Historically, First Church has played an active role in both our community and the world as our response to God’s call to Love First. The ministries listed below reflect the 6 Social Principles of the United Methodist Church and demonstrate our understanding of what it means to love our neighbor. They are open to everyone and we hope you will consider joining us!
Cypress Tutors – For many years Church and Society has recruited an average of twelve reading tutors to help in our neighborhood school, Cypress Elementary. These tutors go into the classroom for an hour a week (some more) to allow for one on one reading with children in grades K-5th grade.
Friendly Visitors – serves members who are still able to be in their homes, and others who are in care facilities, hospitals, rehab centers and retirement homes. A visit, telephone call, or thoughtful note keeps these members connected to the active life of First Church. In times of crisis, Friendly Visitors offer prayers, loving arms and support as a reflection of God’s love and hope. Friendly Visitors meets every other month to confer on the status of each shut-in.
Genocide No More-Save Darfur – The small community of Redding is making a big difference in Darfur. Our group believes that Global Change begins at home, and aims to make a real difference in the lives of people who need our help. We are a very active group with multiple monthly activities throughout the community.
Homeless Ministry – First Church is committed to being an advocate for the homeless. We have several ways we do this in the community. Click the link below for more information on Homeless Ministries here at First Church and how you can be involved in this critical ministry.
Imagine No Malaria – GOOD NEWS, MALARIA IS 100% PREVENTABLE. Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all.
Inclusive Ministries – an outreach ministry primarily for mentally ill people, all are welcome! We have ‘regulars’ who have been coming for many years and occasionally a person who walks in off the street. Inclusive Ministries has been hosting a sing-a-long and dinner for over 10 years at First Church. Our guests are provided transportation to church on the second or third Sunday of each month (except July and August) by volunteers from mental health and our church. Volunteers cook the dinners, set-up, and provide the drinks each month. This outreach is a way to show the love of God to people who feel unloved. Many of our guests do not feel love for themselves, and all are under the care of medical professionals for their illness.
Partners Helping Families – Partners Helping Families was created by First United Methodist Church working with members from Pilgrim Congregational Church-United Church of Christ, and First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ to establish a non-profit corporation. On July 3, 2006, we were granted our non-profit corporation number.
Prison Reform – The goal of the Prison Reform Committee is to increase awareness and educate the community about what is happening within our prisons and the criminal justice system and what improvements can be made. The committee has defined its work as providing information and solutions through sponsorship of community gathering. In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials and the community as a whole.
Rainbow Family Project – The purpose of the Rainbow Family Project Ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Redding, is to educate members and friends about the lives of Lesbian,Gay, Bi, Transgender persons, (LGBT) their families and the ways in which the church can relate to and become aware of this community. Rainbow Family Project meets the second Tuesday of each month. Contact the Church office for meeting time and location.
UMCOR – The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
United Methodist Women – A community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Wesley Neighborhood – Wesley Neighborhood, Inc. is a non-profit housing provider run by members of Redding UMC. The 5 individual properties accommodate 18 low-income units and are located on South and Continental streets within walking distance to the church. A professional property manager oversees the day-to-day rental and maintenance operations of the properties.More Info
Whole Earth and Watershed Festival – Several years ago in our parking lot we had the first Whole Earth Festival to celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness about how we are caring for our planet. Since then this Festival has grown into a highly successful community event. Redding City Hall and Sculpture Park is filled with exhibitors, activities, live music, and great local food. First Church continues to be the lead organizer for the Festival along with 6 other organizations. The 2017 Festival will be on Earth Day this year: Saturday April 22, 2017 11am – 5pm.