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Missions

Scooping ice cream at Erwin First“We have different gifts based on the grace that was given to us.” Romans 12:6
 
Each of us has something to give. We can give our friendship to someone who is sick or lonely, our time to helping others, or our money to our favorite cause. At Erwin First, members use their God-given talents in many ways.
 
Safe Space for Kids
Erwin First provides a safe space, activities and free meals for neighborhood children ages 8 to 12 for one week during the school break each February.

 
Erwin Nursery SchoolErwin Nursery School and Universal Pre-K
We maintain an enriching, safe environment for Erwin Nursery School and Universal Pre-K for more then 50 neighborhood children and their families.

 
United Methodist Women Peace & Justice Circle
We meet on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. to discuss ways to assist the community, support our missions and enhance our own spiritual growth. Join us!

Food Giveaways
During the growing season, we visit Matthew 25 Farm in Tully to harvest and distribute hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables. This past August, we gave away more than 2,500 pounds of food on our front steps! We’ve also hosted praise festivals that include groceries distribution, and sponsor a monthly food collection for the pantry at University United Methodist Church.

 
Safe Space at Erwin FirstVacation Bible SchoolVacation Bible School at Erwin First United Methodist Church
A week-long, summer adventure where kids discover God’s lifesaving love!
 
Native American Ministries
Erwin First members are an active presence in the local Native American community.
 
 
Deaf ministry
All services at Erwin First are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted.

 
Shawl ministry
Erwin First members regularly knit and crochet warm, colorful prayer shawls for people in need of comfort. If you know someone who could use a shawl (friend, loved one, co-worker), Erwin First prayer shawls are free for the taking.

 
Pie-baking at Erwin First United Methodist ChurchTeen Challenge Dinner
Each Christmas, the people of Erwin First host a potluck dinner for the men of Teen Challenge, a faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

 
Pet Watering Bowl
Neighborhood canines and felines (and their owners) appreciate the opportunity to “paws” and refresh themselves at this regularly-refilled watering bowl in front of the church on Euclid Ave.

 
In addition to missions directly administered by Erwin First, our large, carefully maintained building allows us to host several non-church community organizations and events.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts
Peace By Yoga
Peterson Sewing School
South East University Neighborhood Association (SEUNA)
University Neighborhood Preservation Association (UNPA)

Syracuse Community Choir
Syracuse School of Dance
Westcott Community Center

If you’d like to participate in any of the missions of Erwin First United Methodist Church, please contact us.

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