Food Pantry

Every Wednesday First Baptist is filled with people from our community receiving food, diapers, paper products, hygiene supplies, and more at the Food Pantry. Too many people in our community must decide between food, diapers, health care, medications, winter heat, etc. First Baptist offers community services so our neighbors can meet these basic needs for themselves and their families. The Food Pantry serves more than 75-90 homes a week. Last year more than $73,000 worth of goods were given by the Food Pantry. During the Christmas season we work together with the Toys-for-Tots program to offer Christmas gifts to families throughout the area. The Food Pantry has been meeting needs in our community and sharing God’s love for twenty years. 

ESL – English as a Second Language 

People come to the Amherst area from around the world for education and jobs. For many of these people and their families learning English helps with daily life and opens doors of opportunity. First Baptist has been offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the public for eighteen years. This year students from twenty countries are participating. Classes meet at the church on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Four skills are developed: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Small classes enable tutors to work with students individually. Our curriculum is designed for students at different English levels: beginning, intermediate, advanced. Our team of tutors are highly motivated volunteers who help students learn English, get adjusted to life in the USA, and successfully integrate into our local community. Students who are interested in learning about the Christian faith have opportunities to ask spiritual questions, come to international dinners, and participate in the church.

Freedom Cafe 

Come experience the Freedom Cafe, located in the Hub, and purchase a delicious cup of coffee or tea while helping to rescue women from human trafficking at the same time. Freedom Cafe is staffed by volunteers, with all the proceeds donated to rescue women from sexual slavery and restore their lives through the Ashagaon Ministry in India. So far, over $37,000 has been sent to redeem the lives of hundreds of women and girls. You can learn about Freedom Cafe here.

Open during the semester.

Freedom Cafe hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm & Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

Craig’s Doors Homeless Shelter 

Winter is cold in Amherst! The temperature drops and snow covers the ground. The cold weather is dangerous for our homeless neighbors. First Baptist partners with the Town of Amherst, Craig’s Doors Association, local churches, and social service agencies to host the homeless shelter during the winter to offer a safe place, nutritious meals, warm showers, and supportive community. Craig’s Place is open November 1 – April 30. Our neighbors in need of shelter are invited to the church cafe for warmth, safety, and community. Each guest has a cot for sleeping with warm blankets and storage so they don’t have to carry everything throughout the day. Newspapers and books are available to read and a movie is shown many nights. A healthy dinner is served each night and a hot breakfast is offered each morning.