Local Outreach

“Threads of Compassion” Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry creates beautiful shawls made by members and friends of First whitneyPresbyterian Church as a gift of love to the recipient. The shawl is meant to symbolize the love and embrace of God. Shawls can be given when undergoing medical procedures, as a comfort after loss or in times of stress, during bereavement, prayer or meditation, during an illness and recovery within our church and community. Volunteers are needed to knit and crochet (no experience necessary!). For more information please contact the church office at 785-537-0518.

The Backsnack Project!

The Backsnack Project partners with the Flint Hills Breadbasket to provide over 200 local children with food for the weekend. Our congregation helps to feed students who may not otherwise get the nutrition they need over the course of the weekend.

We don’t want anyone in our community to go hungry, especially our children. When our members and friends go grocery shopping, they can pick up one of the following items and drop them in one of the baskets located across from the lounge:  Individually wrapped items are best!

  • Juice boxes
  • Cracker packs
  • Boxes of raisins or other fruit, fruit snacks
  • Microwave cups of Mac’n’Cheese
  • Applesauce, fruit, or pudding cups.
  • NO nut products, please!

Please help us feed the children of our community!

Back to School Backpack Program
backpacks 4Every summer the church buys a large quantity of backpacks for needy children. Then members of the church pick up an empty backpack, fill it with a variety of school supplies, and return them to the church so that they can be distributed to children of struggling families. This not only fills kids’ backpacks with necessary school supplies, but it also fills them with the confidence and hope that comes from Christian goodwill!

Partner Organizations:

First Pres provides support for a number of local ministries by means of financial support, volunteer participation, facility provisions, and ministry partnership.

Some of the Local Organizations we support are:

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Crop Walk

Ecumenical Campus Ministry @ Kansas State University

Flint Hills Breadbasket

Manhattan Emergency Shelter

Manhattan Crisis Center

Shepherd’s Crossing

Meadowlark Hills “Good Samaritan Fund”

Sunflower CASA Program

Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan

Icthus Christian Fellowship @ Kansas State University

Young Life Manhattan

National Outreach

To learn more about our national outreach programs, click on the links to their websites.

Presbyterian Theological Fund provides funding for Presbyterian theological seminaries

Life Choices Ministries offers free pregnancy testing and parental support. They also help facilitate adoption and provide education.

ICTHUS University Ministries is a series of house churches in Manhattan

Habitat for Humanity- apostles build is a program that brings churches together to build a new home for a local family.

CROP Walk is a fundraiser to collect money to help provide food, water, and resources to people around the world

Ecumenical Campus Ministries is a student ministry at Kansas State University

International Outreach

Heal Africa
Based in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, a region where war has claimed over 5 million lives since 1998, HEAL Africa’s medical, social, and economic initiatives foster peace and development.

HEAL Africa is distinctive from the many other charities: it’s a small, grass-roots organization that has low administrative overheads because it is led by locally-based program directors and is focused on treating people holistically by training and equipping new leaders for the long-term, rather than just solving short term needs.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide holistic care for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo: training health professionals, strengthening social activists and providing physical, spiritual and social healing.

Our congregation has supported HEAL Africa financially for many years.  Our own Harper McConnell has worked with this organization both in the Congo and at their home office in Seattle.  For more information about HEAL Africa you may visit their website.

Project Rescue Amazon Youth
Project Rescue of Amazon Youth is a Christian not-for-profit charitable organization consisting of Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and non-denominational churches collaborating together as disciples of Christ in the common goal of serving children who are abused, neglected, orphaned, or otherwise in need in Brazil.

Find our more about P.R.A.Y. ministry here.

CECN Credit Union for Women/Widows in West Africa
Our congregation continues support the CECN Credit Union branch in Benin, West Africa which helps provide funding, micro-loans and assistance to subsistence farmers and entrepreneurial women and widows throughout West Africa.

There are 20 million children and adults who are blind today – who could see tomorrow. Unfortunately, 99% of them will never receive this surgery and will never regain their sight because they are too poor to afford it.

The mission of HelpMeSee is to make the miracle of sight possible for every blind child and adult in the world who needs it regardless of where they live or how poor they may be.

See More of what this organization does here.

Habitat for Humanity Cambodia
Habitat for Humanity continues its popular mission in many countries throughout the world.  Their work in Cambodia is no different!  They seek to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes and communities of hope in Cambodia.
Two of our members, Tom Dunn and Sue Bath-Dunn have spent time volunteering for this organization!

Check out Habitat for Cambodia’s website.