First Presbyterian Church, along with St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, completed a Habitat House for Ms. Minnie Littlejohn in April 2013.
Click here for photo gallery of 2013 Habitat House
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please go to their website: http://www.knoxvillehabitatforhumanity.com/
Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.
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We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. We provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.
Family Promise began accepting families in Knoxville on July 1, 2005.
Since that time we have provided shelter services to over 125 families.
- One out of every four homeless people are children.
- 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6.
Families come into our program situationally homeless. Something has happened in their lives to cause them to become homeless, this is not a choice they have made consciously or easily.
In today’s economy, the majority of Americans find themselves 1 or 2 paychecks away from being homeless also.
Click here to learn more about Family Promise of Knoxville
First Presbyterian Church will be hosting Family Promise families starting again in February 2018! Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of needs. Please contact Britton Leitch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 789-3651 for more information and to sign up.
First Presbyterian Church has 7 Good Humor Teams who prepare and serve meals for the Volunteer Ministry Center each month on a rotating basis. If you are interested in joining a team, please contact Joan Regester at email@example.com
Please click here for information about the Volunteer Ministry Center
Hospitality Pantries: Places of Hope and Promise
According to the CAC, in Knox County, 57,000 people live at or below the poverty line, more than 25% of them children. Many thousands of additional people live very near the poverty line and are struggling to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families.
In the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee – a community known for its hospitality, we at FISH Hospitality Pantries welcome people to a place where they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as members of the human family, a place where body and spirit are nourished and people are affirmed, a place where people from different ethnic backgrounds, religious traditions, economic circumstances work side-by-side for the communal good, a place where we create true community across all the barriers that separate us.
We seek to create a community where everyone has plenty to eat and the strength to use their talents and gifts, a world where we can fulfill our common destiny.
First Presbyterian Church’s FISH Pantry is open the first Tuesday of each month (except when it falls on a major holiday) at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers are available to take calls for food that can either be picked up or, in most cases, delivered if necessary.
For more information, please go to the website: http://www.fishpantry.org/
Al-Anon/Alateen, known as Al-Anon Family Groups, is an international “fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. “They “help families of alcoholics by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics.”
Al-Anon Meets at First Presbyterian Church each Monday at 12:00 noon in the Jesus’ Friends Classroom.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. and each Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. followed by an open meeting from 8 – 10 p.m. in the Jesus’ Friends Classroom.
Vacation Bible School will be held June 2-5, 2019
This year we will be running the incredible race around the world as we learn about how everyone has differences, where they came from, and how the Gospel unites us all! While the children (nursery through 5th grade) are learning through stories, recreation, music, and science, the adults will have their own class learning the same stories from 5 of our Church members. Youth will be modeling God’s Love and patience by helping lead the children’s classes. Registration is now open at https://forms.gle/uMnbjRu4viGfveVs6 . We also will need lots of help from set-up and decorating (and building a few things) to teaching and leading and then clean up. ADULTS: there is a registration form for you too for both attending class and volunteering! Find that here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tkm2iak47qdIMJXDfVeeYTKj1ZEyouvFuL7h1qP9_aI/edit?usp=sharing
Please see Alex for more information or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner begins at 5:30pm with programs from 6:15pm to 7:30pm.
Under 3 years old: This group will play and grow in the nursery with Ms. Lauren (Nunn) as well as several other childcare workers and volunteers!
Ages 3 – 4 years old (preschool): This group will play, learn Bible stories, enjoy crafts, and learn songs/instruments to share with the congregation at special worships like the Christmas Pageant with Mr. Raymond (McCord) and Ms. Sharon (Patton) and a few other adults at times too!
Kindergarten through 1st Graders: This group will play, learn Bible stories, have recreation, enjoy crafts and well-loved songs with Ms. Celeste (Whaley) and Ms. Jane (Armstrong)!
2nd through 5th Graders: These two groups will be with Ms. Brianna and other dedicated adults while learning about a wide range of topics, including worship, the Bible, the Church and more. Activities include crafts, talking, and playing.
We would LOVE if you want to join us as a child student or an adult helper. We have LOTS of fun and LEARN so much each week!
Twos and Younger
After the kids have eaten dinner there is supervised free play on the big play equipment in Fellowship Hall until 6:30 p.m.. This is followed by caring child watch with supervised play for all kids two and younger in the Parents Day Out classrooms.
Threes and Fours
This is where it all begins, as our youngest believers begin to acquire basic knowledge and skills of being Christian. These children go with Ms. Sharon and Mr. Raymond for Bible stories, hands-on activities, snacks and singing in the Children’s Area. Ms. Sharon and Mr. Raymond have taught this class for over 20 years and this is truly a special highlight each week for these kids. Ms. Sharon and Mr. Raymond teach children stories of Jesus, sing children’s songs (“This Little Light of Mine” is a particular favorite), practice ringing bells to songs, watch Christian videos (a weekly of the claymation David and Goliath classics), and share a snack (often times they make they own snack) . Each Christmas, these children sing prior to the Christmas Pageant; it is always a hit!