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MINISTRIES OVERVIEW

Christian Community Development

First Pres Church is committed to confronting the injustices that we see in our community.  While our world and local community experience many injustices, we are currently focused on educational advocacy and helping our neighbors in need of food and shelter.

To get involved in either of these areas in the life of First Pres, please contact Chizu at chizu@firstpreshayward.com

Community Life

Our church is a community of people who are in process, bringing their imperfect, messy lives and connecting with the greater community around us. Together we are pursuing and experiencing a transforming relationship with Jesus and with each other.  Whatever your story, questions, doubts or struggles, we’re all about doing life together with community, in community, being intentional about our growth, and serving one another and our broader community in love.

For more information, please email Kirk at kirk@firstpreshayward.com

Eden Community Farm

Eden Community Farm will be an on-campus farm providing jobs and agricultural education to members of our community, while supplying our neighborhood with fresh, local produce. We are currently in the preliminary stages of building the farm and appreciate your prayers as we move forward.

For more information, please email Chizu at chizu@firstpreshayward.com

Eden YoungLife

Exists to reach out to the youth of the Hayward/Castro Valley area to lead them one step closer to a relationship with Jesus Christ.  WyldLife Club (6-8 Grade) meets on Thursday nights in the Forum Room from 6:30 – 8:00 PM with dinner included.  YoungLife Club (9-12 Grade) currently meets every Wednesday in the Forum Room from 6:30 – 8:30 PM with dinner included.  Quest (Discipleship/Leader Training) meets every Sunday evening from 6 – 9 PM and includes dinner at a location TBA.

For more information, please email Nick at nlargusa@gmail.com

Educational Advocacy

We want to see all children in our greater community have access to a good education, starting with pre-school and going through high school.  In order to accomplish this, we have three teams that are working to advocate for children and influence systems in our community:  a Pre-School Task Force (so that all children have access to pre-school), a Parent Engagement Team (to help parents become active participants in their children’s education), and a Practical Needs Team (to help provide resources that kids need to learn, like backpacks and school supplies).

For more information, please email Chizu at chizu@firstpreshayward.com

First Pres Kids

Exists to Connect Kids to Christ and Grow Them Spiritually through love, play, teaching and discipleship.  Sunday School is held every Sunday at 10 AM in the First Pres Kids room for children kindergarten through 6th grades and in room 10 for pre-schoolers who are potty-trained. We also provide loving care on Sunday mornings for toddlers and infants in room 14.

For more information, please email Terri at terri@firstpreshayward.com

His Growing Grove

The purpose of His Growing Grove is to partner with parents in nurturing and instructing the whole child in a secure environment centered on the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their calendar is available here.

For more information, please email Kandi at kandi@hisgrowinggrove.com

Neighbors in Need

Our Neighbors in Need Ministry focuses on loving and supporting our friends who are homeless and houseless.  On the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 4-6pm, we hold Chance of Showers where men and women can come take a hot shower, have a meal, and receive clothes and other necessities.  We also provide a hot breakfast every Sunday from 7:30-9 AM for our Neighbors in Need.

For more information, please email Chizu at chizu@firstpreshayward.com

Young Families

Our heart and passion is to see every family or marriage, regardless of background or life experience, be encouraged, built up, equipped, and sent out to impact the lives of their friends, neighbors, and families for the sake of the Gospel.  As a loving community, we walk together in this parenting journey. Each month, we meet for time together with other parents to discuss our shared challenges and triumphs with childcare provided.

For more information, please email kirk@firstpreshayward.com