OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Pack a box online here

Operation Christmas Child is a tangible way to bless a child by packing a box with toys, games, school supplies, clothes, and more. This simple act partners with missions, schools, and churches in communities around the world. This year we can pack boxes online for safety during the pandemic by clicking here. We can even track where in the world our box goes! FBC has sent more than 1,400 boxes to children around the world during the last twenty years. Watch a video about Operation Christmas Child here.

 
FOOD PANTRY
 
Every Wednesday First Baptist is filled with our neighbors receiving food, diapers, household goods, and hygiene products at the Food Pantry. Too many people must decide between food, diapers, health care, or winter heat. The Food Pantry serves about 90 homes a week and last year more than $73,000 worth of goods was given to people in our region. COVID19 protocols with masks, gloves, sanitation, distance, and more are followed. The Food Pantry is completely volunteer and has met needs for 22 years. The Food Pantry is open each Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
 
ESL CLASSES
 
People arrive in the Amherst region from around the world for education and jobs. FBC has offered free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for twenty years. This year students from twenty nations are participating. Classes meet at the church (remote during the COVID-19 pandemic) each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.  Our tutors are dedicated volunteers who help students learn English and adjust to life in the U.S.  International dinners foster community. Those interested in learning about Christian faith are invited to ask spiritual questions and participate among the church family.
 
CRAIG’S PLACE SHELTER
 
Winter is cold in Amherst!  The frigid weather is especially dangerous for our homeless neighbors. This is the 10th year First Baptist has partnered with Craig’s Doors, the Town of Amherst, and social service agencies to  make Craig’s Place possible every night from November 1 – April 30. The guests receive a safe place, nutritious meals, warm showers, and caring  community. Last year 181 people stayed at least one night at the shelter. Over the years more than 40 people have moved from the shelter into housing and jobs. Learn more or volunteer click here.
FREEDOM CAFE
 
The Freedom Cafe has now closed due to the impact of COVID-19. For six years Freedom Cafe offered a relaxed vibe and delicious cup of fair-trade coffee while helping to rescue women from human trafficking.  Proceeds were donated to Ashagaon Ministry in India where women experience a safe place, legal representation, vocational training, and God’s love. More than $43,000 was sent to redeem the lives of hundreds of women! Thank you to Dan Johnson and Shane Adams for launching Freedom Cafe and to the many volunteers who created community and saved lives!