Go be the Church where you live, work, and play.
The Church is a movement of people who can’t hold the hope of Jesus inside of them. Where we move, the Church moves. We gather together on Sunday mornings, and scatter to different kitchen tables, back porches, coffee shops, office buildings and everywhere else in between. Wherever we are, and whatever we’re doing, it’s our privilege to “go be the church where we live, work, and play.”
Sign up for FIRST Serve at the bottom of the page and join a team!
- Mow your neighbors yard / or shovel their driveway/sidewalk
- Invite a family over for dinner
- Offer to babysit for a date night
- Ship a care package to someone
Send an encouraging email
Invite neighbors over for a cookout
Offer to babysit someones kids for free
Invite someone to group
Pay for someone's meal without them knowing it
Help with a past due bill
Fix someones car for them
Invite and/or transport students to Church
Treat a coworker to lunch
Invite friends to church and or a bible study or group you’re a part of
Buy a bible and/or devotional for someone you know who doesn’t have one
Invite someone from church that you don’t know well to come over for dinner or lunch
Babysit for a family that needs a night out
Take some items to a food pantry
Sign up as a mentor at a middle or high school
Host a street or block party in your neighborhood (burgers and dogs) or invite your neighbors to your house for refreshments (just to get better acquainted)
Say an encouraging word to the checkout person at the store (praying for them as you do)
Get involved with our Fall Family Fair in Champaign
Get involved with our Trunk or Treat in Urbana
Leave post it notes to specific people around work/school to encourage them
Ask people “How are you?” and stop to listen.
Put together a team to clean people in your neighborhood’s gutters
- Hand out water bottles to people on a hot day
- Host a tailgate and invite both people from church and those who don’t go to church
- Throw a block party
- Collect school supplies for a teacher
- Help out a neighbor with a project around their house
- Pick up trash at a park
- Sponsor a teacher/classroom for a year
- Provide snacks/meal for a teacher(s) during parent-teacher conferences
- Volunteer at Salt and Light
- Serve at a homeless shelter
- Host an international student
- Invite one unchurched friend to group/church
- Have a neighborhood cookout and invite your neighbors
Pay for the person behind you in a drive-thru
Sign-up to mentor
Volunteer at Salt & Light
Walk dogs / pet cats at Humane Society
Go for a walk through your neighborhood and as you do pray for your neighbors, be prepared to interrupt your walk, be intentional about opportunities to have a conversation with someone who might be outside
Visit a nursing home with your small group
Ask the church if there any families that need meals made for them
Keep gift cards ready for people in need; i.e. McDonald's, Subway...
Send a message to your extended family, asking them if you can pray for them in any way
Put together a group to clean up a local park or gathering spot near where you live
Volunteer at CU@Home’s Phoenix Center
What is FIRST Serve?
FIRST Serve exists to help you understand our serving culture at First Christian Church and get you onto a team that is the best fit for you. At FIRST Serve, you’ll experience a team huddle, receive a quick tour of our team environments, hear an explanation of our teams, and have an opportunity to ask questions about serving at FIRST.
FIRST Serve occurs every 3rd Sunday of the month from 8:30A-9:00A. After completing this experience, you will have the chance to join the team that is the best fit for you and serve right away. Register via the form below.