Hands-On Mission

Throughout the year, you will have opportunities to get directly involved in mission work. Whether volunteering to teach Sunday School, welcoming people to church on Sunday as a greeter, or making meals to be sent to areas affected by natural disasters, you will be encouraged to be involved in mission work. For more information, contact Dr. Holyan.

Some of the Hands-On Mission Projects we get involved in are:

ST JOSEPH HOUSING INITIATIVE

As a faith-based organization, our mission is to create vibrant communities through affordable quality housing where low and moderate income families can thrive, prosper and build wealth.

“It is not enough to be present, we must be active”
— Mike England, President of St. Mary’s High School


At St. Joseph Housing Initiative, we not only believe in the maxim “love your neighbor as yourself” – we create opportunities to put those words into action. We rely on the generous and enthusiastic support of volunteers to help us with renovation projects that include painting, yard work, cleaning and more.
RISE AGAINST HUNGER

Once a year, in the hour between worship services, we package meals that can be sent anywhere in the world where there is need for emergency food. In the last six years we've packaged over 75,000 meals.

ST PATRICK CENTER CASSEROLE PROGRAM

The St Patrick Center Casserole program is a community-wide effort to provide a nutritional meal to people who are homeless and impoverished.  We join with other church groups and thousands of volunteers to donate casseroles that are reheated and served piping hot to those in need.

Click Here For Recipe
2016-alternative-gift-marketALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET

On the Sundays just after Thanksgiving, we host an Alternative Gift Market in the Gathering Space providing wonderful Christmas presents, the sale of which empowers small artisans throughout the world and invites us to consider how our spending can become missional.
MISSION TRIPS

Working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, our congregation has a long history of responding to the need for disaster recovery work following major storms. We have worked in the Gulf Coast following Katrina and in Tuscaloosa, Joplin, and Little Rock following tornadoes, and Lafayette, LA and Hattiesburg, MS after flooding. These trips provide a hands-on way to make a difference, be a blessing, and enjoy some wonderful fellowship. Click below for details

2017 Lafayette Mission Trip
2019 Hattiesburg Mission Trip
Hattiesburg Video
2015 Work Camp MissionSENIOR HIGH WORK CAMP

Each summer since 1969 youth and adult volunteers spend two weeks somewhere in the USA working to make life better for people, having fun, and enjoying fellowship. Past trips have been to: Washington, DC; Colorado Springs, CO; Red Wing Minnesota, .... (and numerous other destinations).
MHO School Supply DriveFALL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

As school approaches, we collect needed items for school children in Kirkwood, the St. Louis region, and Africa. Supplies and donations are collected for several weeks and are then distributed to those in need.
MHO Meal A Month KirkcareKIRKCARE FOOD DRIVES

Kirkcare is our local community food and financial assistance organization that helps citizens in Kirkwood. Yellow Kirkcare bags are distributed several Sundays throughout the year, or whenever a need arises. Several of the board members of Kirkcare are members of First Pres.
MHO Giving TreeCHRISTMAS GIVING TREES

Just after Thanksgiving, giving trees are put up throughout the building in order to help support needy families and children. Our Sunday School children decorate ornaments for the trees which list items of need. Congregants are encouraged to purchase those items, which are collected and transported in time for Christmas.
MHO Room At The InnROOM AT THE INN

Every month for nearly 20 years we have hosted an overnight gathering of people from Room At The Inn, a shelter for homeless people as individuals or families. During the day they are at a shelter, each evening people from churches all over the metropolitan area pick up, welcome, feed and house those without a home for the night. The saying "Many hands make for light work" is true here as well, for many people help to make this overnight possible. Our volunteers drive people from the shelter to our church, make dinner, welcome them, spend the night as innkeepers, make breakfast or drive them back to the shelter on Sunday mornings.
BRIDGE BREAD

Bridge Bread is a social enterprise designed to provide job opportunities for people experiencing homelessness or those who are housing insecure. The goal of the program is to help the disadvantaged engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity and enables them to help themselves. First Pres is proud to help by selling Bridge Bread products once a month in the Gathering Place.
MHO Little Dresses AfricaSWEATERS FOR ZAMBIA

Volunteers from First Pres and all over the world join together to knit warm sweaters for children in Zambia. The sweaters are sent through mission teams, who mail them directly to verified communities or take them personally to the children.