“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. Click here for photos from safe Space 2016!
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.
Vacation Bible School
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.
All services at Erwin First are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted.
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.
Teen 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.
South East University Neighborhood Association (SEUNA)
University Neighborhood Preservation Association (UNPA)
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.