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
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
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.
Farmers’ Market Booth
First Church has had a presence at the Farmers’ Market for 38 years. We sell Fair Trade coffee, homemade cinnamon rolls and other baked goods to the community. Our purpose is to raise fund for the missions ministry to help with local missions. The First Church booth is open from early May to mid-September. Click here to sign up to volunteer at Farmer’s Market.
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.
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.
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 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.
For more information contact, Don or Shari Raybern at 785-843-9325.
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.