If you're looking for ways to serve our community during this time, we have the following opportunities:

McClernand Elementary School

Through the Missions Council, our church has “adopted” McClernand Elementary School as a Safe Families school to help the students there in a number of ways, including providing headphones for the school Chromebooks used in remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to great participation by our congregation, more than 200 children from McClernand Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhood were served in a socially-distanced Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween afternoon 2020. The Trunk-or-Treat was made possible when many of the congregation in attendance on the Sunday before Halloween helped to put together treat bags following the morning service. Several volunteers then came to the Halloween afternoon event to help set up the parking lot at the Springfield Art Association and to hand out the treat bags.

How can you help?

We are looking for volunteers to help with parent mentoring, running errands for single working parents, and student tutoring. Training will be provided for volunteers. Anyone willing to volunteer is asked to contact Mike Chamness.

Mission Garden

Each year, we grow vegetables in a garden on the north side of the church campus. All of the food goes to help the hungry in Springfield.

The Mission Garden has been planted, and now we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help us tend to the garden. So, grab your family, friends, small group, or Sunday School class, and choose a week to help out! During your chosen week, you will need to come out to the garden 2-3 times to water, weed, and harvest. Harvested goodies will need to be dropped off at Kumler Outreach Ministries. Don’t worry if you have never done this before: a member of the Missions Council will meet you at the beginning of the week to show you the ropes. This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy summer!

Sign up here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Missions Council.

The Cole Project

This ministry hosts joyful birthday celebrations for clients of Wooden It Be Lovely and Compass for Kids in Springfield. Find out more about this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in need.

Reach Out and Touch a Life

One of the pieces of Springfield First’s Vision for the next five years is Missional Lifestyle, including the ambitious goal of having members of our congregation reach beyond the walls of our church to touch the lives of at least 1,000 people in a meaningful way. The Missions Council will be helping to facilitate achieving that goal. If you have any ideas or suggestions for serving opportunities big or small, the Missions Council would love to hear from you!

Once we have identified the various projects, we will be looking for volunteers to reach out and touch the lives of people outside of our church. Those opportunities will be posted here, so please check back in the coming weeks and months.

Contact us for more information or to help with any of these projects.