How you can grow with First Presbyterian...
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
We offer 10 weeks of English classes starting each September and January. Students can study at the Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced level. All are welcome. Students can register for either Monday-Thursday classes, Saturday classes, or both.
ALL IN-PERSON ENGLISH CLASSES FOR FALL 2023 ARE FULL.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT SEMESTER, BEGINNING JANUARY 2024.
WINTER REGISTRATION WILL START IN JANUARY 2024.
The Saturday morning Intermediate and Advanced classes (10 am to noon) are still accepting students. These classes are held online, using Zoom.
Please contact the teachers directly:
Intermediate Class - email David Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Class - email Doug Herbert at email@example.com
Joint Mission Ministry
Joint Mission Ministry is a community service, outreach, and
engagement initiative of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington
and Fairlington Presbyterian Church in Alexandria. Our shared
mission ministry works to increase our capacity, strengthen our
relationships among each other and in our communities, and
to do the work of Christ to hear and address the needs of our
neighbors, with our neighbors.
United we can meet community needs more effectively and
with greater reach and impact. We listen to community
partners, while building on the faithful mission engagement
work each member congregation is already doing.
Specifically, we seek to address needs in the areas of housing, food insecurity, and being neighbor in the way Christ calls us. This happens by creating relationships within our community.
Our goals include:
Strengthening existing ties to the community
Finding new areas of outreach
Connecting to neighbors, particularly in affordable housing
APAH’s Springs across the street from First Presbyterian
Coming together in mission to maximize volunteers and minimize burnout
Increasing communication across congregations, not just in our Joint Mission partnership, but in our region, to know more about mission opportunities
Our partnerships include:
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)
Our Stomping Ground
Arlington Food Assistance Center
Questions about how to get involved? Reach out to our Joint Mission Coordinator, Rev. Blair Moorhead, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Interested in teaching? Contact Audrey Morris at ESLFPC@gmail.com
View classes held by other churches in our program at www.ESLIM.org
Come join your church friends for fun times in our gardens. Our awesome green space features the Memorial Garden, various other ornamental beds, and a Friends of Urban Agriculture Plot Against Hunger vegetable garden. Let us know if you are interested by contacting Audrey Morris (email@example.com).
PathForward (formerly A-SPAN)
First Presbyterian has been preparing bagged meals for the homeless in Arlington in conjunction with PathForward (formerly Arlington Street People's Assistance Network) for many years.
If you are interested in helping please contact Austin Wiehe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting our Healthcare Workers
The Mission Team of First Presbyterian has organized special collections to purchase meals for Virginia Hospital Center staff. On December 28, 2020, our Mission team made their third delivery of meals to thank VHC staff for their work during Covid-19. If you wish to contribute to feeding medical workers, you may donate to Mission here.
Meals on Wheels
For almost 20 years, FPC has been the staging center for a special community service: Meals on Wheels, which is responsible for Monday through Friday delivery of meals to home-bound people. There are about 15 routes to cover; each route has about 8-10 deliveries to make and needs two people, one to drive and one to drop off the meal. That's 30 volunteers everyday for five days--150 people needed every week to keep this vital mission going. Volunteers come from community churches or are interested individuals; some business people even do this service on their lunch hour!
Right now, Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers. Come on, you retired folks, people who are not working, and even people who work but could take their lunchtime once a month to perform this vital service. Who knows? We who are mobile today may need this service in the future. Be an angel and volunteer once a month, twice a month, or even once a week. Whatever you can do, you will find it rewarding.
We gather at the church at 11 am when the meals are delivered here by truck. We then take our particular route's meals, put them in our cars, and drive off to deliver them. Generally we finish our routes between noon and 1 pm.