“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
Every Saturday, a non-denominational group of volunteers from various churches feed approximately 350 to 400 homeless and hungry people living on the streets and in shelters in Stockton. Our session has approved the collection of non-perishable food. Collection baskets are placed under or near the literature table in Westminster Hall. Bring a box of something (raisins, oatmeal…anything non-perishable) with you to church. In addition monetary donations can be made by using the deacon’s pew envelopes and writing & Breakfast Club on the outside, and putting them in the offertory plate.
Restore Stockton is a 5013-c non-profit organization whose mission is to see restoration in people’s lives and in the city socially, physically, economically, and spiritually through resourcing, education, mentoring, and training. Restore believes that building meaningful and lasting relationships in the context of various mentoring programs will be essential in restoring Stockton. Restore’s heart is to engage, empower, and equip the residents of Stockton to be instruments of restoration in our city. Restore runs after-school and on-campus mentoring programs with K-12th grade youth from local schools, as well as overseeing several community and school gardens in the downtown Stockton area. Restore operates with a full-time staff of 14 people who are considered ‘urban missionaries’ and who participate in Restore’s Leadership Mentoring Program, which requires participants to move into the neighborhoods in which they minister. Over the last few years First Presbyterian Church has provided essential support and generous use of their facilities for some of Restore’s youth mentoring programs.
Other Local Mission
Over the years various local missions have been supported and encouraged by First Church, including The Gospel Rescue Mission, The Stockton Emergency Food Bank, St. Mary’s Dining Hall and the Haven of Peace. Our facilities have often been used for public meetings and forums involving our community.