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FPC Youth’s Service in Our Community

God’s mission is calling and sending us, the church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary people in our own culture: “as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

Every year our congregation hears from our youth about “big” mission trips – notably the Jr. High Urban Plunge in San Francisco and the Sr. High Easter Project trip to Tijuana. We love these trips for the transformation that can occur through the daily routine of service, worship, prayer, and reflection. Not as well known, though, are the many ways our youth are serving here in Spokane throughout the year, seeking to live out Christ’s call to each of us to be “sent people.”

All of our youth partner with the City Gate, an organization that offers meals, a food and clothing bank, and Sunday worship. Our youth have been involved in:
• The annual KWAM visit to make and serve lunches and visit with the people of City Gate. This year our 40 students provided 200 sack lunches!
• Our 5th and 6th grade student leaders participated in City Gate’s annual community BBQ by running a craft booth for the children.
• Our junior highers have been serving a Sunday evening meal once a month for about two years, and this Fall our senior highers began serving on one Saturday evening per month.
• Within Children’s Ministries we have also collected donations of food and funds for the food closet. Even our children ages 2 to 3rd grade contribute with the bonus of getting to place their offerings in a talking piggy bank!

Advent Missions During the Advent season our Children’s Ministries sponsors the Liberty Park Child Development Center family party and our Student Ministries leads the way on the Christmas Toy Store. These are both wonderful ways for our entire church to participate in welcoming people from our community into FPC.

KWAM (5th and 6th graders) Besides their experience at City Gate, the 2013 KWAM crew served at Cup of Cool Water, Isabella House, and at the homes of some of our congregants. They also made 250 Car Side Ministry bags that were distributed to FPC congregants to give to homeless residents of Spokane.

SHIFT_jrhi A big goal for this school year is to deepen local mission connections. Last summer’s Urban Plunge trip to the San Francisco bay area energized students to “do more plunge stuff” right here in Spokane. The fall season included the monthly dinner date at City Gate and a “Love your City” Super Tuesday—a chance for SHIFT_jrhi to host several other middle school youth groups for an evening of serving our downtown neighbors, both on the streets and with organizations like House of Charity and St. Margaret’s Women’s Shelter. In addition, Shifters experienced a new annual event: the “Spokane Plunge.” This overnighter at Cup of Cool Water coincided with the FPC Community Toy Store, and included a prayer tour of our city and a (very cold) interactive experience that allowed students to reflect on the lives of Spokane’s homeless teens.

Praxis (Sr. High) Almost every Wednesday afternoon this fall, a dedicated group of high school students filled our First Pres van & headed to Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Central to help with the LOGOS program. Upon arrival the kiddos from the neighborhood immediately help (or pull!) our Praxis student volunteers out of the vehicle to play. This fall’s highlights included the organized chaos of basketball games, intentional conversation around name tag creation, jumping into newly created leaf piles, and ill-advised, yet loving, piggy back rides with not-so-small kids.
The West Central kids do not often express their appreciation in noticeable ways. However, at the recent Toy Store, one of the kids showed up with her mom and immediately recognized, hugged, and thanked our high school volunteers. She then went and grabbed her mom to introduce us to her as well. That might be the only obvious “thank you” that our PRAXIS students get for a while, but it’s enough to get us excited to go back!

We would welcome having others in the congregation serving alongside our youth during any of these activities. Multiple generations of FPC’ers serving alongside one another … what a beautiful witness to the body of Christ! Will you join us?


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