Our mission at FPC is to
“know Christ, serve Him and make Him known.”
First Presbyterian has a great interest in world missions. Presently we partner with missionaries who serve in the areas of evangelism and church growth, medicine, or education in the Congo, Ethiopia, Brazil, Mexico, Rwanda, Sudan, and a northern African nation. Click here for additional information about each of our missionary families.
Each year, usually during February or March, we contribute over and above our regular giving to a special Missions project. In 1990 we joined more than 20 other area Presbyterian churches in raising funds and providing manpower for the construction of an electrical substation and electrical wiring at the Mwandi Christian Hospital in Zambia, Africa. Between 1990 and 1998 our church alone raised in excess of $55,000 for this and related projects. In addition, seven of our members joined work teams in Mwandi helping to install the wiring at the hospital, helping to install a walk-in cooler and a morgue cooler, helping with general repairs and maintenance, and assisting with a new computer system. More recently our annual offering helps to raise funds to send mission teams on short-term work trips to Merida, Mexico (and one to Tennessee!). Beginning in 2010, we began a project to install and maintain a Living Waters for the World water purification system at a church near Merida.
Habitat for Humanity
Our church has participated in many Habitat for Humanity projects through the years. Through volunteer labor, no-profit loans, and “sweat equity” (home buyers must work 100 hours on their own house and 100 hours on someone else’s house), Habitat makes home ownership possible for those who could not otherwise afford to buy a house. Special offerings are collected to help pay for these projects and many volunteers assist with the actual building phases. Click here to go to Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County’s web site.
10¢-a-Meal Hunger Offering
This offering is collected on the fourth Sunday of every month by the children during the worship service. The funds we collect are divided equally three ways. One third goes to our missionaries to help them meet any special hunger needs in their areas. One third goes to Compassion International to sponsor three children (Bithi, Dorcas and Alassane are pictured below) on a monthly basis. One third is divided between two local organizations: Meals-On-Wheels and Cooperative Christian Ministry’s Kannapolis Food Pantries. Our church collects nearly $4,000 each year from this offering.
Regionally, our church supports Camp Grier, a Presbyterian camp in Old Fort, NC.