First Presbyterian Church is a congregation with a caring heart that tries to demonstrate the grace of Christ to those in need. To that end, we engage in a number of ministries to meet the needs of people who are often marginalized in our society. To get involved with any of these ministries, please contact the church office.
Each Wednesday night, members of the church and community meet at 5:30 for fellowship and to share a simple meal. September through May, we enjoy hot soups and June through August, we try different salads. People bring homemade breads and delicious desserts to share. It is an informal gathering time, meaningful to all who participate. At 6:30 we have singing, prayer and a short message.
Each month on the first Wednesday, we prepare and serve up to 200 free hot lunches at our local soup kitchen, Manna House. Volunteers arrive at Manna House at 10:30 that morning and finish up about 1:30.
Senior Grocery Ministry
Each month we collect and purchase groceries, paper and hygiene products which we deliver to a group of 24 low income senior adults who live in the neighborhoods around the church, and once each quarter we include an additional 24 seniors from a local housing project as well. Normally, the Senior Grocery Ministry Delivery occurs on the fourth Saturday of each month, with exceptions for holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Souper Bowl Sunday
On Super Bowl Sunday, we use the energy around the big game to get folks excited about caring for people in our community who are hungry. We collect cans of soup for our Senior Grocery Ministry and all monies collected benefit Manna House. In 2015, we had our first Souper Bowl of Caring Luncheon, raising over $700 for the Manna House Ministry!
Glynn County CROP Walk
Every year we coordinate, plan and implement a local CROP Walk, a community-wide fundraiser to alleviate hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Financial contributions and canned goods are collected the day of the walk. The walk occurs on World Communion Sunday (rain or shine!) which is always the first Sunday in October. All local churches are welcome to participate. CROP Walk raises funds for Manna House locally, and world hunger programs through Church World Services in the United States and around the world. All canned goods collected are donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Brunswick.
FPC particpates in the following PC(USA) Mission Offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost & Christmas Joy. In addition each Mother’s Day, we receive an offering to benefit the Caring Hands Fund of Presbyterian Homes.
Christmas is a Special Time of Outreach
At Christmas we sponsor an Angel Tree to provide Christmas gifts for children in need. In addition to gifts for the children, each family receives a generous bag of groceries.
Santa Claus Express
In coordination with the Savannah Presbytery, we collect gifts such as personal care items, blankets, socks, etc. for seniors living in the Swainsboro Presbyterian Homes Apartments.
Christmas At Sea – International Seafarer’s Center
Lastly, the church collects shoe boxes filled with personal care items for the many ship personnel that stop in the Brunswick port each year from the beginning of Advent until Epiphany.