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 the Mission Committee.

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Winter 2022 Collection – PDA Cleanup Buckets
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Some of the Hands-On Mission Projects we get involved in are:

"Faith in Action” Mission Trip to Omaha, NE October 17-23, 2021

One year ago we were planning an adult mission trip to Omaha to assist homeowners affected by record-breaking flooding. COVID lockdowns brought an extended halt to mission trips everywhere. We are now able to resume our work, and the need remains urgent. Millions of people have been affected by flooding, which the New York Times has called "The Great Flood of 2019", and the worst disaster in Nebraska history. The tiny community of King Lake, on the Elkhorn River, was inundated in 2019. Many properties have been vacated, but other residents are trying to rebuild their homes and lives with very limited resources.

Kirkwood Pres volunteers have worked in many disaster areas and are eager to resume our work. Members of our team will be staying at the NE Presbyterian Church of the Cross (a PDA host site), and working with “Omaha Rapid Response” to rebuild homes. We’re looking for volunteers to join us. Omaha is 7 hours from Kirkwood, an easy day's drive, and volunteers can come for all or part of the week. All participants will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID, and we will follow all local and CDC guidelines.

An informational meeting will be scheduled in late summer. If you have questions about the trip, please contact Liz McCane mission@kirkwoodpres.org

St. Patrick’s Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability. Please join us by preparing a delicious breakfast casserole for St. Patrick’s Center.
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For more information please contact Julie Nesvig at mission@kirkwoodpres.org

Bridge Bread Bakery is a non-profit social enterprise in St. Louis, MO that provides supportive employment to people without safe and stable housing. Through meaningful work they become valued, contributing members of our community. Bridge Bread bakers create delicious breakfast rolls, breads, brownies, and other bakery items. While we are not selling Bridge Bread in the gathering space at this time, we still ask for your support of this organization. Please visit their retail store at 2639 Cherokee Street, or consider making a financial donation. For more information, visit Bridge Bread.

Calling all gardeners. We need your help in planting our vegetable garden this spring.

Our garden is located on the church grounds.

This summer it will be filled with yummy vegetables, which we donate to local food banks.

If you are interested in getting your hands dirty, while helping others, please contact Julie Nesvig, at mission@kirkwoodpres.org

The St. Joseph Housing Initiative knows that people need safe, peaceful home environments to thrive, and owning one’s home is a major step forward in the path of financial independence.

To join the First Pres team, please contact Sharon Croissant at mission@kirkwoodpres.org

More Information on the St. Joseph Housing Initiative (click here)


Room at the Inn provides immediate, temporary shelter to homeless women and families in the St. Louis region. In addition, RATI works with them to create an individualized plan back to self-sufficiency, including referrals to other human services agencies. Then RATI mentors them to improve their chances for success. Due to the pandemic, RATI is changing their mission model, from housing needy families in local churches (First Pres was a long-time host for these families) and will now be expanding their existing facilities. At this time of transition, RATI is looking for volunteers. For more information please contact - RATI Volunteer Coordinator, Cindy Warren (314) 209-9181.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.