Christian Outreach


Packing Day...we sort the food and pack into bags


delivering food to our school partner


At First Church, we dedicate a portion of our resources and our energy to outreach into our community and our world.  Our primary vehicle for this ministry is the Christian Outreach Committee made up of approximately a dozen individuals elected by the congregation. However, their work is supplemented by many others and supported generously by the congregation.   

Incredible Auction--April 1, 2017

Artwork! Babysitting! Jewelry! Themed-baskets! .... and famous cookies??? What do all of these things have in common? After a many year hiatus, the Incredible Auction is returning April 1st and you may find some of these treasures up for sale.

The Outreach Ministry has been running the Incredible Auction roughly every other year since 1988 (that's nearly 30 years!!!), raising over $40,000 for the Milford community. And we couldn't do it without your help. Please sign up in fellowship hall or through the main office to donate a class, basket, service or item, all to help amazing causes like our church's own Sojourners Haven, and theMilford Food 2 Kids program, and RM4, a drop-in resource center in Milford for young adults ages 18-25.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for April 1st! Thank you!

We maintain a Food Closet at First Church and working with local welfare agencies, we make food available to individuals in emergency situations as well as during holidays.  Groups of volunteers serve meals at the Beth El Shelter and especially during the holidays, deliver food to families in need in our community.

Our newest ministry launch as of February 2016 is MILFORD Food 2 Kids!  In this ministry we partner with the CT Food Bank to bridge the gap in food insecurity for some of Milford's neediest children.  We work with 2 schools and serve 26 students identified by the school professional.  We simply want to feed hungry children. For as little as $7/wkend, you can supply meals for a child, and for $280 you can sponsor a child for 40 weekends (school year)!  In March we will begin receiving donations for sponsorship and any other donations--any amount helps and lets the children out there know that someone in their community cares.  Continue to follow this ministry's progress and keep it and the children in your prayers. 

The Christian Outreach Committee will often bring before the congregation the special needs of people throughout the world who are suffering from natural disasters or war, and working through the United Church of Christ and Church World Service, we bring our offerings to those in need. Although what we bring often seems small in comparison to the overwhelming suffering in our world, we give consistently and in covenant with other churches.

Above all, we know that our giving will help to feed some hungry people, give some poor children a chance at an education, and make some people a few degrees warmer. It is what Jesus has called us to do.

The Christian Outreach Committee is also responsible for allocating our resources to organizations and service groups within our community.  Some of the groups supported in the past include the Pivot Ministries (a Christian based residency program for former prisoners and addicts), the Milford Rape Crisis Center, the Nathan Smith Clinic AIDS Care Program at Yale New Haven Hospital, the Milford Young Parent Program, the Milford Anti Hate Task Force, the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) \, and a YMCA Summer Camp scholarship program.

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