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

Grace Diner
Every Thursday afternoon from 3 – 4:30 P.M. our street is transformed into Grace Diner Drive-Thru, a dining experience for the needy of our community.  In spite of the pandemic, Grace Diner continues to feed and minister to this community.  Instead of seating guests in our fellowship hall we now pass out to-go meals on So. Florida Ave. in front of our Courtyard.  A lot goes into preparing meals for our Grace Diner Meal Ministry: preparing menus, shopping for food, preparing the food, picking up bread & desserts from Publix each Thursday, setting up, cleaning up, greeting our guests, distributing the meals, and financial support.  All done with love as we help 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 Angel 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

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.

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. – 4:00 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

Feeding Bartow
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday Bartow Church Service Center in partnership with Feeding Tamp Bay distributes free food to anyone in our community.  Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church and others around the community gather at Bartow Church Service Center at 495 E. Summerlin St. in Bartow to help pack and distribute the food. 

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