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.
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.
Saturday Breakfast & Clothing Cupboard
Each Saturday morning we provide a hot breakfast to about 80 needy people. Volunteers are needed to cook and serve breakfast, and to organize and distribute clothing. We also welcome donations of clothing and toiletries.
Our church is run by the people. There are many different ways to get involved. Read Scripture during a worship service. Visit one of our older members who can’t make it on Sunday morning. Teach Sunday school. Join a fellowship group.
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.”
Old First’s Social Hall becomes home to 30 residents from November through April each year. Volunteers prepare, serve, and share an evening meal with the men of the shelter several days a week.
Old First prides itself in offering high-quality music from a wide range of genres and styles. If you’re a singer or instrumentalist we’d love to find a way for you to share your gifts with us!
How can I grow in my generosity?
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.