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Mission Opportunities

 

Bloomfield Backpack Project - In September 2009, Eunice Medwinter, an active member of the Bloomfield UCC Church, started the Bloomfield Backpack Project. Currently, seventy-six families at Laurel and Metacomet Elementary schools in Bloomfield and Capital Magnet Prep in Hartford are provided with twelve to fourteen pounds of food to bring home each weekend. These families must apply for the program and they receive the food during the school year. Since the beginning, First Church has supported the project with funding as well as volunteers who fill backpacks with food once a month. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Church Office.
 
Hands on Hartford - We provide lunch at the soup kitchen on Columbus Day (October), Election Day (November), Martin Luther King Day (January), and Good Friday (March/April). For more information visit http://www.handsonhartford.org.
 
Center Church Breakfast - In 2010, we teamed up with Center Church in Hartford to help our hungry neighbors. Currently, we serve breakfast four times a year on Saturday mornings. These breakfasts require donations of food and volunteers to cook and serve from 60 to 100 people who come for the meal.
 
Rummage Sales - We hold a fall and a spring rummage sale each year. All proceeds go to the Board of Christian Service for distribution.
 
Family Mission Immersion Days - We believe in giving people of all ages, including children, the opportunity to serve in the community. Four times a year we offer Mission Immersion Days, where families go into the community and work with various agencies to serve an underprivileged population.
 
Food Collection - For many years, First Church has collected food for area non-profit organizations. The food is collected year-round and is delivered at least twice a month to either the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MAAC) or the Horace Bushnell Children’s Food Pantry. There are two collection boxes at church; one in the Narthex and one in the back lobby.
 
Hunger Walk - We publicize and recruit people to walk and/or sponsor walkers in the Hunger Walk in May sponsored by Foodshare.
 
Mobile Foodshare Van - Mobile Foodshare is a "Farmers Market" style food distribution service, which provides fresh produce and other food to individuals and families in need. A Mobile Food Van comes to First Church of Christ Glastonbury every other Wednesday and our volunteers help in the food distribution.
 
Turkey Drive - For many years, the Board of Christian Service has collected “A Turkey and a Twenty” from church members on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The turkeys and money are donated to Foodshare.
 
For more information on Foodshare go to their website: http://site.foodshare.org/


Fred Wish Elementary School - For the past two years volunteers from First Church have visited this Hartford school weekly, to help the kindergarten children with basic reading skills.  
 
Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) - In 2010, the Board of Christian Service voted to become a member church of MACC. Four times a year we go to the soup kitchen and serve a meal to shelter guests. We also help at MACC in various other ways throughout the year.
 
Letter Writing Initiative - A few years ago the Board of Christian Service launched its letter writing initiative, and since then a table has been set up once a month during Common Fellowship. The initiative gives visibility to issues of injustice in our nation and our world. For hundreds of years, our predecessor church body, the Congregational Church CT, has been active in policy advocacy as a collective church body and through the voices of its individual members. Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, encourages us as individuals to raise our voices against injustice. UCC Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) is an arm of the UCC that targets specific areas in which members can turn their time and talents toward doing justice, seeking peace, and affecting change. The Ministry sends out regular “Action Alerts” to keep members apprised of situations that may need their attention.
 
SERRV - For more than twenty years, SERRV products have been sold during the Advent season at Common Fellowship. SERRV is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty wherever it resides. When people purchase SERRV products, they make a direct impact on our global market's great injustices and the inequality in income and quality of life for people living in developing countries.
 
Giving Trees - Each Christmas season, First Church sets up giving trees that benefit several organizations. Members of the congregation choose tags and purchase Christmas gifts for children at the Family Life Education Home and Covenant to Care.
                        
Covenant to Care for Children - For many years, we have “adopted” two social workers and responded to the needs of the children and families that they work with.
 
Good Samaritan Group - First Church has formed a group of skilled “Good Samaritans” willing to help other members who are having trouble finding the right help or resources to perform various “odd” jobs around the house. Contact the Church Office to see if your household task or project is something the group is willing and able to take on.
 
Adult and Alumni Mission Trip - For more than 10 years, following the devastating damage of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf coast, First Church has sent upwards of 50 adult and college age people (ages 17-75), to participate in the disaster recovery work of Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. Back Bay Mission was established in 1922 to help the poorest of the poor in that fishing community. To this day, Back Bay, a mission of the United Church of Christ, continues to serve the Biloxi area, and each year since 2005 First Church has been privileged to lend its skillful and faithful hands to housing repairs, new construction, and assisting with emergency relief work. For more information on Back Bay Mission, visit: http://www.thebackbaymission.org/.  

 

See our Mission Trip flyer for more information on our trip. 

 

Youth Mission Trip - Our Youth Mission Trip is a highlight of our Senior High Fellowship Program. Each year we journey across the country to get involved in God’s work on a social justice topic. Whether we’re serving meals to the homeless in Washington DC, rebuilding the storm ravaged Gulf Coast, or providing classroom help in Los Angeles, each trip is memorable and spirit-filled. Dozens of students from our church and the local community explore a new part of the country and share in a week of sacred community together.

 

See our Youth Mission Trip flyer for more information.