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Volunteer Opportunities

Be The Church With Us

Old First is committed to helping our members recognize, develop and celebrate the gifts God gives them for doing ministry in our congregation and in our world. We invite you to find your way to help us be the Church.

Perhaps you’d like to serve as an usher on Sunday morning, or welcome one of our urban service camps, or organize a group from your workplace to cook breakfast for our needy neighbors.

Everyone, regardless of religious or spiritual tradition, is invited to join us in the act of loving our neighbors and our neighborhood. When we serve others we gain much more than we give.

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Urban Service Camps

Old First welcomes youth, adult and intergenerational groups for weekend or week-long Service Camps, which combine direct service at a number of organizations throughout Philadelphia with time for reflection on the realities of urban inequality and homelessness.

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Breakfast
Saturday Breakfast & Clothing Cupboard

Each Saturday morning, 52 weeks a year, we serve a hot breakfast, and provide clothing and toiletries to 50-80 people (mostly men). We depend on donations of clothing and toiletries.

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DINNER
Sunday Dinners

We serve dinner to guests in our neighborhood each Sunday evening (52 weeks a year).

Sign up to organize a meal.

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WORSHIP LEADERS
Worship Leaders

Assist the pastor on an occasional Sunday morning (liturgist) or to read Scripture (lector).

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SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School Teachers

Sign up to teach Sunday School (with others) on a Sunday morning.

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FELLOWSHIP
Fellowship Hour Volunteers

Help us host Fellowship Hour on an occasional Sunday after worship.

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Music

Old First prides itself in offering high quality music from a wide range of genres and styles. Enjoy the traditional sacred organ music written for it alongside a gospel anthem, or a bluesy solo accompanied on the piano.

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Social Justice

Old First is committed to working toward changing the fundamental injustices that separate people from God and one another. Work along side us to fight for “the least among us.”

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How can I grow in my generosity?

Stewardship

Stewardship is acknowledging and caring for what has been entrusted to us: our world cannot be fully alive, we cannot be fully ourselves until we attain thanksgiving and generosity.

Giving is integral to spiritual growth as you become aware of all that God has already given you, you experience thankfulness. Deep thanksgiving translates into a desire to be generous: wanting to help God with what God is trying to get done in the world.

It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving. The offering acceptable to God is our gratitude shown in our sharing with others. Because we love God. Because God loved us first.

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