Our mission is to seek the challenges of the city and to be a part of downtown Wilmington as we live into the realities of urban life.
Our principal focus on local mission is now incorporated into Urban Immersion, with its main programs: The Corner (partnership with visiting mission groups) and The Corner Table (cooking classes for youths aging out of foster care, and for young adults with Down Syndrome moving into independent living).
Equal Exchange: After morning worship, we offer a "market" with many delicious, Fair Trade goods, produced by Equal Exchange. Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Friendship House Dinners: One or more volunteers prepare and take dinner to typically ten women residing in Friendship House's transitional homes. Volunteers are invited (and encouraged!) to share the meal and hear the stories of the women. To make dinner, contact Doug Gerdts.
Giving Tree: During three of the Sundays in Advent, First & Central congregants donate gift cards, food, clothing or other products for distribution to organizations like A.I. Hospital for Children, YWCA Homelife Management Center, Emmanuel Dining Room, and Friendship House.
Mission at Home: Mission at Home, a ministry developed by members of F&C, provides quality, low cost home repair for homeowners in downtown Wilmington. Homeowners provide a portion of the cost of materials, and Mission at Home volunteers provide the labor, enabling this program to serve more families in need.
UrbanPromise Academy and Tasty Tuesdays: UrbanPromise Academy (APA), educating students in grades 9-12, is housed at First & Central. During the week, you will find UPA students studying, at chapel or eating an awesome lunch prepared by our communities. Volunteers from F&C provide lunches on Tuesdays for the 25 students and staff. Want to join in the food prep? Contact Doug Gerdts.
Winter Sanctuary: In cooperation with Friendship House, First & Central's Memorial Hall is open Saturday mornings from November through March for use by Wilmington’s homeless population. Volunteers from F&C and the wider community provide fellowship while participants enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in a safe, warm, and dry environment.
Meals on Wheels: This renowned program delivers hot meals to the homebound. A First & Central member and pastor brought Meals on Wheels to Wilmington 40 years ago, and it continues to be an important volunteer opportunity for our members.
I was originally drawn to First & Central to join the choir, and I realized my spiritual journey also would include the Mission at Home program. This gives me an opportunity to serve the poor in the urban setting of which this church is an integral part.
Our Larger Community
Appalachian Service Project: In many summers, a group of F&C youth volunteers travels with their chaperones to the mountains of Appalachia to participate.
Cuba: In 2014, a group from F&C traveled to Cuba, taking sewing materials, tools, and other much-needed goods. The travelers learned a great deal about Cubans and their worship during the visit, and also enjoyed talking with the hosts about life in the US. In return we have welcomed leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Cuba to worship with us, as we maintain an ongoing relationship with the church in Placetas, Cuba.
In addition, financial, material, and/or volunteer support are provided to:
PC(USA) Based Organizations:
Delaware Based Organizations: