Adult Mission Trips
Sunnyside's mission trips included going to New Orleans and many trips to Nicaragua. An average of 12 people went on each trip. Katrina relief was done by helping to gut houses in New Orleans. Since 2002 we have contributed to building a church, five refugee houses, a church member house, a mission house, a Christian school and worked with the school children in Nicaragua. Additionally, as an off-shoot of this mission work, several church members individually sponsor school-age children in Somotilla, Nicaragua so they are able to attend the Christian school.
Sunnyside has provided a facility and monetary support to the Indian Springs Community Mission Center (chartered and run by a coalition of surrounding churches). A group of volunteers, including ten from this church, receive donations and help distribute food, clothing and other necessities to needy people in this community and the surrounding area.
Deacon Benevolence Program
This program is intended to help Sunnyside members and people in the area when a need arises. Our deacons are allowed to approve a one-time gift to help members in need.
Local Mission Projects
Our most recent project was to purchase and install a mobile home for a needy church member. Labor for this project was provided by members of the church. Ladies of the church collected and delivered household items.
In the past budgets, Sunnyside has given 20% of the budget to missions. 13% of our offerings go to foreign missions, 3% to home missions, and 4% to the Cooperative Program. We also give donations to the Sullivan Baptist Association, the Charity Children's Home in India and the Indian Springs Community Mission Center.
Out of the area: Our youth group normally takes a week-long summer mission trip. Some examples are: Knoxville to work at Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes where they painted the occupants' rooms and did landscaping, going to Nashville to work at the Rescue Mission where they served lunches to homeless, sorted incoming donations, etc., to New Orleans to have Vacation Bible School for daycare children, and Savannah GA to work with the Salvation Army at their donations and distribution center, painted houses in the community, ministered at a homeless shelter, and worked at two local food banks.
Local: Youth missions also include work done at the Melting Pot, Ronald McDonald House, shut-in home care, and work around the church.
This includes our puppet, drama and praise team ministries. Each has performed at various churches, nursing homes and local communites in the area.
Widow's Fix-It Ministry
We have a "Widow's Fix-It Ministry." The ministry helps any of the widows who have odd jobs that need to be done and have no other way to take care of them. The cost of this ministry is covered by the widow or supported by the Benevolent Fund.
Our Senior Adult Ministry is called Keenagers. They meet once a month for devotions, a program and a meal. Average attendance is about 45-50. They also sponsor about 10 trips a year to different sites.