms helping the teachers or assisting in other ways.

Please consider sharing the love of Christ and the love of others that makes Hickory Grove UMC so special. More information will be available in April, but please sign up now so the school will know they can count on us!

Contact Jatana Royster at 704-454-5333 or email your name and contact information to to volunteer. 


Hickory Grove Elementary School Staff Appreciation

As our continuing partnership with Hickory Grove Elementary School grows, we have another opportunity to show our support to the school. 

Staff Appreciation is the week of May 7. They would welcome any snack items we can bring. They have 107 teachers and staff at this time. Please leave any food items for HGES Staff Appreciation Week in the School Supplies bins in the FLC and outside the church office. They will be delivered May 8, so please don’t leave anything perishable in the bins. Also, I am sure they would love notes of encouragement and appreciation. Please leave those as well!! 

Contact Jatana Royster ( with any questions.


Reading Buddies (CMS North Star Reading Partners)

Sign up to be a reading buddy at Hickory Grove Elementary School Buddies are assigned to a student which they meet with each week during the school year. The reading buddy helps the student to ensure he/she is reading on grade level or higher by third grade and improving his/her comprehension skills in order to achieve academic success.

  May 2018