Youth and Fellowship
Youth and Fellowship is for 6th through 12th grade, and meet at the church on Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. There is time for recreation, dinner and Bible study. The group also travels throughout the year to various Presbyterian sponsored events such as Rock the Universe, the Montreat Youth Conference, Great Escape, and to mission trips and various other retreats. The group also has an annual ski trip in December.
Route 456 is for 4th through 6th grade. Participants go on monthly field trips to discover God’s creation and the world around us. This group does team building through activities such as canoeing, rock wall climbing, painting and fishing.
Terrific Tuesday is for children ages 4 through the 3rd grade. They meet on Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the church. Time is spent on Bible study, crafts, games, music and refreshments. Each class takes two field trips a year to the Gadsden Arts Center to view art exhibits and participate in art activities. The children also occasionally sing as part of our Sunday worship service.
Side Yard Soccer
Side Yard Soccer is one of First Presbyterian Church Quincy’s fastest growing ministries. Participation in the soccer league is both fun and rewarding. It is volunteer-based, relying on help from our youth, parents, members and the community. The spirit of the league is to teach children the basics of soccer, and to encourage teamwork and fellowship. Any child ages 3 to 9 years is welcome to play. Practice and games are held at the soccer field on the north side of the church from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon each Saturday during the season (late September through early November).
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 a little 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.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a full week of God’s love, shared with children ages 3 through those finishing the 5th grade. It is normally held the first full week in June and has theme-based activities, art, stories and snacks. It is headed by our Director of Christian Education, Lisa Wilder, and staffed with volunteers from the youth, parents and other church members.
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, 2nd through 12th grade. Throughout the year the camp also provides an ideal setting for group gatherings for all ages in a part of God’s creation that is a healthy alternative to our (and our children’s) often hectic lives.
First Presbyterian Church Quincy supports Cub Scout Pack 201 and Boy Scout Troop 201. They are the fastest growing Boy Scout organizations in the area. Cub Scouts range in age from first through fifth grades. Sixth graders move up to become Boy Scouts. Many important lessons are learned as the boys work on merit badges and participate in activities such as hiking and camping. Boy Scout Troop meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Scout Hut (located at the corner of N. Monroe and W. Franklin streets). Cub Scout Dens meet one or two times a month at the Scout Hut, while the Pack meets once a month in the Fellowship Hall of our church.
First Presbyterian Church Quincy supports Girl Scout Troop 314. It is a troop of Daisy Scouts (5K and 1st graders), Brownies (2nd and 3rd graders) and Juniors (4th and 5th graders). The groups meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Girl Scout Hang Out, located upstairs in the church’s Food Bank Building. The troop focuses on the three C’s of Girl Scouts: Courage, Confidence and Character. The girls work on lessons throughout the year while doing community service work and, of course, selling everyone’s favorite Girl Scout cookies.