South Oakland Shelter (SOS) is a temporary, rotating shelter for the homeless. First Presbyterian Church of Farmington hosts S.O.S. guests for one week in January each year.
Rebuilding Together, a nation-wide non-profit program that works to preserve affordable homeownership and to revitalize communities sponsors an Oakland County work day the last Saturday in April. Close to 500 people participate in the Farmington-Farmington Hills work day including almost 50 people from our congregation.
Crop Walk: The first Sunday in May, members of all ages join other in our community to support the Farmington-Farmington Hills Crop Walk. Pledges made to the walkers support local food pantries.
Food Pantries: Members collect non-perishable food items for St. Alexander’s food pantry and for Neighborhood House to use in their food distributions to area residents. During the growing season, the garden gatherers grow vegetables in the church garden for distribution to the food pantries. Non-gardeners bring fresh produce from local markets.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: The water crisis in Flint is at the top of all our minds now. After speaking with First Presbyterian Church in Flint, we made a contribution to the local food bank where supplies (other than water) have been running low. In addition, we designated half of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering to go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance—Flint.
Hillside Elementary School: This is our newest outreach project, just getting off the ground in April, 2016. Identified by the Farmington Public Schools as a school with high unmet needs, we hope to provide a variety of programs from mentoring and tutoring individual students to greeting students in the morning, providing fresh fruit snacks, to shelving books in the media center. The principal would like us to provide enriching activities during the lunch hour by sharing our hobbies and activities. We are excited to let our imaginations run wild to connect with these kids.
More hands-on mission opportunities
Local and national opportunities are also available through the Hands-On-Mission work group of the Presbytery of Detroit or our own Adult Mission Group.
Women in our church, with the help of Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Detroit, also support various area service projects with their time, talent, financial contributions and sweat! These include Alternatives for Girls, Sweet Dreamzzz, Presbytery of Detroit’s Hunger Program, and the Second Mile Center.
Presbyterian Women: Women in our church, with the help of Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Detroit, also support various area service projects with their time, talent, financial contributions and sweat! These include Alternatives for Girls, Sweet Dreamzz, Presbytery of Detroit’s Hunger Program, and Second Mile Center.
Mission and Outreach Committee: Our committee is responsible for our church’s outreach to the community and to the world, planning our church’s involvement in meeting outreach needs and distributing funds from both the budget and special offerings. Through the committee, our church sponsors approximately 30 outreach programs throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. In addition to the programs above which receive both hands-on and financial assistance, we financially support programs such as the Barnabas Youth Program, Lighthouse PATH, Habitat for Humanity, SW Detroit Immigration Services, Coalition of Temporary Shelters (COTS), Operation Common Good and others.