The Mission Ministry at First Church is involved in missions both locally and globally. The team is focused on…
Learn more about specific missions below.
- Adopt a Family
- Back to School Backpacks
- Family Promise
- Education Initiative Ministry – Lawrence Education Achievement Partner (LEAP)
- Habitat for Humanity
- Jubilee Cafe
- Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (L.I.N.K.)
- Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry
Adopt a Family is a program that provides an outfit of clothing and one personal item for each adult and/or a toy for each child in the adopted family. The program allows us to help proved a way that all families in our community can share the joy of the Christmas season.
This mission is a partnership between First Church, the Ballard Center, and Penn House. Volunteers help stuff backpacks with school supplies, taken from the list of supplies recommended by the local school district. Children from Kindergarten to Fifth grade, who otherwise may not have been able to get the necessary school supplies, then come to First Church to pick up their supplies.
Family Promise at First Church provides temporary shelter to families in Douglas County who are experiencing homelessness. First Church is in partnership with Family Promise of Lawrence and 26 other faith communities. Four times a year, 125 volunteers transform our church classrooms and Brady Hall into a home away from home for four families, providing shelter, meals, and opportunities to be in fellowship with each other. Volunteers are always welcome; 80% of our current volunteers have participated in this mission for 5 years or more. Join us and experience the joy of community.
For more information, please call Sula Teller at 785-218-5146 and visit the Family Promise website at http://lawrencefamilypromise.org/.
Habitat for Humanity
First Church is LEAP partner with both New York Elementary School and Center Middle School. This volunteer based partnership enables us to support local families and the school district in several ways. Volunteers may serve by working directly with staff, students and families or through our Aftershool Program, The Art Cafe, at our Downtown Campus.
Jubilee Café provides a hot breakfast meal two days a week (Tuesday and Friday) to the homeless and working poor of Douglas County. The meal is served in Brady Hall at our Downtown Campus. Jubilee Café is a collaboration between First Church and KU Center for Community Outreach. Congregational volunteers are always welcome but particularly needed when the KU students are gone during the summer and school holidays. To learn more about Jubilee or sign up to volunteer, please visit our Jubilee page.