Urban Gaps Program for Visiting Groups

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Urban Gaps Program for Visiting Groups

Is your youth or family group looking
for a unique mission experience?

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth invites your groups to come work with established social agencies and faith based programs in our urban community. These agencies allow youth to experience the daily circumstances of those in need. Participants will be exposed to the complex issues surrounding poverty and will have opportunities to deepen their Christian understanding and responses. Mission opportunities include interacting with "the least of these" through play group with children living homeless, distributing food, and spending quality time with one another.

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Address: First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102, located in Upper West side of downtown Fort Worth
Contact: Robyn Michalove (817.335.1231) for available dates
Cost: $25 per participant
Provided: Church mission staff and ministry interns provide orientation and debriefing. Housing (church floor space), air mattresses, showers, and a small kitchen are also provided.

More About Urban Gaps 

  • Spend up to a week working with a variety of church and agency  outreach ministries in urban Fort Worth
  • Tailored to meet your group’s interests and passions
  • Groups can focus on a particular interest (homelessness, food  insecurity, children and youth) or can volunteer with ministries that 
  • address a variety of urban issues 
  • Examples of FPC ministries: Room in the Inn, Summer Feeding 
  • Program, Mobile Food Pantry, Worship on Wednesdays (see website)
  • Examples of agency ministries: Beautiful Feet, AIDS Outreach, 
  • Presbyterian Night Shelter; Samarian House, Day Resource Center 
  • Stay in FPC gym, which includes showers for women and men
  • Share the fun of cooking group meals together in our kitchen
  • Reflection and Bible study materials are available for evening debriefing

What Others Are Saying About Urban GAPS

"By the time I participated in the Urban Gaps mission opportunity, I had been nearly ten youth mission trips throughout the US and Mexico.  Most of the time, we're swinging a hammer, pushing a broom or slopping tar on a roof while building relationships with those we serve.  We certainly had those experiences with Urban Gaps, but most importantly, our youth were given an education about social justice, sacrifice and how to see the humanity in those we serve.  It was the single most transformative youth mission experience of which I've ever been a part.  Our youth returned to our congregation with an enhanced awareness of God's all-encompassing love and their ability to speak to the radical love of Jesus Christ through acceptance.  We look forward to returning this summer with a new set of youth and engaging our faith in a vital mission field." -- Josh Robinson, Pastor/Head of Staff of Hope Presbyterian Church (Austin, TX)

Sample Schedule

Sunday Evening: Settle in; tour and orientation to the week
Monday: Tour of East Lancaster with the Day Resource Center executive director (morning); set up and serve at Room in the Inn at First Pres (afternoon and evening)
Tuesday: Volunteer at a summer day camp for less privileged children (morning); volunteer at the Presbyterian Night Shelter women and children’s building (evening)
Wednesday: Work at Mobile Food Pantry (morning) hosted at Broadway Baptist Church or at the First Presbyterian Food Pantry and Summer Feeding Program; volunteer with Catholic Charities Street Outreach Services at First United Methodist Church (afternoon); pool party at a church member’s home (evening)
Thursday: Volunteer at Beautiful Feet (morning); tour and volunteer at Union Gospel Mission (afternoon); serve at the Agape Meal at Broadway Baptist (evening)
Friday: Serve at Unity Park (morning); free afternoon and evening