Ministry Teams work together to minister to the needs of the congregation, the needs of the community, and the needs of the world.  Match your talents and interests to one of the ministry teams and volunteer!



The Deacons have several ministry teams that predominantly provide services to the community. They also serve the congregation in various ways. Find out more about the Deacon ministry teams.



The Session consists of a number of ministry teams that are primarily concerned with church governance and the smooth operation of the church. Find out more about the session and their many ministry teams.


Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is one-on-one Christian care giving provided by trained members of our congregation.  The Stephen motto “Jesus' love of people through people,” explains our work.  Stephen Ministers provide gender specific compassionate ministry to a person in need. Stephen Ministry has been a part of First Presbyterian since 1978 with thirteen Stephen Ministers of our church currently actively providing care as part of the church’s Pastoral Care Team.  Services are available to church members and the community at large.  Those with needs or those who feel the call leading them to this vital ministry should contact the church office (269-683-7600).


REAP Sewing Group

The Reap sewing group uses donated fabric and supplies to make everything from lap robes to door draft dodgers. Last year the group made bibs, baby blankets, lab robes, children's clothing, baby sweaters, hats and scarves of all sizes, tote bags, slippers, and hospital gowns. They also fill new baby bags for the Pregnancy Care Center to distribute. New members are always welcome. Meetings are the first Monday and the third Friday from 9 am - noon of each month in the Sewing Room of the church. Contact Arlene Richardson (269-684-2858).


Community Lunch

There IS such a thing as a free lunch! The first Saturday of every month, from noon to 1:30, we take our turn hosting a Community Lunch at Trinity Episcopal Church for ANYONE who wants to come. The congregation donates home-cooked entrees, salads, desserts, and all the trimmings, while other members of the congregation help serve the meals, set up and clean up. We sit and visit with our community neighbors and get to know them.

This ministry is in conjunction with Trinity Episcopal Church, Hope Community Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church, but is always held at Trinity on the corner of Broadway and 4th Street. The ministry is growing, with more and more people coming for a hot lunch on the weekend. Join us in helping our neighbors. Contact Cheri Rissman (269-684-9415) or Thelma Keltz for details.



FPC Foundation


To manage, hold and invest and disburse an Endowment Fund for capital projects, (acquisition of, maintenance and improvement) related to the First Presbyterian Church of Niles, its building and properties.

To manage, hold and invest and disburse an Endowment fund for ministry enhancement, (to maintain appropriate staffing in support of church activities, to establish and maintain programs of Christian Education and community outreach) for the First Presbyterian Church of Niles.

The Articles of Incorporation, Corporation By-Laws, Form 1023, (IRS application for exemption), and form 990 ( Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax) filed with IRS are available upon request at the office of the First Presbyterian Church of Niles, 13 South Fourth Street, Niles, Michigan.




FPC Foundation – April is Wills Emphasis Month

Live Forward, Give Forward


      Have you ever “paid it forward”? Bought coffee or paid the toll for the next person in line? Or gave a person something they needed because someone had once done the same for you? It feels good to take care of someone like that, right?

      A bequest is a simple, beautiful way to pay it forward for the next generation and take care of them in lasting ways. It’s the act of giving personal property made in a will. It’s a way for you to designate a certain dollar amount, percentage of your net worth, or certain items to be given to a specific person or organization - like your church.

      Gifts that come from wills can play a critical part in continuing our church’s mission and in helping lay the foundation for new outreaches. Planning a legacy gift is a joyful way for you to carry your values forward to the next generation. You will be living forward and giving forward.

      You don’t have to be wealthy to bless the church with a gift in your will. Small amounts can be put to good use right away, or invested so they grow in the years to come.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.     Matthew 6:21

      As a church, we believe in being prepared for the future. The FPC Foundation was created in 1957 to manage monetary gifts received by the church. Income and earnings of the Foundation are used exclusively for the benefit and support of the church through capital undertakings, ministry enhancements and various designated programs.

      Including a gift to the church in your will can help us be ready to meet people’s needs in a few months, years and even decades. With a bequest, you can strengthen our faith community and make a difference for the future.

      Consider leaving a gift to the church in your will, making a gift that gives forward!