Our Christian faith calls us to action, calls us build the “kin-dom” of God as proclaimed by Jesus.
At First, we place an emphasis on Social Justice recognizing that our membership is actively engaged in our society and community through their vocations and volunteer efforts. This is diverse and extensive; therefore, much of our focus as a community is to nurture the spirits of those who are making a difference in our world as well as share their stories and contributions.
Collectively, we have established the following partnerships and programs. In addition, we support the Social Justice efforts of the United Church of Canada and KAIROS (a Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiative that unites eleven churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights).
Alcoholic/Narcotics/Gamblers Anonymous all meet weekly at First/All Saints.
Centre 507 is a centretown drop in centre supported by The United Church of Canada and with which First has had a long historical relationship. We continue to have representation on the Board of directors and support this ministry financially.
Centretown Laundry Co-op was seeded through an initiative of First United. Though now a separate corporate identity, First continues to support the Co-op as well as be a client. [http://www.communitylaundrycoop.ca/]
First Connections Luncheon is a program run by First United in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association and Project Upstream. Volunteers cook and serve a hot nutritious meal once a month as well as provide a welcoming hospitable environment.
Food Bank.The Westboro Region Food Service is housed on the lower floor of First United/All Saints and serves over 300 clients monthly. Each week we make food items donations as part of our “offering” and we support the food bank with volunteers and financially.
Multi-Faith Housing Initiative is an organization that First is an active member and promotes their efforts to provide affordable housing in the city of Ottawa. [http://www.multifaithhousing.ca/]
New-To-You-Shop is on the lower level of First/All Saints and receives clothing and household donations for recycling and cost-effective purchasing. The shop is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Universities. First engages with volunteers and financial support of the Carleton University Chaplaincy, is supportive of the Student Christian Movement, as well as the Open Table initiative of the Ottawa Presbytery.