OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
- Matthew 25:34-36, 40 (NLT)

At Atlanta First, we understand that God desires for us to be in ministry beyond the walls of the church. We acknowledge that God has a plan to mend the brokenness in creation and we anticipate that He will use us as part of that plan. What is your role in His plan?

In the scripture quoted above, Jesus explains how we should respond to the needs around us. We also learn that when we do ‘for the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’ Where can we find Jesus amongst those in need?

Our mission efforts are arranged around this passage of scripture, which reminds us of why we do what we do and where our guidance comes from. Where is God calling you to participate?


For a more information about how to serve at Atlanta First, please contact Pastor Robert H. McMichael, III our Assistant Pastor of Worship Arts and Mission Ministries.






FRIENDS AT THE FRONT DOOR

What is this Ministry All About?

Friends at the Front Door is a ministry to serve our homeless and hungry friends who live in the vicinity of Atlanta First. We provide a bag lunch and share a time of fellowship and prayer with those we serve.


When and Where Do We Serve?

The 3rd Saturday of each month, 10 am - 1 pm.


How Do I Participate?

Come to the church at 10 am to help prepare bagged lunches. Then, at noon, we hand out the lunches to our friends at the doors along Peachtree Street. You can spend some time fellowshipping and praying with those we serve.




SAFEHOUSE OUTREACH

What is this Ministry All About?

SafeHouse Outreach is an urban outreach committed to affecting real change in the lives in the margins of society, by providing a hand up not just a hand out. SafeHouse provides practical, emotional and physical assistance to those living in the margins, and help integrate them back into society – to lead healthy, functional lives.

Programs include Problem Solvers, Health Clinic, Family Resource Center and Nightly Worship and Dinner. More information can be found at their web site: www.safehouseoutreach.org.


How is Atlanta First involved?

Atlanta First is involved in the Dinner and Worship program. The first Tuesday of each month Atlanta First provides a complete hot meal and a worship program for approximately 250 men, women and sometimes, children. While the meal meets the short-term need of physical hunger, the worship and fellowship seek to provide long term sustenance and hope.

During the winter months we need donations of hats, socks, gloves, and hand warmers to help those who live out in the cold.


When and Where Do We Serve?

We serve at the SafeHouse on the first Tuesday of every month. We meet at Atlanta First from 4 to 6 PM to prepare the meal and then transport the meal to SafeHouse Outreach at 89 Ellis St. From 6 pm to 8 pm we will set up the meal, worship, serve the meal and fellowship with the guests.


How Do I Participate?

If you would like to join us, please contact our SafeHouse Coordinator, Mary Jackson, at jacksonmary076@gmail.com, or call the church office at 404-524-6614. Feel free to drop in at the church on the Tuesdays when we serve, 4 to 6 PM, or meet us at SafeHouse from 6 to 8 PM.


If you would like to donate supplies or funds for the dinners, please click here to see a list of needed items that you can sign up to bring.




HOSPITALITY HOUSE

What is this Ministry All About?

Since 1981 the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House has quietly been serving a special group of individuals. The Hospitality House has strived to provide a "home away from home" to outpatients and relatives of patients hospitalized in 21 Atlanta area hospitals. They offer lodging, meals, supportive companionship and comfort from a committed staff, volunteers, and fellow guests, during what is often a crisis period. More information about the ministry can be found at www.atlhhh.org.


How is Atlanta First involved?

Volunteers meet at the Hospitality House to prepare and serve a meal. When the dinner is served, there is time to fellowship with medical patients and their families. This is a good opportunity for the whole family, as it takes place in a safe, friendly environment.


When and Where Do We Serve?

We serve at the Hospitality House on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 6 to 8 pm. Hospitality House is located at at 1815 S Ponce de Leon Ave.


How Do I Participate?

To serve with us, please contact our Hospitality House coordinator, Mary Lynn Purcell via email at marylynnpurcell@gmail.com, or call the church office at 404-524-6614.




MIDTOWN ASSISTANCE CENTER (MAC)

What is this Ministry All About?

The Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) is a non-profit, inter-faith organization whose mission is to provide emergency assistance to the working poor of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta to prevent homelessness and hunger during periods of crisis.”

MAC provides rent, transportation and utility assistance, groceries, work clothing, counseling and referrals. For more information about MAC, please visit www.midtownassistancectr.org.


How is Atlanta First involved?

MAC is physically located within the walls of Atlanta First, which makes it an easy to get to location to volunteer. Members of Atlanta First can assist in organizing and supplying the clothes closet and food pantry, as well as work with client assessment. At numerous times throughout the year Atlanta First sponsors clothing and food drives to support the ministry.


When and Where Do We Serve?

There are opportunities almost every week day to serve at MAC. MAC is located within Atlanta First UMC's ground floor, adjacent to Atlanta First Day School.


How Do I Participate?

Please fill out the form on MAC's volunteer page to get in touch with their volunteer coordinator: www.midtownassistancectr.org/volunteer/ You may also call MAC at 404-681-0470.




HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

What is this Ministry All About?

Habitat for Humanity is a well known non-profit organization that provides low-cost homes for families in need, who earn their homes through sweat-equity and a low down payment. Each year, 12,000 – 15,000 volunteers provide more than 130,000 hours of service to build and renovate 50-60 houses and support their ReStore and operations. This gift of time saves Atlanta Habitat more than $2 million in labor costs each year. For more information, please visit their website: www.atlantahabitat.org


How is Atlanta First involved?

Volunteers are needed to help build or refurbish a house, from the ground up, so there are many ways to participate. We need volunteers that can perform carpentry, painting, plumbing, landscaping or electrical work. Even if you have no experience you can still swing a hammer or sweep a broom to help! We also need volunteers to help prepare and serve lunch to our fellow volunteer workers on one or more of the Saturdays we serve.


When and Where Do We Serve?

We participate annually on a Habitat building project in the months of May and June, every Saturday from 7:30 am till 3:30 pm (excluding Memorial Day weekend). We serve at a new location every year.


How Do I Participate?

To participate, please contact our Habitat Coordinator, Erin Devine Martin at devia8@gmail.com, or call the church office at 404-524-6614.