Serving in the Nursery and Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings is a beautiful way of living out the vows we make when we baptize our children. Join us as we strive to bring children deeper into relationship with Christ and the church! Teachers who want to build relationships with children through storytelling and prayer. Nursery and Toddler aides to care for babies and their parents. Substitute teachers and aides who are willing to help as able. Greeters to welcome families and assist with Electronic Check-In. Whatever your gifts or talents are, bring them to FPCC Kid’s and show the kids how God will use their gifts, too!
FPC Music Ministry – Vision: “Vessels of True Worship Reflecting the Redemptive Love of Jesus Christ”
Theme verse, Colossians 3:16, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, with thanksgiving in your hearts to God.”
Music ministry mission – to exalt the Lord and cultivate open hearts to receive the Word of God and to grow in the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to intentionally provide musical opportunities in outreach and volunteer service for all ages of the First Presbyterian Church Body through –
· Weekly sanctuary worship services
· Every other month – encouragement through hymns singing musical outreach to our shut-ins, Honor roll, and widows
· Choir-led concerts of worship at Walker State Prison, 2 or 3 times a year
· Community Outreach through annual Christmas Concerts and every other summer -Patriotic Concert
· Choir encouragement and outreach to our Belarusian Mission’s partners in summer mission’s trip to Minsk, Belarus every other year.
· Children’s Choir/music outreach to church and community through leading worship in our services four times a year, and through special music worship programs in December!
Adult Choir – ages 14 years & up
Instrumental Ensemble/Orchestra – ages 14 years & up
Reformation Bell Choir
Celtic Ensemble – guitar, violin, flute, accordion, hammered dulcimer, floor drums
Children’s choirs – ages 4 years to 5th grade
West Breedlove, Director of Worship
Susan Whitacre, Music Assistant, Instrumental Coordinator
Aubrey Joynt, Children’s Music Leader
Sigrid Luther, Pianist
Judy Glass, Organist
Sophie Johnson, Music Intern
- To learn more about serving in our Music Ministry email West Breedlove.
Congregational Care at First Presbyterian encompasses a variety of ministries. Visitation, cards, calls, prayer, meals, flowers, widows ministry, caregivers ministry and bereavement support all work together to reach out and touch a member in need.
The Honor Roll at First Presbyterian is comprised of members and friends who are homebound. They receive cards, calls and flowers and twice a year (at Christmas and at Easter). They are the recipients of a poinsettia and an Easter cake. We also keep a list of Honored Friends who are still able to get out with assistance but are those whom we wish to honor with our care.
The Flower Ministry uses the flowers donated to worship services to touch the lives of those bereaved by death, the hospitalized, sick and homebound. Honor Roll members receive flowers on their birthdays, as do pastors and their wives. Various groups in the church, including Bible Studies and Sunday Schools, volunteer to help arrange and deliver the flowers each Sunday after the 10:55am worship service.
Rapha is a Diaconate-led ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga that seeks to build relationships with neighbors in need. While conventional mercy ministry relies on financial handouts, Rapha invites neighbor in need into healing relationships with a loving church family.
- With a dedicated team of classroom facilitators, prayer warriors and lay mentors, Rapha is equipping the congregation to grow as a more welcoming church home for neighbors in need. Rapha needs more volunteers like you! Learn more
Vesper Point Camp & Conference Ministry
Camp Vesper Point is a Camp and Conference Ministry of First Presbyterian Church. Covering 127 acres of land, Vesper Point overlooks beautiful Chickamauga Lake. In the summer, Vesper Point offers camp sessions from Monday morning until Saturday morning for rising 3rd graders through rising 10th graders.
The rest of the year, Vesper Point serves as a conference and retreat center offering a large dining room with a rustic fireplace, large meeting room and rustic cabins with bunk beds. Linens and towels are not provided. Our overnight group sizes range from 30 to 160. We can accommodate lunch for a day group of up to 200.
- To learn more about Vesper Point please email Tom Pipkin
For more information about Vesper Point’s camp and conference ministry visit http://www.vesperpoint.org
Kids Hope USA
Kids Hope is a nationwide program that pairs one church with one school, one mentor with one child. Our mentors spend one hour per week reading, talking, playing, and listening to a child at school. By helping children feel loved and valued, these safe relationships support their ability to learn, grow, and thrive at school. We believe and pray that demonstrating hope, faith and grace to each student in our program can change Orchard Knob Elementary School and its community. The goal of this program is to provide a consistent adult presence for students who could benefit from extra support and care. The hour spent together each week offers a relationship of encouragement, structure and friendship to children living in Orchard Knob, a neighborhood that remains on the socioeconomic margins of Chattanooga.
- To learn more about this opportunity to serve please email Jamie Myers
For more on Kids Hope USA visit https://kidshopeusa.org
Good News Club
Children from the neighborhoods in the Orchard Knob Elementary School (OKES) school zone need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of them will benefit from the consistent (week after week) presence of dedicated Christian adults (and possibly teens who participate) as role models. We have a need to be sharing the gospel and investing our lives in those around us. “The Good News Club” is a national initiative to bring the gospel to children.
- To learn more about this opportunity to serve email Nancy Hill
For more on the ministry of Good News Club visit https://www.cefonline.com
First Presbyterian Church is the catalyst in our community to raise and train several hundred mentors for prisoners incarcerated at Walker State Prison and, the first and only “Faith and Character Based” Prison in the State of Georgia, as well as other correctional facilities in our area. We offer the key tools for an all-inclusive ministry including evangelism, discipleship and reintegration of prisoners. Correspondence courses are offered to prisoners by our churches, using the curriculum Metanoia provides.
To learn more about this opportunity to serve please email Doug Craven
To learn more about on Metanoia Prison Ministries https://pcamna.org
World Missions is a cornerstone ministry of First Presbyterian Church. The very first offering taken at the church was designated for foreign missionary support. Today the ministry supports five partnership ministries in eight global cities and 70 missionary units in 31 countries and six continents. (“World Missions” is defined as those outside the US.)
For more on World Missions visit http://www.fpccworldmissions.com
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.