For First Presbyterian Church and its members, mission and outreach activities are a form of worship and an expression of our Christian commitment. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, taking seriously his charge to go into the world as a sent people. We are committed to following Jesus’ charge as expressed in John 20:21, “As God has sent me, so I send you.” The mission programs at First Presbyterian are just one way in which we express our efforts to fulfill that charge.
International Mission Opportunities
Each international mission team works toward agendas that include dedicating and supporting organizations to achieve mutual respect, carrying out Jesus Christ’s commission to heal the sick, support projects that serve to develop relationships, promote self-sufficiency, and to meet the needs of the community the mission team is serving. International mission teams include:
Local Mission Opportunities
First Presbyterian offers more than 20 local mission opportunities in southeastern Michigan. Local mission activities happen anywhere from once to several times a year to weekly. Here are some of the opportunites listed below:
- Alpha House Family Shelter - Volunteer staffing
- Big House Ministry - University of Michigan concession stand
- Cass Community Social Services (Detroit) work days
- Delonis Center - Wednesday meal and Greeting card program
- English as a Second Language tutoring and hospitality
- Family to Family Christmas
- Habitat for Humanity House of Faith home rehabilitation project
- Mini Missions - 2 to 4 opportunites to help others locally
- Rotating Shelter at First Pres
High School Mission Trips are an important part of youth ministry. Each year two to three trips from a weekend to 10 days for an international trip are planned. Past work sites have included Florida, Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, as well as Jamaica and Costa Rica (2013).
Through the Campus Ministry, opportunities are available for local as well as international mission experiences. Returning mission volunteers have expressed the impact that mission work has made in their lives and what it has meant to be a part of God’s work.
Several times a year First Presbyterian joins with all Presbyterian churches, or with both Presbyterian and other denominations, in taking special collections for specific world-wide needs. See our "Special Offerings" page under "Contribute" for more information about these offerings.