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Greetings from the Missions Committee of First Presbyterian Church. Our mission is to extend the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ into our local community and around the world. This church is filled with ordinary people who do extraordinary things. In this church, mission is not a trip – it is who we are.
- First Presbyterian Preschool-Child Care Our school is the oldest mission of First Presbyterian Church and was established in 1960 as a Day School to provide for the education and care of children in a Christian environment. Currently, our Preschool's goal is to care for children infants through VPK in a safe, encouraging, learning atmosphere. In 2009 First Presbyterian School received preschool accreditation from APPLE the national early learning program. Our school is a member of Florida's Gold Seal of Quality Program, Florida Association for Child Care Management and the Association of Christian Schools International. We welcome a diverse groups of students and families. We foster spiritual, creative, social and civic growth by teaching values in a christian atmosphere - weekly chapel services, daily prayers and christian teachers. Every child is a unique creation of God.
- The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia
The Neighborhood Center is "A Place with a Heart". Since 1969 their mission has been to feed the hungry, house the homeless and prevent homelessness through rent and utility assistance. First Pres is proud to help support and volunteer for the Neighborhood Center.
- Interfaith Kitchen
Our team prepares and serves meals for 75-100 people once a month. Meal needs are published in the worship guide and First Pres members fill a grocery cart during the 4 weeks. The cost of food is supplemented with our 3 cents a meal donation. Another example of everyday people preparing and serving food to the homeless.
- The House Next Door
This organization was started by First Pres and it specializes in family based programs and individual and group counseling. The House Next Door has helped hundreds of families in DeLand and Deltona. Their counseling center in DeLand is in our church parsonage which we rent for $1/year. Inside that house, what will you find? Everyday people doing extraordinary things!
IDignity provides the opportunity to get identification to the homeless and disadvantaged free of charge. Identification such as birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s license, or Florida photo ID. It was brought into this community from Orlando by two members of this church and has held events in each of the last 3 years. In the first event, we had 70 clients and in the Oct, 2010 we had 170 clients seeking help with identification. This has been about the norm since. Identification can be the difference between spending the night in the woods or in a homeless shelter, the difference between having a job or being unemployed, the difference between despair and hope.
- Family Renew Community
Housing and helping homeless families with children since 1989, FRC is "A Hand Up - Not A Handout". First Pres is proud to help financially and practically as past of their Board of Trustees.
- Good Samaritan Clinic
Providing free medical and dental healthcare to the uninsured of West Volusia County. The Good Samaritan Clinic consists solely of volunteer medical and dental providers, volunteer nurses, a volunteer pharmacist, and volunteer support personnel. Nobody pays and nobody gets paid - they exist solely through donations and grants.
- Grace House Pregnancy Center
Opened in DeLand in January, 2001 - Grace House offered free confidential services, for anyone in the surrounding area, including but not limited to Pregnancy tests, limited OB ultrasound and lay-counseling.
- Young Life West Volusia
Meeting on Monday evenings at our Youth House (729 N. Florida Avenue) Young Life offers a safe place and weekely activities for local middle school and high school age youth.
These missions are only the tip of the iceberg! In fact, this church has such a wide outreach into the local community that we have been nominated for the United Way “Citizen of the Year” award. So when people ask me “what church do you go to?” I tell them I go to a church that’s made up of ordinary people who
- provide simple, decent housing for local families.
- provide for the education and care of children in a Christian environment.
- provide free ID to people to get them off the street and onto their feet.
- fund the House Next Door that provides counseling and nurture to hundreds of people in DeLand and Deltona.
- donate food and fund the shelter at the Neighborhood Center so the homeless can have a meal and a bed.
- become CNN Heroes.