Local Mission

Services

Sunday - 10:30AM Worship wednesday - 10:00am Prayer/fellowship

local missions of First Presbyterian Church

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”   Matthew 25:45


Believing that a vital congregation is one that reaches beyond the walls of the church, the Mission Committee works with partners to provide opportunities for members of the congregation to build relationships with local neighborhoods in Stockton and the wider community beyond our city.

We are asked to follow Jesus and serve his people.  There are many ways we strive to serve our local community.    Our local mission efforts have varied over the years as needs have changed.

 

Locally:

With our partners Restore (a non-profit) and Gravity (a new worshipping community) we maintain the Food Pantry and the Robes of Righteousness (a clothing and household resource) and support various youth programs.

 

To provide shelter we are active participants with Family Promise of San Joaquin.  Monthly offerings are delivered to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, Stockton Emergency Food Bank and the Gospel Rescue Center.

 

Using the resources of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) we have worked with the Office of Violence Prevention and Cleveland School Remembers to promote a safer, healthy community and prevent gun violence. 


Our facilities have often been used for public meetings and forums involving our community.


To learn more about the work being done by the Mission Committee and how you can get involved, listen to this YouTube message by Elder Kathy White.



The Family Promise Network Program brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. The ability to deliver this is primarily supported by Host Congregations, Support Congregations  and a cadre of Volunteers.  The process includes a Congregation that provides hosting of the  families.  The hosting of families rotates weekly among the Host Congregations in the Network.   

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Family Promise San Joaquin Website


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.


CentsAbility is a very simple mission project,  where members and friends have a small collection container on their dinner table.  Then folks place loose change in the container.  Twice a year we bring these small acts of love are used for food programs.  The original name was "Two Cents a Meal".

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/hunger/nationaldevelopment/what-cents-ability/




With support from our community, the mission of Stockton Shelter for the Homeless is to compassionately address the needs of homeless individuals and families by providing safe shelter. 


The Gospel Center Rescue Mission (GCRM) is a ministry to the people of San Joaquin County where the homeless and addicted in our community are presented the opportunity for spiritual, physical and emotional restoration through the love of Jesus Christ.

Stockton Emergency Food Bank provides emergency food assistance is available to San Joaquin County resident households.