SPIRITUAL GROWTH

In addition to the blessings of fellowship and worship, First Presbyterian Church offers many opportunities to deepen your understanding of the goodness and God and His love for you.

Support Groups

First Presbyterian Church strives to see the world through the eyes of Christ and to see Christ in the eyes of the people of the world. Through many avenues, we offer support to help ease the suffering in our community.

  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support  – A Dementia Caregiver Support Group with emphasis on Alzheimer’s Disease is available. Many family caregivers do not see themselves as caregivers. Nevertheless, it is well documented that a family caregiver’s health can be affected negatively from physical and mental stress while caring for a loved one who is suffering dementia, most commonly, Alzheimer’s Disease. We have regularly scheduled support group sessions where members, in a caring and compassionate atmosphere, will be encouraged to speak freely about their individual needs and to share experiences. Frequently, experts in the field will be invited to speak, respond to questions, and offer suggestions. Additionally, much printed and audio visual material will the provided. In the plan is a respite program which will allow the caregiver the opportunity to spend a few hours of free time away from daily duties. Respite caregivers will be trained by the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Cancer Support – Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. Whether you are the patient or the caregiver or family member, you can benefit from the support of others who have experienced the anger, fear, frustration, grief and loneliness that go along with the diagnosis and treatment process. The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 in Room M306 and is led by Dr. Jack Griffeth.
  • Grief Support – If you have experienced the death of a loved one by death, had a relative suffer a long-term illness, felt any loss, you need the support of guidance of trained counselors who can get you back on track for living again. Short term grief support groups are offered a few times a year.
  • Prayer Support Group – If you or someone you knows is going through a difficult time, one of the most important things we can do as Christians is pray. This group meets once a week at the church to spend several hours just praying for those in need. And we see results. We also have an E-mail Prayer Group with 37 prayer warriors accepting prayer requests almost 24/7.
  • Caregivers Support – For those providing care to elderly parents, terminally ill family members, special needs children, etc, this is the group for you!


Stephen Ministers

Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone care, listen, share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress or loneliness you may be experiencing. Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one listening/caring ministry done by specially trained Stephen Ministers who are lay persons from our congregation committed to it. Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of training. They are assigned to persons needing the kind of compassionate caring Stephen Ministers give. For more information about receiving the care of a Stephen Minister, please contact any member of our pastoral staff.


Presbyterian Pilgrimage (formerly Cursillo)

Pilgrimage weekends are held at Pinnacle Retreat Center in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains of Clayton, Georgia. It is a three day spiritual retreat in which the main activity is learning about God’s love and Christ’s will for us. It provides a foundation for both individual and community spiritual growth. The weekend is an experience in Christian sharing and living. During the three days, fifteen talks are presented—five by pastors and the rest by lay people—all dealing with different aspects of living one’s life in God’s grace. The weekend includes chapel each day, communion, small group discussions, sharing, music, singing, laughter and prayer. Pilgrimage is not designed to change what you believe but to help you realize the full abundance and grace of that belief. It is a time to focus full on God. People find different things at the retreat. For some it is a renewed joy in being a Christian. For others it may be a recommitment to a long forgotten promise. For most it is a time of total worship—concentrating every effort toward praise and worship. If you are interested or have any questions please feel free to contact Shon Peppers @ 678-936-5357.


Webster Library

A great place to read the paper, chat with friends, find a book to read or do homework, research that place mentioned in your Bible Study, take a quiet moment for yourself….

  • Hours
    Sundays  9:00 an to 12:00 pm • Wednesdays  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    If you would like to visit the library at any other time besides normal operating hours and the door is locked, please have someone in the office open it for you.
  • To check out a book or item, write your name on the card in the back of the book or item and leave the card on the desk. The item is due back in 2 weeks. Please do not check out for longer than that or we lose track of exactly how long an item has been out. We will count from the day we pick up the card. If you choose a paperback off the shelf in the middle of the room that doesn’t have a card in it, that’s because those are swap books. You can take it, keep it, bring it back or bring a different one to replace it if you want. “Freebies,” in other words. Sometimes we send them to missionaries or exchange them for other titles at Hall Book Exchange.
  • Library Guild
  • If you are interested in joining the Guild, please call Julie Hartley at 770-983-9652. We will train you! We meet about every other month and you are only required to put in two hours of work per month other than meeting times and work shifts.
  • How You can Help
    1. Memorial and honorariums in monetary gifts designated to Webster Library
    2. Book Donations: Books you no longer want may be brought to the library.
    3. Recommendations: Let us know about new books or items you would like to see in Webster: Books that you’ve read, books you want to read, books you would like as reference for Sunday school or Bible studies, or perhaps books you are required to read for school. Good family movie titles are also appreciated!