The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown is actively involved in our local community and beyond, and offers many opportunities to become involved. Some current activities are listed below.
High School students looking for community service? We provide a form for you to document your service hours, or check your high school website for specific requirements: Yorktown, Lakeland, Peekskill, Hendrick Hudson, Somers, Croton, Mahopac.
The Church operates a “full-choice” food pantry on two Saturday mornings each month, usually on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Our congregation also runs a Diaper Ministry for our Food Pantry clients. Our church contributes, and is a distribution center for, gifts for Toys for Tots. We also contribute toys and other gifts for children of women in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. In the late summer we provide and distribute school supplies at our Food Pantry.
Our volunteers support and participate in many local programs including Jan Peek House, the Peekskill Noontime meal, and the Rural and Migrant Ministry.
Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Several times per year members of our church take part in distributing food and clothing to the homeless in New York City. Other members of our community create the bag lunches and cook soup to be taken, and contribute clothing.
We also have a Prayer Shawl and a Knit Together group where knitters gather together and create handmade gifts full of love that are given to friends in need, strangers in our community, and unknown people around the world.
Each Christmas season we run an Alternative Giving Fair in Fellowship Hall, where gifts may be purchased in a spirit of charity. We offer both “symbolic” gifts such as cattle and food crops, and tangible gifts of handcrafted items and Fair Trade coffees, teas, and chocolates.
We are a certified Earth Care congregation, and in the process of completing the requirements for GreenFaith certification, committed to advocating and demonstrating care for the environment.
We sponsor at least two mission trips per year, including domestic and international, where trips include both youth and adults. In recent years we have traveled to the Dominican Republic, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Annapolis.
Nationally and internationally, we are involved with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Bridges to Community, and Amnesty International.
Each year we sponsor a Blessing of the Animals, open to the community at large. The blessing of the animals reminds us to celebrate creation and God’s message that we shall be faithful stewards of the earth.
In November 2017 we held our first Arts and Crafts Fair to benefit Mission activities. We plan to make this an annual event.