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

UMW Baby Drive for Kumler

United Methodist Women are excited to invite you to join them in purchasing baby items for Kumler Neighborhood Ministries during the months of April and May. Following are the items needed at Kumler: baby oil, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion, baby rash ointment, baby clothes (newborn to 9 months), onesies, sleepers, outfits, bibs, socks, booties, and diapers (sizes: newborn, 1, and 2). You can also send a donation marked "UMW - Kumler baby items" on the envelope, and we will be happy to do the shopping for you. Drop off in the east entrance vestibule in the bin marked for baby items. If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Russell at 217-801-2573.

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.

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.

Make Face Masks

Midwest Mission Distribution Center is looking for materials to make face masks. We are collecting fabric, 1/4" elastic, and thread. Drop off at the church or at MMDC.  For more info, check out this video.

If you have old t-shirts and dress shirts, you can help make the materials needed for masks.  For that information, check out this video.

The main church entrance is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00am-3:00pm, where you will find a collection bin inside the main doors. Materials donated will be delivered to MMDC and put in quarantine until safe to use.

Send a Card to an Illinois Presbyterian Home Resident

Illinois Presbyterian Home is a local non-profit care facility here in Springfield. As residents are isolated and confined to their rooms, we would love to shower them and staff with cards, letters, and pictures from our Springfield First family. Mail a letter to one of the following:

Illinois Presbyterian Home
C/O Residents
2005 W Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62704

Illinois Presbyterian Home
C/O Staff
2005 W Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62704

If you have another care facility you are connected with, please feel free to send mail to that facility.

One-Minute Missions

Next time you exit a service at church, you may find yourself doing a little mission work before going home! Throughout the year, we participate in One-Minute Missions, in which we stop after weekend worship services and put together meals or supplies for people who need them in our community or around the world. We have assembled sack lunches for homeless shelters, back-to-school bags for local kids in need, and dignity kits for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, just to name a few!

Mission Garden

Each year, we grow vegetables in a garden on the north side of the church property. All of the food goes to help the hungry in Springfield. Check back in the spring to see how you can help when it is time to plant the garden for the next year.

Contact us to help with any of these projects.