As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to participate in God’s mission to the world, ministering to the immediate needs and hurts of people and reforming those structures and systems which create or foster brokenness and injustice. In response, First Presbyterian Church is engaged in numerous ministries of compassion, reconciliation and advocacy, often in partnership with other churches and organizations. We sustain these ministries with our time, talents, money and vision, sharing the promises of the abundant life we know in Jesus Christ.
The Harvesters foodbank has been supported by First Presbyterian Church members by volunteering one Saturday morning each month for over 13 years. Various tasks performed included boxing food collected from food drives, sorting and boxing bread, preparing school back packs, and helping with bags for fund raising drives.
Members and friends join forces each year in July with Project Shine to spruce up local schools by cleaning, painting and updating classrooms and other facilities. Anyone 16 years or older is welcome to be part of our Missions Team by signing up through the church office (816-525-6662).
The Mission Committee collects items to fill flood buckets and personal hygiene kits for the Presbytery to send to places in distress. Lists of the items needed are available online and through the church office (816-525-6662). You may bring items to the church anytime throughout the year.
Habitat for Humanity is another of the hands-on ministries of First Presbyterian Church. Typically, over a dozen members participate in the home building projects.
School Supplies were collected and taken to three Independence Schools as well as the Community Service League for their back-to-school store. We were able to help Korte Elementary with two carloads of supplies and Nowlin Middle School with a trunk load of supplies. We also distributed supplies to Proctor Elementary.
Filling brown paper bags with food and other household necessities for Community Service League is an ongoing project throughout the year. The response has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated during these hard times.
The foster children of Drumm Farm have been chosen by our Sew & Sows group as recipients of their beautiful, handmade quilts. Everyone is welcome to lend their nimble fingers to providing a child with his or her very own touch of home. The Sew & Sows meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in Westminster Hall; contact the church office for more information. Recently, they toured Drumm Farm and were pleased to see their quilts on many beds. The goal is to make a quilt for every boy and girl living there and have enough on hand for new arrivals. Each quilt is a gift to the child and becomes his or her personal possession.
By collecting Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House, we help to turn trash into cash that can be used to ensure out-of-town families of hospitalized children have a nearby place to stay.
The response to the needs of others has been tremendous and we feel fortunate that we can help provide some help in making times a little easier for those in need in our community.