First Pres. Cranford offers many opportunities for you to serve the community. Here are just some:
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. During specific week’s each year, these screened families stay overnight at our church, with assistance from members of congregation. Their meals are provided by our Church and others in Cranford. You can help serve these guests as hosts during dinner or overnight, prepping meals, setting up their living quarters and other ways. 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.
OPERATION WARM HEART
Operation Warm Heart program here at FPCC. During the coldest months of the year (December through March) many people are housed and fed here on Tuesday nights. The team providers hospitality, food and a place to sleep for people from Elizabeth whose other option was spending the night on the street.
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. Items have been distributed to El Centro in Plainfield, a community center and Presbyterian church for immigrants from Central and South America, the Oncology and Hematology Center in Springfield to comfort their patients, the mothers and children at Raphael’s Life House and the guests at the Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen. The group meets on the last Friday of the month at the Church.
TRUSTEE WORK DAYS
The Trustees of First Pres. Cranford ensure our facility is in working order and that our building and grounds, which are part of the historical beauty of Cranford, are looking their best. Any one can come and help out on Saturday mornings as volunteers tends to various projects that range from simple maintenance and upkeep (changing light bulbs, odd jobs) to gardening to more skilled tasks.