As a diverse congregation united in Christ, we believe it is our responsibility to show God's love for all people through our actions. We reach out to our community through our community lunches, food pantry and block parties. We support kids in need through backpacks of school supplies and various clothing donations. We visit the homebound and sick, support new mothers and infants, and provide a helping hand and a listening heart to those in emotional turmoil. We support our military abroad by mailing frequent packages of goodies and personal supplies. Since God loves all of his creation, we, as God's instruments in the world, do this without proselytizing and with no strings attached.

We financially support various well-established national non-profit organizations, world missions and relief agencies. Our youth work hard on their yearly mission trip to a struggling US community.



The Deacons provide a ministry of caring, love, compassion, prayer, and community service. They are elected by the congregation and ordained by the minister to administer to needs of the community, as well as to our own congregation.

more (MUCH more) about the Deacons...


Youth Mission Trip

Each year the junior and senior high youth groups embark on a mission trip to a community in the US that really needs their help. These are true mission trips to help those who have asked for assistance. Although the accommodations are spartan (often involving sleeping bags on a church floor), the sightseeing is modest (what can be seen from the bus window), and the weather may be hot and humid, the labor is hard, the friendships are for life, and God's world is improved just a little bit. What better way to spend a "vacation?"


Contact Julie Brien for more information.

Help support our youth mission trips by participating in our year round mission trip fundraiser - Script



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 second Saturday of each month in the Manse. Contact Arlene Richardson (269-684-2858).


Community Lunch

There IS such 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.


The Kids' Closet At Ellis House

 We are a community ministry providing

clothing for children

from birth through high school located at


11 S. 4th Street, Niles - right next door to the First Presbyterian Church



    Tuesday: 10a.m.  - noon     

 Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Gently used clothing is available for a small donation during the hours listed above. In turn, families can help keep this ministry going by donating clothing their children have outgrown and by volunteering any hours they can. Our mission is to work cooperatively with our neighbor and other faith groups to address the unmet needs of the Niles community.



If you still receive paper mail, Missions and Outreach needs your cancelled postage stamps.  Please cut off the whole corner (or 1/2 inch around stamp) and place it in the white bag hanging on church's bulletin board in the Fifth Street Hallway.   We thank you for this easy mission that helps fellow Christians around the world.



We Have A Name!

 The "One Great Hour of Sharing Fish” has been named. 

His name is Phineas.