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.
Helen Ferguson – 832-771-2915
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.
Cindy Davis – 601-668-0354
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 9×9 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!
Sue Russ – 601-613-2242
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.
Ann Webb – 601-940-4649
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.
Ann Bowling – 601-672-6019
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.
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.
Stella Gray Sykes – 601-316-1660
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.
Shelley Sheppard – 601-201-0035
Join our Special Deliveries team to extend a warm welcome to our newest arrivals! Volunteers will deliver a welcome package to the families of new babies born to members of our congregation. The package includes a baby blanket made by the ladies of our Sew & Sow ministry, along with a New Testament and nursery information. This is a very convenient and flexible way to serve and can be done in a socially distanced manner. To volunteer, contact Lisa Oswalt.
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.
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.
Karen Fairley – 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 SC213, and a nursery can be provided upon request.
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.
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.
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!)
Peyton’s House – The Exceptional Leadership After School Program (a ministry of Mission First)
The Exceptional Leadership After School Program at Peyton’s House is for 6th – 12th grade boys. The purpose is to promote spiritual, educational and relational growth for inner-city middle and high school young men. The afternoon program includes a snack, Bible lesson, homework help, and time for recreation. Volunteers are needed to serve as tutors on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Pamela Houchins – 601-291-8556
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 213 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 medical masks during Covid-19, 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.
Sharon Gatlin – 601-497-5807
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.
Currently, it’s Christmas Bag Collection Time for Women In Need!
We are asking for your help in providing inmates with Christmas bags. Please fill a gallon sized Ziplock bag with one each of the following:
Shampoo (in a clear bottle)
Women’s deodorant, and
White crew athletic socks (size Extra Large in the style that comes up mid-calf)
Volunteers will complete the bags with a few additional items. These bags are treasures for these women, and they are often the only gifts they will receive this Christmas. This is a wonderful opportunity to involve your family in showing the love of Christ in a truly tangible way. We will be collecting the bags during the month of November in the collection bin located at the Visitors’ Desk near the Day School Office.