First Church of Christ has a long and committed history of serving others locally, nationally and globally. Thanks to the generosity and work of our members we provide food for our hungry neighbors, create affordable housing, provide much needed medical care in Uganda, tutor elementary children in North Hartford to name but a few of our mission activities.

First Church also gives financial support to many mission and outreach organizations including; Hands of Hartford, Gifts of Love, Covenant to Care, Healing Meals

Beyond these important financial donations we seek to maximize the “hands on” mission opportunities we offer which provide meaningful connections and relationships with those we serve.

Current Opportunities to Serve:

Care Bag Ministryprepares care bags with various items depending on the age of the child – from infant to teens – for children entering the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Often times, most times, this bag is all that the child will have upon going to the foster parents home. Can you imagine the comfort a teddy bear or warm blanket or a yummy snack may bring to these children? Click Here for more information.

Community Farm, SimsburyMore Help Needed for Harvesting at the Community Farm !! Please consider dropping in to volunteer with your friend and family at 73 Wolcott Road at 9 am or 1 am Monday through Friday. No need to sign up ahead of time… Please call Dane Woodberry for more information at 860-658-7996. Click Here for more information.

Foodshare TruckVolunteers help to distribute fresh healthy food from the Foodshare truck in our church parking lot every other Monday, rain or shine. Contact Debi Ackels at or 860-217-7171.  Click Here for more information. 

Sarah Stops Hunger: For people looking to help with Harvey and upcoming Irma- Rise Against Hunger is helping with emergency meal distribution. If you want to help, the meals that Sarah Stops Hunger makes on October 1st, will aid the relief efforts.  You can come to help make meals directly following World Communion Sunday Service (approx 11:15) in Palmer Hall.  Also, you can donate here. Thank you!

Tutoring at Simpson -Waverly Elementary School:  We are excited to announce that members and friends of First Church are again tutoring at Simpson-Waverly, every Tuesday afternoon this school year! Tutoring is inter-generational; high school students through senior citizens are invited to participate!  On Tuesdays, the church bus will be parked at Simsbury High School (near the tennis courts), to pick up student volunteers at the end of their school day.  The bus will then head over to Dunkin Donuts in the center of town (the one at Andy’s Center), to pick up adult volunteers at 2:30 pm.  We will then travel to Hartford together in the church bus.  We will return to Simsbury by 6 pm.   To participate or for more information Click Here!

Below is a list of programs for which we provide ongoing support:

Back Bay Mission – A UCC based mission

Christian Activities Council

Covenant to Care

The Faith Mulira Health Care Center Masooli, Uganda 


Gifts of Love


Hands on Hartford

Healing Meals

Heifer International

Journey Home

Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) 

Rebuilding Together 

South Park Inn