The primary mission of First Presbyterian Church is to foster a dedicated and loving commitment to Jesus Christ on the part of all of our members.

From this commitment we work toward the following goals:
A.  Increase our dedication and support to both the community and world missions as we engage the entire congregation in spreading the gospel
B.  Develop our building assets as a resource for community ministries.
C.  Continue and improve our strong educational and music programs.
D.  Nurture our members in times of need and joy.
  
Local Efforts

From the Outreach Committee: Renewing Homes and Lives for People in Need

The Outreach Committee has the responsibility of keeping the congregation aware of local mission opportunities as well as seeking and coordinating ways our congregation can be involved.  At our request, Philip Holbrook, Executive Director of Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta(RHGA) shared the following:

Renewing Homes and Lives for People in Need - Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta aims to do just that. RHGA has been active in the greater Augusta region for over 20 years and provides vital home repairs for homeowners in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. By connecting volunteers with materials, we allow our clients to have home repairs at no cost. As a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization, Renewing Homes acquires materials tax free and uses volunteer labor to provide commercial quality repairs for a third  of the cost. These savings are passed directly to the homeowner.

RHGA focuses on keeping homes safe, warm, dry, and accessible. These facets guide our Board of Directors as they make decisions about whom we can provide our services for. We aim to work with low income, elderly, and individuals with disabilities. All of our clients are low income and must have a household income less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  This guideline ensures that we are helping local community members who cannot help themselves.

Our projects often include bathroom and kitchen repairs, in home handicap modifications, wheelchair ramps, re-roofing homes, sealing for roof leaks, plumbing repairs, and insulating against harsh weather. We work with volunteers of all ages and with all skill sets. No volunteer is turned away as we greatly value the desire that a community member has to give back to others.

We recently worked with a homeowner in Verona who said that she is exceedingly grateful for everything RHGA has done for them. We have so many clients who express their gratitude for what we do. We cannot do it alone though. We need the continued support of local community members. RHGA is always looking for volunteers as well as financial support. If you would like to work with Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta, please visit our website for more information on how you can be involved in our vital mission(www.renewinghomes.org).
          

Thanks!

- Philip Holbrook
Executive Director
Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta
www.renewinghomes.org
(540) 885-7894

 

 


   Our Food Pantry provides food bags for several households each month.  This number varies from month to month.  Thank you to our food pantry coordinator, office staff, and those who retrieve food from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and pre-pack food bags.  



We also have two teams that serve hot meals to those in need at Trinity Church in Staunton -- First Presbyterian is responsible for the meals on the second Thursday of every month.  The Trinity Lunch Program began in the 1970s and involves many churches in the Staunton area preparing and serving food in Trinity Church's parish hall.



A new project undertaken by Presbyterian Women, Missions and Outreach Committees, is to provide "Starter Kits" for women who enter into New Directions due to domestic violence.  These kits include toilet paper, tissues, detergent, soap, toothbrushes/toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, and body lotion.

The Committee also provides financial assistance to the Augusta Regional Free Clinic, Valley Mission, Meals on Wheels, and the YMCA Day Camp.

Mary Baldwin Lunch Bunch

The Mary Baldwin Lunch Bunch is a group of Mary Baldwin students who meet every Sunday for lunch and fellowship following the 11:00 worship at First Presbyterian Church of Staunton.  Lunch is provided by the Outreach Committee as a way to pay it forward for all the parents who have sent their children off to college and those communities have nurtured them.


Global Efforts

Our church supports several global missions efforts, including missionaries in Brazil, a House Church Movement, the Haiti Education Foundation, Church World Services kits and Blankets (Plus Tools), and denominational relief efforts including One Great Hour of Sharing (Easter) and the Joy Offering (Christmas). Our church recently became a covenant church member of the Presbyterian Children's Home in Wytheville, VA. 
 




St. Thomas School in Lavanneau, Haiti

Haiti Education Foundation (HEF)

In 2014, First Presbyterian Church adopted a Haiti Education Foundation School—St. Thomas School in Lavanneau, Haiti.

Free public education is something most of us take for granted.  But in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, private schools are the only schools and very few families can afford even the most modest tuitionWith your help in keeping these schools open, the history of Haiti will be changed!

For additional information on the Haiti Education Foundation and to learn how your church may sponsor a school, please go to:

http://www.haitifoundation.org/
Development and Travel

Our church sponsored a participant in the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program -- Molly Morris was a YAV from summer 2014 to July 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, working with homeless on the streets of Hollywood.  


To learn more about the YAV program please see the latest brochure.