At First Presbyterian Church we dedicate ourselves to being a nurturing community of faith that loves God and loves our fellow human beings as we love ourselves, giving special attention to those whom Jesus called the least of these – the poor, hungry, sick, lonely, imprisoned, and oppressed. We have long played an important role in local outreach and service organizations in Auburn and Lee County. We are especially grateful to serve as a physical home and ministry partner to Presbyterian Community Ministry and Bravehearts Center for Place and Purpose, both of which serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
For more information about Mission ministries, contact Rev. Kathy Wolf Reed
Presbyterian Community Ministry
Founded by our church in 1968, Presbyterian Community Ministry (PCM) offers interest-free loans and grants to those in our community who need assistance with utility and rent payments or repairs to their homes. We continue to provide financial support, leadership, and office space for this ministry.
For more information, contact Mary Turnbull or Tracy Parsons
Bravehearts Center for Place and Purpose
BraveHearts Center for Place and Purpose is a joint outreach program of the First Presbyterian Church of Auburn and the Auburn University Social Work Program in the College of Liberal Arts. The program provides a place where individuals with disabilities are offered opportunities for continued growth in the areas of health and fitness, academia, life and job skills, community outreach, and creative arts exploration. It creates a place that is sensitive to the need for safety, the importance of belonging, and the benefit of consistent daily routine, and creates a purpose for those who would otherwise be excluded from full participation in the adult community.
First Presbyterian also partners in the ministry of other community outreach and service programs, providing our congregation fulfilling volunteer opportunities, as well as giving opportunities.
Alabama Prison Birth Project
The Alabama Prison Birth Project works to improve the health of newborns birthed by women in custody while strengthening maternal bonds and maternal self-efficacy. The Project provides doula support, group prenatal and postpartum support, and the opportunity for mothers to provide milk to their newborns.
Auburn Daycare Centers, Inc.
Auburn Daycare Centers Inc. provides comprehensive child care services for children 6 weeks to 12 years old, so that parents from low and moderate income homes and neighborhoods can work, be in training for work, or attend school.
Domestic Violence Intervention Center
The Domestic Violence Intervention Center works to eliminate violence in the lives of women and children by providing direct services, such as shelter, hotline and referrals, to battered women and their children, in the 5 county areas; and to assist them through counseling and advocacy, in leading violence free lives.
Food Bank of East Alabama
The Food Bank of East Alabama works to alleviate hunger by providing an efficient, coordinated system for collecting and distributing food to low-income people through member agencies that serve the ill, needy, and infants. The food bank also works to reduce food waste, and raise awareness regarding hunger and food security issues in east central Alabama.
The Community Market
The Community Market, a program of the Food Bank of East Alabama, provide a friendly grocery-store environment for Lee County families in need, allowing them to select food they need, rather than receiving pre-filled, generic bags.
Habitat For Humanity and The WeHelp Coalition
We participate in the work of Habitat for Humanity through the WeHelp Coalition of Lee County. Eleven local churches join in building Habitat homes. Funds are raised through the annual Cookie Walk in December.
Living River is the Sheppards and Lapsly Presbytery camping and conference center offering faith-based youth camping and spiritual retreats, and the includes the Cahaba Environmental Center where thousands of youth are educated each year about the environment.
Matthew 28 is focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ by feeding hungry children and caring for orphans. The organization operates 14 feeding centers in the villages surrounding Bohoc, Haiti, feeding 700 children four times weekly and supporting the education of orphans in a country where they would not otherwise have access to education.
Our House provides a Christ-centered home environment for an after school ministry of encouragement and mentoring, where children are served healthy snacks, and learn responsibility for their homework and studies. Our congregation holds a summer shoe drive to provide new school shoes for every child at Our House.
R.E.A.C.H. Community Respite Ministry
R.E.A.C.H. (Refresh, Encourage, Activities, Care, Hope) provides respite days for those with early to moderate memory issues and includes physical, mental, and emotional interaction with other participants and volunteers, as well as lunch.
Faith Community Nurse Program -
Our Faith Community Nurses lead a health ministry that touches the mind, body and spirit through an array of services to our congregation, including –
Two trained nurses on staff
Flu vaccination clinic
Health education programs
Support for those facing medical concerns
Faith Community Nurse
The Blessings Bunch
The Blessings Bunch helps to ensure no one feels isolated by illness, tragedy, or loss. So many in our congregation can share a time they have been lifted up in prayer or received a card when they needed it most. They organize meals – perhaps for new parents, or someone recovering from surgery, and they provide rides when needed, to doctor’s appointments or to church.
Sowers & Knitters -
More than 40 years ago, and inspired by John 4:36-38, a group of congregational ladies began sewing school dresses for young girls in need. Today, they continue their selfless service by providing infusion pillows to Spencer Cancer Clinic, pillowcase dresses to girls in Africa, blankets for the P.W. layette project, knitted caps for the homeless, and prayer shawls and quilts for our home-bound members.