God has placed 1st Pres downtown, and we believe that is because God is calling us to be a blessing and the Light of Christ to our physical neighbors – those who work, live, go to school, and enjoy downtown. Join us as we seek to be people who do justice, love, mercy, and walk humbly with God in downtown Winston-Salem. To learn more about opportunities to get involved with the ministries below, contact Michelle Collins.

Cook Elementary School

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1st Pres is very involved in Cook Elementary School, including on-going opportunities and one-time projects where church members can invest in students, parents, and educators. Ways to get involved include being a lunch buddy, supporting a teacher/classroom, and volunteering at the Fall Festival and other projects.

 Overflow Homeless Shelter

From January 1st to March 31st, 2018, 1st Pres will opens its Fellowship Hall as an emergency overflow shelter to provide a safe place for the most vulnerable in our city to get rest and shelter from the cold. To participate and learn more, click here.

Samaritan Ministries

Our church has a long history of founding and supporting Samaritan Ministries, and continue to support it through donations, volunteers, and 1st Serve projects. We also, every December, staff the overnight volunteers for the entire month! To sign up to volunteer this December, click here.

 Winston Salem Street School

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The Winston Salem Street School provides alternative education to help those who cannot finish high school and prepare for career using traditional educational routes. First Pres supports the Street School financially and with volunteers, and there are many ways to get involved.


 1st Serve

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 1st Serve is a twice-a-year opportunity for First Pres members to come together and love on downtown in full force! We have over a dozen projects with multiple ministry partners around the city. There are projects that are family friendly! Click here to learn more about 1st Serve.

Crisis Control

Crisis Control esponds with financial assistance to residents of Forsyth County who are in serious financial crisis and in need of food, clothing, rent, fuel, medications, utility payment, etc. Email: volunteer@crisiscontrol.org..