We are thankful for Faith’s volunteers. At Faith Presbyterian there are numerous ministries in which volunteers are needed. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, come join us, meet people and we will help you find a ministry that is comfortable and rewarding not only to you, but those you serve.
Vacation Bible School
Our VBS program is held one week, each summer, for children ages 4-11 years. Kids have the chance to explore the Old and New Testaments in new ways through music, science, crafts, and more. They will discover how the stories of the Bible are relevant in their own lives as they follow and serve God. Registration is located at HAPPENINGS>VBS.
All who work with the children have been trained in compliance with our Statement of Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding the Well Being of Minors.
Working closely with Love Network (281-422-5683) and their referrals, Faith provides basic food needs to approximately 40 families a month from Faith’s food pantry. Food and monetary donations are welcomed and received from the Baytown community.
Animal Food Pantry
Meals-on-Wheels recipients often share their hot meals with their pets. With support from the community, Faith Presbyterian Church delivers pet food to local Meals-on-Wheels recipients who need it.
Pet food donations can be dropped off at our church during business hours.
Seafarer's Christmas Boxes
In the fall we collect shoe boxes and fill them with gifts for the seamen aboard ships docking at our ports. These gifts are just a little reminder that someone cares for them while they are away from their home and loved ones.
Gardening & Mentoring
Every year during November and December, we donate food to 25 to 30 families in our community. Each family receives a turkey or ham and a basket of food for the holidays.
Families are selected by Love Network or United Way.
Faith Presbyterian Church cares for our furry friends and we consider them a blessing in our lives and in our community. All are welcome to join us near the celebration of the birthday and feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.
Our church supports Keep Texas Beautiful through its local affiliate, Keep Baytown Beautiful, by participating in the Adopt-A-Site program. Quarterly, volunteers gather on a selected Saturday morning to pick up and remove trash along N.Main St. between Baker Rd. and YMCA Dr., as well as around the church property.
Cleaning supplies including safety vests, pickers, gloves and trash bags are provided. With sufficient volunteer participation the job is usually completed in less than 2 hours.
Little Free Library
Located outside the Hartman Drive entrance to our parking lot. All are welcome to take a book to read or donate a book to share. Our goal is to reach out to those who use the Library and encourage reading, education, and learning.
INITIATIVES WE SUPPORT
Meals on Wheels
MOWAA (Meals on Wheels Association of America) is a member organization of mostly senior nutrition programs in the United States. MOWAA member programs throughout the country provide nutritious meals and other nutrition services to men and women who live on a low income, belong to a minority group, are isolated, disabled, or have limited abilities with English. These services significantly improve the quality of life and health of the individuals they serve and postpone early institutionalization.
Baytown Meals on Wheels, located at Faith Presbyterian Church, believes in enhancing the client’s quality of life and ability to live independently. Not only do they provide hot meals during the year, including the holidays, they also support others through small home repairs through a working collaboration with Love Network of Baytown.
For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit baytownmow.org/
Habitat for Humanity
Baytown Habitat for Humanity was incorporated in August 1990. The first Baytown Habitat home was completed in September 1991, and since then, they have completed over 40 homes in the Baytown Community alongside families in need. Habitat is supported by local businesses, civic groups, churches and individual volunteers.
Habitat does not build houses for families; rather, it builds alongside those who demonstrate need and willingness to partner with Habitat. Homeowner families invest hundreds of hours of their own “sweat equity” labor into the homes. Their monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity to help fund the construction of more houses. Through this approach, Habitat gives partner families a hand up, restoring the hope and dignity that poverty can strip away.
Habitat work sites are places to build relationships as well as houses. Modeled on biblical principles, Habitat’s self-help solution to the blight of substandard housing is popular with people from many political, professional, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. This is the essence of Habitat’s “theology of the hammer,” which invites diverse individuals to find common ground in using a hammer and sharing a goal.
The Love Network of Baytown is a nonprofit agency funded by The United Way, local churches, and individuals. It is a cooperative effort between churches and community agencies, and volunteers to provide effective help for the disadvantaged in Baytown, Highlands, and West Chambers County. Love Network receives requests from clients for assistance, screens the request for the extent of need and legitimacy, and refers the requests to a local church ministry or community agency. There is a follow up to ensure the need was met.
Faith Presbyterian Church supports Love Network by providing food to different families two days each week, supporting the annual coat drive, and periodically hosting a fund raising concert. Several Faith Presbyterian members serve as volunteers for this organization.
To apply for assistance or volunteer with Love Network, call 281-422-5683.
Girl Scouts at FPC
Faith Presbyterian Church believes in helping our community. Jesus calls us to serve all people. We make our facilities available to local Girl Scout troops, free of charge.
The troops have a large room with tables they can use for their projects, and are allowed to use the church’s kitchen. The girls are encouraged to spend Girl Scout Sunday with Faith Presbyterian, where they light the candles and help with the collection.
The Decker Group representing Baytown and La Porte meets here on Tuesday and Friday nights at 6:30 pm. These meetings are open to all. While primarily for the benefit of alcoholics, anyone interested in recovery is welcome, including family members, professionals, students and others.
Visit https://aahouston.org for more information.
Al-Anon is an independent fellowship with the stated purpose of helping relatives and friends of alcoholics. Family members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems.
The Monarch AFG (Al-Anon Family Groups) also meets separately every Tuesday and Friday night at 6:30 pm. All who need this time together are welcome.
Visit https://al-anon.org for more information.
Church Women United Thrift Shop
One of the many avenues of outreach for Faith Presbyterian Church is helping run the Church Women United Thrift Shop. The proceeds from the shop help support the Church Women United Child Care Center of Baytown, a non-profit facility that offers high-quality, affordable care for infants-5 years for mostly low-income families who have someone attending college or is working.
The CWU Thrift Shop has served Baytown for over fifty years and is run by Church Women United. The denominations involved include Faith Presbyterian, Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist, St. John’s United Methodist, St. Mark’s United Methodist, St. Paul’s Lutheran, and First Christian Church.
Faith Presbyterian is a believer in community outreach and supporting our future generations. “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” – Matthew 18:5 NRSV.
We hope you’ll help us support this great cause.
The CWU Thrift Shop gladly accepts donations of gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, home items, and more. Please no furniture, appliances, or large items. Donations are accepted at the Thrift Shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Shopping hours are Fridays 9am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm. The shop is located at 1410 Louisiana Street, Baytown, TX 77520.
YMCA Back-to-School Backpacks
In August, we sponsor a Back to School “Backpack Drive” for the YMCA. We collect backpacks and school supplies for children who may not have everything they need to be successful when they start the school year.
For more information, go to https://www.ymcahouston.org/operation-backpack
Relay for Life
UPDATE: Event has been postponed. Latest status can be found here.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fun-filled fundraising experience you will never forget. Relay mobilizes committees throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money to support the fight against cancer. Team participants raise contributions prior to Relay. At the evening event they gather with groups and in tents and spend the evening walking or running laps around the track which is surrounded by Luminaria honoring friends and family. Relay brings together friends, family, businesses, hospitals, schools, places of worship, people from all walks of life. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during this event because cancer never rests.
We pray for those who are winning the battle against cancer and all those who care for them.
Gator Bike Ride
The YMCA Gator Bike Ride is the first Saturday of March. Faith Presbyterian members have supported the YMCA’s annual fundraiser for years by volunteering to man a rest stop. As many as 1000 riders of all ages and skill levels participate in this annual YMCA fund raising event. Riders have the option of choosing a 62, 51, 43 or 33 mile route, with the 62 and 43 miles rides crossing the Fred Hartman Bridge and the historic Lynchburg Ferry. For many years Faith Presbyterian volunteers have manned our famous “ Presbee” rest stop at the San Jacinto Battleground, distributing snacks and drinks as they wait for the ferry and assist with serving food at the end of the ride. This event has proven to be great fun for all as we have a chance to meet and interact with people from near and far.
Registration and additional information can be found here.