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

Beerlahai Roi "Hike for Babies"

Beerlahai Roi is a ministry in Springfield that offers care and compassion to homeless pregnant women in a safe and loving Christian environment. On October 3, their annual fundraiser, "Hike for Babies," will be held at 10:00am in Lincoln Park. Our very own Eleanor Mack will be representing our church by walking for this event (6 miles!). To sponsor her and help to support this mission, please mail or drop off a check to Springfield First with Beerlahai Roi (or Hike for Babies) in the memo line, or give online. Deadline is October 1. You may also choose to walk and get your own sponsors to support this wonderful ministry, turning in your donation on the day of the hike.

Contact Eleanor with any questions.

Find out more about Beerlahai Roi.

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. Invite your family, friends, small group, or Sunday School class to choose a week to help with watering, weeding, harvesting, and taking the produce to the Kumler Food Pantry. Learn more about the Mission Garden or sign up here to select your week to serve.

Donate Food for Kumler

Kumler Neighborhood Outreach is anticipating an influx of need in the coming months. We want to help them prepare by collecting non-perishable items. Any items are welcome, but they are in particular need of: canned corn, low sodium canned veggies, fruit canned in juice, and oatmeal. We will be collecting these items at Springfield First, just inside the main east entrance (open 8:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Thursday).

Kumler is also in need of volunteers to serve between 9:00am-12:00pm weekdays. You can serve during the whole time slot or even just for an hour. With many of their volunteers being in the "at risk" category, they are in need of help. All volunteers will be asked to wear a mask, keep their social distance, and will have no contact with anyone except for other volunteers. If you are able to help, please reach out to Sally Howard.

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 be 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!

One-Minute Missions are on hold for now due to the pandemic, but we hope to hold one later this year.

Contact us to help with any of these projects.