First Presbyterian Church — Local Missions

Brazilian Night to Remember Rev. Gerson Annunciação, our missionary with the Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry (PIM), arranged a unique cultural experience April 29—a “Churrasco Rodizio” (Brazilian rotisserie barbecue), plus a brief presentation by a former inmate and one or two others, to raise funds for his PIM. The event was attended by 115 members of FPC and other Presbyterian churches, who enjoyed the all-you-can-eat feast served by “gauchos” who carved the meats at their table, plus a full salad bar with vegetables, cheeses, and Brazilian hot dishes. This fundraising event, and a substantial part of the ticket price will go directly to PIM. As Gerson noted, “It’s not just about of having a delicious Brazilian food experience, but more than that, it was about helping PIM to feed many people with the Bread of Life. Thank you very much.”

Soup Kitchen
Every month, volunteers provide a hearty meal for those who are hungry and in need. In the winter, we provide hats, gloves, scarves to help our guests weather the New England cold weather. A dedicated team of volunteers from within and outside of our church membership provides this needed service.

USS Rhode Island
First Presbyterian members have "adopted" the crews of this Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, SSBN-740. We send Advent booklets, small Christmas gifts , and prayers throughout the year. Katie Machtley, who sponsored the launch of the USS Rhode Island in 1993, continues to foster our relationship with the vessel.

Ecumenical Events
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For the past three years, First Presbyterian Church was a sponsor church for the New England Festival of Hope. The Festival of Hope allows people in the Newport community to come together at Easton's beach for a time of new or renewed faith, encouragement, community and fellowship. See more at

Local Schools
First Presbyterian supports Aquidneck Island Academy, a classical Christian school for grades K-12 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. http://www. For more information, copy this url and paste to your browser.

Salvation Army
We partner with the Newport Corps of the Salvation Army
to support
their programs that assist those in need. We do so through our mission giving, and church members serve as volunteers to assist with the weekly soup kitchen provided by the Salvation Army and to pick up bread and pastries from local merchants for the Salvation Army’s daily bread pantry.

Angel Tree Program
First Presbyterian members purchase gifts for the children of needy families on Aquidneck Island through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. The new clothing and/or toys purchased by FPC members are delivered to the Salvation Army where they are picked up by the parent for placing under the Christmas tree so that the children may feel the joy of that day.

Operation Christmas Child (Overseen by Samaritan's Purse under Franklin Graham)
FPC organizes the assembly of gift boxes to be sent for needy children in other countries.

Deacons' Ministry
FPC deacons visit the sick, provide emergency assistance for basic needs, and comfort those who have lost loved ones.