Christian Education Ministries of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:15-17 Vision and Goals: for children’s ministry is to provide love and acceptance, a secure environment, varied and meaningful activities with choices, and realistic behavior expectations and discipline for each child. FPC is in the process of developing a vibrant Sunday school, weekend camps, vacation Bible school, considering after-school care/ mission, children’s choir, and outreach events that are relevant to kids’ lives. Children ministries at FPC are designed to be Christ-honoring and life-molding. Annual Vacation Bible School. Since 2019, Faith has hosted, supported, and promoted the Tent ministry of Tim Horton, which has conducted intellectually stimulating and engaging Bible lessons for all ages in place of traditional VBS. Elementary and middle school children are involved with the Weekly Wednesday Night Youth Group. Outdoor recreational activities, Bible Study, and Snack Supper are part of the overall program. The past curriculum included the catechism, What’s in the Bible, Music, Movies, and Drama. Weekend Sunday School classes are available for children Toddler – age 4, Elementary, Middle School, High School.
Women’s Ministry ARP Women’s Ministry (Women of Faith) is an organization that encourages, equips, and connects the community of ARP women to minister together for God’s glory and purpose. Encourage women to grow in their relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Equip women to glorify God through their relationships with other women. Women of Faith has a monthly Bible Study, Fellowship and Business meeting the first Monday of each month Equip women to glorify God through their service in the local church, their communities, and the world. Regular ongoing projects include annually Samaritans Purse collections, Monthly Meal outreach ministry to homebound community individuals, and organizing Congregational Fellowship dinners the 4th Sunday of each month. Decorating the sanctuary for holidays and seasons. Supporting families during bereavement and sickness with prayer, meals and other needs.
Our Ministries endeavor to serve the congregation by presenting the gospel and nurturing Christian discipleship based upon a reformed understanding of scripture, with a continuing challenge to develop a biblical worldview. Additionally, ministries strive to help the body of Christ “in equipping the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up the body of Christ, we attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Man, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph 4: 12 - 13)
Preparations “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5: 31-32 Christian marriage counseling seeks to instruct couples in God’s design for marriage. Meetings with couples encourage reflection and study on the biblical model of marital love with the goal of building a foundation for a long-lasting, fulfilled marriage. Each couple is guided to examine the family background, differences in faith, preconceived ideas about marriage, intimacy, finances, and expectations. Counseling sessions are planned prior to marriage and arranged with the Pastor. College Ministry Currently, there is no College Ministry. A vision of FPC is establishing a vibrant, supportive College, Career, and Young Couples fellowship and Bible Study to support the spiritual, emotional maturing of young adults.
Pastoral Support Marital counseling, Grief Counseling, and Individual counseling are available by appointment with the Pastor.
At this time, there are no organized volunteer groups. Instead, individuals support others on an as-needed basis.