Outreach Mission Ministries

Wednesday
Rise and Shine Breakfast Ministry

Express your willingness to serve the homeless and the underserved of Gaston County each Wednesday morning, 7:00a.m.-8:00a.m., around the circle. We offer our honored guests a complete complimentary breakfast and provide a care package.

Nickel-A-Meal
Hunger Program

The Nickel-A-Meal Hunger Offering is received the second Sunday of each month as an act of worship. Our gifts are administered by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.

Non-Perishable
​Food Drives

First Presbyterians are invited to contribute non-perishable foods for the benefit of Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM) throughout the month of January and Serving Our Community with Kindness (SOCKS) throughout the Lenten Season (Ash Wednesday through Good Friday). Both non-profit community outreach agencies serve greater Gaston County.

Designated baskets are located in the Sanctuary Narthex to encourage worshipers to bring a contribution as they make their way to Sunday morning worship.

Meals on Wheels

Members and friends of First Presbyterian faithfully deliver hot meals weekly to medically homebound individuals who are unable to prepare meals themselves or have no one available to prepare meals for them. The service is offered trhough the Adult Services Division of the Gaston County Department of Social Services. To learn more, click here.

Presbyterian
Weekday School

For nearly 50 years, Gastonia's First Presbyterian Church has offered developmentally appropriate Christian Early Childhood Education for area children as an outreach ministry, extending the hand of God to our community. Learn more about Presbyterian Weekday School.

Join Our Fight
Against Hunger

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides us the annual opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.

A multi-generational opportunity, our annual 2014 endeavor will be held World Communion Sunday, October 5 immediately following the morning Worship Service.

Blood Drive Set for
Monday, June 2

First Presbyterian holds bloodmobiles on campus in June and December for benefit of American Red Cross Gaston Chapter. Volunteers assist as requested and host the Canteen. E-mail the church office or dial Extension 100 to make an appointment to donate blood or volunteer.
Monday, June 2
2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall Building
At an annual outreach ministry Saturday, August 24 we distributed more than 500 pairs of tennis shoes and socks and served nearly 1,000 hotdogs. Our mission endeavor was hosted by Gastonia's Third Street Presbyterian Church. Thanks to our many members and friends who served!
Family Promise of Gaston County helps homeless families achieve lasting independence by providing safe shelter, meals, day care and support services for these families designed to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Through a unique partnership with diverse communities of faith like First Presbyterian, Gaston Family Promise provides emergency shelter, meals and supportive services to homeless Gaston County families.

First Presbyterian Church is honored to host Gaston Family Promise:


Register your willingness to serve Gaston Family Promise.
Since 1993, First Presbyterian has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County to build affordable houses for eleven families in our community. For the past six years, the Church has built homes alongside members of 15 Gaston Area Presbyterian (GAP) Churches. The Presbyterian Endowment Trust has granted substantial funding to Habitat homes built by the church over the years, including grants of $25,000 each in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

First Presbyterian joined other Gaston area Presbyterian Churches in building the 99th Habitat for Humanity home in Gaston County fall 2013.

Pack-A-Sack

Pack-A-Sack, a weekend backpack program, is deisgned to supplement weekend meals for students who depend on school breakfasts and lunches as their main nutrition.

Ways you can help:
  • $100 will sponsor one child for a school year.
  • Participate in providing food, packing and delivering to the school.
  • Donate any of the following food items: individual microwavable mac 'n cheese; Chef Boyardee multi-packs; Ramen beef noodles; Nutri-Grain bars; Vienna sausages; diced peaches; pears and mandarin oranges.