Our Ministries - Community

Calico Cat

The Community Outreach Group provides help to their low income families by giving each school-age child new underwear, new socks, a $20 gift certificate for shoes and a $25 gift certificate for a new outfit when the families come into the Calico Food Pantry and Cupboard in October. Old First Church supports this program with money to purchase gift cards through corporate discounts with Payless and Old Navy Stores. Donations are accepted through Sept 24, 2017. Checks can be made out to: 

C.O.G., Inc. PO Box 4041, Middletown, NJ 07748 with "Back to School" in memo line along with your church affiliation OR

Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748 with "Back to School" in memo line.

Family Promise

Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of National Family Promise, is committed to advocating for innovative solutions to ending family homelessness. We are one of many support congregations that provide food, and financial support.

Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE)

Members and the pastor of Old First Church attended public hearings (January 25, March 29) on the so-called “Monmouth County Reliability Project” of JCP&L in response to its proposal to construct a 10 mile swath of 210-foot-high transmission lines along the NJ Transit line for ten miles, from Aberdeen-Matawan through Middletown and into Red Bank. Old First Church provided meeting space to RAGE., the organizing committee against this project as part of our concern for the effects of the lines on health and safety as well as stewardship of the earth. In addition, our congregation prepared a statement of our opposition to this project, which was handed to the judge at the first hearing.

Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministry

Old First Church's mission for September, 2017 is Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministry (RPCM). This organization's mission is to provide a radically loving and welcoming community of Christian faith for Rutgers University students through worship, study, conversation, service, and fellowship. 

RPCM is dedicated to the faith and practice of Jesus Christ, and also the acceptance and understanding of other beliefs and faiths. They are committed Christians, but are non-proselytizing. They are concerned with social justice issues affecting our society and in engaging the Rutgers and New Brunswick communities in meaningful conversation and action. Radically inclusive and committed to ensuring all people who walk through the door know they are welcome there, they covenant to be the hands and feet of Christ!

Please make your check payable to OFC Deacons Fund with RPCM on the memo line and send to Old First Church, 69 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748.

Monmouth Center

for World Religions

and Ethical Thought 

Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought: The principle purpose (mission) of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) is to enhance the acceptance of religious and cultural diversity and the practice of understanding toward those different from ourselves through education, seminars, and community events


Garden State MOSAIC is a multi-faith educational program for middle and high school youth which is centered in the Monmouth County area of New Jersey. The program is cosponsored by the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) and the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission (MCHRC).

MOSAIC enables students to learn about each other’s belief systems and practices through a series of sessions hosted by various faith groups at their places of congregation. The program also helps students develop leadership and dialog skills that are critical to becoming change agents in their own communities. During the program, students plan and conduct a community service project to allow them to practice some of the values that are common between all belief systems.  

AAUW Bookstore 

Reopens Sept. 9: The perfect place to find a book! The American Association of University Women (AAUW) operates the Book Store (used). Proceeds support scholarships for women at local colleges. Hours: Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM (except holidays) from September throgh June. 

God has told you, O mortal, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 NRSV