The children's choir sings during a worship service.

The children's choir sings during worship.

WELCOME!

Founded in 2017, First Arabic Presbyterian Church is a vibrant Des Moines-area congregation that reaches out to welcome Arabic-speaking immigrants and refugees through worship, Bible study, Christian education and fellowship. In 2018 the congregation established the non-profit Arabic Outreach Center as the mission arm of the church, to further assist those new to American culture. The Outreach Center’s programming has included tutoring and Arabic classes for children and youth, a women’s support group, translation services, and much more.  Click here to learn more about the Arabic Outreach Center.

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of the Arabic-speaking immigrant/refugee community are great. Language barriers have made it difficult for them to understand what to do to stay safe. Many have lost their jobs or have fallen ill with the virus. First Arabic Presbyterian Church continues to minister to the spiritual needs of the congregation, and the Arabic Outreach Center has been reaching out to help those in need access services, secure needed supplies, respond appropriately to health concerns, and remain safe.

CURRENT PROGRAMMING UPDATES

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  • •In-person worship in Arabic is currently being held at 4:00 p.m. each Sunday. Face masks and social distancing are required. •Other safety procedures are also in place to help ensure the safety of all those attending.   
  • •Worship is also live-streamed on Facebook at 2:00 p.m. each Sunday. Please join us!
  •  •All other in-person group activities have been temporary suspended.
  •  •Weekly online Bible study is offered. For information on how to connect, email Pastor Ekram

Outreach efforts to meet the needs of Arabic-speaking immigrants and refugees continue on a person-to-person   basis. For     more information, email Pastor Ekram.    

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 INFORMATION

The church offers the following guidance to all church members and friends of the congregation during this difficult time. To contact the church, email Pastor Ekram


WHAT YOU CAN DO TO KEEP YOURSELF HEALTHY


  • •In public spaces, wear a mask and stay at least six feet away from people (other than family members you live with).

  • •Wash your hands frequently, especially if you have been out in public, touching things that others have touched (door handles, mail boxes, touch-screens, etc.) Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.

  • •Do not touch your face or rub your eyes.

  • •Clean and disinfe0 take extra precautions.

  • •Purchase a thermometer (if you do not own one), so you can monitor your temperature if you feel ill.

IF YOU HAVE COUGH, FEVER, SHORTNESS OF BREATH


  • •Call your doctor or contact Pastor Ekram to learn where to go for medical care and coronavirus testing.

  • •Or call 211 for advice, or call 1-877-558-2609 to hear messages in languages other than English.

  • •Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

  • •Visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/resources for more information.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


If you have been laid off from your job, or are working fewer hours due to coronavirus cutbacks, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Go to https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits.   to apply for benefits.


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Women's Group 2019a
Arabic Class 1

Participants in the Women's Group model aprons they made.

Students from the Arabic class pose for a photo.