Upcoming Opportunities

Join FPC as we look to fulfill the needs of our neighbors here in Houston and the nations around the world. If you’re looking for a way to serve today, view the opportunities below. 

Immediate ways to connect with ministries to serve are shown first, and ongoing needs are below. 

Local Mission Partner Field Trip

Thursday | Sep 22 | 12 pm | Nehemiah Center

We are meeting at the FPC North Lot crosswalk at 11:50 am and walking to Nehemiah Center together. Reservations are necessary. Please sign up here.

The Micah Project

Double your Donation!

Any donation given to the Micah Project in these last two weeks of September will be DOUBLED by generous donors who will match your donation. This is a beautiful way to multiply your impact in all of these lives that are being changed!

Plant With Purpose PWP

PLANT WITH PURPOSE Vision Trip

Sep 25 – 30 | Oaxaca, Mexico

Join Plant with Purpose on a Vision Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. Participants will gain a unique understanding of rural farming communities and experience Plant With Purpose’s life-giving work firsthand. To register for this trip, contact Doug Satre, Plant With Purpose’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, at doug@plantwithpurpose.org. To find out more about our partnership with Plant With Purpose in Oaxaca, contact Mary-Floye Federer at mffederer@fpchouston.org.

Freedom Liturgy (Prayer Walk)

Thursday | Sep 29 | 6 pm | Restoring Justice and Harris County Jail

On September 29th, at 6:00 pm, Restoring Justice, partners, and allies from the community will gather and walk to Harris County Jail to sing songs and pray from the street for the 10,000 detainees inside! Invite a friend, and come be hope!

REGISTER HERE!

Local Mission Partner Field Trip

Thursday | Oct 27 | 12 pm | Restoring Justice

Missions is introducing a new opportunity to get to know our local mission partners. Beginning in September, we will offer a “Local Partner Field Trip” on the 4th Thursday of the month at noon. The “Local Partner Field Trip” is designed for individuals interested in going with others to visit and see first-hand the ministries seeking volunteers. Participants will meet at the FPC North Lot crosswalk at 11:35 am and carpool or meet at Restoring Justice’s offices: 100 Jackson St. Houston, TX 77002.
Reservations are necessary. Please sign up here.

Upcoming Field Trips

  • October 27 | Restoring Justice
  • November 17 | Open Door Mission
  • January 26 | Houston Welcomes Refugees

Agape Development

One time opportunities

 
LEAD A YOGA/PILATES/ZUMBA CLASS
Come share your passion for fitness with the Women’s Ministry! Fourth Monday of the month, 7:00-8:00pm.
 
SELF DEFENSE
Teach the teen group or Women’s Ministry the basics of self-defense.
 
VOLUNTEER WORK DAY – NOVEMBER 12, 2022
Join us on Saturday, November 12th for our fall work day! More details on projects and sign up will be available the first part of October. Projects will run between 9:00am-4:00pm, with the majority of them completing by noon.
 
PROVIDE A MEAL OR SNACK
Sharing a meal helps develop relationships deeper than just within the set program curriculum. Breaking bread together creates a space for fellowship and relationship building between neighbors and staff while also removing the obstacle of having to find time to cook a meal before participating in a program. meals.agapedevelopment.org

back to school!

Local mission partners are in need of school supplies

The Nehemiah Center has an Amazon Wish List. Simply click on this link, and shop. The items you purchase will be delivered directly to The Nehemiah Center.

Cullen Middle School is in need of clear or mesh backpacks, composition notebooks, and polos (only maroon, white, and gray). Cullen Middle School donations need to be dropped off at The Welcome Center, with Attention to Lea Byrd!

Volunteers are needed as school kicks into gear. Agape Development, The Nehemiah Center, Forge for Families, Generation One, and Prestige Learning Institute. Scroll down to the Ongoing Needs section of this page to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Friends of Northside | Attack poverty location

A great way to serve this fall!

Friends of Northside has an opportunity for YOU, whether you prefer serving with adults or kiddos. Take a look!

ESL Tutors- Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • ESL 1- 9:00am- 10:30 am
  • ESL 2- 11:00am- 12:30pm
  • Duties would include assisting with small group conversation practice. Supporting the ESL Teacher
ESL Childcare Volunteer: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • ESL 1- 9:00am- 10:30 am
  • ESL 2- 11:00am- 12:30pm
  • Duties would include caring for children of students attending ESL classes.
All opportunities can be found on Galaxy Digital.
Additionally, any questions regarding volunteers can be sent to Amanda Mendoza at amanda@attackpoverty.org.

No Need Among You Conference

Oct 5-7 | Waco, TX 

Texas Christian Community Development Network’s annual conference serves to train and educate leaders across Texas and surrounding states about effective and transformative community development in a Christian context.

We had the honor of hosting the conference last year at FPC. This year, it will be held at First Baptist Church in Waco. 500 Webster Ave. Waco, TX 76706

Prestige learning institute

Volunteers needed this fall

Prestige Learning Institute offers accessible resources in the context of deep and trusting relationships so that refugee families can know true peace here in Houston. Email volunteer@prestigeinstitute.org to learn more.
 
Fall Volunteer Opportunities
  • After-School Club | Mondays & Thursdays | 3 – 5 pm | 10 volunteers needed
  • Teen Girls Night | Tuesdays | 5 – 7:30 pm | 6 volunteers needed | Women only
  • ESL Class| 4 volunteers needed | Women only

Houston Responds disaster response

Become part of the FPC Disaster Response Team  

Hurricane season is here and we want to be proactive in how FPC will respond in times of disaster. FPC is a member of Houston Responds’ Central Coalition of churches in our area. The vision of the Central Coalition is to unite, empower, and mobilize churches to multiply the collective impact on critical needs in our communities. If you are interested in being on the FPC disaster response team, please email our FPC Houston Responds Disaster Coordinator, Steve Winstead, at steve.winstead@att.net.

Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust

Immediate support needed during challenging times

The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) in Hillcrest, South Africa is one of FPC’s longstanding global mission partners. Woza Moya, HACT’s gift shop, creates the stunning and unique beaded jewelry and artisan items that are sold at our annual Advent Mission Market every year. 

The past two years of Covid and the resulting economic downturn have been challenging in South Africa. Fourteen hospices across South Africa have closed and many NGOs have downsized or closed. HACT’s Respite Unit is one of the few operating and greatly needed facilities available. In April and May, the KwaZulu Natal area, where Hillcrest is located, suffered devastating flooding, impacting staff and clients of HACT and their neighbors. Over 500 people lost their lives and 4,500 people were displaced. More than 14,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged and 320,000 students are impacted by damaged schools. HACT has been responding to the crisis and providing emergency food parcels in addition to their multi-faceted daily operations. 

If you feel moved to help the Hillcrest AIDS Centre and their work including the life-giving Respite Unit, click here.

Respond to the Ukrainian Crisis

Immediate need

Our hearts are broken and overwhelmed as we watch the horror and suffering of the people fleeing the war on Ukraine. The body of Christ is called to respond. 

We are filled with hope and thanks for our Mission Partners and friends working in Ukraine. If you’re looking for ways to help, click the link below.

Africa renewal ministries

Immediate need for child sponsors

Africa Renewal Ministries (ARM) in Uganda is one of FPC’s longstanding global mission partners and many FPC covenant partners have traveled to Uganda on vision and mission trips, as well as sponsor children through ARM’s Child Sponsorship Program. There is an immediate need for Child Sponsors.
Watch this video.

supplies for local refugee families

Immediate need

Two families connected with one of our partners are in need of childcare supplies. One family has a 5-year-old and 8-month-old, while the other is expecting a new baby in July. Any donations can be brought to FPC, attn: Lea Byrd.
 
Specific needs are listed on this sign-up sheet. Please view the sheet and contact Lea Byrd, Local & Global Missions Coordinator, with any questions.

Ongoing needs and ways to connect with our mission partners are shown below. Click the + to the left of each ministry name for more information.  

 

Agape Development works to transform our neighborhood by preparing Christ-following, independent, community leaders. Agape does this by building relationships with families through a wide variety of age-specific programs. Read more, here

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM READING & HOMEWORK ASSISTANT:  With an average of 53 children a day, Agape needs your help keeping the kids on grade level with math and reading. Commitment is twice a month from 4:00-5:15pm
  • PROVIDE RELIABLE CHILDCARE: We do not want the lack of childcare to prevent neighbors from participating in a program. Providing safe and reliable childcare allows neighbors to attend programs with peace of mind. By volunteering your time, you are allowing parents to become independent community leaders. Commitment is to volunteer at least once a month on the 2nd or 4th Monday from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Returning citizens need advocates, guides, and encouraging re-entry coaches to walk alongside them upon release from prison and as they re-enter, transitioning to live out their faith in freedom. CrossWalk Center bridges critical social services and ministry between prison life and freedom with the goal of “Seamless Re-entry Discipleship from the Inside Out.” Visit Crosswalk Center’s website for more information. 

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Admin volunteer
  • Re-entry Coach (qualified to coach after taking a training class)

Feeding Houston’s Heroes delivers food to a variety of first responders and frontline workers like Houston Fire Department Stations, Police Department, and other front-line workers each week. Learn more, here

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Meal Delivery Volunteer 
  • Cookie Baker 

Contact Missions for more information. 

Our neighborhood partner through Attack Poverty is Friends of Northside. Learn more about Attack Poverty, an organization connecting communities with neighbors who care to help break the cycle of generational poverty, here

Ongoing ways to serve:

ESL Tutors- Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • ESL 1- 9:00am- 10:30 am
  • ESL 2- 11:00am- 12:30pm
  • Duties would include assisting with small group conversation practice. Supporting the ESL Teacher
ESL Childcare Volunteer: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • ESL 1- 9:00am- 10:30 am
  • ESL 2- 11:00am- 12:30pm
  • Duties would include caring for children of students attending ESL classes.
All opportunities can be found on Galaxy Digital.
Additionally, any questions regarding volunteers can be sent to Amanda Mendoza at amanda@attackpoverty.org.

Working in the Third Ward, Generation One is a living laboratory for education research and development. With high-quality early education, engaging after-school programming, and family support, Generation One empowers children and families to thrive and reach their fullest potential. Learn more, here

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Next Gen program volunteer for after-school and/or distance learning
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  • “Each One Reach One” Mentoring volunteer: two-year commitment to spending a minimum of six hours a month, meeting at least twice a month with their mentee.

Houston Welcomes Refugees’ mission is to help ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers and fostering hope amidst crisis. Visit the HWR website to learn more. 

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Welcome Kits are in-kind donations of household goods designed to furnish every room in a refugee family’s new home. Volunteers can donate Welcome Kits, serve at our weekly Collection Drives, and/or host their own collection drive – we can share a toolkit! Commitment: Varies, but generally 2 hours or less.
  • Move-In Teams prepare the refugee’s apartment for arrival by unpacking Welcome Kits, providing groceries and a hot meal for the family, and praying over the apartment. Volunteers are invited to serve on Move-In Teams as arrivals are received throughout the month! Commitment: 2 to 4 hours.
  • Welcome Teams partner with a refugee family new to Houston for their first six months, connecting them with resources and honoring them with the gift of friendship. HWR provides in-depth training for teams and an experienced volunteer as a team mentor. Teams are deployed throughout the month as new families arrive. Commitment: 4 to 6 months.

The Main Street Ministries’ Community Garden, located adjacent to our campus,  grows produce year-round benefitting the Heights Food Pantry.

Ongoing ways to serve:

Harvesters | Fridays | 8:30-10 AM
Produce Packagers | Fridays | 10:30-11:30 AM 
Volunteer for 1st/3rd/5th or 2nd/4th Fridays

Garden Volunteers | Sundays | 2-4 PM

Monthly Volunteers | First Saturday of the Month | 9-10:30 AM

Email the garden manager, Aviana Hightower, to join in on monthly projects. A water bottle and garden gloves are recommended.

Main Street Ministries Houston 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. Learn more, here.

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Life Empowerment opportunities volunteer | Multiple options available
    • Come once a week at a time that fits your schedule and support the workshop team prepare for upcoming workshops. You will support putting participants’ packages together, filing assistance checks, writing notes to participants, and other clerical tasks.
    • To learn more about this transformative work, click here. If you’d like to learn more about these volunteer roles, please click here or contact Carrie Sadler at csadler@msmhouston.org or 281-833-3505.
  • Operation ID | Mon—Thurs mornings
    • they have several open roles in OPID including the personal interviewer, document interviewer, administrative help, and ID navigator. Ask Carrie how you can help Houstonians get government IDs.
  • Garden volunteer | See above information for MSM Community Garden
    • If you like working up a sweat when you volunteer this is the position for you! Volunteers are especially needed on Friday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

Visit the MSM website for more information.

Mentors and tutors serve as the foundation on which the Nehemiah Center impacts the futures of at-risk children and their families. Learn more, here

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Pre-K Volunteer | Mon – Fri | 9:00-11:30 AM 
  • One on One Mentor for K-5th grade in after-school enrichment
  • College Prep Program with 6-12th grade

Open Door Mission is a faith and evidence-based recovery program and facility helping the homeless in Houston TX since 1954. They are dedicated to transforming the lives of the most severely addicted, destitute, homeless, and disabled men in our community for free. Learn more, here

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Food Service Volunteer | Sat | 9:30-1:00 PM 
  • Tutoring in the education department | Mon-Fri | 10 AM-2 PM

The mission of Restoring Justice is to end mass incarceration, one client and heart at a time. They provide holistic defense and social services for the marginalized in our community. Learn more, here

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Serve as an Adelphoi volunteer: walk alongside a client on their legal process path, committing to be a friend and support who can meet or talk to weekly. 

YMCA International Services is the official refugee resettlement agency that our partner, Houston Welcomes Refugees, works with.

Ongoing ways to serve:

  • Volunteer for tutoring and/or the food pantry.

Contact Darlean Lewis, Volunteer Specialist, at hwrforymca@gmail.com.

Learn more

For more information on these and other opportunities to serve, please contact Lea Byrd, FPC Missions Coordinator, at Lbyrd@fpchouston.org.

FPC has many wonderful Missions Partners and opportunities to “love our neighbor as ourselves” in Houston and around the world.