First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians

Mission & Outreach

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.– John 13:34-35

Extending Christ’s Love

Mission and outreach have been a core mission of our church since 1884 when the women of the church formed the Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society. Throughout our history we have worked within our community and beyond to extend Christ’s love and compassion to the poor and disadvantaged by working to improve their quality of life.

Our mission and outreach projects are collaborative and empowering, rooted in four core beliefs:

  1. The whole church, young and old alike, should be involved in mission and outreach;
  2. Supports that empower individuals and build community are more likely to result in long-lasting change;
  3. Programs must be developed in partnership with those we serve, drawing on their knowledge and insights;
  4. We must work collaboratively with others at multiple levels to address the underlying conditions that lead to poverty, disadvantage, and injustice.

Each year we devote 15% of our income for mission and outreach at the local, national and international levels.  Our members are actively involved in mission projects and others from the community often join in our efforts. We invite you to learn more about our work and partner with us!

Interested in helping the local community? Come, join us! Community members are always welcome! Information on local mission projects can be found on the church calendar (side bar) or by contacting the church office.

International Mission Work

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household. – Ephesians 2:19 Malawi Partnership First Presbyterian Church has partnered with Jeanes CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) Congregation in Domasi, Malawi, since 1997. Through the years our sister church relationship has been nurtured through visits and communications by letter, e-mail, and Facebook.…

National Mission Work

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. – 1 Corinthians 12:12 Supporting the Larger Church’s Mission By contributing to the mission projects of our denomination we pool the resources of the entire Presbyterian Church (USA) to address the needs of our neighbors at the regional,…

Local Mission & Outreach

Share with God’s people who are in need. – Romans 12:13a First Presbyterian has had a strong focus on local mission and outreach throughout our history. Although the specific projects undertaken have varied over time, our commitment to the community–and to the poor, the disadvantaged and the oppressed–has remained strong in every era. We invite you to join us! You don’t need…