Come Serve the Lord With Us!
Jesus came to serve, rather than to be served. The most well known example of this was when he washed the feet of his disciples (John 13). Through this act Jesus demonstrated the heart of a true servant, and set an example for us to follow. Each time we serve another we are becoming more like Christ.
We would love to help you find a place to serve! We have several ministries of service and outreach at First Presbyterian Church offering many opportunities to be ‘Jesus’ to someone in need.
Opportunities at First Presbyterian
Every Thursday afternoon from 4 – 5:30 P.M. our fellowship hall is transformed into Grace Diner, a fellowship dining experience for the needy of our community. The tables are set, the guests are served, music is played; and all the while something wonderful is happening – people are experiencing the love and grace of Jesus.
Angel Tree Christmas
Angel Tree Christmas gives our church family an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping local families in need during the Holidays. Choose an ‘angel’ from the Christmas Tree and provide an article of clothing and a ‘fun gift’ (toy, etc.).
Caring Cooks Ministry
During times of illness or bereavement, or when families welcome newborns into the world, our Caring Cooks provide meals to individuals or families.
Intercessory Prayer Ministry
Once a week, a group of committed prayer warriors get together to lift up the needs of our church family and others in our community and beyond who have made their requests known. If you have a prayer request for our intercessory prayer group, you may submit it to Prayer@fpcbartowfl.org.
Sunday Morning Prayer Person
Every Sunday morning someone is praying for our service, for our needs, for our pastor and church leaders. Our pastor invites the congregation to express their needs and requests on prayer cards and place them in the ‘prayer baskets’. The cards are given to our Sunday Morning Prayer Person and he or she intercedes for us during our Morning Worship Service.
First Presbyterian VPK
Our VPK for four years olds is an outreach ministry of First Presbyterian. Children are not only taught the basics in preparation for kindergarten, they also receive a good foundation in biblical Christians values.
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts
First Presbyterian Church sponsors a Boy Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Pack. Both meet here at First Presbyterian. Boy Scouts on Mondays at 6:30 P.M. and Cub Scouts on Tuesdays at 7:00 P.M.
Partners in Ministry
First Presbyterian Church partners with organizations, local and long-distance, in order to carry out the great commission of Jesus Christ, and showing his love to the world around us.
Church Service Center
The Church Service Center provides basic needs and emergency services necessary to help individuals and families. The Center also offers Financial Classes where clients are taught how to budget and manage their finances. They offer a free bagged lunch to anyone Monday – Friday. Computer labs and assistance completing applications for federal assistance programs and applications for employment are also part of the ongoing ministry of the Church Service Center. Hours of operation are 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.m. Monday through Friday. The Church Service Center is located at 495 E. Summerlin Street in Bartow. For more information on this outreach ministry call them at (863) 533-5822 or follow the link to visit their website: Church Service Center
Bartow Women’s Care Center
This transitional living center provides shelter, and helps feed, clothe, and offer services to women and their children in need. The Women’s Care Center is located at 490 E. Boulevard Street in Bartow and their phone number is (863) 534-3844.
Dr. Bill Brown, Xiamen, China
Dr. Brown doesn’t serve in a traditional role as a pastor but serves as a modern day Daniel or Joseph. he is a professor of Graduate Management at the Xiamen University in Fujian Province, China, and serves the needs of people in the light of Jesus Christ. He shares his testimony of Christ and has been amazed to witness Christ manifested to the people of China. To learn more about Dr. Brown, his family, and Xiamen (pronounced ‘Shah mun’) visit AmoyMagic.com
Jacob & Kelly Hale
Jacob & Kelly are part of the Mennonite Central Committee and are currently serving in Kabul Afghanistan. MCC is a global, nonprofit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development, and peace. Jacob grew up here at First Presbyterian Church of Bartow. Jacob manages program finances and works on developing MCC’s advocacy messages regarding Afghanistan.