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.

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

BREAKFAST CASSEROLES FOR ST. PATRICK'S CENTER

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.
Click Here for Recipe
For more information please contact Julie Nesvig at mission@kirkwoodpres.org
BRIDGE BREAD

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.
FIRST PRES VEGETABLE GARDEN

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
St. JOSEPH HOUSING INITIATIVE (SJHI)

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 (RATI)

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.
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.

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.