Glen Addie Community Church (mission) was conceptualized in the mid 60's by a group of volunteers from First United Methodist Church in downtown Anniston. They began a ministry in the Glen Addie public housing project helping elementary and junior high age children with their schoolwork.
The volunteers tutored reading, math and played educational games with the children from an apartment rented by First UMC. In June, 1992, Sunday school began in the apartment with approximately thirty children and volunteers in attendance.
In April of 1993, it was proposed that worship service be held. On Easter Sunday that year the first worship service was held in addition to Sunday School. Twenty-eight children attended which again filled the apartment to capacity. The group began having services in the housing project administrative building while praying for their own building. A church building in the community became available and negotiations began to purchase it.
With support from the North Alabama Conference, the Anniston District and volunteers, the building was purchased in 1993.
The mission's sole purpose is to invite and draw others to the knowledge and acceptance of God's unconditional love that will lead to improving and developing the spiritual, physical, psychological and financial conditions of the indigent, children, adults and the community-at-large.
The Glen Addie community has tremendous needs. The immediate needs of this community are in the areas of nutrition, substance abuse, childcare, Planned Parenthood, literacy and medical education. Most importantly though, we here at the mission, share God's unconditional love and acceptance and assist in finding hope in the midst of crisis and hopelessness.
The mission currently provides breakfast for 40-50 children and adults each Sunday morning, Sunday school and worship service. On Wednesday beginning at 4:30pm - 8:00pm, we administer a LIFE STYLE CHANGE PROGRAM that involves a nutritious meal, nutritional education, tutoring, Bible study, GED preparation, and a teen class called "Respect Yourself" which is geared toward preventing teen pregnancy. In addition to these ministries, the mission plans fun/educational activities/field trips for the children,
(i.e. Carnival, Blue Bell Ice Creamery, African American Museum in Birmingham, Camp Lee, lock-in, etc.), and a Health Fair planned by the Calhoun County Health Department.
Two new feeding ministries were added in 2007 to the program. The "Grace and Gravy" progam at 8:00am on Sunday mornings and the "Lamb Luncheon" on Saturdays from noon until 2:30 pm. The Lord has provided these ministries to meet the needs of our church and surrounding communities. A clothing pantry has been developed at the church where individuals and families in need are allowed to obtain clothing.
During the mission's operation, several part-time pastors (local, lay and ordained) have served the mission. In 2007 the mission had its first full-time ordained United Methodist pastor. The mission receives 95% of its financial and other resources from the community (i.e. churches, individuals, agencies, etc.)