Church Life

Opportunities for Service & Mission

What a privilege it is to be a part of God’s people and to be His ambassador in our families, churches, community, and world.  His call for us to serve Him and His people was demonstrated through His own Son, and it is a high calling, indeed, to represent Him to a world desperately in need of His care.

Opportunities within Our Church Family

Blooms to Go
Each week the flowers from the Sanctuary are taken down and disassembled on Monday morning. These volunteers come to the church, assemble small arrangements (very basic), and have a list of recipients (the sick, the shut-ins, the bereaved, and the elderly) to whom they should be delivered. Volunteers for this ministry will serve on this ministry team on a rotating basis. The flower ministry is fun and brings joy not only to the recipients but to the volunteers, as well.

Chairman:
Darnell Dye - 601-540-3393

Caring Ministry Team
This ministry is in need of ladies who enjoy making visits to folks in our congregation. Responsibilities include delivery of precooked meals to members of our church who are ill. The time commitment is flexible, and your children can go with you! All meals that are delivered are prepared by our Cooks Who Care Team.

Chairmen:
Linda Richards - 601-668-8899
Ruby Ann Walsh - 601-622-8590
 

Cooks Who Care
This committee works in tandem with our Caring Ministry Team to provide the food that is taken to church members. Responsibilities include: providing 9x9 inch casseroles, bread, and desserts to be stored in our church freezer four times a year. Recipes are provided and you can cook at your leisure!

Chairman:
Sue Russ - 601-853-3670

Correspondence Ministry Team
Members of this ministry team send notes on behalf of the women’s ministry to those who have lost a loved one, those suffering from an illness, parents of new babies, and visitors to our church. If you have a merciful heart and enjoy letter writing, please consider joining this ministry team. The time commitment is very flexible, and it means a lot to receive a hand-written note from someone who cares.

Chairmen:
Douglas Loftin - 601-842-6906
Sarah Denney - 601-826-4659

Funeral Meal Ministry
Members of this ministry team cook and serve a meal for the families in our congregation following the death of loved one.  This is an excellent opportunity to minister to those in our church body during a time of need.  Volunteers are assigned to serve on teams on a rotational basis; therefore, you could be called upon approximately four times a year.

Chairmen: 
Becky Ivison - 601-317-2121
Kathy Piazza - 769-226-9830

Library/Bookstore
Our Library/Bookstore is open at the times surrounding our morning and evening services on Sundays as well as from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 6:25 p.m. We need volunteers to check out and sell books during any of those hours.

Contact:
Boopie Beard at 601-973-9122

Ministry Event Assistants
Our Women’s Ministry normally has 4 large events for all of our women to enjoy: a Fall Luncheon, the Christmas Dinner, a Spring Event, and our Mother/Daughter/Sister/Friend Luncheon. A description and date for each is listed in the WIC Yearbook. We have need of people who can help us with these events - just extra hands to help set up, serve, or clean up. If you would be willing to help occasionally in any of these areas, we’d love to know who you are.

Chairman:
Amanda Griffin - 601-668-7501

New Member Hospitality
Do you remember what it felt like to be new to a place? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have someone call to invite you to go with them? That’s what this ministry team is. Before each WIC event (4 times a year) you will receive the name and contact numbers of one of our new members so that you can invite them to join you and other friends for our luncheons and events. If you are unavailable for that event, others can fill in for you. Also, this ministry needs greeters to welcome and reach out to those attending our fellowship events. A friendly smile and a hello go a long way in making people feel welcome.

Chairman:
Kathryn Cotten - 601-832-9799

Sunshine Support for FPC Staff
Members of this ministry team will be part of an encouragement ministry to the women staff members at FPC. Throughout the year, we will do various things for the ladies, such as hosting a thank you lunch or providing surprise goodies on their desks, etc.

Chairman:
Lori Smith - 769-234-0490

Opportunities in Our Community and Our World

Closed Caption Ministry
This committee was started as a way for those who are hearing impaired to participate in worship at First Presbyterian. The committee consists of volunteers whose responsibility it is to transcribe the 11:00 a.m. service in a format that can be used to air on WLBT. There is flexibility as to your assigned times which would be every couple of months. The sermon is already transcribed for you, and your part can be done at home over several days.

Contact:
Ashley Fowler - 601-973-9139

Crafts for Missions
Come join us on Tuesdays during February and March as we hand-craft Christmas ornaments to send to our missionaries. Our church has done this for a number of years to remind our missionaries of our thoughts and prayers and to encourage them during the holiday season. No "skills" necessary. We meet from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. in SC211, and a nursery can be provided upon request.

Chairman:
Sharon Teh - 601-946-1517

French Camp Quilters/Cross Stitchers
This group of ladies meets at the church on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (you do not have to stay for the full 3 hrs.) This ministry is open to all ladies who enjoy quilting and for those who would like to learn! Each year, the quilts that are completed are auctioned at French Camp’s Harvest Festival in October. All the proceeds from the quilts go directly to French Camp. A nursery is provided.

Chairman:
Sara Margaret Johnson - 601-354-4501

Gateway Rescue Mission
Volunteers serve lunch and offer a short devotional for both transients and program men at Gateway Rescue Mission each Wednesday. Most volunteers come once a month. We need volunteers who would be willing to provide a small dessert (store bought or homemade) for approximately 100. This could be as simple as several bags of cookies. A Circle may want to take this on periodically as a project. Volunteers are not only helping serve the homeless but our help gives the Gateway kitchen staff a short break each week.

Chairmen: 

Margaret Tohill - 601-353-2916
Cheryl Crawford - 601-918-4953
Teri Newcomb - 601-981-9741

Mission First Homework Help (formerly Neighborhood Christian Center)
This ministry team will assist Mission First in their weekly after school homework help program, held here at FPC on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This relational ministry will involve you in the lives of inner-city kids via homework help, snacks, and Bible teaching. You may sign-up for Monday or Tuesday afternoon (or both!)

Chairmen:

Ashley Meena - 601-573-3389
Anne Pringle - 601-981-5574

Ruth’s Refuge-Gospel Supper Club
Ruth’s Refuge is a ministry arm of Gateway Rescue Mission that seeks to serve and support lady residents who are attempting to get back on their feet.  On the second Friday of each month, you can help with the following…

Cooking - Prepare a portion of a home-cooked meal for the ladies at Ruth’s Refuge.  The menu is dispersed among many hands each month, and you are given an opportunity to sign up for one item. Food is then dropped off at the Patterson Hall kitchen before 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month.

Serving the meal - Be part of the team who delivers the meal and enjoys dinner and a time of fellowship with the ladies at the Ruth’s Refuge house.  The team departs from the church parking lot at 5:00 p.m. and returns to the church by 7:00 p.m.

Chairmen:
Jane Stringer - 601-946-1031

Anna Brand - 601-941-4146

Sew and Sow
Like to sew or want to learn? "Sew and Sow" meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 in SC 211 at the church for fun, sewing and service through the use of our God-granted sewing skills. We are open to all ladies who enjoy sewing or needlework. Recent and current projects include cradle roll blankets for our newborns, Christmas stockings for the NICU units at Baptist Hospital , wheel chair bags for Methodist Rehabilitation and pillow cases for Ruth’s Refuge”. A sewing camp is offered in the summer months on even years. Some of our Tuesdays are spent on personal projects or those projects you may need help with. Special talents are shared with different focuses for each year. A nursery is provided. We meet September - April.

Chairmen:
Cheryl Crawford - 601- 918-4953
Karen Crawford - 601-668-5299

Women in Need Prison Ministry
This is a ministry of God’s love and mercy to the women of the Central MS Correctional Facility (CMCF). On the first Friday of each month at 12:45 p.m., a group of ladies from our church travels to the CMCF in Pearl to “mentor” a group of Christian female inmates and lead a Bible study. This visit lasts one hour. Mentoring involves providing Christian interaction, praying with and for one another, a willingness to share yourself, and listening sensitively to the experiences of others. This ministry has a profound effect on all involved. A mandatory training session is required for all new volunteers.

Chairmen:
Sharon Gatlin - 601-624-7951
Laura Damon Wofford - 601-624-7951