Local Missions & Service Opportunities

Service Opportunities At FPC

Connections: 

Ushers, Greeters and Connections Desk Attendants
For more information or to volunteer, email communications@fpchouston.org.

Youth: 

Male Middle School Volunteers on Sunday Mornings
For more information or to volunteer, email communications@fpchouston.org.

Discipleship:

Small Group Leaders 
For more information or to volunteer, email communications@fpchouston.org.

Worship:

Two Opportunities for People of All Ages to Help Serve during 11:05 Service 
For more information or to volunteer, email communications@fpchouston.org.

Hospitality Team:

Greeting and Collecting Offering & Lay Liturgists (leading scripture readings and prayers in our services)
For more information or to volunteer, email communications@fpchouston.org.

Media:

Camera operators for worship - 8:30 AM, 9:40 AM, and 10:45 AM
For more information or to volunteer, email communications@fpchouston.org.

Children & Family Ministry (CFM):

CFM Drama Team: Looking for "dramatic and theatrical" types that would like to present the Bible story live performance style once a month to Elementary children. Members of the team will work together to script, costume, rehearse and present during 1st half of Sunday School, 9:40-10:10 AM. The frequency is very flexible. Contact Stacey Rockwell or Stacey Franklin.

CFM Prayer Support Team:

Looking for up to seven individuals to be partnered with a CFM staff member to pray with and for during the school year. Ideally would meet in person or speak by phone 1/month with a prayer partner. Contact Stacey Rockwell.

Large Group Lesson Leaders: 

All levels - Pre-K, Elementary, and Preteen - welcome individuals to prepare and lead the large group story/lesson. Materials provided. Schedule according to availability. Frequency is very flexible - 1/year, 1/month, anything in between. Contact Stacey Rockwell, Stacey Franklin or Julie Robertson.

Local Mission Opportunities

houston welcomes refugees 

houston welcomes refugees’ mission is to mobilize Houston to welcome refugees with compassion, hope, and honor as they resettle and start a new life in the US. houston welcomes refugees helps ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers, and fostering hope amidst crisis. 

Here are three practical ways to pursue this restoration of lives and relationships through houston welcomes refugees

  • Welcome Teams
    Welcome teams act as support systems for the family to help ensure they have what they need, connecting the family with resources, and teaching the family how to adapt to life in Houston. Welcome teams work best in a group context. A six-month commitment is required. 

  • Move-in Teams
    On the day a refugee family is set to arrive, we mobilize a Move-In Team of volunteers to prepare the apartment for the family, unpacking the Welcome Kits, delivering groceries, picking up a hot meal, and leaving notes of welcome and encouragement. These move-ins take place from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM on various days throughout the week.

  • Welcome Kits
    Donated Welcome Kits are filled with household items that provide the starting essentials for every room in a refugee family's new home: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, cleaning, personal care, and even a kids’ kit with a backpack and school supplies! View the list of Welcome Kit items needed hereTheir current greatest needs include the Full-Size Bedding Kits and Kitchen Kit 3.

If you’d like to learn more, watch this two-minute video. E-mail info@houstonwelcomesrefugees.com to find out when their next one-hour training is.

Main Street Ministries
Every day, thousands of Houstonians struggle to rebuild their lives from the devastation of poverty, incarceration, domestic violence, and homelessness. Main Street Ministries was established in 2009 to unite and strengthen Operation ID and Shepherd’s Center, two long-running, volunteer outreach ministries of First Presbyterian Church Houston. Both ministries were founded by FPC members whose concern for the growing needs of the poor and homeless on Main Street led them to action. 

Over the past three decades, by God’s grace, those efforts have blossomed into a multifaceted center of faith and restoration that touches the lives of thousands in our community each year. 

Main Street Ministries’ Getting Ahead Graduation 
5100 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Nov 26, 2019 6-7:30pm
Getting Ahead, a four-month program helping individuals build a sustainable plan to get out of poverty, counters the previous isolation of homelessness. Be the incarnation of celebration by cheering at a ceremony, or serve as a Getting Ahead coach (training provided). Contact Lea Byrd at lbyrd@fpchouston.org for 2020 dates. 

Main Street Ministries Garden: Garden Volunteer Day & Potluck  
December 7, 9:30 AM–12 PM, 102 Portland St.
Enjoy God’s creation in Main Street Ministries’ garden while preparing vegetable beds, weeding flowerbeds, and distributing compost in preparation for the fall season, caring for and enjoying God’s creation with others. Working will pause at 11:30 AM to enjoy some tastings from the garden. Produce is shared with patients and caregivers at the Texas Medical Center to bless and nourish them. RSVP to jenny.sommer2@gmail.com.

Main Street Ministries - Office 
Immediate Need 
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8–11:30 AM
Main Street Ministries is looking for two people to join their team to help in both the Administration and Finance offices. Contact Mark McMillan for more information at mmcmillan@msmhouston.org or 281.833.3510.

Volunteers Needed for the Advent Missions Market 
November 25 and 26, December 2019, Palm Court
FPC hosts the 19th Advent Missions Market in Palm Court on the first three Sundays of December. Sign up for a shift to help with pricing and set up on Mon. Nov. 25 and/or Tues. Nov. 26 from 11 AM–5 PM, or for various shifts on Sundays from 9 AM–1 PM. To volunteer please email Lea Byrd at lbyrd@fpchouston.org. Be sure to include the Advent Mission Market in your Christmas shopping as a great way to raise awareness for our mission partners and provide thoughtful and beautiful gifts.

Bridges International - Thanksgiving Exchange
Thursday | November 28, 2019 | Thanksgiving Day
This Thanksgiving, show international students the love of Christ simply by setting another plate at the Thanksgiving table. Here from China, India, the Middle East, and other countries/regions, and apart from their families, they will only step foot in someone’s home if this vision for intentionally living out God’s hospitality to the foreigner is caught. Bridges International connects students with families at FPC that would be willing to host two students in their home for Thanksgiving. For questions, e-mail Blake Ackerson at backerson@bridgesinternational.com.

Sign up to be a host family at houstonbridges.com.

CrossWalk Center Volunteer House Chefs Needed
Immediate Need
CrossWalk Center’s house chefs bless residents with a home-cooked meal each day after work. CrossWalk Center is seeking individuals or teams to come to the halfway houses and prepare a meal from the donations already received. Professional experience is not needed: only willing hands and a servant's heart. Volunteers can come during the day (M–F from 9–4) to prepare the food, leaving it in the warmer or the fridge until dinner.  If you are interested, have questions or want a tour of the house beforehand, contact Kellie Bonem, Coordinator, Volunteer Programs & Services of CrossWalk Center, at kellie.bonem@crosswalkcenter.org or 281.810.3316

Learn more at CrossWalk Center crosswalkcenter.org.