Committed to providing outreach and support to the community-at- large, First Church participates in a number of mission projects both within the church itself and throughout DuPage County.
A primary mission is the Clothing Center which is housed on the lower level of our building. The Center relies strictly on donations of goods and clothing from the community and welcomes all volunteers. Clothing Center guests receive a free breakfast on the third Saturday of each month from October through April. This Breakfast Ministry is coordinated by the First Church Youth Group.
Also “housed” at First Church is the Heaven and Earth Community Garden. As part of a consortium with other Elmhurst faith communities, we share the stewardship of this vegetable garden from June through October to provide fresh produce for the Yorkfield Food Pantry.
The members and friends of First Church share their time and talent in support of these local missions:
- Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program www.bridgecommunities.org
- Sleep Out Saturday
- Children’s Christmas Gift Tree for
- Lord’s Lambs Ministry in Pembroke IL
- Iglesia Bethany, El Buen Pastor UMC in Chicago
- DuPage P.A.D.S. – Public Action to Deliver Shelter www.dupagepads.org
- Elmhurst Food Pantries – www.eyfp.org
- Yorkfield Food Pantry
- Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network – www.elmhurstwalkin.org
- Feed My Starving Children – fmsc.org
- Grace Café
- Justice for Our Neighbors (Chicago area) – www.immigrationadvocates.org
- Samaritan’s Purse – www.samaritanspurse.org
- Operation Christmas Child Shoebox
- Senior Home Sharing – www.seniorhomesharing.org
- United Voices for Children – www.unitedvoicesforchildren.org
First Church is in the Elgin District of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members contribute to district and conference wide projects as well as to special national collections.