ministries & education
Purpose: We are a group of people being changed by God into a loving, accepting, and obedient part of His family dedicating ourselves to growing spiritually through worship and study, to serving openly through work and sacrifice, and always striving together to realize God's will for our lives. (Adopted by the Session, March 1979)
Christian education is an important component to our continued growth as disciples. One primary way for us to learn is through our Sunday school program.
We have Sunday School classes available for all age groups, including four adult classes. Sunday School begins at 11:00 each Sunday morning.
Men of the Church
All men of the church are invited to gather on Thursday mornings at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall for Men's Prayer Breakfast. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast and share a time of fellowship and prayer.
The weekly prayer group meets on Wednesday mornings at 11:30 to spend time in prayer for those on our prayer list.
The Wholeness and Healing prayer group meets after worship services on Sundays in the Church Parlor for a time of prayer.
Presbyterian Women (PW) is a churchwide organization whose membership is open to all women of the PC(USA) who choose to participate in or be supportive of the organization in any way. We have two circles that meet monthly for Bible study. Circle 1 meets on the first Tuesday at 10:00 am at member's homes and Circle 2 meets on the second Sunday in the church Parlor at 5:00 pm.
Wednesday Bible Study meets at 12 noon in the Parlor. Bring a lunch and join us as the minister leads a discussion centered on the Scripture reading for the coming Sunday's worship service.
First Presbyterian Child Development Program (PCDP) has been in operation for 34 years. It started as an outreach mission of the church to the community. Classes are offered for children ages two to four years old Monday through Friday during the months of September to May. Hands-on activities as well as one-on-one learning in class are part of the daily plan. Visit PCDP's website here.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) is a program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. BASIC meets in the Fellowship Hall the first Sunday of each month immediately following the worship service until 12:00 pm. Children attending BASIC will enjoy games, a Bible lesson, art and music. Snack is provided.
Camps & Conferences
Camp Hopewell is our Presbytery's camp and conference center located just outside Oxford, Mississippi. The camp hosts many summer programs for youth ages 6-15 including specialty camps for children with diabetes and Christians living with cancer.
Montreat is one of our denomination's national conference centers, Montreat is located just outside Asheville, North Carolina. In the summer months, Montreat hosts three conferences that our church participates in including Senior High, Junior High and Music & Worship.
Sunday evenings during the school year, the youth gather at 4:30 pm. Youth families take turns providing and serving the meal. The youth program at First Presbyterian is centered around Bible study, service within the church, outreach, and fun.
Bible and Brew
Once a month the Bible and Brew group meets at a local restaurant to discuss their thoughts on various topics and current events over a meal and a beverage. All are welcome!
Vacation Bible School
We have Vacation Bible School for all ages! We meet in the evenings so adults can come as well. VBS is usually scheduled for the first full week of June.
On the third Wednesday of each month, the church family gathers together for a potluck dinner beginning at 6:00 pm.
Ukirk The W
UKirk The W meets on Wednesday nights at 8 PM in the Stark meeting room. During each UKirk meeting we eat together, fellowship, worship and work on developing our faith in Jesus Christ. UKirk's goal is to help students explore their faith in a loving community. UKirk also provide ways for students to serve each other and the community around them- therefore being the hands and feet of Christ.
UKirk (meaning University Church) is a network of ministries supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) charged with reaching, loving, and teaching college students so that they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.
UKirk is about:
Worshiping and serving the living, Triune God.
Diving into Scripture, acknowledging its authority, being claimed by it, asking questions of it, wrestling with it, and, through the Holy Spirit, trusting it as it speaks to us.
Encouraging active engagement in the world, commitment to God's mission throughout creation, and love for neighbor and self.
Connecting students to one another and to the Church, helping them to understand there is a world beyond their own yearning for God's grace and reconciling promises.
Connecting collegiate ministry workers with one another, helping them to understand the many ideas, approaches, pitfalls, and possibilities when it comes to serving students.
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