The First Congregational Church of Westfield invites visitors of all ages to join in a community-wide “mini-mission event” on Friday and Saturday, Aug.12 and 13.  This intergenerational program offers a chance to participate in the church’s volunteer work with Bridges of Summit, a highly regarded non-profit that provides food and supplies to the homeless in Newark and New York City.

On Friday, August 12, beginning at 4 pm, participants will meet to share a pizza dinner and a Bible study focusing on this year’s theme of “Who is My Neighbor?” Afterwards, they will assemble 300 bag lunches for distribution the next day.

On Saturday, the group will meet in the church’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to Edison Place in Newark, where they will work with the Bridges staff to hand out the bagged lunches, lemonade and other supplies to the homeless.  The group will return to First Congregational Church by early afternoon. Participants must be age 11 or older to attend the run on Saturday.  

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“The Bridges ‘runs’ during the school year are some of our youth group’s most popular activities,” said Rev. Joy Mounts, Associate Minister.  “Last summer’s mini-mission event helped us introduce this very rewarding program to some new families and we hope to do the same this year.”

Interested participants are asked to call the church office in advance at 908-233-2494. There is a $10 per person charge to help cover the costs of supplies for the lunches. Donations are also gratefully accepted by those who wish to help but cannot participate.   First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield.   To register for the Bridges mini-mission event or for additional information on outreach opportunities, please contact 908-233-2494 or visit their website at