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  • Retirees on the Road

    Once a month, our group heads out for an outing around Waco. We have toured the Waco Mammoth Site, fed animals behind-the-scenes at the zoo, tasted wines at Red Caboose Winery, and toured the Texas Collection at Baylor University, among other things. Join us for our next fun event!

  • Adult Sunday School

    We have several adult Sunday School classes, each with its own distinct style and curriculum. We hope you find the one that is a fit for you.

     

    Sunday Morning News: Held in Room #S206. This class uses the Wired Word curriculum, which takes them through a discussion of current events and Christianity.

     

    Seekers: Held in Room #C203. This class is a discussion and fellowship based class.

     

    Covenant Class: Held in Room #C201. This class uses the Living Word curriculum that guides them through the liturgical season.

     

    Fellowship Class: Held in Room #F105. This class uses the Being Reformed Curriculum that giudes them in discussion on specialized topics that change every four to six weeks. Recent topics have included Church History, Faith and Science, and Confessions.

     

    Disciple Bible Study: Held in Room #C202. This class studies Disciple curriculum.

     

    Periodically, the pastor leads an evening, midweek Bible study.  Check out our newsletter and calendar for dates and times.  In the Spring of 2017, Pastor Leslie will be running a new Disciple cohort on Thursday evenings beginning April 27.

  • Men's Breakfast

    On the third Friday of every month, all men of the church are invited to breakfast at 7:15am. The men currently meet at Cafe Cappiccino 1101 Richland Drive in Waco.  Just so you know, many men get there far earlier than 7:15.

Music

Joining our Chancel Choir or Handbell Choir are two great ways to connect with others and contribute to the worship of the church. All ranges of skills are invited!

 

The Chancel Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7-8pm. Contact Dr. Randy Umstead if you have questions or would like to join.

The Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from September to May from 6-7pm.

Contact Jan Bodine if you have questions or would like to join.

Presbyterian women gather September through May in two different ways:

 

Presbyterian Women – meets the 2nd Monday of the month for refreshments, Bible Study lead by one of the pastors and meeting time.  Meeting time is 1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

 

Presbyterian Book Club meets quarterly on the third Tuesday of the month.  Jackie Lott coordinates this group.  Call the Church office for more information at 254-752-1665

 

 

 

We sing our children down from their families toward the chancel with the same song each week to begin Children's Church.  The child(ren) that adopted the Spirit Box for the week present it to the pastor.  The children put whatever they might choose in the box and the contents of the box are a surprise to the pastor who interprets the context in light of the faith.

 

We close each children's time with  the same prayer "God be in my head.  God be in my heart.  God be on my left.  God be on my right.  God be beneath me. God be above me.  God be in the faces of all who love me.  Amen."

 

Children 2nd grade through 5th grade return to their seats.  Activity bags are available and updated each week with Children’s Worship Bulletins, one for ages 3-6, and one for ages 7-12. Also, included are crayons, two Christian-themed books, and activity pages from that morning’s Sunday school lesson.

 

Ages Pre-K through 1st grade go to Children’s Church where we learn about important aspects of being in church & we review the Sunday school lesson from that morning, and we sing and pray. Then all the children go to Melody Makers choir for 30 minutes

 

  • Sunday School

    -2 & 3 year-old: Held in room # S201. Curriculum: Spark-Activate Faith Classroom for 2 & 3 year-olds.

     

    -Pre-K & K: Held in room #C305. Curriculum: Spark-Activate Faith Classroom for Pre-K & K students.

     

    -1 & 2 grade class: Held in room #C307. Curriculum: Sparkhouse– Holy Moly

     

     -3-5 grade class: Held in room#C306.

     

     

  • Children's Choir

    Our children move through two different children's choirs here. First, from ages 3-1st grade, they participate in our Melody Makers Choir, which rehearses during worship as a part of Children's Church. After 1st grade, they graduate to our Joyful Notes Choir, which meets during the Sunday School hour. Thanks to talented and loving directors, our children sing in worship regularly and also perform with hand chimes and other instruments.

  • Confirmation

    Our Confirmation program is for our 6th grade students, and runs from September to May. Throughout the year, they learn about the history of the church and the specifics of our denomination, the mission of the church, both locally and globally, and various aspects of theology and faith. They spend the year partnering with a Covenant Partner, a faithful adult who agrees to walk with them through the Confirmation process, helps them write their faith statement, and participates in a mission project with them. At the end of the year, the Confirmands are welcomed into membership of the church.

    The class meets each Sunday morning at 9:15am for Sunday School, as well as six Sunday evenings in January and February, and special events throughout the year.

TEENS

Sunday School:

Meet at 9:15 in the Youth Suite for donuts, Foosball & Boccer Ball, then get into the PC/USA Faith Questions, Scripture Study, the Prayer Tree, as well as time for fellowship.  Jr. High & Sr. High divide for Sunday school lessons with discussion.

 

Youth Ushers:

Every 4th Sunday, a team  of youth serve as ushers to greet the congregation and visitors that arrive for Sunday Worship. We also help collect the offering, and fulfill other ushering duties.

Wednesday Night Study Hall:

Brown bag dinner& Study Hall on Wednesday nights, 6-8 p throughout the Fall & Spring.  Come enjoy fellowship, study partners, discussion about scripture, and cookies!

 

Summer activities include Wednesday movies nights, Starbucks runs, bowling nights, etc.

Mission:

Come join us for mission and outreach opportunities on Service Saturdays helping agencies such as Talitha Koum, World Hunger Relief Farm, Caritas, and Kids against Hunger

 

Organizations we support include One Great Hour of Sharing, 30-Hour Famine, Souperbowl of Caring, NetWorkers Malaria Prevention Program, Presbyterian Children's Homes, and Meals & Wheels.

 

This summer we will be traveling to New Orleans to rebuild homes through Project Homecoming.  Check out more information at http://projecthomecoming.net

YOUNG ADULTS

The technical definition of young adults is 25-40 years old, but at First Pres, we think about it differently.  We offer separate programming for College-aged adults, 18-22 years old approximately, and Young adults, out of college or 23 and above.  We invite you to join in the fun as you feel comfortable.

For our Young Adults, here are some programs:

Faith on Tap:

Fellowship that takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Barnett's Pub at 6pm. Join us and get to know other young adults in the church.

 

Monthly lunches after worship

One Sunday a month, we gather for lunch after worship. Meet us in the Narthex after the service concludes to find out where we are eating and join the fun!

 

Seasonal activities

Throughout the year, our Young Adults gather for special activities, in addition to Faith on Tap and lunches together. These include Super Bowl parties, Christmas parties, cookouts, Easter feasts, road tripping to a Rangers game, or a sand volleyball league.  Contact Rev. Dee Dee Carson to learn more and join the Young Adult email list

 

Whether you are a student at a 4 year college, a two year college, or are launching into the workforce, our hope is for you to find a church home. We encourage your growth and enrichment at First Presbyterian. It would be our privilege to be your home away from home!

 

Join us each semester for a Welcome Dinner in our Fellowship Hall, 2 lunches each month at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center on Baylor University's campus, a finals late night pancake breakfast, and an adopt-a-student program, which will connect you for your years here with a family from our congregation. We also invite you to join us for Sunday School each week in the Fellowship Hall. We hope you will spend some of your college years with us! Contact Rev. Dee Dee Carson to learn more about upcoming events.