Serving God means serving His children. Below you will find all of the opportunities that you can get involved with to serve the children of God both close to home and abroad. You can click on the blue opportunities to be redirected to a page with more information about the organization and how you can help.

Opportunities to Serve the Local Community

Alternate Gift Cards: During the month of December, First Presby members are invited to participate in our Alternative Gift opportunities. Alternative Gifts provide a way of putting the message of Christ back into Christmas by adjusting our priorities for the Season, and with God’s help, maintaining those priorities all year long. What is an Alternative Gift? Alternative giving is a form of gift giving in which the giver makes a donation to a charitable organization on the recipients behalf, rather than giving them a item. An Alternative Gift is a gift that inspires change. They offer hope and new life to people facing desperate situations. There are several local and global Alternative Gift options available for purchase each year.

Barefoot Sunday Offering:  The first Sunday of June, First Presbyterian worship attendees are invited to participate in Barefoot Sunday. During the worship service, worshipers bring an offering of a new pair of shoes to benefit a group of people that cannot afford new shoes. The congregation is given advance notice of the type of show to purchase. the congregation is also invited to come to worship barefoot to help us get a sense of what it would be like to not have shoes. For us, it is a relatively fun and painless experience, but for one and a half billion people in the world, 300 million which are children, this is an uncomfortable and life threatening problem. Be a part of the solution on Barefoot Sunday!

Community Garden: We have an on-site garden at First Presby that is grown and tended to by anyone willing. All of the fruits yielded from the garden goes to benefit the Covenant House Food Pantry.

Champions for Children: Champions for Children help to care for orphans and at-risk youth on a local and global spectrum

Covenant House Food Pantry: The Covenant House Food Pantry is dedicated to helping those who cannot afford to buy food for their families. We can always use your help by either volunteering or donating food. First Presby has the great honor of hosting the Food Pantry on our campus and having a standing relationship with them for the last 30 years.

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley:

Light Up the Levee: What a better way to ring in the Christmas cheer and spread the message of Christmas than to gather at the Kanawha River, Haddad Riverfront PArk, to sing carols and bring canned food items to donate to the Covenant House Food Pantry? Sponsored by First Presby, this is a community wide event complete with musical talent, sing-along booklets, and hot chocolate! A truck is on hand to accept your food donations. Check our calendar towards the beginning of December to find out the date!

Oakwood Terrace Project:

Tasty Tuesday: During the summer months, First Presby serves dinner to those who may be hungry in our community. On a designated Tuesday evening in the months of June, July and August, all congregation members are encouraged to get involved by way of preparing or purchasing food, serve, cleanup, or just by coming to enjoy dinner and fellowship with our brothers and sister of the community. This is a wonderful evening of fellowship, food, and fun! Watch the Weekly News or the calendar to know when Tasty Tuesdays will happen.

West Virginia Ministry and Advocacy Work camps (WVMAW): These workcamps provide home repair and reconstruction in the local area.

 

Opportunities to Serve the Global Community

Alternate Gift Cards: During the month of December, First Presby members are invited to participate in our Alternative Gift opportunities. Alternative Gifts provide a way of putting the message of Christ back into Christmas by adjusting our priorities for the Season, and with God’s help, maintaining those priorities all year long. What is an Alternative Gift? Alternative giving is a form of gift giving in which the giver makes a donation to a charitable organization on the recipients behalf, rather than giving them a item. An Alternative Gift is a gift that inspires change. They offer hope and new life to people facing desperate situations. There are several local and global Alternative Gift options available for purchase each year.

Barefoot Sunday Offering:  The first Sunday of June, First Presbyterian worship attendees are invited to participate in Barefoot Sunday. During the worship service, worshipers bring an offering of a new pair of shoes to benefit a group of people that cannot afford new shoes. The congregation is given advance notice of the type of show to purchase. the congregation is also invited to come to worship barefoot to help us get a sense of what it would be like to not have shoes. For us, it is a relatively fun and painless experience, but for one and a half billion people in the world, 300 million which are children, this is an uncomfortable and life threatening problem. Be a part of the solution on Barefoot Sunday!

Living Waters for the World: LWW is a ministry focused on providing clean water to as well as sowing the Word of God into those who into those who thirst.

International  Mission Trip: Be on the look out for our next mission trip! We love Nicaragua and Peru!

Presbyterian Coffee Project: The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities around the world. Churches can now reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and products we purchase. A warm cup of coffee (or tea) in our hands is perhaps the most tangible daily connection we have with farmers around the world. It represents warmth, hospitality, fellowship, hard work and life’s pleasures both fine and simple.
Spearheaded by Linda Elliot, the Presbyterian Coffee Project in First Presby is the leading church in sale in the nation. Buying fair trade through the Presbyterian Coffee Project ensures that more of the money we spend on our favorite treats reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it. Coffee, tea, nuts, chocolates and more are available Monday through Friday in  the main church from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Opportunities for All Ages:

Intentional Acts of Kindness, Vacation Bible School: Vacation Bible School at First Presby is more than just teaching children about God. Its teaching people of all ages how to be a servant of God. During the week of Vacation Bible School, our attendees make many different projects that are made for the benefit of other people and animals. This year we made food for Trinity’s Table, made our friends at the Kanawha Valley Humane Association tie-dyed scarves, painted pots and planted flowers for the elderly citizens of Edgewood Summit, made “No Stick” bracelets for the dialysis centers in our area, and made teddy bears for the ambulance authority for children who have to ride in an ambulance to help make them feel more comfortable. Each year we try to mix things up just a bit, but we stay dedicated to taking care of “the least of these”