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Local Mission and Service

Ministries supported by First Church through active participation and financial generosity.  Contact Laure Mieskowski at 616.451.2879 or to learn how you can serve in any of these ministry areas.
Circle of Support is a mentoring program for persons who have been released from prison. It helps clients to set short and long term goals and to work toward those goals with the support of a Christ led team of mentors.
Through Family Promise, First Church provides meals, private sleeping space, and volunteers to create a home away from home for homeless families. Volunteer opportunities include providing an evening meal, fellowship, and spending the night at church with the families. 

Feeding America food distributions are held on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 AM at Cesar Chavez Elementary School (1205 Grandville St. SW, 49503). Volunteers unload food the food truck, distribute food, and provide a hospitable atmosphere.
Justice For Our Neigbors housed in First Place is a ministry of hospitality that welcomes immigrants into our communities by providing af
fordable, high-quality immigration legal services, engaging in advocacy for immigrants’ rights and offering education to communities of faith and the public.  Volunteer opportunities include intake at clinics and office support. More information is available at
The Pastor’s Emergency Fund provides immediate aid to people in need of help with food, shelter, utilities, medical, or other life needs.
The First United Methodist Church ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy Partnership serves the community in Christian outreach by providing volunteers and funds for projects that impact the learning success of children, primarily helping K-2nd students read at grade level. This partnership is a major ministry of First Church. Volunteer opportunities include weekly tutoring and classroom support.  Click here to learn more and volunteer online.
The Methodist Connection is a cooperative ministry of First Community AME, First United Methodist Church, Hilliard Chapel AME, and St. Luke AME Zion.  Members of these churches meet together for yearly events as a way to further racial reconciliation and to widen the circle of friends and those for whom we care and pray. 
The Westminster Food Pantry provides an emergency supply of food and personal care items to people in need while also promoting self-sufficiency through referrals and education. Donations of nonperishable food are welcome in the First Church north lobby office.

The Work Program creates short-term hourly employment in the central city area. Striving to be an agent of Christ’s love we provide underserved members of the Grand Rapids community a means of earning a small measure of financial independence thereby contributing to their sense of dignity. Clients work two hours at area agencies and earn $15 each.  Volunteers are welcome each week at 7 AM on Tuesday mornings. Click here to view the brochure.