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. 

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 | Dr. Martin to visit FPC May 29 

At Africa Renewal Ministries, children are a central part of their mission. Through local churches across Uganda, the Child Development Programs aid children by connecting them with sponsors like you around the world. They currently have 30 Child Development Programs that strive to develop character, competence, and vocation for thousands of children through Christian discipleship and leadership training. FPC has a long-standing partnership with the village of Namutamba where many from our congregation sponsor children. There are more children in Namutamba that need sponsors, so please pray about coming alongside one of the kids there. For $40 a month, you can sponsor a child that truly changes their lives, giving them access to healthcare, education, and hope.

On Sunday, May 29, we will have the honor of hearing from Dr. Martin Nkundeki, Medical Director of ARM. ARM will have a Child Sponsorship table in the Palm Court where you can sign up to sponsor one of the deserving kids from Namutamba. 

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.

Prestige Learning Institute ESL Classes

Immediate need for male volunteers 

Men from our congregation volunteering as helpers or substitute teachers would be a huge blessing to equip immigrant or refugee men in a Men’s ESL Class.
Email Volunteer@prestigeinstitute.org to learn more.

Learn more about PLI, here

Cullen Middle School & the forge

Fri | May 20 | 11:30 AM-1:30 PM | Cullen Middle School 

The Forge will be hosting field activities during the student lunch periods. Ms. Wolfe at the school has asked us to bring a few more volunteers to assist. 

Please let us know as soon as possible so we may plan for you. 

Email Lea Byrd at lbyrd@fpchouston.org.

Agape Development

Thur | May 19 

Kids are excited about the end of the school year! Agape Development is planning a party and would love to have you be part of it. Sign up your family or small group to help provide pizza, games, or a bounce house- then come enjoy the fun with us!

Learn more about Agape Development, here

Acts2 Houston: City-Wide Service & Worship

Sat and/or Sun | June 4-5 | Bayou City Fellowship, Spring Branch Campus

Acts2 Houston gathers a diverse group of people in one place on the behalf of the gospel. On Pentecost weekend every year, Acts 2 Houston unifies the churches of Houston as one church with one worship service to give to and serve one cause. Groups from different churches will work alongside each other to serve the around the city. Learn more about Acts2 Houston and register, here. 

The weekend is free to attend and will consist of: 

  • Sat | 8 AM | Breakfast 
  • Sat | 9 AM | Depart for service projects 
  • Sat | 12 PM | Lunch 
  • Sun | 5 PM | Worship 

attack Poverty's run to attack poverty

Saturday | June 18 | 1908 Ave. E Rosenberg, TX 77471

Run to support Attack Poverty and help empower people to attack poverty in their lives and community. 

Race Day Schedule
10K – 7:50 a.m.
5K – 8:00 a.m.
Kids K – 9:15 a.m.

Stick around after your race and enjoy complimentary food, fun, and fellowship at the Run to Attack Poverty Post-Race Party! Featuring a family-friendly Kids Fun Zone, vendor booths hosted by our event sponsors, heart-pumping music to keep your feet moving, and an inspiring Juneteeth Celebration, the Run to Attack Poverty Post-Race Party will be the place to be on June 18! 

Prestige Learning Institute English Summer Camp

June 27-30 | Prestige Learning Institute | 15-20 Volunteers Needed 

Do you want your summer to make a difference? Volunteers will at the ESC will lead small groups, participate in activities, and build relationships. Get involved and invest in the immigrant and refugee community today! Email volunteer@presitgeinstitute.org for more information or to sign up. 

Learn more about PLI, here

No Need Among You Conference

Oct 5-7 | Waco, TX | Early Registration Rate ends June 30 

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

Register early by June 30 for $169. This individual rate includes TxCCDN annual membership

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.  

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.

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
Email to volunteer for 1st/3rd/5th or 2nd/4th Fridays

Garden Volunteers | Sundays | 2-4 PM
Sign up to volunteer for a one-time shift or more  

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.

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:

  • Sponsor an Adult Independence Graduation party | Monthly on Fri | 11:45 AM 
  • Reading Assistant | Tues & Thurs |4-5:30 PM
  • Provide a meal before programs. More details here

Serve in childcare for parents in Agape programs:

  • Getting Ahead child care | Tuesdays | 6:30- 8:30 PM
  • Allies child care | Bi-monthly Thurs | 6:30-8:30 PM

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

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
  • Operation ID | Tue & Thurs morning
  • Garden volunteer | See above information for MSM Community Garden 

Visit the MSM website for more information.

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. 

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 weekly. 

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.

Our neighborhood parter 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:

  • YouCan Academy Volunteers | Tues & Thurs
  • Admin Volunteer
  • Monthly Food Distribution 

 

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)

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:

  • Hold a Welcome Kit drive
  • Attend Orientation to participate in apartment set up
  • Commit as a Welcome Team volunteer to come alongside a refugee family for 6 months  

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.