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Mission beyond our walls has always been a cornerstone to the work of our congregation. But, what does “mission” mean to First Presbyterian? The following is a primer of what we do, and how we do it.


There are several opportunities during the year to serve others in person:

  • Cathedral Kitchen: seven volunteers are needed each month to help serve dinners on Monday evenings. Contact the church office to sign up.
  • CROP Walk: walkers and people to distribute water & snacks are needed each fall.
  • IHOC (Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council): people are needed to make meals and men to serve as chaperones are needed for a week in the spring.
  • Dress a Girl: volunteers are needed twice a year to cut fabric, sew dresses, and decorate them. Dresses are made for girls in need in Haiti and Africa.

Pictures from Dress A Girl

Colin , Carole

Havin' fun, Sandy, NancyJean, Dawson, Syd, AnnEsther, Kate

We support a number of organizations through our monthly collections of food and other items:

  • Food items, such as cereal, soups & stews, canned fruits & vegetables, canned meats & fish and juice (to name a few) generally go to Your Food Shelf in Camden or New Covenant Community Church’s food pantry in Audubon.
  • Paper products, such as paper towels, napkins & toilet paper, go to Cathedral Kitchen in Camden.
  • Coffee and underwear are sent to Veteran’s Haven in Winslow.

At certain times of the year, we hold special projects for the congregation to participate in:

  • Shoeboxes containing toiletries for Your Food Shelf and Mission Teens.
  • Easter baskets for Your Food Shelf & 8th Street Club / Woodland Church.
  • Backpacks containing school supplies for schools in Haddon Heights, Barrington, Audubon & Haddon Township.
  • Hats, scarves & gloves for Your Food Shelf.
  • Christmas toys for Your Food Shelf.

We support the following organizations through our annual budget:

  • Atlantic City Rescue Mission: provides shelter, food, Bible study, daily chapel services, drug and alcohol programs, assistance in finding permanent housing, work readiness programs and much more.
  • Camden Rescue Mission: a non-denominational mission, serving Camden and surrounding communities with emergency food, clothing & furniture to help people and families who have been victims of fires, the homeless, abused or mistreated persons, as well as entire families which circumstances do not allow to make ends meet.
  • IHOC (Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council) Hospitality Network: an intensive, six month long program, whereby IHOC takes up to a dozen homeless men off the streets at a time and provides them with shelter and food, housing them with member congregations, while providing regular drug & alcohol counseling and life skills training.
  • Interfaith Caregivers: helps seniors and people with disabilities, in Haddonfield and Haddon Heights, live independently and stay active in their communities. Volunteers provide rides, grocery shop & run errands, chat or read to a neighbor, provide a meal after a hospital or rehab stay or just make a brief phone call.
  • Mission Teens: a non-denominational Christian Discipleship ministry that helps people who struggle with life-controlling problems by connecting them with God by ministering the Gospel.
  • Urban Promise: a ministry in Camden that runs after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and other programs that challenge youth to develop and realize their potential.
  • West Jersey Academy: assists students from the West Jersey Presbytery with their preparation for ministry with a loan once a year which may be applied to all three years of seminary.
  • Your Food Shelf: a food pantry in East Camden, providing not only food, but also clothing and household goods.

Included in each year’s budget is money designated for mission work through the General Assembly, the Synod of the Northeast and the West Jersey Presbytery.

In addition to what is generally given to these organizations, we also give to Living Waters as a designated denominational mission in honor of our organist, Mike Rugge, and our former administrative assistant, Joan Rugge, who have made a couple of trips to Cuba with Living Waters.

Three special denominational offerings are collected:

  • One Great Hour of Sharing, collected in the spring, is divided among the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
  • Christmas Joy Offering, collected in the weeks before Christmas provides funding for the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions as well as to Presbyterian related racial-ethnic schools and colleges.
  • The Peace & Global Witness Offering, collected in the fall, is divided among the local congregation, presbytery & synod peacemaking ministry and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
  • Two Cents a Meal. A local, national and international ministry of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Our children collect contributions on the second Sunday of each month.