MISSIONS and OUTREACH at First Presbyterian Church of Avenel

One Great Hour of Sharing

Each year at Easter, our church takes a collection for the One Great Hour of Sharing program. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God's love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities.

Church World Service Blankets+ Program

Each Mother's Day, we invite our members to honor their mothers and grandmothers with a special gift to the Church World Service Blankets+ Program.
Through the Blankets+ Program, congregations and groups around the country reach out in compassion to people in need in more than 80 countries. Simply said, the right tool at the right time can make a world of difference in the lives of a family or a community.
Church World Service responds to disasters in a "wholistic" manner. They respond immediately after a disaster happens, but also commit to stand with people in the long process of recovery and rehabilitation as well.

Operation Christmas Child  (Samaritan's Purse)

Each year, Operation Christmas Child delivers millions of gift-filled shoe boxes to hurting children around the world. Our church supports this mission by filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and other presents in time for the Christmas holidays.

Two Cents a Meal

This church program is a way for the whole family to get involved in helping the needy. It works like this: For each meal you have during the day, each family member contributes 2 cents to a family "pot," "bank" or "collection jar." Then, once a month, you place your savings in the water jug located at the back of the Sanctuary. If you prefer to give one or two dollars a month instead of 2 cents a meal, your gift will be most appreciated. All monies collected are given to the Family Promise program to help people who are temporarily homeless.

Additional Mission and Outreach Projects

Some of our additional mission projects are the Navajo Mission, Elizabethport Children's Programs, Christian Appalachian Project, Camp Johnsonburg, The Salvation Army, Gambell Presbyterian Church (Alaska), International Justice Mission, Reliant Mission, Boy's Town, St. Jude and the World Vision.

Scars remind us of where we've been, but they don't have to dictate where we're going.