Committed to providing loving service to the wider community, First Plymouth puts a premium on meeting human needs, standing up for social justice and being faithful stewards of our earth.

FUNDING SOCIAL CHANGE

Our weekly “share the plate” funds nonprofits like Empowerment Program and Friends of Man to ensure more equitable opportunities and services for marginalized people. Our annual World Gift Market held in late November encourages purposeful giving of fair trade and eco-friendly gifts that support world artisans living in poverty.

Family Promise provides rotating weekly homes for homeless families at thirteen churches throughout the central Denver area and thirteen in Lakewood. First Plymouth has partnered with Living Hope Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church (CBC) to support these families five weeks each year. The families stay at CBC, and First Plymouth members go there to prepare dinners, to provide children’s activities, to drive the van to take them to and from the day-site, to stay overnight, and to help with breakfast. We launder linens after their visits and donate supplies to make the guests comfortable during their stay at CBC.  Contact Susan Oakes if you are interested in volunteering for Family Promise. For more information, go to https://www.familypromiseofgreaterdenver.org/.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY

We help Denver neighbors struggling to put dinner on the table by collecting non-perishable food for MetroCareRing and the Denver Inner City Parish (co-founded by First Plymouth in 1960) to stock their food pantries and conduct healthy cooking classes. 

On the third Sunday of every month we invite you to bring in non-perishable food and toiletry items for CanDo Sunday. We collect these items and give them to Metro Caring who shares them with people in the Denver area who are in need. If you forget your canned goods we even have some available to purchase and donate!

PROVIDING SAFE HOMES

From preparing dinners and running children’s programs for homeless families at Family Promise, to funding and building affordable housing for working families with Habitat for Humanity to managing Kentucky Circle Village that provides assisted living support to lower income seniors, we ensure our neighbors struggling with skyrocketing costs have a safe place to call home.

EMBRACING OUR EARTH

As a UCC Creation Justice Church, we honor the interconnectedness of all of God’s creation and practice wise stewardship of the Earth, including recycling paper/ plastic/ aluminum/ glass/ candles/ electronics recycling, cultivating community gardens, participating in outdoor restoration projects, organizing family hikes and more.

CREATION JUSTICE MINISTRY

First Plymouth is a Creation Justice Church, a congregation in the United Church of Christ (UCC) that is committed through worship and intentional practices to lovingly care for God's creation.  We recognize the interconnectedness of our world and focus on our community's environmental impact. We seek to protect and restore the earth through education, sustainable practices and connecting with other community partners. Click here to read the Creation Justice Covenant.

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Past and Current Creation Justice Ministry Activities
  • Green Team
  • 6 R's practices: Resist, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore
  • Memorial Garden with native plants
  • Electronics recycling
  • Conventional recycling
  • Environmental Education
  • Family hikes
  • Restoration projects
  • Seedlings for Peace
  • Summer Farmers' Market
  • Youth Group Partnerships
  • Candle Rescue

The First Plymouth RGV works on programs and initiatives designed to support reasonable gun safety laws and to make the general public more aware of the public health issue that gun violence has become.  Evolved from the task force appointed by Council following the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, the RGV Committee was a founding member of Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence, an interfaith coalition of more than 50 faith communities, growing and working together to stop gun deaths and injuries.  First Plymouth RGV has been a significant participant with CFCU and other organizations in getting six major gun safety bills passed since 2013 by the Colorado legislature and signed into law, the latest in April, 2019. Learn More >>

 

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The Racial Equity Team (RET) aims to respond to the tragedy (or "sin") of racism with educational opportunities for our community as well as advocacy for victims of racism in our city and country. The RET engages our community by increasing awareness of racism and responding faithfully.

For more of who we are and what we do, along with a list of racial justice resources, visit our page here or by emailing RET@firstplymouthchurch.org.

The RET meets monthly, on the second Wednesday, at 6:30 PM, via Zoom. The Zoom link can be found on the church calendar.

 

FPWISE, First Plymouth Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, Engaged, is the mental health ministry. FPWISE pledges to listen, share, educate and enhance understanding concerning mental illness, brain disorders and suicide for those affected and their friends and families. In doing so, it strives to reduce stigma, promote inclusion, build acceptance, encourage communication and provide support and resources for the congregation and wider community concerning issues of mental health. FPWISE sponsors Adult Forums and encourages the sharing of our mental health struggles. View the FPWISE Covenant here.

 

The First Plymouth Endowment Committee was established by Church Council on February 7, 1999 to support First Plymouth Church with an emphasis on internal programs and activities as well as building maintenance and enhancements, which support the mission and ministry of the church. The Committee administers the general endowment fund and the Brand Family Improvement Fund.

The committee has seven members:  Harry Adair (Chair), Dalyce Due, Ron Gardner, George Haskins, Rhonda Hertel (Vice-chair), Diane Hoagland and Nancy Joe Shaw (Secretary). The Committee meets monthly as needed.

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GOVERNANCE: Not-for-Profit entity that exists outside of the structure and governance of the church

Mission: The Foundation will support the broader mission of First Plymouth Congregational Church, as well as certain projects which may be of direct benefit to the Church.  Specific activities have not been identified but may include such programs and projects as operations of an inner-city parish, housing for the elderly, scholarships for students attending seminary and those who seek a career in church service, funding of mission projects both domestic and foreign, supporting projects of the UCC, and providing funds for capital improvements to the facilities owned and operated by First Plymouth Congregational Church.

The Foundation was established in 1981 by FP members who wanted a vehicle to focus on philanthropy external to FP. All members of FP are members of the Foundation. The primary job of members is to elect the Board of Directors, which is comprised of 8 members, 7 of whom are voting members:

    • The Senior Minister of FP is a non-voting member
    • The FP Moderator
      • Phil Thompson (FY 2020-21)
      • 5 currently serve:  Denise Brown, President; Nancy Joe Shaw, Secretary and Vice President; Steve Haskins, Treasurer, Paul Erickson, Annie Nestor
    • Up to 2 external members
      • 1 currently serves:  Andy Gift from Bethany Lutheran Church

 

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UNIVERSAL GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

First Plymouth Church, through a series of boards and committees, administers endowed funds for various specific purposes described below. Each fund operates under a set of requirements or guidelines which, in some cases, are defined by donor restrictions. Generally, an organizational unit of the church may submit a completed Universal Grant Application to the appropriate fund. In rare instances, an individual may submit an application.

WORLD GIFT MARKET

2019 World Gift MarketShopping at this annual event encourages purposeful giving by supporting artisans in extreme poverty around the world and many non-profit organizations in Denver. When purchasing gifts, consider being part of the global solution. Choose unique fair-trade and eco-friendly gifts that let you give twice.

Held each year the weekend before Thanksgiving, you won’t want to miss this event!
Please note: The 2020 World Gift Market has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic,
but please make your meaningful gift purchases from our vendors online! (See lists below)
Please join us in November of 2021!

Sign up on our email list and we will remind you once in October and once in November – that’s it! Your information is only used to send you reminders and updates of upcoming events. Shop responsibly year-round from our list of vendors below. You can also find us on Facebook. For more information please email the World Gift Market team.

Continue your meaningful gift giving year-round by contacting World Gift Market Vendors via their websites:

GET INVOLVED!