MISSIONS IN THE CHURCH AND BEYOND

We are a community that reaches out to the world in witness and service. Like all United Methodists, our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and to seek the fulfillment of God’s reign in the world. To that end, we support numerous local mission projects with both financial support and our time and energy. By our service and in the way we live our lives, we seek to witness to the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ.

CRIDLIN FOOD AND CLOTHING PANTRY

Volunteers from First Church sort clothing and help distribute food at the food pantry each week. The pantry also receives monetary donations as well as food and clothing from our members. Cridlin Food Pantry is located in Trinity Episcopal Church. Hours of operation are M,W,F 12:00-2:00.

If you are in need of assistance, you must register with Information and Referral, located on the third floor of the Cabell County Library (455 9th Street). ID and proof of residence is also required for referral to the pantry. 

PORTA-POT MINISTRY

An overlooked but useful “ministry” is the porta pot in the alley behind the church. It provides a much needed facility for the many street people who pass through the alley.

CITY MISSION DINNER

First Church volunteers help serve the Sunday dinner at the City Mission four times a year. Approximately 300 people are fed. 

CHRISTMAS IN NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP

Each year on the day after Christmas, a group of volunteers from First Church joins with others in the West Virginia Conference to travel to Sandino, Nicaragua. With money raised from donations and various fund raisers throughout the year, they help provide food, clothing, school uniforms, sewing machines and medical supplies for about 350 families in Sandino.

CHRISTMAS MISSIONS

First Church has several missions during the Christmas season. 

  • Ebenzer Angels: Volunteers purchase gifts for children at Ebenezer Community Outreach. Information is available in November

  • Mitten Tree: Donations for winter accessories are welcomed on our mitten tree every year to ensure that members of the community are kept warm during the winter

  • Pecans: The United Methodist Women provide pecan halves and pieces by the pound