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Community Focus

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Community Involvement

The Manna House Pantry is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization

 

The Manna House Pantry is a community outreach ministry of Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, providing emergency food assistance to families and individuals in our community who need to be supported.

With the tireless dedication and commitment of our volunteers, the generosity of our contributors we served over 8500 families and distributed nearly 222,000 pounds of nutritious food in 2020.

 

We are located at the Pathway’s Community Center, 546 S. Cherry Road, Suite J, Rock Hill SC 29732.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35

MPBC Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year on Thanksgiving Day our church family prepares and serves a community Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner is about meeting our community’s spiritual and nutritional needs.

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen

On the 4th Tuesday of each month our family of volunteers prepare and serve free hot meals to the less fortunate at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen which is a regular benevolence of First Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill. It is an interdenominational project of the churches in Rock Hill. The Soup Kitchen provides a free hot meal from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Family Promise Shelter

MPBC volunteer husband and wife teams stay overnight at the homeless shelter. Family Promise of York County (FPYC) is a local not-for-profit organization that provides a comprehensive program of meals, shelter, support services, and life skills training for homeless parents and children through coordination with area churches, social service agencies, and volunteers.

History of Juneteenth and Juneteenth Rock Hill

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.  June 19th - which was quickly shortened to "Juneteenth" among celebrants - has become the African American addendum to our national Independence Day. The mission of Juneteenth is to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American History and Culture. 

 

The first Juneteenth celebration in Rock Hill, SC was started at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church in the late 1990s with Zora Holmes leading the Board of Christian Education committee to develop the Juneteenth program. At the time, she wanted to bring light to the national celebration. Later, Dr. Ann Cain became chair of the committee and continued to lead the planning of Juneteenth.  Dr. Cain and Mt. Prospect Baptist Church had a vision to make Juneteenth a city-wide event and joined with Dr. Love Mills-Byrd, member of the African American Cultural Resource Committee and the Juneteenth Rock Hill board was formed in 2014. 2015 marked the first year that the board celebrated the first city-wide Juneteenth Rock Hill event. You may also visit www.juneteenthrockhill.com