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. 

Site Work

Site work will be in person on Monday - Thursday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Direct services with our sisters and brothers who are experiencing homelessness or are housing insecure will likely change as we continue to respond to needs created and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We open for in-person services Monday-Thursday from 12-4, with some additional options for prep work while guests and clients are not on campus. Pre-pandemic, we hosted a weekly community breakfast for 200+ persons and hope to be able to restart that gathering and include interns on Sunday mornings at some point in 2021. 

 

Contextual Education I interns at First Presbyterian Church Community Ministries will be involved in a variety of hands-on services with our unhoused and vulnerable neighbors. Students will work on site supporting programs that address immediate needs of the community in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, including a food pantry, take-away meals, mail service, assistance with benefits applications and requests for emergency assistance, and referrals. Specifics of the program may shift as community needs shift in coming months. Students need to be able to work in person, contingent on local government and public health regulations.  

Fall 2021 Reflection Group

Tuesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. led by Rev. Rebekah LeMon 

Spring 2022 Integrative Seminar

Tuesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Please note that there may be additional changes to the spring schedule as plans for spring semester develop. For Spring CEI Integrative Seminars, you can expect a schedule similar to the corresponding fall CEI Reflection Groups, conditions allowing.

Pastoral Care Class

Students who enroll in First Presbyterian will also enroll in Intro to Pastoral Care PC501 CE in the spring semester.

Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Joy McDougall will serve as the academic advisor for First Presbyterian Church students.

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 sustainably housed and self-sufficient. The weekly prayer breakfast serves 200+ persons each week. The Women’s Transformation 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

First Presbyterian Church is a community of humble followers of Jesus Christ who choose, by God’s grace, to live by love, seek continual transformation, and equip all to be servant leaders in Atlanta and throughout the world. 

More information about the church is available at https://firstpresatl.org/community-ministries/ 

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, and Safety Protocols

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.

Safety Protocols:

  • Use of specific entry points into the building
  • Social distancing (with waiting and seating marked at 6 ft intervals)
  • Required mask-wearing
  • Extensive handwashing; hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building
  • Regular cleaning
  • No gatherings or fellowship

We have not gathered for worship or allowed any group in the building at this point.

Contact

Rebekah Close LeMon
Executive Pastor
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
1328 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
rlemon@firstpresatl.org
404.228.7714
Handicap Accessible: Y

Teaching and 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.

Tricia Passuth, LSW, Director of Community Ministries, will train interns and oversee site work with clients and guests of First Presbyterian Church.