First Presbyterian Church has a strong commitment to share God’s love with the community around us. We do this in a number of ways:
Through our Community Ministries Committee, we provide financial resources for a number of community ministries. The committee also provides support for these ministries through special projects, such as food or clothing drives. If you would like to live out your faith through ministry in the community, please prayerfully consider one of the options below.
Advocates for Bartow’s Children
Advocates for Children is a non-profit organization devoted to serving children and families in Bartow County and surrounding North Georgia counties. Eight programs make up the Advocates umbrella name, 42 employees and they serve over 2,600 children in need every year. To learn more about Advocates for Bartow’s Children, click here.
Good Neighbor House
The Good Neighbor House is a Christian ministry to the homeless in our community. It provides a place to stay and a new start for individuals and families. Volunteer opportunities include providing meals, driving guests to doctor’s appointments, making birthday party kits for children or adults celebrating birthdays while they are at the shelter, financial support, prayer. Contact: Jessica Mitcham, Director, 770-607-0610. You can learn more about Good Neighbor House here.
Thornwell Home for Children
Founded as a Presbyterian ministry in 1875, Thornwell Home for Children is a joyful Christian community, offering hope and wholeness to children and families. Its goals are to provide loving homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children, to offer an opportunity for healing by providing proper healthcare and mental health counseling for every Thornwell child, and to offer Thornwell’s children hope for a successful future by providing educational support and teaching self-advocacy. To learn more about Thornwell Home click here
On the second Monday of each month, Bartow Equality, an LGBT support group for LGBT individuals and their allies, meets in the Cornerstone Room from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. We have a FaceBook page and a website under construction. Here we share struggles and joys. We assist each other with the challenges many of us face and help each other learn how we can support each other. This is a safe place for those still fearful of coming out either as LGBT or as families or allies. This is a great place if you are willing to be open and supportive. YOU are welcome.
First Presbyterian Church Friendship Table
For over 15 years, First Presbyterian Church has provided a good, hot meal for anyone in the community who needs one. This ministry, which is run by volunteers of the church, feeds over 75 people every week. The meal takes place in our Fellowship Hall at 6:00 on Tuesdays. Working with Friendship Table is a rewarding way to have fellowship with other church members while serving those in need. Our volunteers cook, serve the meal, clean up, and provide transportation. If you would like to be part of this worthwhile ministry, please call the church office. 770-382-3511.
Habitat for Humanity
First Presbyterian Church has funded and built three houses for Habitat for Humanity in Bartow County. Habitat always needs volunteers to help with construction and other aspects of their work in providing homes for deserving families. Contact: Robin Hooker, 770-382-6293. You can learn more about Habitat for Humanity here.
Tranquility House is a safe refuge for abused women and their children. They need donations of clothing, personal products, and other supplies. Contact: 770-386-8779. You can learn more about Tranquility house here.