Agape Community Kitchen
Youth-led mission of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
What is Agape?
Agape is a Greek word that means love, but not just any love – God’s love. Agape is God’s unconditional love for the world. We express that every week when we open the doors of First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth and welcome people into a space where they can enjoy a hearty meal in a loving environment.
Since 2000, Agape – as we call it – has been a youth-led mission of our church. We believe it is important to give young people meaningful ways to be in leadership roles through our church. With the support of a team of awesome adults, it is the students who lead the meal service. We value young people and know God does too. You don’t have to be Presbyterian to serve with us, you don’t even have to be Christian, you just have to be willing to show up and show your respect to the community to be a part of Agape.
When & Where
We meet every Wednesday @ 3:15pm in the church parking lot. Transportation is provided to and from Elizabeth. We usually return around 7:30pm.
Registration Form for Students
No RSVP necessary to volunteer, but a registration form must be completed and kept on file for students in grades 6-12.
We are always looking for adult volunteers – from our congregation, other churches or groups - to assist on site and behind the scenes in a variety of ways.
Coordinators plan the week’s meal, put together the shopping list, send out weekly reminders to the volunteers on the schedule and then lead onsite in the kitchen. Sounds like a lot, but it is simple and rewarding and you’ll have a seasoned Weekly Coordinator help you get started! You won’t be left alone!
Agape serves eight different meals and four different desserts, which are rotated each week. Our meal and dessert teams cook in their homes and deliver the food to our church’s Westfield Kitchen.
Every Wednesday two or three adult volunteers finish preparing the meals cooked by our meal teams. They arrive around 1pm and finish by 3pm.
Our shoppers pick up pre-ordered groceries and supplies from Restaurant Depot in Union and deliver those items to our church on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Our laundry volunteers pick up any dirty aprons and dishrags brought home from Elizabeth each Wednesday, wash them and return them to PCW anytime before the following Wednesday.
The grant committee develops grant projects, writes proposals and targets businesses for donations of services or merchandise to the mission.
We welcome teens in 6th-12th grade. Groups of more than five students must contact our Agape Administrator at email@example.com.
If you are a parent/guardian of a student attending Agape for the first time, please complete the Google form. Your information will not be shared. It will only be used for emergency purposes only.
All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes and no shorts, tank tops or flip flops.
When Westfield town schools are closed due to inclement weather, no youth will be taken onsite to Elizabeth that day.Take-away meals may be prepared at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield at 2:30p.m. by youth (with permission from a parent/guardian) and adults.The adults will hand out take-aways and hot cups of coffee to anyone who comes by for a meal in Elizabeth.
Contact Linnette Cierpial at firstname.lastname@example.org.