First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport is passionate about our local community and that’s why we have long been involved in a number of different ministries to help. They include:
Providing quality used clothing, shoes, and coats to families and individuals in our community with short term special needs or those who have difficulty making ends meet on a longer term basis. CLICK HERE for more information about the FPC Clothes Closet.
Working with Holston Habitat for Humanity, FPC actively participates in building affordable housing for families in need. With church funding and countless hours of volunteer labor, ten houses have been build in our community. It is truly rewarding to see the joy these houses bring to their new homeowner families.
Watch Alanna Leonberg share some history of our church’s connection to this very important local ministry
The church is one of a network of area churches that help house homeless families through the Family Promise of Greater Kingsport. Over a one week period each quarter, our church classroom space is re-configured to serve as short term living quarters. Meals are provide as is limited transportation services for “residents” as they work to regain a foothold of self sufficiency. This is a rewarding experience and new volunteers are always needed.
First Presbyterian Church’s full service kitchen is a hub for Meals on Wheels. Lunches are prepared Monday through Friday mornings and volunteers deliver these meals to area residents who are enrolled in the program. The recipients are very grateful and look forward not only to the meal but to spending a few minutes visiting with the volunteer. Many good friendships have started this way.
Volunteers serve supper once a month at the local Salvation Army.
We support KCMC which is a joint ministry consisting of area churches working together as partners to help meet the basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs of community residents in crisis. Volunteers serve as receptionists, interviewers and counselors.
Beyond the volunteer opportunities described above, First Presbyterian Church supports numerous local service agencies and food pantries and stands ready to respond to local and regional faith based service opportunities as they become available throughout the year. FPC also actively participates in national and international programs of Presbyterian Church, USA.
First Presbyterian is the community partner to DB Excel (formerly Cora Cox Academy), which offers a creative, innovative learning environment for high school students. As a whole church community we collect breakfast and snack items, maintain a food pantry, and support the faculty and staff throughout the year. Church members can also serve as mentors and tutors to students, or volunteer their gifts in other ways (i.e. start a chess club, begin a community garden…).
The mission of The Oasis is to create a safe place for all women to wash clothes and learn new ways to care for themselves and family through non-threatening hands on activities with a Christ-centered approach. The Oasis provides a variety of services and a place for women to share life stories and prayer. As services are used, relationships are formed that allow us to assist them in all aspects of their lives. Like Jesus, we meet each woman where she is in life without judgement – just love and support. For some women, The Oasis is a stepping stone to self-sufficiency. For most women, The Oasis assists in meeting basic needs on a daily basis in a community of Christ. It is our hope that The Oasis can bring new life.
The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to help us with our mission of relieves human suffering by preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies.
The American Red Cross Northeast Tennessee processes all volunteer applications and conducts volunteer training for many areas in our region. Volunteers are invaluable to the daily operation of the American Red Cross Northeast Tennessee, and are truly the heart and soul of the organization.