First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries

First Presbyterian Church is a vibrant congregation of 2,000 members located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. It embraces its identity as an urban church called to love and serve those in need. Contextual Education I interns at First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries will be involved in a variety of hands-on service with the homeless and working poor, working with the church food pantry, clients requesting emergency assistance, and those seeking transportation for work. Students will also engage with the residents and case manager in the on-campus Women’s Transition Center (“WTC”) and will serve at least once at the weekly Sunday morning prayer breakfast for homeless persons.

Site Work

Most work with First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries will be performed in weekday blocks with different work options on different days of the week (blocks are available Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Students will also participate in at least one evening work block per semester in order to interact with residents at the WTC (available Monday through Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) and will prepare for and serve at the Sunday morning prayer breakfast at least (hours could include Saturday prep and all or part of the Sunday morning service (approximately 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.).

Fall 2017 Reflection Group

Tuesday 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church led by Rev. Rebekah LeMon, Executive Pastor. Work hours may include time before and after reflection group.

Spring 2018 Integrative Seminar

Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Candler, co-led by Rev. Rebekah LeMon and Dr. Deanna Womack.

Pastoral Care Class

Students who enroll in First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries will also enroll in Intro to Pastoral Care PC501CE in the spring semester (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.), taught by Dr. Gregory Ellison.

Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Deanna Womack will serve as the academic advisor for First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries students and will join the group for the spring Integrative Seminar.

Site Mission

First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries shares Christ’s love by serving, meeting basic needs, and empowering homeless and struggling brothers and sisters to become self-sufficient. The weekly prayer breakfast serves 200+ persons each week. The Women’s Transition Center provides transitional housing, food, case management and support for up to 12 women. Hundreds of others are served through the various outreach and service efforts provided on weekdays by the Community Ministries staff and numerous volunteers.

About the Site

It is our purpose as the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta to be and to become
A community of grace
A people of praise and prayer
A loving congregation
Rooted in tradition, open to the Spirit
Disciples who proclaim and serve
The Lord Jesus Christ
In all we say and do
To the glory of God
For the salvation of humankind
For the healing and hope of the city and
For the reconciliation and peace of the world.

More information about the church is available at www.firstpresatl.org.

Student Reflection

MDiv student Christina Schmitt reflects on her Contextual Education I experience at First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Additional Requirements & Accessibility

All students are required to have a clean background check and to abide by the security policies of the site, including our child security policy.

Interns should be open to engagement with different kinds of people and exhibit compassion.

The Arts Center MARTA station is adjacent to the church. Students who plan to rely on public transportation should consult the train schedule for more information.

Contact

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta Community Ministries
1328 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.892.8461
Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon
rlemon@firstpresatl.org
Handicap Accessible: Y

Site Supervisor

Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon, Executive Pastor, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Emory University School of Law. She is married to Joel LeMon, and they are the proud parents of James and Caroline.

Rev. Connie Lee, Associate Pastor for Community Ministries, and Tricia Passuth, LSW, Director of Community Ministries, will train interns and oversee site work with clients and guests of First Presbyterian Church.