After the re-construction of the Education building as well as the foundation and frame for the sanctuary was completed, the people of First Church once again were able to worship, to gather, and to serve with one another at the corner of Poplar and 2nd Ave. Rather than focus on what we did not have after the loss of the grand sanctuary, the people of First Church chose to commit what God had restored to whatever door of mission and ministry God would open.
During the last four years, we have been able to host a number of dynamic ministries to homeless and poor poor persons in Downtown Memphis.
Carpenter’s Table Food Pantry
Provides food for those working but still need help feeding their families. The Carpenter's table volunteers provide groceries for 150+ persons each year.
Room in the Inn:
We have leased for $0 the Carpenter’s Building to Room In The Inn Ministries. RITI uses the Building as a check-in and meeting place for the homeless persons who will be spending the evening in a host church. RITI also has plans to open a daytime hospitality center for homeless persons to shower and take care of essential needs.
Organized primarily by volunteers with Iona ministries.
Provides a hot burrito meal for all in need.
Urban Bicycle Food Ministry
Gathers at First Church to prepare meals and deliver them, along with other small items, throughout the downtown area on bicycles.
Organized by Volunteers with Team Laeth. Led by David and Sharon Mullins.
Provides a hot meal for all in need and offers various other items, including blankets, coats and socks, especially in the winter.
The people of First Church are 100% committed to making sure the building of a new sanctuary will in no way displace the various ministries currently using the foundation of the new sanctuary!!