First English Lutheran Church on the near East side of Columbus has several ministry opportunities available:
Jon Swanson/Prison Ministry – a member of First English and the founder of JFY (just for you) prison ministries – Jon is looking for people who want to be on his prayer team. As a member of his prayer team, you will get a list of 7 prayers that come from the inmates at Ohio prisons emailed to you each Sunday. If you would like to be a part of the prayer team, please contact Pastor Sally Padgett and she will put you in touch with Jon. He also sends out Bibles and a Bible study to prisoners who contact him and are hungry for the Word of Christ. If you would like to sponsor a prisoner, the cost is $15 and covers the Bible, Bible study and study materials, as well as postage. Currently Jon pays for all expenses out of pocket.
Bike Room – Anyone who is a bike person will be interested to know that this Spring First English is planning on opening a bike shop patterned off Franklinton Bike Works. The plan is to be open once a month when the program begins, with the goal of helping neighbors not only fix their bikes but work alongside someone while it is getting fixed to help build a relationship and also to teach a skill so people can begin to fix their own bikes. First English is looking for people who already know how to fix bikes or are willing to be trained at Franklinton Bike Works and are willing and able to work with people. If interested, please contact Pastor Sally Padgett or Becky Warnement.