“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

Teresa of Avila

Serving from the Heart

We strive to embody the love of Christ in the church, community, and world as we connect with each other and work together to make a big impact wherever we are serving, and acknowledging the Christ in all as we serve together.

Share your gifts – join a team. First Cary is a vibrant and gifted church family with a multitude of ministries to embody and share the love of Christ with the church, community, and world – all that is missing is you! Learn more about First Cary’s outreach opportunities below, or contact Stephanie Purdy, Director of Outreach Ministry to get connected.

Education – Read and Feed, ESL Classes

Read and Feed at First Cary is a K-5 reading tutoring program that meets on Thursdays (September – May) at 5:30 p.m. If you know of a student who would like to join or if you’re interested in becoming a tutor, please contact Maureen Sawchak.

ESL at First Cary – Ms. Audra Alvarez is a Wake Tech teacher who holds Adult Beginner and Intermediate English classes at First Cary on Thursdays (August/September – May) from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a student or an English tutor, please contact Audra.

Food Security – Food Distribution Program, Food Pantry, Community Garden

Community Food Distribution – Held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Sign up to serve here or pack bags here.

First Cary Food Pantry – First Cary helps our community access food and resources by distributing boxes of produce and pantry goods twice a month.

First Cary Community Garden – The Gracious Harvest Community Garden is a “giving garden” located in the heart of downtown Cary.

Global Ministries – ZOE Empowers, Bosnia Mission Team

ZOE Empowers – First Cary UMC has been involved with ZOE since 2006. All are welcome to join our active mission team that is committed to spreading the good news about ZOE Empowers and raising funds to support this important ministry. Contact Sandra Smith to learn more.

First Cary Bosnia Mission Team

Housing – Habitat, Hearts and Hammers, Disaster Response

Cary Coalition: Habitat for Humanity

Hearts and Hammers

First Cary Disaster Response Team – To join a work team in Eastern NC repairing homes from storm damage, contact Rick.

Prison Ministries – Cross and Key, Pardoned by Christ

Cross and Key Prison Ministries – Equipping churches for prison ministry, education on criminal justice issues and advocacy for reform.

Pardoned by Christ –  In-prison Bible Studies, Transitional Housing for returning citizens, Support for Families with family members in prison.


Seasonal Ministries – Cary Christmas Store, Baskets of Hope

Cary Christmas Store allows parents facing financial insecurity to shop for toys and clothing for their families at affordable prices.

Baskets of Hope distributes Easter baskets through Read and Feed, ESL, and First Cary’s Community Food Distribution.

Our Strategic Ministry Partnerships

Ministry Partners in Education
Ministry Partners in Food Security/Crises
Ministry Partners in Housing
Medical Ministry Partners