CONNECTING. GROWING. SERVING.
Genuine community is a necessary ingredient for the Christian life. Small groups communities are where our big church becomes small. They exist to provide a place to live out authentic relationships with other believers in a way not possible in the larger worship service. Our communities exist to help us grow in our relationship with God through relationships with others and help us grow in our relationships with others because of our relationship with God.
Find ways to get more involved with the church and a place where believers can grow in grace and in relationship with one another.
Learn to apply the truth of the Gospel to new areas of your life and find small groups to take relationships to a deeper level.
Take ownership of your community, find places to lead in the church, and encounter different ways to be part of outreach and missions.
1st Pres Kids
We have ministries for children of all ages! Nursery (birth-age 3), Preschool (ages 4-5), Elementary (first to fifth grade), Youth Ministry for Middle School (sixth to eighth grade), and High School children.
The children’s ministry is located in the children’s wing with the oldest Nursery children and Preschool together in one hallway, and the Elementary on two floors above the main Nursery. The High School and Middle School rooms are located in our Student Center across McCallie Avenue. Admittedly, our church building can seem like a maze to find your way around, especially if you are a newcomer, but signs mark the various places in Nursery, Children’s Ministry, and Youth Ministry.
1st Pres Youth
1st Pres Youth ministry exists to foster devotion to Jesus Christ and discipleship in the hearts and lives of our middle and high school students. There are lots of ways to get plugged in and involved, such as Sunday school, Midweek youth group, small group Bible studies, events, and retreats. Please contact us for more information!
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Sunday School Communities
Joining others in fellowship, Bible study, discussion and prayer is a great way to grow in faith but also to establish close relationships with fellow believers. There are many classes covering a range of topics and groups for all adults from college age through seniors.
Small Groups at 1st Pres
Small Groups are about relationships: growing in our relationship with God and deepening our relationships with others. Within these small groups, men and women can experience fellowship with others as they practice applying the gospel to their lives.
Composed of 5-12 people, Small Groups meet in various places throughout Chattanooga. All groups are led by trained leaders from our congregation, who receive oversight and support from our pastoral staff. Each Small Group determines how often it will meet, but typically groups meet two to four times a month. A Small Group meeting generally consists of worship, Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. Many groups will participate in service projects or social events as well.
Because God designed us for community, we need others to help us apply the gospel to our lives. Small Groups are places where we can come for encouragement and growth as we seek to follow Christ and live out his gospel to others.
For more information on how to sign up for a Small Group click the registration button or email contact button.
Midweek is an opportunity to break from your usual week night routine and to join our church family for a refreshing evening of fellowship and spiritual formation.
Join us for dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5:30 to 6:15 with families and friends gathering at a table together to share a meal.
After supper, at 6:15, there are programs for children, (infants through fifth grade), youth (sixth through twelfth grade), electives for all adults, adult choir, and Rapha.
Midweek Kickoff: August 21
A Place at the Table: November 13
Adult Electives for the Fall
Session 1: August 28-September 25
- The Christian in Complete Armor Pt. 1
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
- First Pres Membership Class
Session 2: October 2-November 6
- The Christian in Complete Armor Pt. 2
- Christian Parenting in the Modern World
Available Midweek Opportunities
1st Pres Kids (ages 4-12):
In addition to times of fun and games, we will discover many important biblical truths through the classic adventure book, The Pilgrim’s Progress, including a deeper understanding of Christ, the gospel, and the Christian life.
1st Pres Youth (6th-12th grades):
Both middle school and high school students will gather for a time of fun, fellowship, and small group discussions of the book, Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
Adult and Children’s Choir:
Our guiding theme this year: Colossians 3:16 – “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Rapha seeks to build relationships with neighbors in need. While conventional mercy ministry focuses on financial handouts, Rapha invites neighbor in need into healing relationships with a loving church family. For more information on participating in the Rapha program or volunteering, visit www.1stpresbyterian.com/rapha.
1st Pres Women
1st Pres Women are actively connecting with each other, building new and lasting relationships, encouraging our sisters in their spiritual walk, providing support through life’s experiences, growing our faith in Jesus, glorifying and serving God – together. We have many wonderful small group communities to best serve you, connect with us and let us know how best to serve you.
1st Pres Men
So many men have requested help on their journey in Christ. This series, entitled Men’s Fraternity, was one of the most fruitful ministries that Tim Tinsley ever experienced. The material deals with the pursuit of noble manhood through dealing with the wounds that a man suffers during his life time. It brings healing and hope through Christ and practical application. In this series Tim speaks in a rather honest and vulnerable way about many of his own struggles that he is not always able to address while preaching to our congregation of men, women and children.
If Tim had one prayer answered for our world besides global spiritual awakening, it would be for godly men to be the leader of each home, marriage and business.
Grief Share is a 13-week workshop. Each session includes a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos also include real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours. After viewing the video, you’ll participate in a small group discussion about what you have seen on the tape. You will also have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and have the opportunity to share your own. There is a workbook for daily reading and journaling to do on your own which helps you stay focused during the week between sessions.
For more information on our next Grief Share workshop contact Chris Ehlers.
It’s A Wonderful Life
It’s A Wonderful Life! is our FPCC Senior Adult Fellowship Group with programs and activities of interest to our members and friends. John & Martha Queen are the leaders of our group. We meet the second Thursday of each month from September through May at 10:30 a.m. in the library/lounge/fellowship hall area for meeting and visiting. At 11:00 a.m. we begin with a few laughs, a time of prayer, a devotional and an interesting, enjoyable program followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Jane Fitzpatrick and her crew. And door prizes, too.
Contact John & Martha Queen 423-886-6080 for more information.
FPCC’s Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Stephen Ministers are Christian men and women who are trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing difficult times in life such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
What exactly is Stephen Ministry? Stephen Ministry is a lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministers are not counselors or therapists; they are caring Christian friends who can offer a listening ear to help others through the tough times in life. Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised in their ministry. If you are going through a tough time and could use a caring friend, or know someone who is going through a tough time, consider asking about the Stephen Ministers of First Presbyterian Church. To find out more, you can contact Leslie Cory (423) 304-9674, Betty Hodges (423) 827-7331, or Kay Schwieger (423) 505-2022.