COMMUNITY MISSION

 

The First Pres family believes that following Jesus leads us out of the church walls and into the community. It means choosing proximity to those on the margins, using our political voice to advocate for just policies, and using our material resources to serve those in need. 

In faithfulness to this call, First Pres Hayward serves in the following areas:


SERVICE WORSHIP

Twice a year, we come together as a church community to worship by serving our community. Here is a video from our most recent Service Worship time in May.

On Sunday, May 6th 2018 - FirstPres and all our Missional Communities went to our brothers and sisters at Bethel Presbyterian to serve them by sprucing up their campus. We painted, knocked out cabinets, cleaned classrooms and offices, and even did electrical and plumbing work!

NEIGHBORS IN NEED

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To serve those in our community impacted by the Bay Area housing crisis, we participate in the following. 

  • Sunday Breakfasts: Hot breakfast served for free, every Sunday morning at 7am 
  • Chance of Showers: Warm showers, food, and clothes given to community member in need twice a month 
  • Warming Shelter: A 25-bed shelter for the homeless opened on cold nights, so that nobody spends a night in the cold 
  • Park Out Program: 8 permitted spots offered for guests to spend the night in a safe area in 10-week stretches

SANCTUARY CHURCH & IMMIGRATION WORK

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Our church is a Sanctuary Church and longs to be a place of refuge for those who are newly arrived to this country, no matter their background or legal status. We are currently working with Hayward Unified School District to serve newly arrived students and unaccompanied minors. We are also hoping to partner with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity to create “accompaniment teams” (“familias de apoyo”) to walk alongside and provide a network of care for new migrant families. For more information on these opportunities, please contact Erina: erina@firstpreshayward.com


CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM & RE-ENTRY WORK

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Our church acknowledges that our current criminal justice system is overly focused on punishment and not restoration, and that it disproportionately impacts the poor and communities of color We are working to advocate for sentencing reform, more restorative approaches to justice, and local opportunities for all of our returning citizens. We also hope to participate in the COSA program, providing circles of support and accountability for those returning home after incarceration. 

For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact Erina: erina@firstpreshayward.com  


EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH

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Our church believes that every child has the right to quality education, and works to reduce disparities in educational achievement, access, and resources. We currently provide free, after-school programming through the SOAR program on Wednesday afternoons, serve regularly in the Strobridge Elementary Library, and are working towards reducing barriers to education for low-income and under-resource families. 

For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact Erina: erina@firstpreshayward.com  


RACIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS AND CONCILIATION WORK

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We believe that much of our country’s history has been stained by the evils of white supremacy and systemic racism. As a church community that welcomes all people, we recognize that dismantling these evils and affirming the dignity ofall God’s children is crucial to the work of the kingdom.

We host events that welcome leaders of color to speak prophetic truth to our congregation about the hard work of racial righteousness. We are also planning to host a summer pilgrimage, in the summer of 2019, to journey through the racial history of America at key sites in the South.

For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact Erina: erina@firstpreshayward.com