Ministries

“To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” – Ephesians 4:12

Our Mission at First ARP Church is to proclaim and build Christ’s Kingdom locally and throughout the world.  We do this in part through a number of lay ministries.  There are over 300 members actively particpating in lay ministries.  If you would like to find out more about a particular ministry or to become involved, please contact Nancy Peeler.

In-Reach Ministries

Barnabas
Participants visit, enjoy and encourage our members who are recovering from an illness or the loss of a loved one.

Birthday
Participants write each person in our church a personal note on their birthday to let them know we care and are praying for and thinking of them. (Meets once a month to address birthday cards).

Bulletin
Meets every Friday afternoon to prepare bulletins.

Compassion
To express compassion to the members and active participants at First ARP by writing notes, making telephone calls and personal visits.

Homebound
Participants visit members who are homebound.

HOWE (Helpers on Wednesday Evenings)
Participants setup before and cleanup after Wednesday Evening Fellowship Supper.

Knit One Pray One
Partipants meet monthly to make prayer blankets and shawls.

Noon Prayer Luncheon
Weekly on Wednesday at noon in the Fellowship Hall (September- May).

Tele-Care
Communicates monthly on the third Monday by telephone with members and visitors.

Recordings
Prepares and delivers sermon recordings.

Manna
Provides meals for members when they are going through difficulties.

Music
Provides music for the worship of God using the talents of adults, youth and children and employing a variety of musical styles and instruments.

Outreach Ministries

Nursing Home
Ministers to people who have no one to visit them in area nursing homes.

Homeless Breakfast
Provides breakfast and ministers to the homeless at least bi-weekly at the Salvation Army.

Home Missions
Equips First ARP members to make disciples of Christ specifically in America by supporting various ministries and helping to plant ARP churches the United States.

Foreign Missions Committee
Equips First ARP members to evangelize the spiritually lost, to spiritually support new converts and churches, and to do mercy to the poor around the world.

Neighborhood
Proclaims the Gospel to the neighborhood bordered by Chester, Second, Vance and Garrison.

Potter’s House
Develops a weekly craft class through which the First ARP women offer friendship, encouragement, and fun to the residents involved in this Christ-centered rehabilitation program.

Prison
Proclaims the Gospel Jesus Christ to the unsaved in prison and distributes Bibles.

Operation Christmas Child
A ministry to the poor and needy in other parts of the world by working with Samaritan’s Purse.

Gaston County School Mentoring
To mobilize volunteers to serve at public schools as mentors and encouragers to children in need. Contact Nancy Peeler (link to her email).

Salvation Army
Prepares breakfast at the main branch.

Service Committee
Directs and assists the congregation in its ministry to people in need in our congregation and in the community.

Visitors
To make personal contact with all visitors that they may be assimilated into the First ARP community of believers.