Bailey Manor is a residential facility caring for those with Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. The residents live in the secure facility with round-the-clock care.
On the first Sunday of each month, the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church heads to Bailey Manor immediately after Sunday worship. The choir sings for and with the residents, most of whom are unable to attend their own church services. Through this ministry, the choir helps bring back memories for the residents as they sing old favorites and enjoy fellowship with other residents and the choir members.
This is a supplemental food program for children who are “food insecure,” a term used to describe those who are not sure of a next meal. FPC volunteers order, organize, and pack the food into the BackPack bags and then deliver them to HeadStart. On Thursdays, 32 children in the local Head Start Program are given a bag of food items for the weekend.
Members of our congregation mentor the community youth in a basketball program. With adult supervision, the young people govern themselves, choose their own teams and call their own fouls and infractions. They learn how to function as a community, compete with integrity, and show respect to one another. The program has as many as 50 participants. Snacks are provided by the church for participants as well as observers.
Living Waters for the World
Living Waters for the World is a ministry of the Synod of Living Waters of the Presbyterian Church USA. LWW works to introduce water filtration systems and plans for communities and neighborhoods in areas where safe drinking/cooking water is in short supply. In 2007 First Presbyterian Church partnered with Fayetteville’s Rotary Club to send a team to Guastatoya, Guatemala for installation, maintenance and operation of a water filtration system (installed and operating since 2008). Since this first installation, several teams have returned to Guatemala to do check-ups, maintenance, education and new installations.
Each November, First Presbyterian Church hosts a unique fair-trade shopping event that benefits artisans from more than 30 developing countries. 10,000 Villages provides them income by marketing their handicrafts and by telling their stories.
This annual Christmas event allows members of the congregation to provide Christmas gifts for local children who might not receive gifts otherwise.
Good Samaritan Association of Lincoln County and Monroe Harding Children’s Home (Nashville)
First Presbyterian Church provides peanut butter, money and volunteer workers to help provide food and financial assistance for seniors and/or families with a low income.
We supply Monroe Harding with donations of hygiene items for males in the houses on campus.
Helping Hands is a food ministry. When church families encounter medical or other crisis, the Congregational Life Committee organizes and coordinates the delivery of home-cooked meals and comfort food as a physical expression of the congregation’s love and care.
The “Fear Knots” are a group of knitters, of all skill levels, who meet each Tuesday morning to prayerfully make prayer shawls for people who need comfort and reassurance of God’s love.
Junior’s House is a local Child Advocacy Center that provides assistance in many ways for children and families of abuse from seven different counties. Our congregation supports Junior’s House in many ways, including sending volunteers over to do minor projects and clean-up. We are also a Gold Sponsor of their annual Blue Ribbon Walk (formally Andrea’s Walk).
Financial Assistance Provided
FPC provides financial assistance for many programs. These include: Nickel-A-Meal (hunger relief project of Presbytery of Middle Tennessee), Junior’s House (assists abused children and families), One Great Hour of Sharing, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Joy Gift Offering, Souper Bowl of Caring (hunger relief offering), and local utility assistance (for those struggling to pay their bills). Also, members who attend Sunday School contribute money to support our missionaries.
For more information on these programs, including our utility assistance program, please contact the church office.