Ministries and Programs

Knitting Ministries
There is a constant prayerful knitting going on as we have “Prayer Shawls” for those who are ill and going through a time of healing.   We are also constantly knitting “Pocket Prayer Shawls” for our men and women in the military.

Craft Group
Our crafters are at work throughout the year making many wonderful things that can be purchased and at the same time help our church meet its financial responsibilities.   Hand made baby sweaters and hats, as well as hats and mittens with sports logos on them and many other hand-made items.

Red Cross Blood Drive
We sponsor and participate in the Red Cross Blood drive twice a year.  This allows the Red Cross to use our facility and some of our members contribute some of their time to assist in the registration duties.

Domestic Violence-Dresser Project
Personal care items are collected and donated to a local Domestic Violence Shelter.

Premie Hats
Hats are crafted and donated to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center

Coxsackie-Athens School Supplies
Twice a year donations of school supplies are provided the Coxsackie-Athens District.  During the month a December we also collected hats, scarfs and mittens to be donated to students in need.  During 2014 we also added collecting socks for the students.

Food Pantry Donations
The first Sunday of each month the congregation brings in items to donate to the local food pantry.

Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene
A local church directly affected by each of these storms were adopted by the First United Methodist Church to assist both the congregation and church directly affected by the storm.