At FPC, we uphold a tradition of reaching out to the local community in order to improve the lives of those directly around us. Our congregation is directly involved with many organizations, and many of them are found below. If you would like to become involved, please contact us.
What charitable causes would you like FPC to know about?
We want to know – what charitable causes are close to your heart? Each year FPC’s Planned Giving Fund advisors select different organizations, ministries or programs to send monetary donations to, based on input from the congregation. We are asking our members to take a moment to fill out a simple form letting us know what special projects or programs not already supported in the church’s operating budget you’d like to see funded and how they will serve the benefit of spreading the Gospel to those in need. Click the button below to let us know about you charitable cause.
FPC is responsible for the expansion of the Backpack Buddies Program to MacIntyre Park Middle School. Under-privileged children are identified by the school and a backpack full of non-perishable food is sent home each weekend to help feed the child between their school-sponsored meals. As many items as possible are purchased at Second Harvest in order to make the most use of each dollar. Backpack buddies is led Jan Van every Friday.
Bibles and Breakfast
Each Sunday Morning, Charles Balfour, Mike Grimsley, and Ken Manwaring lead a study of the Bible while enjoying breakfast. The study reaches into the books of the Bible, as well as movies that provide an in-depth look at the Bible. Bible and Breakfast begins at 9:15 AM every Sunday morning.
Every Sunday, a group of members led by Richard Vann and Martin Cochran meet for service at the Thomas County Jail on Smith Ave. During this time, inmates are given the opportunity to worship while receiving encouragement in their daily struggles. Martin meets with inmates daily. If you would like to become involved with this long-standing ministry, please contact Richard Vann at 229-977-3150 or at email@example.com. For more background on this outreach, please see the church history.
FPC Partnership Outreach Ministry
The Pastor’s Fund Outreach Ministry at FPC Thomasville is an active and engaging ministry that has touched many lives; in 2013 we assisted 225 families. The PFOM provides financial assistance to those in unexpected financial situations. This outreach ministry has provided aid to those in our community for nearly 40 years. Administered completely by church staff until 2008, this community outreach is now under the care of church volunteers along with our staff.
Sixteen volunteer church members see clients two hours a week. These caring individuals interview clients, identify their needs, and coordinate efforts with other various agencies. Each client receives an invitation to our church, words of encouragement, and prayer.
Everyone who walks through our door at FPC is our neighbor. We see sorrow, hurt, grief, fear, disappointment, brokenness, anxiety, pain, hunger, and hopelessness. Many of these people have never had to ask for help, and others ask again and again.
What does God call us to do? Feed the hungry, minister to the prisoners, and take care of the children, widows, and our neighbors. He calls us to love Him and love each other. In Micah 6:8 He requires us to promote justice, be faithful, and live obediently before our Lord. With each hand we touch, prayer we pray, burden that we share, God is at work.
The stories are endless and the need is great. We appreciate the ongoing support from both our congregation and our community. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 229-226-2008.
Presbyterian Home & Southern Pines
Volunteers from our congregation routinely lead devotional time at the Presbyterian Home in Quitman and Southern Pines in Thomasville. Click here for more information on the Presbyterian Homes of Georgia and here for more information on Southern Pines.
Second Saturday Lunch Outreach
Since 2009, members of our congregation have prepared and served a hot meal once a month to disadvantaged families in our area. This collaborative ministry involves several churches in Thomasville and is making a difference in our community.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1983, the members of FPC have been proud to work with our local Habitat for Humanity in order to bring help to those who need it most in our community
Other Local Partners
Other outreach organizations supported by First Presbyterian Church include The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Next Level Training, The Pregnancy Center of Southwest Georgia, The Salvation Army, and the Thomas County Food Bank.