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 over 30 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 Sunday afternoon.
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.
We will be hosting guests again this year and encourage everyone to experience this meaningful ministry.
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. In 2019, AGAPE served over 8,000 meals.
If you are interested in being part of any of the these “hands-on” teams, please contact the church office.
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.
FPCC commits financial resources to the following community-based organizations that are doing Christ’s work:
- Camp Johnsonburg
- Caring Contact – A Listening Community
- Community FoodBank of NJ
- Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Union County
- Center for Hope Hospice
- Cranford Clergy Council Human Relations Scholarship
- Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen
- Cranford Family Care
- Cranford First Aid Squad
- Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless
- Elizabethport Presbyterian Center
- Family Promise – Union County
- Furniture Assist
- Habitat for Humanity, Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County
- The Institute of Music for Children
- International Rescue Committee, Elizabeth, NJ
- Operation Chill Out
- Raphael’s Life House
- Restore Ministries
- Roots & Wings
- YWCA of Eastern Union County
- Frontero de Cristo – serving refugees on the Texas/Mexico border
- Peaceworks – giving aid and assistance to the Nicaraguan people
FPCC also supports the work of four missionaries under the care of the Presbyterian Church USA who are working with populations abroad:
Chenoa Stock, Peru – Chenoa serves in Peru as delegations and partnership coordinator for PERUSA, a n program of the Joining Hands Peru Network. Through this program, she works with PC(USA) delegations to foster partnerships with our Peruvian covenant partners, the Evangelical Church of Peru (IEP) and the Joining Hands Peru Network.
Nadia Ayoub, Greece – Nadia works with the organization Perichoresis which provides housing and support for approximately 550 refugees in 115 apartments in the city of Katerini on mainland Greece. Their programs include a nursery school, sports activities, and socio-therapeutic groups for children, adolescents, and women. Nadia’s role is that of a children’s worker in the pre-school program and a translator.
Jhanderys Dotel-Vellenga and Ian Vellenga, Nicaragua – Jhan and Ian serve in Nicaragua with the Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua (CEPAD) which works to improve the lives of economically impoverished communities by promoting justice and peace.
The Service and Mission Team meets at the Church on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. All who are interested in experiencing Christ’s work firsthand through outreach and service to others are welcome to attend.