Service & Mission Team

The Service and Mission Team of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford (FPCC) provides many opportunities for the congregation and community to experience the transformational powers of Christ through serving others.

CRANFORD-ELMORA SOUP KITCHEN
The Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen has been providing meals for our hungry neighbors for 25 years. FPCC members make up two out of eight teams that cook for and serve approximately 100 men, women, and children at the First Baptist Church in Elizabeth each week.

FISH – TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS
FPCC is blessed with a physical plant that allows us to welcome, through the FISH program, homeless families who are in need of transitional housing . Our guests are hosted by members of the congregation for week long stays and their meals are provided by our Church and others in Cranford.
In 2014, we will be hosting our guests the weeks of May 18th – 25th and October 05th to 12th and volunteers are needed.
For information on how you can get involved please contact the church office.

AGAPE COMMUNITY KITCHEN
In collaboration with the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, FPCC provides meals for their Agape Community Kitchen that are served each Wednesday evening at First Church in Elizabeth. Two teams of Church members prepare trays of hot food for the last Wednesday of each month that feed an average of 300 men, women, and children. If you are interested in being part of these teams, please contact the church office.

KNITTING FOR NEEDS
Started as an effort to provide warm clothing to send to our ministries abroad, Knitting for Needs brings together those in the congregation who use their talents to craft hats, gloves, scarves, and other apparel for those in need in our community. In addition to our ministries abroad, items have been distributed to El Centro in Plainfield, a community center and Presbyterian church for immigrants from Central and South America and the Oncology and Hematology Center in Springfield to comfort their patients.

The group meets on the last Friday of the month at the Church.

CROP WALK
The CROP Walk for Hunger is a national initiative administered by Church World Service that has become a community activity for all ages. On a Sunday each fall, members of Cranford’s houses of worship solicit pledges for their participation in the walk, the proceeds of which are used to address the issue of hunger in our community and throughout the world.

LOCAL IMPACT
FPCC commits financial resources to the following community-based organizations that are doing Christ’s work:

Agape Community Kitchen
Center for Hope Hospice
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Contact We Care
Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen
Cranford Family Care
Cranford First Aid Squad
Cranford Clergy Council Human Relations
Scholarship
Cranford High School Project Graduation
Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless
Elizabethport Presbyterian Center
FISH
Furniture Assist
Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity
HomeFirst
The Institute of Music for Children
Project Protect
Raphael’s Life House
Restore Ministries

INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES
FPCC also supports the work of three missionaries under the care of the Presbyterian Church USA who are working with populations abroad:
Chenoa Stock, Bolivia – Building bridges of solidarity between churches in the United States and a network of churches, grassroots groups and non-governmental organizations.
Big Hearted Grannies , Romania – Noroc is Romanian for “God Bless”. This group provides New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children (of which there are over 125,000) to grow spiritually, developmentally, socially and medically by linking them with retired citizens.
Nadia Ayoub, Ukraine – Providing early childhood education for children in the marginalized Roma population of the Ukraine and developing a comprehensive early childhood development program to be used in other communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Service and Mission Team meets at the Church on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. All who are interested in experiencing Christ’s work firsthand through outreach and service to others are welcome to attend.