A mission ministry for and by the people of First Central Presbyterian Church.
The missions of Helping Hands are:
- Provide “fix-up” services to the elderly, handicapped and others who are unable to complete such tasks themselves.
- Provide a small group experience for people of the church…giving them an opportunity to build relationships with others of the church by doing things together outside of church (large activities that involve two to 30 or more people at a time).
- Provide the people of the church, some of whom may not be involved in church activities, an opportunity to feel the thrill of doing practical, pragmatic mission work. The more we put into something, the more we will get out of it.
- Provide those who are experts in skills an opportunity to teach those skills, those who are experienced to use those skills, and those who are unskilled to learn a skill.
The Order of the Helping Hands Rule of Life
I commit to live out the Sermon on the Mount as fully as I am able, and to encourage my Helping Hand members in this way of Life.
I affirm six basic values of the Order:
Discipline – In a world of whininess and entitlement we practice the discipline of the courage, toughness and sacrifice of Jesus. We willingly sacrifice our time and energy in the service of others. We see these qualities in our Lord.
Prayer – We believe transformation in the world and in ourselves begins with learning to pray. We commit to a seven minute quiet time each day which will include a guided meditation from scripture (to be emailed to each participant) along with a time of silence. Each member of the Order of the Helping Hands is to have a prayer notebook.
Love – We seek to love indiscriminately as Jesus taught us – love for “the least of these” especially. We show respect to every human being as one created by God and in God’s image.
Mission – We exist for the sake of the cause for which Christ died – the kingdom of God. We live our lives as best we can for others and commit ourselves to the task of reconciliation of those around us. We embrace the call to leave our comfort zone and be in places of darkness.
Community – We believe God’s mission in the world is to create new community, not just changed individuals. So we seek to learn to live with our brothers and sisters and place their needs over our own. We know we cannot live this life alone.
Joy – We believe this should be fun as we seek the coming-of-the-kingdom every day, and that our joy is not determined by our circumstances. We cultivate thankfulness and hope for the future.
If you would like to get on our list to help out with immediate requests for assistance that come in, please contact us at the phone number or email listed below. We welcome your participation. We are also always appreciative for those experienced in home improvement, construction, repair, plumbing, flooring, and other associated trades to share with the Helping Hands team and/or to help us out with our big projects (painting homes, building ramps, installing handicap bars, etc.).
See a photo album of pictures from the Painting Party at Ms. Kennedy’s home.
If you need our services, please contact the church office by phone at 325-677-3501 or by email.