Outreach Ministries

Seasonal Outreach Ministries

The Giving Back Garden

giving back gardenOnce a vacant lot, the corner of Fisher and Greene is thriving as the Giving Back Garden. Produce from the garden is helping Greensboro residents this fall through Hot Dish & Hope, Second Harvest Food Bank and Greensboro Urban Ministry.

To get involved, contact Glenn Williamson, gkwill1109@gmail.com or 336-274-5022.

Caroline Yarbrough created a video chronocling the garden's first season. You can watch it here.

In the media: Susan Ladd of the News & Record recently posted about the Giving Back Garden. Read Susan's post here.

Triad Career Network

Triad Career Network (formerly FPC Jobs) is a networking group of women and men who have had careers, most have post-high school training, education and professional credentials, and are seeking their next career step. This group focuses on a number of initiatives that surface potential positions and prepare participants to move ahead on their career pathways. Triad Career Network meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. in the McAlister Scout Room (under Memorial Chapel). Contact, Bill Linton or visit the network's Web site, http://www.triadcareernetwork.org/.

Every Member Can

Every Sunday we collect non-perishable food items at the doors to the Sanctuary and Life Center for the Urban Ministry food pantry which serves families and individuals who are experiencing hunger resulting from a crisis situation. Emergency food orders are running an average of a 20% increase from the previous months. Donations may also be dropped off during office hours in the Life Center or at the Reception area of Shelter Building.

Pennies for Hunger

The first Sunday of each month, bring a contribution for this international Presbyterian project which fights hunger locally and internationally. Donations are collected by FPC’s children as they grow grateful and generous hearts.

Good Samaritan Fund

On Communion Sundays, gifts are collected for the church’s fund which provides crisis financial support via referrals from select social services agencies, schools and an interfaith network we belong to.

Ongoing Outreach Ministries

StepUp Greensboro

StepUp GreensboroStepUp Greensboro offers jobs readiness training courses several times a year, and it operates Encore!, a thrift store that raises money for StepUp while offering professional clothes at low prices to job seekers. You can learn more about StepUp at its Web site, stepupgreensboro.org.

Ten Thousand Villages

ttv_logoFPC was a major sponsor for Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit, Fair Trade retail store benefiting artisans in around 35 developing countries around the world. You can help support the store and the artisans who stock it by

  • Shopping: The store, located at 1564 Highwoods Boulevard, Jefferson Village (New Garden Road and Bryan Boulevard), is open from 10 am to 6 pm (1 to 5 pm Sundays). The store offers unique gifts and home accessories.
  • Volunteering: Help with sales, unpacking or board membership. Call Joelle Nealy, executive director at (336) 834-4606 to learn more.

The store also has occasional fund-raisers for StepUp Ministries.

New Creation Presbyterian Church

New Creation Presbyterian Church, led by founding pastor Frank Dew, meets at 5 pm for worship and fellowship in Redhead Hall, located in the Memorial Building on the 600 block of North Elm Street. Also, Rev. Dew leads a Centering Prayer meeting at noon each Monday in Redhead Hall. Learn more about the church at its Web site, http://www.newcreationpres.org.

Boy Scout Troop 203

Our church sponsors Boy Scout Troop 203, led by Scoutmaster Vance Barron. You can learn more about the troop at www.wildernessadventures.tv.

Wheels4Hope Car Ministry

Wheels4Hope is a faith-based, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles. FPC outreach is involved through our support of this agency and client referrals from StepUp Ministry and by encouraging car donations and volunteers. Donate your car by calling 355-9130 or see further details at www.wheels4hope.org

Volunteers are needed to work with local independent garage owners, car runners, mechanics (different skill levels are welcome!), administrative work, ambassadors, etc. For further information, please contact Larry Bowden at 337-9721. Child care available.

Refugee Resettlement Program

In 2010, First Presbyterian Church became involved in refugee resettlement ministry through the work of a non-government organization active here in Greensboro, Church World Service. Since late 2010, when two teams of FPC members welcomed families arriving from refugee camps in Nepal, the focus of this ministry has shifted from securing furnishings and negotiating necessary appointments to nurturing deepening friendships. It is a partnership built on mutual respect.  Get involved in a variety of ways such as tutoring refugee students or help adults with citizenship classes, English classes, and crafts and conversations with refugee women.

Contact: Dottie Blanchard

Barnabas Network

Members are encouraged to donated gently used furniture to this organization. We provide vouchers which are used by referred individuals and families in need of home furnishings.  These individuals are transitioning into new homes due to a crisis situation such as spousal abuse, homelessness, newly arriving refugees and immigrants. www.thebarnabasnetwork.org.

Mobile Meals

This ministry delivers hot meals to senior adults along with other FPC members on the third Wednesday of every month. Contact Mary Bolling, 274-1995, to learn more or to volunteer.

We also need Mobile Meals volunteers for fifth Mondays. Fifth Monday volunteers serve four times a year from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Please consider serving as either a regular or a substitute. To volunteer or to learn more, contact Mary Bolling, 336-274-1995. This well-organized and long-standing organization is a United Way Agency which provides hot noontime meals for those seniors who have no other means of obtaining a meal. Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults. This service is available for the elderly who may be disabled or frail.