We are so happy for you that you are now engaged and thinking about marrying in the First Presbyterian Church. Please take a few moments to read over the wedding policy for the church which you will find in a drop down tab under Ministries. After reading that please contact our minister for any additional questions that you may have.
All women of First Presbyterian Church are members of Presbyterian Women (PW). All women are welcome to participate in the PW study groups (circles) and activities. Opportunities for fellowship are available in two circles as well as a variety of other yearly activities identified in the Presbyterian Women's Annual Directory. The study groups are identified as the Reflections Circle which meets each third (3rd) Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Town & Country Circle which meets each fourth (4th) Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Super Star Members: Each study group includes a Shepherd's Circle composed of the church's Super Stars, those men and women who can no longer actively participate in church events and for whom active Presbyterian Women serve as caregivers.
We participate in and support several different organizations. Among them are: DASH (Delivery & Service to Homebound) which operates on weekends and holidays since Meals on Wheels is a weekday service. Our church has participated since 2002, serving on the 4th Saturday of the even months and on all 5th Saturdays regardless of the month. There currently are 10 routes and volunteers regularly serve an average of 110-120 meals; Abigail's Arms where the church sponsors a room; Gainesville State School - items have been gathered for the boys and one member provides mentoring and tutoring for several of the boys; Angel boxes- these are boxes which members paint and then distribute to hospitals to give to parents who have lost an infant.
Sunday School is provided for children through the 5th grade. On the day before Easter an Easter egg hunt is held. Each August a Creative Arts Camp is takes place at the church for children ages 8 through 12. Anyone interested in helping with those projects or in developing activities for older youth should contact the church. We would love to have your help!
A new ministry at First Presbyterian Church is our monthly Book Club. Focusing on Christian fiction/non-fiction books, the group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor at the church. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to the discussion even if they do not have the chance to read the book. Come and join with us! The book for January is The Case for Christ by
Music is an important part of our church life. Choir practice is every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. This year caroling returned as choir members and other church members sang at a rest home and for some of our church members who are shut-ins. Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact Robert Hokamp, choir director at the church.
We believe that everyone plays a vibrant role in the life of the church and the many ministries in the church reflect the numerous opportunities available for everyone to participate and share their strengths and talents. Our primary ministries are: Christian Education, Congregational Care, Fellowship, Outreach, Stewardship, Personnel, Property, and Worship and Music. Under those major categories several other ministries exist including a Small Group Study, GIFT (Girls in Fun Together), Angel Boxes, DASH, Prayer Quilts, and much more.