Mission and Outreach

We have a long history of being a church committed to helping others in our world and our community. We are in close relationship with the organizations we support, and we encourage, equip, empower, and expect our members to engage the world that surrounds us with the truth of God's eternal love and care. We also believe that we receive as much as we give by experiencing God at work through a variety of short-term missions and services such as Everyone Eats, Civic Concern, Presbytery sponsored Health Fairs, and a variety of formal and informal mission activities. We experience God through building community by leading when we know the way and searching with others when the path is not so well defined.

Elders and Deacons

 

Ruling and teaching elders exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of the congregation.  The ministry of Deacons, as set forth in scripture, is that of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ.

Session Highlights 

AA/Al-Anon

First Presbyterian Church hosts weekly AA and Al-Anon meetings on Tuesdays.

 

Al-Anon:  8:00 pm

AA:  8:30 pm

Everyone Eats at the Spirit of Hope Church, Detroit

The “Everyone Eats” program provides approximately 200 hot meals each Wednesday to Detroit’s homeless and hungry. Volunteers welcome each client at the door, while others prepare, plate and serve the meal ‘restaurant style’. The program is designed to offer a vision of community the clients seldom receive on the streets. We partner with Faith Community Presbyterian Church of Novi to support this ministry.

Fort Street Open Door Ministry

Twice a year, FPCN holds a clothing drive for Fort Street's Open Door Program. This is your opportunity to clean out your closets and donate clean, gently used clothing for others to use. Outerwear, shoes, boots, belts and blankets are always needed. Pack your donations in sturdy, sealed boxes or bags. No hangers please. Clothes drives are generally held in September and April.

Greeting Card Ministry

The Greeting Card Ministry creates an opportunity to express our love and caring for members of the congregation. We create hand-made cards that are sent to those experiencing difficult times. We share fun and fellowship with a meaningful purpose. No experience or particular talent is required. This group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Mission Room.

Little Dresses for Africa

Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit Christian organization whose mission is to provide relief by distributing dresses to little girls, primarily in African villages, but also to other countries in crisis. These dresses go out as little ambassadors in the name of Jesus, to give hope to the children that receive them. You can help in this mission by picking up a kit in Boll Hall, completing it and returning it to church. The kit includes all supplies needed, full instructions and requires only basic sewing skills. We are also in need of supplies to make these kits: colorful cotton material, extra wide double fold bias tape, and wide elastic. In addition, workshops are held at church several times a year to sew the dresses. 

Northville Civic Concern

Northville Civic Concern provides food and household supplies for needy people in Northville. Our members regularly donate food products, gas cards, and store gift cards for those in need. Two of the specific events FPC conducts in conjunction with Northville Civic Concern are the “Mitten Tree” in December and the “Great Grocery Bag” Event in February. To find out more information about Northville Civic Concern contact them directly at (248) 344-1033.

Red Cross Blood Drives

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. In partnership with the American Red Cross, FPCN is proud to sponsor blood drives twice a year, usually in the winter and in the spring. See the calendar, or Bulletin Board section for upcoming dates.

           online appointments:  redcrossblood.org      

           Sponsor Code:  fpcnorthville

Soap Making Ministry

Throughout the year, the Soap Making Ministry makes homemade laundry soap and donates it  to Civic Concern. 

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are members of First Presbyterian Church Northville and First United Methodist Church Northville, trained to walk alongside others who need Christian care. They provide an ongoing and dependable source of comfort and encouragement through times of stress, change, pain, grief, or brokenness. They are also available anytime you just need a friend to listen, care, pray, or support you.

 

A Stephen Minister provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour in a setting supportive of confidentiality. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.

  • Men are matched with men; women with women.

For general information about this ministry, please call Lois Fuller, a member at FPCN, at (248) 305-8053. To request a Stephen Minister, please call our referrals coordinator, Nancy Schuerman, a member at FUMC, at (248) 207-9470. This is a confidential ministry. You do not have to struggle through difficulties alone. Stephen Ministers are here to help.

Turkey Dinner at Westminster

Our church participates in Westminster’s Thanksgiving Dinner where hundreds of lonely and needy Detroiters can celebrate Thanksgiving. We ask for donations to purchase cooked turkeys or for donations of pies and desserts. You may also sign up to volunteer at Westminster Church to help prepare food and carve turkeys. Look for a sign-up form in Boll Hall in early November to volunteer for this important mission activity.

Project Angel Tree  

Each November and December, our church provides gifts to children whose parents have accepted Christ while incarcerated and wish to give their child a Christmas gift. There will be a tree with ‘Angel Tags’ in Boll Hall, each with a particular child’s request for a special gift. Please select an Angel Tag so you may become an angel for a child. 

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Each November and December, our church supports the Salvation Army’s “Sharing is Caring” Christmas fundraiser by ringing the bell at Northville locations. Sign up at the Mission & Outreach table in Boll Hall for a two-hour shift on dates to be announced in the Fall.

Neinas Christmas Party

Our college, high school, and middle school kids plan a Christmas Party for the pre-kindergarten classrooms at Neinas Elementary School in southwest Detroit. Activities include games, crafts, and music. They also collect children's toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as candy for gift bags for the students. 

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First Presbyterian Church of Northville

200 East Main Street, Northville, MI 48167

(248) 349-0911 ~ fax: (248) 349-6474

email: fpcnorthville@fpcnorthville.org

 

Church Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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