Serving Together

 More than 1000 people have shared their time, energy, and faith with others through Serving Together!


What is Serving Together?

Serving Together is designed to engage and empower families to share the love of Christ with their community in meaningful, tangible ways. Each Sunday School group from 1st – 6th grade is partnered with a particular agency. Children are invited to engage with that agency in several ways throughout the year.

What agencies does the Church partner with?

Our Church partners with local agencies that serve the homeless, the hungry, the impoverished, and the disadvantaged people of Nashville. Our primary Serving Together partnerships are with Room in the Inn, Preston Taylor Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Salvation Army, and Loaves and Fishes.

How do we participate?

Offering/Donations
Children are invited to donate specific items on Sunday mornings, and pray for the people who are served by their group’s agency. There is a list of requested/suggested items on the Serving Together webpage for each ministry partnership; click on a ministry icon above to see specific needs.

Events
Children and their families are invited to participate in scheduled “people-to-people” events. These are opportunities to care for our neighbors, designed to cultivate mutual gift-sharing, compassion and empathy as we connect face-to-face with other people.

We encourage children to choose events with their Sunday School group’s agency, so they can understand the impact their prayers and donations have on the people served by that agency. However, you and your child(ren) are welcome to participate in any event (or donate to any agency) that captures your interest.

Most events are family-oriented, and we encourage parents and siblings to participate.

Are you ready to be a part of a ministry?  Click on the events below to learn more or to register


Room In The Inn

Adopted by 1st grade.

Offering:  Hand/Feet Warmers,  Chapstick  &  Men’s Winter Hats

Since 1986, Nashville’s homeless have been served by congregations across the city whose volunteers provide hospitality, hope and love. FPC families make up beds, pack sack lunches, serve dinner and fellowship with our Wednesday night guests.

Click on an event date for details and to register:  December 27    February 7

To learn more about this mission agency, visit their website or watch this video.


Loaves & Fishes

Adopted by 2nd grade.

Offering:  White Socks (for men, women, and children)

For the past 25 years, Loaves and Fishes has helped to feed the hungry through their community meals in downtown Nashville. FPC families serve as dining room hosts to those who are struggling to make ends meet in today’s economy.

Click on an event date for details and to register:  December 20     January 15

To learn more about this mission agency, visit their website or watch this video.


Second Harvest

Adopted by 3rd grade.

Offering:  Peanut Butter, Tuna Fish, & Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened its doors in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. FPC families work supports the BackPack program which provides nutritious and easy-to-prepare food for school children to take home on weekends and school vacations.

Click on an event date for details and to register:   January 18

To learn more about this mission agency, visit their website or watch this video.


Thistle Farms

Adopted by 4th grade.

Offering:  Items to create “Move Out Baskets” for nine women who are graduating the residential program in November and are moving into their own housing. Items needed include the following:

laundry baskets or under bed storage (for holding the donated items)

healthy snacks

bottled water

picture hanging kits

cleaning products

paper towels and toilet paper

new toiletries

towels

journals

socks

gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart

Thistle Farms’ mission is to heal, empower, and employ women survivors by providing safe housing, stable income, and a strong community of support. For the past 20 years, Thistle Farms has profoundly changed the lives of women in America and around the world through its diverse social enterprises, including an all natural body and home product line. The herbs we grow in the FPC garden are donated to help create the Thistle Farms products, and now the 4th graders will lead the collection efforts for the graduates’ “Move Out Baskets.” Once construction of the Educational Center is complete (estimated completion is December 2017), our students will be able to engage in hands on service at the Thistle Farms’ campus.

Click on an event date for details and to register:  Coming Soon!  

To learn more about this agency, visit their website or watch this video.


Preston Taylor

Adopted by 5th grade.

Offering:  School Supplies (wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pencils), Snacks (pretzels, goldfish, fruit roll-ups), Cleaning Supplies (paper towels, Windex, Lysol wipes)

Since 1998, Preston Taylor Ministries has sought to empower children living in the Preston Taylor public housing area to pursue their God-inspired dreams. FPC families build friendships, read and play with PTM friends and enjoy fun fellowship and service events.

Click on an event date for details and to register: March 11

Some fun images from one of our events!

To learn more about this mission agency, visit their website or watch this video


Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

Adopted by 6th Grade.

Offering: Each small group will adopt an Angel Tree child

Click on an event date for details and to register: Coming December 2018

The Angel Tree Program was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time. Angel Tree gives people an opportunity to adopt less fortunate children and seniors and provide them with personalized gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season.

To learn more about this mission agency, visit their website or watch this video.


Rise Against Hunger (previously called Stop Hunger Now)

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

Click on an event date for details and to register: March 7, 2018

To learn more about this mission agency, visit their website.


Spread the Love Food Drive

Each year around Valentine’s Day, we ask families to help us “Spread the Love” to someone in need by donating jars of peanut butter that support the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Not many protein sources are shelf stable for a long time. Peanut butter is rich in protein and shelf-stable, it’s also packed with nutritional value and popular with children, making it so valuable in food pantries. Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of American households but for the 1 in 4 children struggling with hunger in Tennessee, this go-to sandwich may be out of reach.

During the month of February, grab an extra tub of peanut butter at the grocery and drop it in donation the boxes located around our church. Spread the Love drive ends February 25, 2018!


Pajama Drive for the Martha O’Bryan Center Preschool

The Martha O’Bryan Center’s Early Learning Center (ELC) is a full-scale early childhood education program that prepares young children for kindergarten and beyond. This program, in conjunction with other Martha O’Bryan Center programs, aims to help families transform their lives through education and fellowship.

One way that our church helps to support this vision is by providing a pair of pajamas for each child in the ELC program. In January,  you’ll find a clothesline in the Children’s Ministry Wing entrance filled with names, each representing a child at the ELC. Families choose a name, buy a pair of pajamas specifically for that child and return them to the church. This is an excellent and enjoyable service opportunity that is age-appropriate and enjoyable for young children.

The 2017 Pajama Drive was a huge success! We collected more than 90 pairs to donate to the ELC, and the kids were so excited to receive this gift.

 

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