Service to others is at the heart of our life as disciples of Jesus. We seek to fulfill the words of the prophet Micah that we are to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God." We do this through the Beyond Our Walls Ministry Team, which partners with many community and world organizations.
If you'd like to serve with us, just fill out the form on this page (no obligation), and someone from our ministry team will be in touch. Otherwise scroll down to learn more about how we serve at FPC.
Mentor a Child. Please consider joining other FPC volunteers at George Mason Elementary School in Church Hill. This ministry team became community partners with Mason in February, 2002 to assist in providing students and faculty with needed resources and support. Our work has been funded by a generous grant from the Faith in Action initiative at FPC. LEARN MORE
Help a Child in Nicaragua. FPC members and groups provide scholarships for impoverished students to attend Colegio Moravo in Rama Key, Nicaragua. LEARN MORE
Provide Clean Water. The FPC Clean Water Ministry Team serves communities in the developing world where clean water is desperately needed. Together with our local partners, we build sustainable water filtration systems and teach health, hygiene and spirituality so that lives are changed. LEARN MORE
Adopt a Family for Christmas. Through FPC’s partnership with George Mason School and Richmond Department of Social Services, we reach out to provide a few Christmas gifts for those who have little. Contact Connie Gottwald to learn more.
Give with The Giving Tree. Beginning in November, the Presbyterian Women’s Giving Tree brings the spirit of Christmas to others in our community. Displayed n the church Commons, this tree is decorated with ornaments describing items needed for area family benevolences. Contact Martha Westbrook or Kate Reynolds to learn more.
Help with our Book Drive. Every February, the church and preschool have a book drive to help supply books to the Central Virginia Children's Book Bank. The need is for new and gently used books to distribute to children, infants - age 13, who cannot afford or do not have access to books. Especially needed are board books, picture books, early chapter books, and Spanish language books. Collection boxes are located in the church Commons area. FPC is one of the largest donors to the Book Bank each year!
Lend a Helping Hand
Support Those Incarcerated. FPC works with KAIROS, an international and inter-denominational Christian ministry that serves prisoners by showing them the love and forgiveness of Christ. We have baked cookies and made decorations for some of these prisoners, and look forward to more projects. LEARN MORE
Address Community Needs
Address Root Causes of Problems in Richmond. RISC, Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Community, is an interfaith organization of congregations in the Richmond area, which addresses the root causes of poverty and problems in the metropolitan region. The ministry team recruits people to attend major events, meet with City Council members and increase awareness about RISC. Issues, that have been or are being addressed, created greater access to free medical services, increasing high school graduation rates by providing in-school suspensions, and affordable housing. To learn more, visit RISC's website, watch this video, or contact Jim Irby.
Help with Community Grant-Making. FPC is dedicated to providing a community grant-making program to share with the Richmond community some of the financial blessings that God has bestowed upon us. The emphasis of the FPC community grant-making program is assistance to organizations that help meet the compassionate duties of a Christian as reflected in Matthew 25:35-36—for example, to feed the hungry, assist the stranger, clothe the needy, care for the sick and minister to prisoners. LEARN MORE
Serve Food Downtown. Walk-In Lunch Ministry, a project of the Downtown Community Ministry, provides lunch Monday through Friday at five downtown churches. Members of First Presbyterian serve lunch at Second Presbyterian on the third Monday of every other month. For more details about this easy, but important, service, contact Debbie Wilkinson.
Provide Dinner for Homeless Guests. We work with CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter) to serve as the first line of community support for anyone in need of emergency shelter. FPC hosts CARITAS participants twice a year, usually in the spring and in December, and we need help serving food to these guests. For more information, visit the CARITAS website, watch this video, or contact Drake Watson.
Help with Our Food Drive. In the Fall, when we give thanks for our many blessings, the church and preschool has a food drive for those less fortunate. Nearly 51,000 children in Central Virginia don't know where their next meal is coming from. Our food drive will help FeedMore reach out to children, families and seniors who don't have enough to eat. Containers for your donations will be placed in the church hallways. For more info, contact the Preschool at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach Team Leaders:
- Community Grant-Making Team: Missy Ryan
- RISC Justice Ministry Team: Jim Irby
- CARITAS Ministy Team: Drake Watson
- Nicaragua Medical Mission: Mert Fowlkes
- Serve Day Ministry Team: Mary Garrison
- Clean Water Ministry Team: Steve Sigel
- George Mason Community Support Team: Carolyn Cockrell & Tassie Madden
- Homebound Communion: Kim Lewis
- Care & Concern Ministry Team: Bev Davis
- Pastoral Care Communications: Elizabeth Hiles
- Caring Friends Ministry Team: Bob Priddy
- Compassionate Care / Pastoral Care: Mary Kay Collins
- Christmas Family Adoptions: Connie Gottwald
- Christmas Giving Tree: Martha Westbrook
- Second Pres Walk-In Ministry Team: Debbie Wilkinson
- KAIROS Prison Ministry: Ray Ryan