About Us ...
The South Brunswick Interchurch Council (SBIC) is the collegial effort of 20 local churches banded together to provide charitable assistance to families in need in South Brunswick County, N.C. The Council meets monthly at Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte, N.C.
To improve the quality of life of our community by meeting human needs while continuing the healing ministry of Christ.
How our story began
South Brunswick Interchurch Council began in 1985 as the result of concern among the local churches in Shallotte that they were being asked to give financial assistance to transients passing through the community. At that time and - for a number years - Main Street WAS Highway 17, and those churches located on or near Main Street often were approached more than once by the same persons.
The concept of having a central clearing house for requests became the interest of Katherine Shawver, who was a member of Camp United Church and who served on an outreach program. She and Camp's pastor, Reverend Stan Smith, teamed and enlisted representatives of other churches. A grant was secured from the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church to help, and a dues program was begun. Churches eventually were able to direct those needing assistance to several businesses which would provide fuel, food, and lodging, billing the Council monthly for their services.
Currently member churches are provided vouchers for these services that are paid from the treasury.
A food pantry began on a small scale. It was the foundation for the currently well-established pantry program located in several local churches.
The Council achieved non-for profit status several years later.
A community Thanksgiving dinner was organized with the hope that it would provide a place for those having no family or other means of celebrating the holiday a place to come together. This did not prove successful. However, this gave rise to the current project whereby the South Brunswick Interchurch Council supports a program providing a Thanksgiving dinner and a Friday lunch to recipients of Meals on Wheels and other shut-ins whose names can be provided by local churches.
All the drivers for Meals on Wheels volunteer part of their own holiday to deliver these meals, and a number of local church members provide the turkey and "all the fixings" for the meals (and the sandwiches, etc., for the Friday lunches). There always are a number of persons who also spend part of their own holiday time in assembling the meals on Thanksgiving morning.
The South Brunswick Interchurch Council has been a powerful tool for outreach in the community and serves an area reaching from the South Carolina border to approximately Supply.
• Advice and Mentoring
• Life skills training
• Counseling to:
- Bear wrongs patiently
- Forgive injuries
- Pray for comfort, dignity, charity&