Outreach

Clothes Closet
Through the work of church volunteers, the Clothes Closet provides clothing to needy individuals and families referred to the church by social service agencies. It is especially beneficial to individuals and families who are experiencing economic hardship, or are displaced from their homes due to fire or other catastrophe. Clothing from the Clothes Closet is also periodically provided to Mission Haven, a Presbyterian Women sponsored organization that offers clothes to missionaries and to students at Presbyterian seminaries.

Church members who wish to donate gently used clothing may drop them off at the church office. Items must be clean and neatly folded or on hangers. Shoes, underwear, sleepwear (except for babies/toddlers), and bathing suits are not accepted. Donations are stored downstairs in the church’s Food Bank building.

Food Bank
Church members operate a Food Bank that offers food to our neighbors in need. It is housed on the first floor of our Food Bank building located directly behind the church on the corner of King and Adams streets. Food is available for those referred by local social service agencies. Recipients are provided canned goods such as soup, fruit, vegetables and other non-perishable items. The Food Bank is open every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. and in emergency situations through the church office (850) 627-6576.

Music
“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” (Psalm 95:1). For the musicians of First Presbyterian Church, worship of God is our highest priority. Through a variety of musical expressions, we seek to glorify God by pursuing true excellence in all we do. Our prayer is that our sacrifice of praise is a pleasing aroma to the Lord as we lead the community in worship services that inspire the heart and connect us with one another as the body of Christ.

Wonderful Wednesday
All adult members of the church are invited to participate in Wonderful Wednesday at 12 noon on the third Wednesday of each month. It is a time to gather, share a time of fellowship and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our church hostess. Wonderful Wednesday is held in the Fellowship Hall or various other locations.

Mother’s Morning Out
The Mother’s Morning Out program is a half-day preschool for two- and three-year-olds. It is offered one to two days a week during the school year and runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Each day is structured to offer time for creative play, circle/story time, snacks, music and motion, all designed for fun and opportunities for development of both fine and gross motor skills, and to give mothers time to run errands or to simply have a little “down-time” in their hectic and loving lives . The children are supervised by two teachers, Tamra Erde and Dena Manchec, who nurture them in a safe, loving Christian environment. For more information, please contact the church office at (850) 627-6576 or Tamra Erde, Mother’s Morning Out Director (850) 228-9085.

Dogwood Acres
Dogwood Acres Retreat and Summer Camp is a year-round outdoor ministry centered on 457 beautiful acres in the middle of the Florida Panhandle. The camp is owned by our Presbytery of Florida and supported in part by many entities including First Presbyterian Church Quincy. The ministry mission of Dogwood Acres is to serve Jesus Christ; nurture the Christian faith; encourage faithful discipleship; and open doors to opportunities for fellowship, education and spiritual growth.

In June and July Dogwood Acres hosts a Summer Camp program for children and youth, grades 2-12. Throughout the year the camp also provides an ideal setting for group gatherings for all ages, such as retreats, workshops, outdoor education, worship services, and other special events in a part of God’s creation that is a healthy alternative to our often hectic and stress-filled lives.

Special Needs Christmas Tree Project
The Special Needs Christmas Tree Project is sponsored by the Women of the Church. Its purpose is to provide Christmas gifts for special needs students at a local high school. The gifts are purchased by church members and are presented to the students at a special Christmas party. The kids’ smiling faces make it easy to see God freely blesses not just the children, but the givers, too.

Missionaries
For more than 175 years Presbyterians have sent missionaries around the world to plant churches, build hospitals, start schools and offer stability in the midst of chaos. Today there are approximately 200 mission workers, in nearly 50 countries, supported by our denomination and engaged in ministries of sharing faith and working to fight poverty and violence. Our church supports seven missionaries and one young adult volunteer. They are as follows:

– Drs. Les and Cynthia Morgan, Bangladesh, who advise and train care workers and also care for patients in small community clinics.

– Jonathan and Emily Sietz, Taiwan, are teachers. He teaches students preparing for the ministry at the Taiwan Theological College while she plans to teach library science.

– Amanda Craft, Guatemala, is a facilitator for the Presbyterian Border Ministry.

– Dr. Daniel and Elizabeth Turk, Madagascar, believe that “Christian witness should include both the physical and spiritual need of God’s people and care for all God’s creation,” and they work toward that goal.

A Family of Faith