Leaving a Legacy is one of the most important pillars of our mission statement. We see ourselves not only as a worshipping community, but also as a catalyst for social change, striving to make a meaningful difference in our community and the world, leaving it a better place than we found it.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & MISSION
Year after year, our congregation identifies and supports programs designed to aid the disadvantaged in our local, regional, national and global communities. From our direct financial support to the more than 1,000 volunteer hours contributed to various programs and projects, those of us who have more than we need feel so blessed to be able to help those in need. Our current local projects include:
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This organization is devoted to ensuring that students in area public school have subsidized weekday lunch programs that have 4-6 nutritious non-perishable meals to take home so they’re not hungry over the weekend.
New Covenant House
Every year we shop for, prepare and serve about 1200 meals a year at the New Covenant House soup kitchen in Stamford.
New Canaan Food Pantry
Bags of food are collected every week based on an updated list of most needed weekly items. In addition our innovative “buck and a can” children’s program contributes over 100 bags every year. Participation in the New Canaan Food Pantry program is the highest of any single outreach program with over 200 volunteer hours a year devoted.
This program reminds us to collect spare change around meal time in our homes to remind us of how fortunate we are to have food while others do not. The coins are collected in the sanctuary on the first Sunday of every month — known by our youth as “Noisy Sunday.” Cents-ability serves all geographies of our mission with 25% going to the local NC Food Pantry, 25% going to the regional Fairfield County Food Bank, and 50% going to PCUSA Hunger Relief that is national and global in scope.
A program for adults and teenagers with Special Needs, this group gathers for fellowship and spiritual growth on Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00pm in the Bliss House Common Room. Click here for more information.
Adult & Youth Mission Trips
From supporting the Common Hope organization in their hands-on education, healthcare and housing initiatives in Guatemala, to long days of physical disaster relief in Union Beach, NJ, to teaching Vacation Bible School to the children of a tiny little village in the country of Belize, FPCNC adult and youth mission trips are humbling and life-altering experiences for our congregation.
Deacons are called by the community to dedicate three years of service assisting fellow members of the congregation, “to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, the friendless and to any who may be in distress”. At FPCNC, our Deacons offer care and support to the church community through:
- The Flock-Shepherd program that creates smaller communities of care within the overall congregation
- Confidential emergency financial assistance to church members in need through the Deacon Fund
- Providing support and assistance to bereaved families during Memorial services and receptions
- Preparing and serving dinners at a women’s shelter in Stamford
- Coordinating church volunteers for Meals-On-Wheels and lunch at the Lapham Center
- Supporting the Pastoral Care Team
- Participating in the Prayer Chain
- Assisting families in preparation for the baptism of their children
- Driving members of the congregation
- Delivering Christmas and Easter flowers to the homebound or families who have recently lost loved ones
- Providing meals to members who are in temporary need of assistance
- Serving breakfast to the congregation for Summer Sunday Services