Above: Our Memphis Youth Mission pilot group! A group of 9 high schoolers from All Souls Episcopal Church in Asheville, NC camped out at our church in June, 2016, and visited local agencies to learn and lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need. Throughout the week they visited and worked at a variety of ministries and agencies in Memphis. They started on Monday at Mid-South Food Bank, where they sorted and stocked shelves so local agencies can come and get food to distribute to others in need. They also went to The Hospitality HUB that same day and were briefed by Associate Director Kelcey Johnson, who told them about the many ways the HUB helps folks get off the street and into housing. On Tuesday, the group spent a day at Emmanuel Center, which provides a day camp for hundreds of children and youth living in nearby government housing projects. On Wednesday, the group got up and headed to St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, where they participated in a community worship service and helped serve a free breakfast to our homeless neighbors. Next, the group went to MIFA where they were briefed and then sent on a route delivering meals to those who were home-bound. It was a long route, and quite a powerful way to see the variety of housing situations in Memphis. The day ended with a talk with MIFA staff about the needs of the elderly and home-bound in this community, and how MIFA works every day to meet those needs. Thursday, the group spent a great deal of time at the Civil Rights Museum, putting together how the struggle for civil rights connects with issues of economics, job opportunities, and being seen and treated as fully human. They reported that it was a powerful way to wrap up all that they had seen and done over the course of the week. As a finale, they enjoyed some free time in Memphis including some swimming and of course, yummy barbecue!
WE ARE THRILLED to be able to share our resources - our building and our community support - with this new endeavor, and are excited about the opportunity to host Memphis Youth Mission every summer beginning in 2017!!!
Below: Pastor Julie Bailey
Remember Your Pledges and Offerings! Our busy schedules sometimes keep us from being in worship every Sunday, but the work (and expenses!) of the church continue throughout the year. Please remember to keep your pledges and offerings current.
"Undie Sunday": Sunday, September 18. Our clothes closet is always in need of new men's and women's cotton briefs in all sizes; women's sports bras; and men's and women's socks. Donations may be placed in the container in the chapel or dropped off in the church office.
First Presbyterian Church is a downtown congregation where you'll find a warm welcome, profound faith and broad diversity. If you're looking for a church home, or just need a moment with the Lord, worship with us this Sunday morning!
Nursery Available for Infants and Toddlers
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
See Sunday's Bulletin Here
Weekly Scripture Readings
A Hot Meal Every Sunday: The Soup Kitchen serves a hot meal to about 100 guests every Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Clothes Closet: Guests at the Soup Kitchen may visit the clothes closet on Sundays immediately following the 2:30 pm meal.
Birth Certificates: Volunteers are available at the church on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of every month at 2:00 pm to assist our guests with obtaining their birth certificates. No appointment is necessary.
State IDs: Volunteers from First Pres assist our guests with obtaining State IDs on the 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of every month at 8:30 am. An appointment is required - contact the Hospitality HUB at 522-1808 to get on the van list.
Food Stamps: Representatives of the Tennessee Department of Human Services assist our guests with obtaining Food Stamps every Monday and Wednesday morning at 9:00 am. No appointment is necessary.
A Wonderful Opportunity for You to Serve Your Neighbor: Would you like to assist with these wonderful ministries to our homeless neighbors? Contact the church office and get plugged in!
Clothes Closet Needs: Our clothes closet is always in need of the following items: new men's and women's cotton briefs in all sizes; women's sports bras; men's and women's socks; and gently used baseball caps and men's jeans and khakis in waist sizes 30 to 36. Donations may be placed in the container in the chapel downstairs or dropped off in the church office.