“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 participating 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

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

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).

Meets on Friday afternoons when needed.

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

Participants visit members who are homebound.

Knit One, Pray One
Participants meet weekly to make prayer blankets and shawls.

Prepares and delivers sermon recordings.

Provides meals for members when they are going through difficulties.

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.

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.

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.

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

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