The Mission Ministry at First Church is involved in missions both locally and globally.  The team is focused on…

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Learn more about specific missions below.

Adopt a Family

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.

Back to School Backpacks

backpews backpack 2This 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

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

Habitat for Humanity
Our Habitat for Humanity group works with both the Lawrence and national Habitat for Humanity to build houses for local families, support the Habitat Restore, and other Habitat for Humanity projects.


Honduras Mission
First Church has sent a team of volunteers to Honduras for a week of mission work each summer for several years.  This mission involves both a project of manual labor to improve the local church as well as an opportunity to fellowship with this community of faith.  More recently, this group has provided a Vacation Bible School experience for the children in the community. This mission has been a transforming experience for many of its participants.  Knowledge of Spanish is not required.
Contact Paula Biggar, at 785-749-4737 or for more information
Education Initiative Ministry – Lawrence Education Achievement Partner (LEAP)

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

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.

For more information contact Jerry Dent, Director of Jubilee Cafe at


Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (L.I.N.K)
L.I.N.K serves a free hot mid-day meal four days a week to all who gather at the First Christian church. First Church is responsible for providing the food and volunteers to serve the meal the third Sunday of odd numbered months.


Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry
This is a mission to provide food for people in Lawrence and Douglas County.  First Church works with three other local churches in partnership.  First Church’s contribution is to gather donations of non-perishable food items placed into the grocery carts located at both campuses at any time.  Three times per year (April, July, and October) we take special food collection.  We invite everyone to bring gifts of non-perishable food items as you are willing and able.
For further information, contact Stan Hughes.