We are called by God to reach out to the community in which we live, to care for those in need, and to do all we can to love and serve our neighbors. First Presbyterian Church is deeply committed to this work and partners with local, national and international organizations and ministries.
American Caribbean Experience – ACE is a Christ-based outreach ministry dedicated to community transformation in the parish of St. Mary, Jamaica through strategic initiatives in education, enterprise, healthcare and discipleship. Our congregation has a history of summer inter-generational trips with ACE.
Cafe Justo – “Just Coffee,” is a ministry of Frontera de Cristo, a Presbyterian border ministry partner. Café Justo is a fair trade coffee cooperative of farmers in southern Mexico who work with coffee roasters and shippers at the northern Mexico/US border. Café Justo coffee can be purchased from the church. Someone is available between services on Sunday mornings to answer questions and assist with purchases.
Frontera de Cristo – Rev. Mark Adams and Mirian Maldando Escobar, – PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers – Our congregation supports Mark and Miriam and their ministry on the US/Mexico border with Frontera de Cristo.
Daily Bread – The mission of Daily Bread Ministries is to feed the hungry by providing one hot nutritious meal a day to whomever is in need. The Greer Soup Kitchen, a part of Daily Bread Ministries, is a non-profit, charitable organization that was founded in 1990 when concerned citizens observed that people in their own town were going hungry. Today over one hundred and fifty meals per day are served in a modern restaurant-style facility.
Triune Mercy Center – is a non-denominational church that works alongside the homeless in Greenville, SC. They have worship services Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m and anyone is welcome. They also provide assistance to those in need with hot meals, laundry, groceries, and even medical aid. First Presbyterian Church of Greer prepared and serves Sunday night supper once a quarter.
Greer Community Ministries – GCM is a faith based organization with the philosophy that “no elderly, homebound or disadvantaged person in the Greater Greer area will go hungry.” Greer Community operates a clothing closet, food pantry and houses Meals on Wheels and Senior Diners.
Greer Relief – Greer Relief and Resources Agency is a human services, non-profit organization that serves the Greater Greer area. Greer Relief serves the residents of Greer, Taylors, Duncan, Lyman, and Wellford by providing a “hand up, not a hand out.” The organization helps neighbors who are having short-term difficulties due to a medical crisis, a job loss, or other unforeseeable circumstance that makes meeting basic living expenses extremely difficult or even impossible. They have helped with the immediate need to guide our neighbors to other community resources or agencies that may be better suited to provide long term aid.
IHN – IHN of United Ministries, formerly known as Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN), is the only agency in the area that allows homeless families to remain together as a family unit and not be separated by gender. We house families at our church once a quarter. Volunteers serve as hosts, bring in meals and spend the night.
Dunbar Buddies – Dunbar Child Development Center, located in the neighboring Sunnyside community, serves preschool children who are in need of additional school-readiness skills before they start kindergarten. Dunbar Buddies are volunteers who give 30 minutes – 1 hour of their time each week to work with a particular class or student.
Backpack Buddies is a program to provide supplemental food for Dunbar and Greer Middle School students over the weekends. You may put donated food on the black shelving unit in the Backpack Pantry. Please remember that foods should be individually wrapped, no nuts or peanut butter products, and try to purchase low sugar foods. Here is a suggested list of foods.