Join us for a Special Series of Wednesdays at First

Wednesdays at First programs through September and October will educate our congregation and guests about the four focus areas of the Faith Initiative to End Child Poverty: Early Childhood Readiness, Neighborhood Isolation, Generational Literacy, and Living Wage. If you're unable to join us, you can watch live at your convenience! Click here to access our Wednesday night videos.

Poverty Simulation, October 2, 6-8pm

On October 2nd, the United Way of the Piedmont will join us to conduct a Poverty Simulation at a special time: 6-8pm. Join us to learn first-hand what it is like to live in poverty. Space is limited. Please register by clicking the button below. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity!

Description (from United Way of the Piedmont)
Imagine having to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table. Approximately 18% of individuals and 28% of children in Spartanburg County live in poverty - many of them struggling with hunger and homelessness, which become root causes of other significant challenges. United Way's Poverty Simulation is an experience that offers a glimpse into the realities and complexities of living on a low income - all through the eyes of fictional families that are trying to survive from month to month.

Focus Groups are Meeting Now!

The Faith Summit on Child Poverty held in April was only the beginning of a long-term initiative in Spartanburg to end child poverty. If you would like to be involved moving forward and were not able to attend the summit or to put your name on the follow-up list, please contact Caroline Goodman ( and ask to be added.

Four focus groups are in the process of forming now, so you can choose your preference: Early Childhood Education/Childcare, Generational Literacy, Living Wage, and Neighborhood Isolation.

Spartanburg Racial Equity Index

Poverty Summit Recap (April 24, 2019)

Missed the event? Watch videos from the worship service and summit.

Read our commitment to eradicate child poverty.

View the slideshow from the Poverty Summit

Bishop Jackson's Sermon on Childhood Poverty

Dr. Tom Evans, Worship Service Homily on Wednesday, April 10